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Bruins mascot, Ice Girls to visit NH public libraries

Members of the Boston Bruins organization will be making their rookie debuts at several New Hampshire public libraries in the coming months as they help promote the importance of summer reading through the team’s “When You Read, You Score” program.

Bruins’ mascot Blades and members of the Ice Girls will travel to several Granite State libraries in June, July and August. During their visits, children registered for the Summer Reading Program will have the opportunity to color hockey masks, read “This Bear’s Tale: How Blades Became a Bruin” and play trivia games.

The Bruins are strong supporters of literacy programs. To help encourage summer reading, several Bruins players – including Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuuka Rask – have developed a “Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins” reading list, which includes titles that will interest very young readers through adults.

The 2016 national Summer Reading Program theme for children, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” aligns well with the Bruins’ “When You Read, You Score!” program.

Bruins visits to New Hampshire public libraries in 2016 are:

  • Merrimack Public Library, June 28, noon-1 p.m.
  • Whipple Free Library (New Boston) June 28, 3-4 p.m.
  • Pease Public Library (Plymouth), July 18, 3-4 p.m.
  • Durham Public Library, July 19, 11 a.m.- noon
  • Goodwin Library (Farmington), July 19, 3-4 p.m.
  • Derry Public Library, July 26, 11 a.m.-noon
  • Kimball Library (Atkinson), Aug. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Berlin Public Library, Aug. 17, 3-4 p.m.
  • Blaisdell Memorial Library (Nottingham), Aug. 23, noon-1 p.m.

For more information about local visits, contact the public library directly.

“When You Read, You Score” is presented by Velcro; “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” is facilitated locally by the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire and nationally by the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

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