DATE: February 24, 2012
Bruins Reading Prizes Awarded
In the upcoming weeks, young readers across the Commonwealth will receive Bruins prizes based on their participation in the statewide summer reading programs at public libraries. “The kids are really excited. Especially because the team is the Stanley Cup Champions—it encourages kids to read more” said one librarian.
Librarians from across the state were asked to submit names for the random prize drawing conducted by the Massachusetts Library System. In all, 24 children and teens received Bruins prizes. Grand prize winners will have a special “Bruins Experience” at upcoming home games. Shyam Siva, age 6, from Shrewsbury Public Library will greet the players as they take the ice. Kayla McFadden, age 10, from Townsend Public Library will sit on the bench during pre-game warm-ups. Rhiannon Anderson, age 13, from the Peabody Institute Library will ride the Zamboni during intermission.
The Bruins began partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System three years ago. Together the organizations 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, Sean Thornton, Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas- and offers participants the chance to win various Boston Bruins prizes. For a full list of prize winners, please see below.
In 2011, the statewide Summer Reading Programs ran for 6 to 8 weeks. During that time libraries offered over 10,000 summer reading events, programs, and workshops attended by over 370,000 people. Close to 100,000 children, teens, and adults registered for summer reading. 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.
The Bruins’ financial support of the statewide summer reading program, along with federal Library Technology and Services Act funding from the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library System, has allowed libraries to receive summer reading materials at no cost to the local library.
Puck Signed by Milan Lucic
|Emma McIntire||7||Leverett Public Library|
|Sopia Smith||7||Middleborough Public Library|
|Joshua Melnitsky||6||Memorial Hall Library|
|Avery Olson||5||Rockport Public Library|
|Elizabeth Loprinze||5||Lawrence Library|
|Jack Dwyer||8||Oxford Public Library|
|Clara Gal||10||Princeton Public Library|
|Elena Copson||10||Lawrence Library|
|Grace McLellan||9||Salisbury Public Library|
|Brandon Carr||10||Chicopee Public library|
|Anastasia Pumphrey||12||Rockland Memorial Library|
|Jenna Bogan||15||Hopkinton Public Library|
|Savannah Shaker||14||Berkley Public Library|
|Sarah Peterson||15||Newbury Town Library|
Tyler Seguin Shirt
|Ryan Fish||6||Ayer Library|
|Madison LePrevost||7||Lee Library Association|
|Fiona McNamara||11||Westwood Public Library|
|Julie Schmidt||11||Eastham Public Library|
|Sumbal Shahzadi||14||Beebe Library|
|Taylor Badgley||15||Athol Public Library
Grand Prize Winners
|Shyam Siva||6||Shrewsbury Public Library|
Townsend Public Library
|Rhiannon Anderson||13||Peabody Institute Library|
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.