This spring, young readers across the commonwealth received Bruins prizes based on their participation in the statewide summer reading programs at public libraries. Lawrence Library patron Carter Amidon was the winner of a hockey puck signed by Boston Bruins player Brad Marchand.
"I'm lucky!" he said.
The Bruins began partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System in 2008. Together the organizations developed "When you read, you score," which works with the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library Systems' 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.
"Carter Amidon is most deserving of this honor and we're thrilled that his name was drawn," said librarian Kat Lewin. "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."
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.
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.