DATE: September 25, 2013
Summer Readers win Bruins Prizes
Just in time for the Boston Bruins home opener, young readers across the Commonwealth received Bruins prizes based on their participation in the statewide summer reading programs at public libraries. Prizes include at-game experiences like riding the Zamboni, high-fiving the players as they take the ice or getting to sit on the Bruins bench during pre-game warm-ups. Team-signed Bruins jerseys and Bruins pucks signed by Brad Marchand were also awarded. "It's a great way to encourage kids to keep reading," said one librarian.
Librarians from across the state were asked to submit names for the random prize drawing. In all 27 children and teens from the following libraries received prizes:
Grand Prize Winners
Zamboni game experience: Topsfield Public Library
High Five game experience: Rowley Public Library
Bench Assistant game experience: Tewksbury Public Library
Team-Signed Bruins Jersey
Douglas Public Library
Springfield City Library (East Forest Park Branch)
Amesbury Public Library
Harwich Public Library
Concord Public Library
Fairhaven Public Library
Stow Public Library
Lakeville Public Library
Somerset Public Library
Brad Marchand Signed Bruins Puck
Tewksbury Public Library
Whitinsville Public Library
Lee Library Association
Sutton Public Library
Taunton Public Library
Duxbury Public Library
Braintree Public Library
Harvard Public Library
Milton Public Library
Harwich Public Library
Wilbraham Public Library
Peabody Public Library
Walpole Public Library
The Boston Bruins began partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System in 2009 and have been active participants in libraries' efforts to encourage young people to read. In addition to supporting summer reading at libraries across the state, Bruins players worked with libraries to develop the Bruins Favorites reading list that includes favorite books from Cam Neely, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand. The Bruins also make special library visits during the summer months.
In 2012, 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 300,000 people. 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.
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.