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There is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Program concludes Sept. 8

CHICAGO — With the Major League Baseball season more than halfway over, now is a great time to remind library users that there’s still time to win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

New print public service announcement available

CHICAGO — This September, Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl champion Troy Polamalu will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Troy Polamalu has donated his image to a print and digital public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines and on websites to remind parents and educators that a library card is a key tool in achieving academic success.

Nominations now open for 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness website.  

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  

Season seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open

CHICAGO — In celebration of two American classics, baseball and libraries, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association launch Step Up to the Plate @ your library just in time for summer.  

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

This summer, Step Up to the Plate @ your library

CHICAGO — Step Up to the Plate @ your library, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual trivia contest about the “boys of summer” returns just in time for summer.

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

PR Forum 2012: Implementing new technologies @ your library

CHICAGO –  Tom Peters, assistant dean for strategic initiatives at Illinois State University, will speak at the 2012 PR Forum from 8-10 a.m., June 24, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Peters will discuss how to implement emerging technologies, including mobile technology, in your library through collaboration. The program will also address how technologies can be implemented successfully with attention to time and budget management.

Student job seekers @ your library

CHICAGO – While summer vacation is often a time when students kick back and relax after a long academic year, it can be a stressful time for college students returning home in search of summer employment and high school students contemplating what career path they want to take as they prepare to start college. For many students, the answers to both these questions can be found at their library.

Growing gardening programs @ your library

CHICAGO – Over the last few years, cities and towns across the country have been seeing a rise in residents participating in backyard herb, vegetable and community gardens.

Helping cultivate this trend, libraries are offering a variety of tools and resources to both first-time gardeners and advanced horticulturists.

Celebrate autumn @ your library

CHICAGO — Between fall breaks, Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall is a busy time of year for everyone @ your library.

Here are just a few examples of how libraries are celebrating autumn.

The Burbank (Calf.) Public Library will host Fall Cool Crafts @ your library. Children in grades 1-8 are invited to visit the library and begin preparing their Halloween costumes by making masks.

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