DATE: July 29, 2009
Boston Bruins Join Massachusetts Libraries to Encourage Summer Reading
The Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) have embarked on a partnership to encourage children and teens to keep reading through the summer months.
While summer reading programs are not new to the MBLC, which along with the Massachusetts Regional Library System (MRLS) has sponsored summer reading programs in public libraries across the Commonwealth for several years, the libraries welcome the Bruins' support. "Working with the Bruins will help attract more teens and non-users into the libraries and to the programs and ultimately send the message that libraries and reading are for everyone," said MBLC Director, Robert C. Maier.
Together the organizations have developed "When you read, you score" that works with the MBLC and Regional Library Systems' existing summer reading programs to encourage children and teens to read a variety of books over the summer - including those recommended by current Bruins Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, Mark Stuart, Tim Thomas and Aaron Ward - and offers participants the chance to win various Boston Bruins prizes. Once signed up, participants in the program will be given the opportunity to choose what they want to read, track their progress online as well as write on-line book reviews.
Children and teens who participate in the online version of summer reading programs also have a chance to win Bruins prizes including autographed jerseys, mini sticks and pucks. One grand prize winner will receive a VIP package which includes 4 loge tickets, bench assistant role for 1 child (ages of 6-12), "Family High Five," Zamboni ride (ages12 or older), post game meet and greet and a parking pass for one car.
Several celebrity reading appearances featuring Bruins coaches, wives and players, are planned for libraries during the summer months. "It means a lot to have the support of a team like the Bruins. The kids are so excited," said one librarian.The Bruins will continue to work with libraries in the development of their FY2010 summer reading programs.
Bruins fans interested in the Boston Bruins summer reading program “When You Read, You Score” should visit www.bostonbruins.com.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.