Contact: Megan McFarlane
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2009
(CHICAGO) Since registration began two weeks ago, hundreds of public and school librarians have signed up for season four of “Step Up to the Plate @ your library.” Step Up to the Plate was developed by American Library Association (ALA) and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to promote 21st century literacy.
The first 100 registrants received a Jackie Robinson History Lives poster from ALA Graphics:
Step Up to the Plate @ your library will officially launch to the public during National Library Week (April 12-18, 2009), but librarians can register now: Ã at www.ala.org/baseball] for free tools to help promote the program locally. Tools include logos in both English and Spanish and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas.
Step Up to the Plate @ your library was designed to help participations improve their information literacy skills such as
- Learning how to read
- Learning how to use computers and other media
- Learning how to find, evaluate and use information
- Learning how to use information to communicate
The program promotes information literacy by encouraging people of all ages to use the print and electronic resources available at their library to answer a series of trivia questions designed for their age group (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over) and inspired by the history and diversity of our national pastime. Questions will be available in both English and Spanish. The program will run through September 1, 2009.
One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two in October to the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala event in Cooperstown, N.Y., including a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives.Ã
The Hall of Fame is a partner in the Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions [link: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/contactus/librarychampions/index.cfm], corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.
Other partners are the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Dollar General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Univision Radio, Verizon and Woman's Day magazine.