DATE: February 22, 2013
Readers Win Bruins Prizes
In February, young readers across the Commonwealth received Bruins prizes based on their participation in the statewide summer reading programs at public libraries. “It’s 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 in 2008. Together the organizations developed "When you read, you score" that works with the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library Systems' (MLS) existing summer reading program to encourage children and teens to keep reading over the summer. Research has shown that summer reading helps kids maintain skills they’ve learned over the academic year and grow towards the skills required for the next school year.
Librarians from across the state were asked to submit names for the random prize drawing conducted by MLS. In all, 27 children and teens received Bruins prizes ranging from team-signed Bruins jerseys to Bruins pucks signed by Brad Marchand to at-game experiences like riding the Zamboni, high-fiving players as they leave the locker room, or the opportunity to sit on the Bruins bench during pre-game warm-ups.
Libraries in the following communities had Bruins prize winners: Amesbury, Belchertown, Brookline, Fairhaven, Great Barrington, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Leicester, Leverett, Malden, Medfield, Milton, Northborough, Orange, Peabody, Pembroke, Pepperell, Rockland, Salisbury, South Hadley, Southwick, Sunderland, Tewksbury, Walpole, Westhampton, Whitman, and Worcester.
More than 300,000 children, teens and adults participated in summer reading events at libraries across the Commonwealth during summer 2012. 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. Summer 2013 is just around the corner. Sign-up begins in June and can be done online at ReadsinMa.org or at the 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.