News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: February 24, 2012
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


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

Name Age Library
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
Rachel Machunski
18 Sutton Library
Jenna Bogan 15 Hopkinton Public Library
Savannah Shaker 14 Berkley Public Library
Sarah Peterson 15 Newbury Town Library


 Tyler Seguin Shirt

Name Age Library
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

Name Age Library
Shyam Siva 6 Shrewsbury Public Library
Kayla McFadden 
10

Townsend Public Library

Rhiannon Anderson 13 Peabody Institute Library

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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