For immediate release | July 21, 2011

Induction Day @ your library

CHICAGO – Sunday was Induction Day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. By registering for Step Up to the Plate @ your library, you can help one of your library users win the chance to go to the Hall of Fame just like 2011 inductees, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyeven.

Developed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Step Up to the Plate @ your library teams up two American classics – libraries and baseball – to promote libraries and librarians as essential information resources.

Step Up to the Plate @ your library encourages 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). This year, Step Up to the Plate connects generations by exploring baseball’s more than 150-year history through topics like famous baseball families and historical baseball franchises.

One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October 2011.

To gain access to a free online toolkit that includes program logos in both English and Spanish, a downloadable flier and bookmarks, register at Prizes are available for librarians who promote the program.

ALA's public awareness website,, houses the Step Up to the Plate program. The program ties in with ALA’s new outreach campaign to parents, Connect with your kids @ your library, by encouraging families to play the game together.

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.


Megan McFarlane