It’s never been more important to keep reading during the summer!

Summer reading programs support your child or teen to read or be read to regularly, which is the best way to maintain—or even improve—their reading level & skills and foster a life-long love of reading.

Print out the reading log for the summer program below, or you can pick one up at the curbside check in area (the old entrance) of the library.

If you're using it for an independent reader (generally ages 7-17), have them read at least 20 minutes a day (or choose a longer goal).

If you're using it for a beginning reader, have them read at least 10 minutes or 1 book a day if you’re a beginning reader (a choose whatever goal will be most supportive to their reading efforts).

If you're using it for a pre-reader (a child who is not reading on their own yet or is primarily being read to), try to read to them for at least 5 minutes a day.

*Feel free to adapt these guidelines to whatever will best support your child's or teen's reading.*

They need to do at least 42 days (6 weeks) of the summer to be considered finished, though more is encouraged! When they’re done, you can return their completed reading to the Library if we are open, put it in the Book Drop if we’re not (& it is) take a picture of the completed chart & email it to hubbardyouthroom@gmail.com, or mail it to: 

Hubbard Memorial Library, attn. Youth Room

24 Center St.

Ludlow MA 01056

EVERYONE WHO HANDS IN THEIR LOG WILL GET AN ENVELOPE OF PRIZES,but we will also be raffling off 12 themed grand prize baskets & bags on 9/1/20.

We must receive your youth's completed log by August 31st for them to be entered into the Grand Prize Raffle.                  

The Grand Prizes are:

Harry Potter basket, Board Games Bag, Marvel Bag, Unicorn Bag  Magic Trick Basket, Narnia Basket, Starbucks Bag, Star Wars Bag, Princesses Basket, Arts & Crafts Pack, Glam Basket, or a Snack Basket from Randall’s Farm.

Each child will get 12 tickets; if your child wants to try for just one basket, PLEASE WRITE THE NAME OF THE PRIZE ON THEIR LOG. Otherwise, we will distribute their tickets evenly among the 12 prizes. 

(SAFETY NOTE: All prizes will be assembled, wrapped or sealed, & stored in an unused area of the library several weeks before the end of the program. We will do the raffle at the beginning of September, but if necessary will delay giving out prizes until authorities say it is safe to do so.)

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: PreSchool Storytime "Magical Creatures"


Meet Youth Services librarian July in your own living room each Monday morning for 30 minutes of funny, informative, engaging stories, finger-plays, songs and games about mermaids, dragons, giants, and other fantastical creatures!

You will need a device with a camera & microphone in order to participate. In order to maintain internet safety, we require registration so that we can send you a private link and a password to get into the session, and will send you a new link and password each week.   



Unicorn Story Walk with LIVE UNICORNS!

2:00pm - 3:00pm


Join us for a unicorn-themed Story Walk around the park and library grounds with real, live unicorns on display!

Poster versions of the words and illustrations of a children's picture book about a wise unicorn, a loyal dragon, and a little girl who team up to save their forest will be installed throughout Library Park and the Hubbard Library grounds. Readers will move from station to station to follow the story line, and end up in front of the library, where a temporary, outdoor circulation desk will be set up so that children can check out related books (bring your library card!). AND along the way there will be three real, live unicorns, sponsored by the Ludlow Cultural Council!

Registration is required. Story walks tend to be naturally socially distant events, but in order to ensure safety, we will assign each family an arrival time during the 1 hour event to eliminate congestion, and ask everyone to strictly maintain 6' distance from other families, the unicorn handlers, and library employees. Everyone 2 and up is required to wear a face mask over their mouths & noses during the entire event. Costumes are heartily welcomed!


Please click below to register. We will be taking registration by family groups instead of individually, so when filling out the registration, put the word "family" under child's name and your family's last name under last name; under "age" please put the number of family members who will be coming instead of a child's age. Example:

We will call you to schedule your arrival time!

The unicorns will only be at the library from 2-3pm, but the Story Walk will remain up for the rest of the afternoon, and will be moved to be entirely on the library grounds for the following week. 

You can find out more about New Hampshire Unicorns here.

Sponsored by the Ludlow Cultural Council and the Selma May Memorial Fund.