News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: March 01, 2011
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Bruins Reading Prizes Awarded

In February, young readers across the Commonwealth received Bruins prizes based on their participation in the statewide summer reading programs at public libraries. “It was great to receive the prizes during what has been an outstanding season for the Bruins. The kids are really excited and it encourages them to want to read more,” said one librarian.

The Bruins began partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System two years ago. 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 Bruins Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, Mark Stuart, Tim Thomas- and offers participants the chance to win various Boston Bruins prizes.

Librarians from across the state were asked to submit names for the random drawing conducted by the Massachusetts Library System. In all, 27 children and teens received Bruins prizes. Ryan Oxner, age 6, from Kingston Public Library was one of the lucky winners of a Marc Savard autographed Bruins jerseys. Ryan’s mom said, “He was so excited, he told his grandmother that he got it just for reading and that he loved reading.”

The Bruins’ financial support of the statewide summer reading program, along with funding from the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library System, has allowed libraries to receive summer reading materials at no cost to the local library.

Complete list of winners

Winners of Milan Lucic autographed puck:

Winner Age Librarian Library
Julia Holmgren 7 Mindy Hackner Milne Public Library, Williamstown
Dylan Belchoir 7 Teresa Mirra Lakeville Public Library
Ryan Fahey 5 Christine Dargelis Middleboro Public Library
Charles Anderson 7 Candy Cross Wheeler Memorial Library
Rebecca Moglin 7 Diane Caruso Southwick Public Library
John Medaglia 8 Cathy Livingston Oxford Public Library
Owen Walkowicz 8 Kelly Daniels Sunderland Public LIbrary
Meghan King 9 Vickie Dawson Berkley Public Library
Kito Ntchobo 10 Carol Bender Peabody Institute Library, Peabody
Thomas Doerr 11 Patricia Joubert Berlin Public Library
Meghan MacAskill 13 Caitlin McKeon Bolton Public Library
Julia Moores 14 Andrea Ingala Norfolk Town Library
Grace Azzarito 12 Alissa Lauzon Haverhill Public Library
Rebecca Towne 15 Meg Clancy South Hadley Public Library
Kendra Lim 13 Dipti Mehta Stoughton Public Library

Winners of Marc Savard autographed jersey:
Winner Age Librarian Library
Joseph Boisvert 9 Debra J. Young Uxbridge Public Library
Spencer Orofino 5 Anne Vantran East Bridgewater Public Library
Ryan Oxner 6 Stephanie Legg Kingston Public Library
Christopher Boucher 11 Ellen Van Dalinda Parlin Memorial Library, Everett
Cedar Noonan 8 Betty Johnson Colrain Public Library
Luke Beckstein 8 Connie Spickler Tyngsborough Public Library
Katherine Miner 13 Kelly Daniels Baker Sunderland Public Library
James Mauer, Jr. 15 Elaine Wrubel Wilbraham Public Library
Allison Quinn 13 Vickie Dawson Berkley Public Library

Grand Prize winners:

Winner Age Librarian Library
Nicholas Lang 7 Elaine Wrubel Wilbraham Public Library
Owen Maguire 8 Beth Coughlin Swampscott Public Library
Troy Rood 14 Lisa Fuller Plumb Memorial Library, Rochester

Click here for a list of reading recommendations from Bruins players.

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( 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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