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When You Read, You Score!

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Since the summer of 2009, the Boston Bruins have been partnering with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) to present When You Read, You Score! The summer reading program encourages children and teens to read over the summer months so they may avoid the "summer slide" and maintain skills they've learned over the academic year.

Beginning this summer, the Boston Bruins will also be partnering with the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire to bring When You Read, You Score! to the local libraries of New Hampshire.

Children and teens who participate in summer reading programs show an increase in vocabulary scores on standardized testing and an increase in comprehension scores. In fact, reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.

To help inspire children and teens to keep reading over the summer, Bruins players, including Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask have helped libraries develop Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins - a new recommended reads list that also includes librarian picks for the best hockey books. To see the recommend reads list, please click here.

Summer library programs are free and fun. Register at, or stop by your local library. Check back to see if your local library won a visit from Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls!

For more information on this or any Community Relations program, please email


2016 Summer Reading Visits

Over the course of the summer, Blades and Bruins Ice Girls visit libraries around Massachusetts & New Hampshire to promote the Boston Bruins Summer Reading program, When You Read, You Score! During the visits, they assist with reading the story "This Bear's Tale: How Blades Became a Bruin", participate in craft activities such as coloring in hockey masks and Bruins coloring pages, and have the chance to win trivia prizes.

This summer, the Bruins will be making at the following libraries:

June 2016
Merrimack Public Library (Merrimack, NH) Tuesday, June 28 12:00pm-1:00pm
Whipple Free Library (New Boston, NH) Tuesday, June 28 3:00pm-4:00pm

July 2016
Amesbury Public Library (Amesbury, MA) Tuesday, July 12 4:00pm-5:00pm
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library (Wakefield, MA) Thursday, July 14 3:00pm
Pease Public Library (Plymouth, NH) Monday, July 18 3:00pm-4:00pm
Durham Public Library (Durham, NH) Tuesday, July 19 11:00am-12:00pm
Goodwin Library (Farmington, NH) Tuesday, July 19 3:00pm-4:00pm
Sunderland Public Library (Sunderland, MA) Wednesday, July 20 6:00pm-7:00pm
Hanson Public Library (Hanson, MA) Thursday, July 21 10:00am-11:00am
Truro Public Library (Truro, MA) Thursday, July 21 3:00pm-4:00pm
Derry Public Library (Derry, NH) Tuesday, July 26 11:00am-12:00pm
Bolton Public Library (Bolton, MA) Friday, July 29 11:00am-12:00pm

August 2016
Kimball Library (Atkinson, NH) Tuesday, August 2 6:30pm-7:30pm
Malden Public Library (Malden, MA) Wednesday, August 3 3:00pm-4:00pm
Wheeler Memorial Library (Orange, MA) Tuesday, August 9 11:00am-12:00pm
South Hadley Public Library (South Hadley, MA) Tuesday, August 9 3:00pm-4:00pm
Berlin Public Library (Berlin, NH) Wednesday, August 18 3:00pm-4:00pm
Blaisdell Memorial Library (Nottingham, NH) Tuesday, August 23 12:00pm-1:00pm

Please note: Dates and times are subject to change.
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