Bruins Prizes and Blades Visits at Libraries this Summer


June 28, 2024
Celeste Bruno
Communications Director

Summer Library Programs play a significant role in keeping kids and teens connected to educational resources over the summer. Research shows that reading just four books over the summer helps kids avoid summer learning loss. To encourage kids and teens to keep reading during the summer months, the Boston Bruins, in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), are making special visits to eight public libraries. The team is also awarding prizes to libraries for participants and to support summer programming.

Bruins prospective players who are participating in the 2024 development camp will kick off summer with a celebration at Waltham Public Library. Bruins’ mascot Blades will join readers at the following libraries for family fun events with games, crafts, and reading:  Billerica, Brockton, Duxbury, Falmouth, Harvard, Pittsfield, and West Boylston. New this summer, select visits will include American Sign Language, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Bruins prizes include game experiences of 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, Bruins' pucks and photos signed by superstar David Pastrnak 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
Milford Town Library: High-Five at Game Experience

Southborough Public Library: Bench Assistant at Game Experience

Woburn Public Library: High-Five at Game Experience

Team-Signed Bruins' Jersey
Thayer Public Library, Braintree

Norton Public Library

Rockland Public Library

David Pastrnak signed Bruins' Puck
Athol Public Library

Attleboro Public Library

Paul Pratt Library, Cohasset

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library, Dudley

Easthampton Public Library

Boyden Library, Foxboro

Levi Heywood Memorial Library, Gardner

Lee Library Association

Marblehead Public Library

Salisbury Public Library

Saugus Public Library

Stoughton Public Library

Sutton Public Library

Topsfield Town Library

Windsor Free Public Library


David Pastrnak signed Photo

Abington Public Library

Berkley Public Library

Chelsea Public Library

Hadley Public Library

Hamilton Wenham Public Library

Lakeville Public Library

Marlborough Public Library

Needham Free Public Library

Northborough Free Public Library

Richards Memorial Library, Paxton

Seekonk Public Library

South Hadley Public Library

Upton Town Library

Westwood Public Library

Fiske Public Library, Wrentham

The partnership between the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) began in 2009. Since then, millions of kids, teens, and adults have participated in statewide summer reading. The program is free to all public libraries and residents in the Commonwealth with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the MBLC, MLS, and the Boston Bruins.


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.