Bruins Award Summer Reading Prizes


August 13, 2019
Matthew Perry
Outreach Coordinator
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As part of the tenth anniversary of the Boston Bruins partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Bruins awarded special prizes to participants in the statewide summer library program.

Prizes included game experiences including riding the Zamboni, high-fiving the players as they take the ice, and getting to sit on the Bruins bench during pregame warm-ups. Team-signed Bruins jerseys and Bruins pucks signed by Bruins defenseman Torey Krug were also awarded. "It's a great incentive for kids to keep reading," said one librarian.

The prizes were awarded to the following libraries:

Grand Prize Winners
Zamboni game experience: Lakeville Public Library
High Five game experience: Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Bench Assistant game experience: Levi Heywood Memorial Library, Gardner

Team-Signed Bruins Jersey
Hull Public Library

Norfolk Public Library

Reading Public Library

North Brookfield Public Library

Athol Public Library

Flint Memorial Library, North Reading

Harwich Public Library

Tewksbury Public Library

Middleborough Public Library

Torey Krug Signed Bruins Puck

Hanson Public Library

Tyngsborough Public Library

Vineyard Haven Public Library

Weston Public Library

Edgartown Public Library

Russell Public Library

Flint Public Library, Middleton

Florida Public Library

Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood

Shrewsbury Public Library

Westborough Public Library

Townsend Public Library

Millicent Library, Fairhaven

Fells Branch of the Wellesley Free Library

Lawler Branch of the New Bedford Public Library


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 Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, and more.

To jumpstart summer fun at the library, the Boston Bruins held a Summer Reading Kickoff at the Woburn Public Library. Throughout June, July, and August, Boston Bruins mascot Blades will be making special story time visits to libraries in Andover, Bourne, Braintree, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Lawrence, Marshfield, Martha’s Vineyard, Melrose, Millbury, Pittsfield, Princeton, and Sheffield.

Over four million children teens and adults have participated in summer reading since 2009. The Bruins' financial support of the statewide summer reading program, along with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding from the MBLC and MLS, has allowed libraries to receive summer reading materials at no cost.


About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( 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.