Bruins mascot, Ice Girls visit Merrimack Public Library

Members of the Boston Bruins 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 traveled to the Merrimack Public Library on Tuesday, June 28, and will visit several more libraries in July and August.

During their visits, children registered for the Summer Reading Program 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 young readers through adults.

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