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Boston Bruins Announce "Reading Rink" Drop Off Dates

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON - This summer the Boston Bruins continue their efforts to improve literacy in Massachusetts through their "When You Read You Score" reading program. Throughout the summer the Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls will deliver "Reading Rinks" to six local public libraries including: the Newbury Town Library in Byfield, Woburn Public Library, Plainville Public Library, Middleborough Public Library, South Hadley Public Library, and Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library. A complete list of “Reading Rink” drop-off dates can be found below.

Each "Reading Rink" features a Bruins rug, Bruins themed hockey furniture, bookcases made from hockey sticks and a kids-sized Bruins rocking chair. The space provides a fun, engaging environment for children and their families to read together. Each library was chosen by the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Location: Plainville Public Library, 198 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762
Date: Monday, August 9 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 0180
Date: Tuesday, August 17 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
Date: Wednesday, August 25 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Newbury Town Library (0 Lunt Street Byfield, MA 01922) was the first to receive a "Reading Rink" during the Bruins fourth annual Development Camp. The Bruins prospects led story-time in the new Reading Rink, helped children plant sunflower seeds, guided the children through a hockey obstacle course and planted perennials in the library’s Memorial Garden.

The Boston Bruins first teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in 2009 when the organizations formed the "When You Read You Score" summer reading program. The program incorporates unique theme each summer to encourage young people to keep reading during their summer break. Studies show that reading over the summer helps kids maintain skills they've learned over the academic year and grow towards the skills required for the next school year. The Bruins Summer Reading Program "When You Read You Score," in conjunction with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners estimated 90,000 children across Massachusetts will participate in the Environmental Reading Program.
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