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Curious Creatures in Woburn

by Abigail Seaver / Boston Bruins
Blades and a new friend. (Photo: A. Seaver)
Woburn, MA -- The Boston Bruins visited the Woburn Public Library on Tuesday to deliver another “Reading Rink” -- a Bruins inspired corner where children can read their favorite books in Black & Gold furniture made of hockey sticks.


Blades the Bruins Mascot and Ice Girl Kelly were on hand, along with Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin, to unveil the Reading Rink to the children of Woburn.

However, unlike at the previous libraries in Byfield and Plainville, Blades was not the only "ferrocious" animal in attendance.

Dean Kosch of Curious Creatures brought along some of his animal friends to teach the kids about learning through reading. He explained to the children how he learned about all of his creatures from reading about them in books.

All of the animals were rescued pets. Ruby, a 40-year old tropical bird was one of the stars. From saying "Hello" to the children to hanging out with Ice Girl Kelly, Ruby almost stole the show from Blades.

But Blades took center stage again, when the B's favorite friendly bear made a new friend in the form of a skunk. Lily the skunk spent most of the show in Blades’ paws as the mascot showed to the many children in attendance of the Reading Rink unveiling.

Still another showstopper was Squirtle - a tortoise that was large enough to give kids a piggyback ride, er turtleback ride - literally!

Ryan, a young Woburn native, got to experience that first hand when he rode Squirtle down the aisle of the library.

Other animals made cameo appearances as well, such as Mika the flying squirrel, a Mexican milk snake, two hissing cockroaches and Charlie the chinchilla.

All of the rescued animal pets live in their own house on Dean's farm. The animals stay there until he can find them a loving home forever.
If the animals do not find a home, however, then they can spend their days with Dean and the rest of his animal friends.

This news had many of children ready to take the animals home and while the parents put a stop to their wishful thinking, the kids didn’t leave empty handed and got to take home some great items.

Raffles were held for a Bruins team-signed hockey stick, an autographed copy of the book Casey and Derek on the Ice by Marty Sederman and one of 12 mini-Blades cookies. Each kid also got to leave with a Bruins goodie bag.


To learn more about the Bruins program, "When You Read, You Score!" you can visit BostonBruins.com.

If you are interesting in learning more about Dean and Curious Creatures, or adopting one of the animals, you can log onto www.curiouscreatures.org.

There is one more reading rink delivery coming up:

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

See you there!
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