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The Blue Book is an industry source of regional, categorized construction information. Available in print and online.
The Central Register is the weekly source for information about state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A comprehensive business resource for anyone seeking company news, making personal investment decisions, or looking to major in business administration, Gale OneFile: Business provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.
Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.
Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.
Leadership and Management provides access to authoritative periodical content covering topics such as 21st-century skills, organizational dynamics, and leadership.
The Goods and Services Bulletin is a weekly publication containing solicitations for the procurement of commodities and services (which, generally, are unrelated to construction of public facilities).
Thomas Net is a comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America. Free registration.
AV2 contains 134 interactive nonfiction e-books at the K-2 grade levels, 498 for grades K-5 and 384 for grades 3-8.
AV2 fiction has titles for grades K-6. The program features celebrated children’s titles, read aloud by professional narrators, showcasing timeless tales of mystery, suspense, and adventure.
1,210 audio eBooks—110 titles in 11 languages.
BookFlix, from Scholastic, has 147 interactive titles, available as both read-aloud videos and e-books.
An online encyclopedia for elementary students in Spanish.
Britannica Fundamentals is an early learning product for students in grade levels kindergarten through second grade. This platform provides engaging content designed and written specifically for early learners.
This online encyclopedia is just for kids. A great place to start a research project, the articles include pictures, videos, links to good web sites and more.
Encyclopedia articles with images, maps, games, and other learning materials for elementary school students and educators.
Beginning readers can get the full benefit of optic read-alongs with the 170 digital titles available through EyeDiscover. Each title is read aloud by a professional narrator, allowing beginning readers to listen at their own pace.
Gale In Context: Elementary is an easy to use, cross-curricular database for use by kids both inside and outside of the classroom.
An easy-to-use research database for young students.
TrueFlix, from Scholastic, provides interactive non-fiction books and videos, complete with lesson plans and quizzes.
ArtistWorks provides players world-class instruction from Grammy Award-winning music professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals. All levels of player are welcome! Please log in at Libby Welcome Screen to access Libby Extras like ArtistWorks.
Refreshers, primers, and introductions to computer and internet literacy, as well as career planning and job searching.
A complete list of Gale databases Hubbard offers access to can be found at the link above.
The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) helps adults learn English. This free program serves adults in the Ludlow/Indian Orchard area who are immigrants or refugees. Students range in age from 17 to 70+. LAALC provides free instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Morning and evening classes are offered in levels ranging from true beginner to high intermediate. To further support our enrolled ESOL students we offer them academic advising and basic computer classes. The program provides support for transition to college, workforce development, family literacy skills and other real-life goals. Participants are awarded certificates for attendance, achievement, and completion.
LAALC is located at 54 Winsor Street, second floor, in Ludlow. ESOL classes available days and evenings, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. Classes begin in September and conclude in June, with a rolling enrollment as space becomes available.
Prospective students should call the school at 413-583-0320 to make an intake appointment. Once a prospective student has completed the appointment, they will be placed in class or often on a waiting list for the class that fits their needs.
The homepage of the Ludlow public school system; features links and contact information for each of the individual Ludlow public schools and administrative offices.
MassLINKS Online Academy is a FREE DESE-funded Massachusetts statewide adult education program. Students can choose from High School Equivalency (GED and HiSet) preparation classes or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL/ESL) classes. Classes are offered fully online with evening and morning options to help you work around your schedule.
Mometrix’s free college admissions and placement study resources will provide you with study tips and hints designed to equip you with the tools and knowledge you will need to succeed on test day.
The National Application Center is a comprehensive online resource to help college-bound students prepare for and select a college, apply for admission, understand eligibility, and find out about financial aid.
Transparent Language Online empowers you to learn anywhere, anytime, for any language goal in 100+ languages. Complete recommended lessons based on your placement test or choose your own content.
Hundreds of online continuing education courses, exams, tutorials, and more. Please login at Libby Welcome Screen to access Libby Extras such as Universal Class or please download and use the Libby app.
Ancestry.com enables searching of vital records, military records, immigration documentation, census records, and other information.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1770-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
The Ellis Island Archive includes searchable passenger records, manifests, ship information, and other information.
FamilySearch is a free collaborate family tree that provides access to civil and church records when you create a free account.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.
The Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, is the repository for Massachusetts records generated by state government. Archives holdings date from the beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 and document the settlement of lands in Maine and Massachusetts, the arrival of immigrants, and the development of state government.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.
Health & Medicine
Gale Health and Wellness allows you to search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.
Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine includes information created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals. This database is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on a complete range of healthcare topics.
Enrollment Assisters, such as Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) are trained and certified individuals at organizations in your area that can help you apply for coverage, shop for plans, answer your questions about your eligibility, payments, plan details, and health care reform rules and requirements. Help from an Enrollment Assister is free for people of any income level.
Free health information from the National Library of Medicine, including advice on weight control, high blood pressure, back pain, pregnancy, and much more.
A government-sponsored resource offering information on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
PubMed comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of Health & Medicine resources:
A compendium of medical information suitable for both students and general readers.
An educational guide with up-to-date resources and information on nutrition, eating disorders, and obesity.
A historical work documenting the role disease has played in shaping human life over the past centuries.
A search engine of available job postings, searchable by area and by career.
CareerOneStop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
A state-by-state directory of job banks; each individual bank collects and posts jobs from all over the state, which can be searched by location, job title, etc. Some job banks may require registration; Massachusetts does not. Also provides articles to help you build a resume, gain skills, job search planning, and more.
The Commonwealth's one-stop career center, offering forms and information regarding unemployment, job seeking, worker’s comp, and other job-related subjects.
Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether they are entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting resumes, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.
Practice tests and study guides for advanced testing. GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and more.
Indeed is currently the most popular job site in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month. It free access to a search engine for jobs, help with building resumes, and allows users to research potential employers.
This is a popular employment resource for both individuals seeking jobs and employers seeking workers. Users can search for jobs by title, location, or skills, and then narrow the results by salary and other categories.
Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of Career resources:
A directory of lawyers and legal information. Legal forms may not be free.
Gale LegalForms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures.
Mass CLAVC connects you to civil legal aid for victims of a crime.
Free Legal Answers is provided by the American Bar Association. Legal questions are answered for free for those who qualify.
Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder will give you contact information for legal aid offices, government agencies and court programs that may be able to help you for free or at low cost.
Extensive Massachusetts law information, including an “Ask a Law Librarian” option.
Self-help legal information in plain English.
The Ludlow municipal government website, with links to the town clerk’s office, the board of selectmen, the building department, and others.
Blog post written by Patrick Browne about the history of Ludlow's Civil War monument located at 859 Center St.
A selection of Ludlow High School Yearbooks dating back to the 1920s. Not all years are available here.
These sites provide access to photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest that have been digitized and made available by members of Digital Commonwealth, a statewide consortium of libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies from across Massachusetts.
The Springfield Central Library maintains a collection of published works on Springfield area history, including local publications such as the Springfield Planning Department’s neighborhood studies.
Lupa Zoo is a non-profit wildlife facility dedicated to promoting appreciation and respect for the conservation of animals.
Use this link to report sightings of a spotted lanternfly. This site also provides educational materials about the spotted lanternfly. This species is invasive and can harm our local environment. The Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project is maintained by staff at the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources.
Lists attractions in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Covers history, culture, music, theater, restaurants, recreational activities, sporting events and much more.
Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association: A great source of gardening information, including an email hotline that lets visitors get answers to their questions from the experts.
The 18-hole “Westover” course at the Westover Municipal Golf Course facility in Ludlow, Massachusetts features 7,025 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.7 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Blue grass. Designed by Orrin Smith, the Westover golf course opened in 1954.
The Associated Press (AP) is a huge not-for-profit global network that delivers news from all over the world on all media platforms and formats. Their site features amazing video and image archives.
The BBC is the world's leading international broadcaster, providing programming and content for radio, television, online and mobile phones in English and 27 other languages.
Search from regional, national, and world newspapers.
The official website of National Public Radio (NPR), which distributes news, information, music, and more to nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide. NPR keeps an excellent digital archive of everything they broadcast.
This resource offers online full-text issues of the Boston Globe starting in 1980 and up until today.
This resource offers online full-text issues of the New York Times starting in 1985 and up until today.
Explore Springfield history through local news, events and people with the Republican Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device with a library card.
Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of News resources:
A topical guide to headline-making agreements and negotiations between nations.
