Ten-year-old scores sold-out tickets to World Series thanks to her library

Contact: Megan Humphrey
Coordinator, @ your library®
For Immediate Release
October 21, 2005

Ten-year-old scores sold-out tickets to World Series thanks to her library

Join the Major Leagues program finishes winning season

World Series tickets may have been gone within 18 minutes, but Lauren Hochstadt, age 10, of Roselle, Ill. is heading to Game 1 tomorrow at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field with two tickets in hand.

An avid White Sox fan, Hochstadt is the grand-prize winner of Join the Major Leagues @ your library®, the 21st century information literacy program developed by the American Library Association, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Describing the opportunity as "amazing," Hochstadt heard about the contest through the Spring Hills School Library and researched a series of trivia questions with the help of her school library media specialist Christine Everhart. She was interviewed this week by local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox television stations, as well as WBBM-AM radio in Chicago.

Hochstadt was among the more than 2000 players nationwide who participated in this year’s program.

Now in its fourth year, the Join the Major Leagues contest challenged players to test their knowledge of baseball by using the resources of their local library to find the answers. Questions, available in both English and Spanish, were developed by the library staff at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and were divided by age category (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over). Players needed to answer four trivia questions correctly to be eligible for the grand-prize drawing. Participants were invited send in their answers by mail or play the game online at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/jointhemajorleagues.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, 12 first-prize winners also were drawn. Each winner will receive a copy of "Jackie’s Nine" by Sharon Robinson, a Join the Major Leagues @ your library T-shirt and an ALA History Lives @ your library® poster featuring Jackie Robinson.

First-place winners include: Konrad Malyszka, Roselle, Ill.; Olivia Jones, Ridgeland, Miss.; Tyler Upmann, Cape Coral, Fla.; Rebecca Munsterman, Lake Zurich, Ill.; Ross Peterson, Bethesda, Md.; Nicholas Blaze, Fort Myers, Fla.; Krista Billig, Summit Hill, Pa.; Chris Beade, Fairfield, N.J.; Brandi McCord, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lisa Ferretti, North Reading, Mass.; John Neff, Joseph, Mo.; Brent Lowenberg, Columbia, Mo.

Libraries across the country also received incentives for promoting the program. The three libraries that brought in the top number of entries will receive a $100 bookstore gift certificate. Those libraries are: Spring Hills School, Roselle, Ill.; Lee County Library System, Fort Meyers, Fla.; and Hockessin Public Library, New Castle, Dele. The two libraries that brought in the next most amounts of entries, East Dover Elementary Library, Dover, Dele. and Prairie Hills School, Thornton, Colo., will receive a $50 gift certificate to ALA Graphics.

Thomson High School in Thomson, Ga., will receive a $100 gift certificate to mlb.com for sending in a report of how it promoted Join the Major Leagues program locally. All of the libraries that sent in reports were entered into a random drawing for the gift certificate.

The Join the Major Leagues contest kicked off at the Echo Park Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, 2005. Sharon Robinson, Jackie’s daughter, announced the program.

The contest is part of @ your library®, The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s national public awareness and advocacy campaign to promote the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st Century. Major League Baseball is a Founding Partner of the Campaign.