News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: September 29, 2009
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


Summer Reading Winners

Blades high fives a young summer reading participant and Boston Bruins fan.

Blades high fives a young summer reading participant and Boston Bruins fan.

The Boston Bruins, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems are pleased to announce the 2009 Summer Reading Bruins prize winners.

This summer marked the beginning of a new partnership between the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems (MRLS).  Together the organizations developed "When you read, you score" that worked with the MBLC/MRLS 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.

As part of the program, Bruins staff coordinated special events with the MBLC/MRLS and public libraries to help support the message that reading is for everyone, even tough guys like the Bruins.

In Hanover Public Library, young patrons and their parents got a feeling of what it was like to travel in space from NASA Astronaut Steve Bowen, an avid hockey fan who told the crowd, "There were two things I did every summer: I lived on the ice and in the library." Bruins Mascot Blades thrilled children in Hyde Park. While children in Woburn Public Library learned what it takes to become a professional hockey player from Bruins Strength and Conditioning Coach, Steve Whitesides. For more about these events please visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=41423

MBLC Vice Chair Katherine Dibble and Bruins’ mascot Blades congratulate Carolyn Garvey from Harvard Public Library. Carolyn won an autographed Tim Thomas mini Bruins hockey stick.

MBLC Vice Chair Katherine Dibble and Bruins’ mascot Blades congratulate Carolyn Garvey from Harvard Public Library. Carolyn won an autographed Tim Thomas mini Bruins hockey stick.

Summer reading participants were also eligible for Bruins' prizes including autographed Patrice Bergeron jerseys, autographed Tim Thomas mini sticks and pucks, team autographed Bruins pennants.

Jenna Sylvia from Middleborough Public Library won the 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.

Award winners in each region are as follows:

Southeast:

Elise Mello (jersey)                               Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library 
Patrick Slater (mini hockey stick)          Paul Pratt Library
Erin Haley (puck)                                 Pembroke Public Library
Julia O'Brien (pennant)                         Berkley Public Library

Western:

Gavin Crehan (jersey)                           Griswold Memorial Library, Colrain
Sophie Dorshow (mini hockey stick)     Sunderland Public Library
Kai Nieto Gonzalez  (puck)                  Sunderland Public Library
Bobby Slowinski (pennant)                   Griswold Memorial Library, Colrain

Metrowest:

Makayla Goss  (jersey)             Morrill Memorial Library
Jonathan Midey   (mini hockey stick)     Maynard Public Library
Marjorie Hollohan   (puck)                   Woburn Public Library
Sadie Noone    (pennant)                      Weston Public Library

Boston:

Aunnakalia Boyce  (jersey)                   Boston Public Library
Arinze Manning (mini hockey stick)       Boston Public Library
Cathy Nguyen     (puck)                       Malden Public Library
Frazar Bullard  (pennant)          Malden Public Library

Northeast

Jahnavi Raparti (jersey)             Tewksbury Public Library
Sean Whelton   (mini hockey stick)     Tewksbury Public Library
Li Kangar  (puck)                                 Tewksbury Public Library  
Jason Young (pennant)                         West Newbury Public Library

Central

Jennifer Lee (jersey)                             Northborough Free Library
Carolyn Garvey  (mini hockey stick)      Harvard Public Library
Adam Bickford   (puck)                        Auburn Public Library
Lilly Bartelloni   (pennant)                     Bellingham Public Library

The first round of prizes was awarded to winners in Central Massachusetts Regional Library System at a celebration held at Northborough Public Library. Commissioners Irving Zangwill and Mary Rose Quinn were special guest readers and MBLC Vice-Chair Katherine Dibble awarded the prizes to the lucky winners.

Jennifer Lee, who won the autographed Patrice Bergeron Bruins team jersey, was nice enough to let her friend try it on. The two were congratulated by Blades for their participation in the 2009 Summer Reading Program at Northborough Free Library.

Jennifer Lee, who won the autographed Patrice Bergeron Bruins team jersey, was nice enough to let her friend try it on. The two were congratulated by Blades for their participation in the 2009 Summer Reading Program at Northborough Free Library.

The Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) will award prizes during the Friends of the WMRLS First Annual BOOK IT TO THE LIBRARY Road Race on October 3, 2009 :http://friends.wmrls.org/2009/

The Metrowest, Boston, and Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Library Systems have planned a celebration at the Boston Sports Museum. The Northeast Regional Library System is also planning an event for October.

The MBLC, MRLS, and the Boston Bruins also recognized the hundreds of teen volunteers whose work in the libraries helps make the summer reading programs possible. Librarians nominated over thirty outstanding teens for Bruins prizes. At the September Board Meeting the MBLC selected the four prize winners:

Kasey Krischner (jersey)                      Norfolk Public Library

Wyatt Craig  (mini hockey stick)           Hardwick Public Library

Nicholas D'Errico (puck)                      Southborough Public Library

Allie Giza (pennant)                              Sutton Public Library

The Boston Bruins, MBLC, and MRLS are looking forward to 2010 when the theme for the summer reading program is Go Green@ Your Library!  For more information please visit www.mass.gov/libraries

About MBLC

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.

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