DATE: July 24, 2013
Bruins and Patrons Play Hockey at the Library
Statewide summer reading is currently underway at libraries across the Commonwealth. Young readers in Methuen recently had some extra encouragement to keep reading from Boston Bruins prospect players who visited the Nevins Memorial Library as part of the Boston Bruins Development Camp.
While story time and craft time were going on downstairs, Boston Bruins prospect players Linus Arnesson, Anthony Camara, Chris Castro, Alex Cord, Ryan Fitzgerald, Seth Griffith, Garnet Hathaway and Wiley Sherman were upstairs adding a new skill that one can learn at the library: hockey. The players joined youngsters from Methuen to celebrate the statewide summer reading program sponsored by the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Library System and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and local libraries.
"Playing hockey in the library is a once-in-a lifetime experience for both the kids and the players," said MBLC Commissioner Jan Resnick. "And as kids are playing, they're also encouraged to participate in summer reading which helps keep their academic skills sharp for the upcoming school year."
The players also held a hockey-themed story time, answered questions about playing hockey and what their favorite books are, and helped youngsters create their own hockey masks. "The positive impact that these young men have on our kids is invaluable. They're promoting reading and libraries in a way to which kids respond," said Nevins Memorial Library Director Krista McLeod.
The Boston Bruins' mascot Blades will be also be promoting reading over the summer. Blades visits are scheduled for libraries in Boxborough, Charlton, East Longmeadow, Pembroke, and Norton. Summer reading teens and children also have the opportunity to win special Boston Bruins prizes, including autographed gear and at-games experiences like riding the Zamboni or high-fiving Bruins players as they take the ice.
Last year, more than 330,000 children, teens, and adults attended 11,240 programs held in the 6-8 week span of summer in 280 libraries across the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts has offered statewide online summer reading programs since 2007. Through ReadsinMA.org, participants register, write book reviews, set goals, and track their progress. Massachusetts was the first state in the country to offer such a program. The Massachusetts Library System and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners coordinate the program with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Boston Bruins have supported the program since 2009. Libraries across the Commonwealth participate in the statewide summer program at no cost.
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.