DATE: June 03, 2011
Bruins Support Summer Reading
The Boston Bruins have once again teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and local libraries to encourage kids and teens to keep reading over the summer. This year, libraries across the Commonwealth are offering programs that inspire all ages to discover the world through reading: One World, Many Stories for kids; You Are Here for teens, and Novel Destinations for adults.
Summer reading is one of the best ways to help children and teens maintain skills they’ve learned over the academic year and grow towards the skills required for the next school year. To encourage participation, the Bruins (mascot Blades and other VIPs) are making special library visits to award Boston Bruins Reading Rinks to five lucky libraries. The rinks feature Bruins- themed hockey furniture and provide a comfortable space for young readers and their families to read together, do a craft, or take part in a library program.
This is the second year the team has awarded Reading Rinks to Massachusetts Libraries. Middleborough Public Library was one of last year’s winners and Director Danielle Bowker says the kids really enjoy it, “The Bruins Reading Rink is a phenomenal addition to our Children’s Room. The young ones just love it and the seats are never empty for very long.” The Boston Bruins will also provide prizes for children and teens selected from a pool of candidates who demonstrate outstanding reading involvement.
The Boston Bruins began partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System in 2009. Together the organizations developed "When you read, you score" that works with the MBLC and Regional Library Systems' existing summer reading programs. Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and other players helped libraries develop “Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins,” a recommended reads list, to encourage children and teens to read a variety of books over the summer.
Massachusetts has offered statewide online summer reading programs since 2007. Participants register, write book reviews, set goals, and track their progress online. Massachusetts was the first state in the country to offer such a program. On average, 350 libraries offer statewide summer reading each year with over 95,000 children, teens, adults participating.
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.