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B's Drop Off Summer's Final Reading Rink

by Abigail Seaver / Boston Bruins
South Hadley, MA -- On Wednesday, August 26, the Black & Gold dropped off another Reading Rink.

South Hadley
This time a rink was given to the South Hadley Public Library as part of the program, "When You Read, You Score!" sponsored jointly by EBSCO, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The rinks, created in conjunction with the Massachusetts Environmental Reading Program, featured a Boston Bruins rug, Bruins themed hockey furniture, bookcases made from hockey sticks and a children-sized B's rocking chair.

The spaces are intended to give children a fun, engaging environment in which to read with their families and friends. The Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners chose each of the libraries who recieved a rink.

Blades, the Bruins lovable mascot, was in attendance as well as Ice Girl Mary. They both helped act out a book read by South Hadley librarian Meg Clancy.

This week, the book choice was “Casey and Derek Take the Ice,” which was one of the books the Boston Bruins donated. As Ms. Clancy read, Blades sat at the newly installed reading rink and helped get the kids involved into the story.

After the book was through, the kids were able to show off their knowledge of the Bruins through trivia games.

Ice Girl Mary asked if they knew who the two goalies were for the Boston Bruins and almost all the kids hands shot into the air with the kids yelling, “Thomas! Tuukka!”

At the end of the session, each of the kids got to meet Blades and Ice Girl Mary, and everyone recieved a goodie bag that included rally towels, stickers and other Black & Gold goodies.

The "When You Read You Score" summer reading program was founded in 2009. The program incorporates unique theme each summer with this year’s theme being environmental awareness.

This library visit represented the last rink drop off of this summer's program, however the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners estimates that 90,000 children across Massachusetts would eventually participate in the Environmental Reading Program.

For more information on the reading rinks and the specific books Bruins players chose for the kids to read you can visit
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