Research, Quick Facts, & General Library Resources
A database of 30 million businesses, 220 million residents,1.1million healthcare professionals, 2 million new businesses, 2.3 million live job listings, interview tips, resume templates, background/criminal searches and much more. Accessible with your library card.
The World's largest database of American food, culture and recipes.
A to Z Maps Online has a collection of more than 100,000 royalty-free down-loadable maps.
A to Z the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. There is coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.
A to Z World Food & Recipes is an encyclopedia showcasing the native cuisine of 175 countries worldwide. Classic recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and beverages are featured. Each recipe includes a description of the dish, a list of ingredients with U.S. and metric measurements, and easy-to-follow instructions for preparation.
View a list of all the Gale Cengage Learning databases offered by the Hubbard Memorial Library.
Biography, criticism, and overviews on writers and specific works in all disciplines.
Biographical and contextual information on notable people throughout history. You can search by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
This resource offers articles, background information, and primary sources on a wide spectrum of controversial subjects.
Magazine, news, and journal articles on general interest topics and current events, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology, and more.
Global Road Warrior is an extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. There are 175 country guides of 119 topics each.
This is a great resource for people who like to read. NoveList suggests books based on what you already like and what others who read the same books enjoyed. You are also invited to review the books you read so others can benefit from your experience. Accessible with a library card.
Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of General Research resources:
Gale In Context: Environmental Studies is a resource including case studies, news, and videos on sustainability, global warming, and more.
Gale In Context: Science contains hundreds of today's most significant science topics, showcasing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.
A highly visual online learning tool featuring 3D models and an emphasis on visual-spatial learning.
A popular source of articles related to science and current events; more geared toward entertainment than research.
This database is a definitive resource for students studying both the applied and general sciences. With coverage dating back to 1986, ProQuest Science Journals features over 1030 titles, with more than 760 available in full text. Search over 2.7M records, dating back to the mid 1980s.
Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of Science resources:
A encyclopedic glossary of features and phenomena of our solar system.
Up to date research news from all corners of science, covering new discoveries and research projects.
Help for Families:
This guide, presented by SUPE, is for parents to better understand fentanyl and the risks associated with it. It also provides tips on how to talk to your kids and teens about fentanyl and drugs. SUPE, Substance Use Prevention Education, is an online drug education and prevention platform to help educate people of all ages and fields of work on drug and alcohol use.
This guide informs parents about the potential for children and teens to purchase drugs online on social media. SUPE, Substance Use Prevention Education, is an online drug education and prevention platform to help educate people of all ages and fields of work on drug and alcohol use.
Help for Veterans:
This resource is a one stop shop for veterans to find help for a variety of life events and experiences, as well as health and medical issues. The site also has resources for family members of veterans.
If you are a veteran in need of help, dial 988 then press 1. You many also visit this site to receive chat help as well as view resources for veterans.
IRS Free File lets qualified taxpayers prepare and file federal income tax returns online using guided tax preparation software. It’s safe, easy and no cost to you. Those who don’t qualify can still use Free File Fillable Forms.
The official IRS website, featuring tax information and free downloadable tax forms.
Offers information on Mass state taxes for both individuals and businesses, including free downloadable tax forms.
You can find more databases under a different main subject that will assist you in your research as well. You are not limited to resources found in this section.
An online encyclopedia for students in grades 6-8 in Spanish.
Comprehensive encyclopedia with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more designed for older children and young adults.
An online encyclopedia for students in grades 9 and up as well as adults.
Encyclopedia Britannica with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more designed high school students and educators.
Encyclopedia Britannica with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more designed middle school students and educators.
Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.
Information on high school research topics plus pop culture, sports, and more.
Test prep including practice tests, review help, and more. It includes practice tests for AP exams, ACT, PSAT, SAT, and more. Look for them under "Improve Your Score".
This site provides free practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL licenses. It also includes the manuals for each license.
The home page of the U.S. government, which links to many other official government pages and resources.
A free source of federal legislative information, including current legislative activity, the Congressional Record and more.
Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of US Government resources:
Reference information for every state in the union.
Provides information on maximizing the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
Consumer vehicle pricing for both new and used vehicles. Values include cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and boats.
Check car prices and values when buying and selling new or used vehicles. Find expert reviews and ratings, explore latest car news, and more.