Bruins mascot ‘Blades’ to celebrate summer reading at Hazen Library July 28

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SHIRLEY — The Boston Bruins have teamed up with libraries across the Commonwealth to encourage kids and teens to keep reading over the summer.

“We’re certainly proud of the team and their support of summer reading has really made a difference,” said Kathleen Farrar, Youth Services Librarian. “And we’re happy to welcome Bruins mascot Blades to the Hazen Memorial Library.”

Blades will be joining young readers in story time and a special craft on July 28 from 3-4 p.m. This visit is for children registered in the Every Hero Has a Story and the teen Unmask! Summer Reading programs.

To encourage children and teens to keep reading over the summer, Bruins players, including Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, have helped libraries develop Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins, a recommended reads list that also include librarian picks for the best hockey books.

“The kids really enjoy picking up a book and seeing that it was recommended by one of the Bruins players. It inspires them to want to read it themselves,” said Farrar.

The booklist is available on mass.gov/libraries or at the library.

Summer reading is one of the best ways to help children and teens avoid the “summer slide” and maintain skills they’ve learned over the academic year. It also helps them grow toward the skills required for the next school year. To sign up for summer reading go to READSinMA.org, www.shirleylibrary.org or just stop by the library.

Massachusetts has offered statewide online summer reading programs since 2007. Participants register, write book reviews, set goals and track their progress online. Massachusetts was the first state in the country to offer such a program.

On average, 350 libraries offer statewide summer reading each year with over 300,000 children, teens and adults participating.

The Boston Bruins have been active partners and advocates for reading and literacy since 2009 and collaborate with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System to develop reading and literacy programming.