We've rallied hundreds of young readers into the library's summer reading program, and now it's time to celebrate.

In partnership with the city police department, the library is joining the National Night Out event and featuring Fantasy Corral, a traveling petting zoo featuring baby animals. The petting zoo is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Lakefront Park.

In partnership with the city parks department, the library is featuring a two-act musical event perfect for families: the Teddy Bear Band and Sons of the Beach. The show is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Lakefront Park Bandshell.

The library has featured free performers every Tuesday afternoon all summer as part of the Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program. The performances were funded by the Hudson Area Public Library Foundation, but we were able to enhance the last two events by partnering with the police and parks departments.

National Night Out is a campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The event features free-will offering dinner, live music, live demonstrations, and many other family fun activities.

We're also thrilled to be part of the band selection process for the summer concert series. The Teddy Bear Band is a children's favorite! After the kids show, band members take a short break and turn into Sons of the Beach and play parents' favorite beach tunes. This band is well known for their other name--Rich & the Resistors, which is the Minnesota Vikings house band.

Pack your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and food. We'll see you there!

Upcoming events

Tween Bingo Night, Thursday Aug. 1, 6-7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome!

Sensory Room Saturday, Saturday Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For toddlers & preschoolers.

Read With Fergus, Saturday Aug. 3, 10:3011:45 a.m. Fergus' schedule is full, but you can still get on the waiting list at the front desk.

STEAM Camp begins, Monday Aug. 5, 2-4 p.m. This camp is full, but you can still get on the waiting list at the youth services desk.

K-Kids: A Service Club for Kids, Monday Aug. 5, 6-7 p.m. For kids interested in community service.

Fantasy Corral-Petting Zoo, Tuesday Aug. 6, 5-8 p.m. Held in partnership with our community for National Night Out. At Lakefront Park. Everyone welcome.

Genealogy at the Library, Thursday Aug. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Genealogy & the Internet: Make it Work for You," presented by Paula Stuart-Warren.

Weeds 101: Nature's Blight or Bouquet, Thursday Aug. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome!

Preschool STEM: Dinosaurs, Friday Aug. 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Register at the youth services desk. Ages 3-5.

Teen Advisory Board T.A.B., Friday Aug. 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. New members welcome.

Ping Pong Saturday, Saturday Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We'll have the ping pong table out all day. Everyone welcome.

Story Time: Thursday, Aug. 8 is the last storytime until Sept. 10.

Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m.

Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m.

Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.

Novel Bunch Book Club, Thursday Aug. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "The Witch Elm" by Tana French.

iLABS: Open during regular library hours.