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MBLC Celebrates 125 Years


Bruins poses with library staff and community members in Stoughton, 2012

Blades at a visit to the Stoughton Public Library in 2012.
(Image from MBLC Flickr account)

The following appeared in the Summer 2009 issue of MBLC Notes.

The Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) have embarked on a partnership to encourage children and teens to keep reading through the summer months.

Last year, over 100,000 Massachusetts residents participated in summer reading programs at their local libraries. The programs, which are free, encourage reading and offer fun special family events. They also help kids maintain skills they've learned over the academic year and grow towards the skills required for the next school year.

"We recognize the benefits of summer reading programs and want to do our part to encourage reading and support the libraries' efforts," Bruins Director of Community Relations Kerry Collins said. Several celebrity reading appearances featuring Bruins coaches, wives, and players are planned for libraries during the summer months.

TODAY: The Bruins partnership and MBLC summer library programs are still going strong. 1.4 million people throughout the Commonwealth - children, teens, and adults - have participated in summer library programs since the Bruins joined forces with us in 2009.

What else happened in 2009?

  • January 15: Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles made their miraculous emergency water landing on the Hudson River, saving US Airways Flight 1549 from certain disaster after the plane's engines failed.2
  • April 12: Captain Richard Phillips was rescued unharmed by Navy Seal snipers after an American cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates.3
  • June 25: The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died at the age of 50.4

1. MBLC Notes, Summer 2009.
2. US Airways Flight 1549 - Wikipedia entry [link].
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