Librarians share Step Up to the Plate success stories

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
Public Information Office
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2009Â

(CHICAGO) Librarians interested in promoting Step Up to the Plate @ your library can now view success stories from two colleagues on the Step Up to the Plate Web site. Â

The success stories provide readers with an overview of Step Up to the Plate programs hosted by Washington-Centerville Public Library of Centerville, Ohio, and Maplewood Junior/Senior High School of Guy Mills, Penn.

Washington-Centerville Public Library public programs coordinatorDebe Dockins discusses how she teamed up with the local youth baseball league, along with her local minor league team to march in the local Americana Festival parade, attended by 70,000 spectators.

Librarian Jeanne Rose of the Maplewood Junior/Senior High School library explains how promoting Step Up to the Plate alongside the spring Reading Is Fundamental book distribution helped bring in more entries than any other library.

Librarians can visit the program's Web site to register for tools to help promote Step Up to the Plate @ your library. Along with the success stories, librarians can also access the Step Up to the Plate toolkit, logos in both English and Spanish, and new downloadable posters and bookmarks. All tools are available for free after a short registration by clicking on “How Librarians Can Get Involved.” Â
Season Four of Step Up to the Plate @ your library teams up two American classics - baseball and libraries - to promote the importance of information literacy skills and increase awareness of the library as an essential information resource.
Step Up to the Plate centers on a baseball trivia contest. People of all ages are encouraged to visit their library and answer a series of trivia questions inspired by this history and diversity of our national pastime. Trivia questions, developed by the library staff at the Hall of Fame, focus on multiculturalism in baseball and baseball around the world. Trivia questions are available to library users on the program's Web site
One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October 2009.
Librarians who bring in the most entries can win incentives for participation. The library that brings in the most entries will get a $100 bookstore gift certificate. The next three libraries will receive a $50 ALA Graphics gift certificate.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a Partner in The Campaign for America's Libraries, 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, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.
Other Partners include Carnegie Corporation of New York, Dollar General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Univision Radio and Verizon.
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