Step Up to the Plate @ your library®: Baseball Hall of Fame Named Campaign Founding Partner

Contact: Deborah Bloom
Campaign Manager
dbloom@ala.org
For Immediate Release
February 7, 2006

Step Up to the Plate @ your library®:
Baseball Hall of Fame named Campaign Founding Partner

The American Library Association is pleased to announce that the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the latest Founding Partner in @ your library®, The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s national, multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

As a Founding Partner, the Hall of Fame is co-developing with ALA a new baseball literacy program that will launch at the end of April. Entitled "Step Up to the Plate @ your library®," the initiative continues the program originally developed with Major League Baseball, which successfully concluded in 2005.

"To be a founding partner in the Step Up to the Plate @ your library initiative is a wonderful extension of the Baseball Hall of Fame's education mission," says Dale Petroskey, president, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "The collaboration of such an historic museum with an organization of the ALA's distinction will further promote the importance of 21st century literacy and encourage a love of libraries and baseball as two of our greatest national pastimes."

The Hall of Fame is creating all new baseball trivia questions for the program, as it has done for the last several years. Questions will be organized by age group (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over) and address five topic areas: women in baseball; African-Americans in baseball; Hispanics in baseball; Major League Baseball; and ball parks.

The Hall of Fame also is providing new prizes and incentives for the program. The 2006 Step Up to the Plate grand-prize will be a trip for two to Cooperstown to attend the museum’s World Series Gala event on Saturday, October 21, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hall of Fame.

Twenty first-place prize packages also will be awarded (five in each of the four age groups). They will include a commemorative hardbound copy of the Hall of Fame Yearbook; Hall of Fame t-shirt; commemorative set of 20 Hall of Fame baseball cards; DVD copy of the classic baseball movie, "The Sandlot;" miniature souvenir Akadema Pro baseball glove; and a Jackie Robinson History Lives poster from ALA Graphics.

More information about "Step Up to the Plate @ your library" will be released later this month on the @ your library Website at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary, including prizes and incentives for libraries that bring in the most entries and resources to help libraries promote the program locally.

Based in Cooperstown, N.Y., the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum "is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of the game and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime."