For immediate release | May 22, 2012

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.

Each week a new trivia question will be posted on Players will have a week to visit their library to use the print and electronic resources to answer the question correctly. All correct answers will be entered for a weekly drawing for a prize pack from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

All correct answers provided throughout the season will be entered into a final grand-prize drawing for a chance to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to attend the World Series Gala and a behind the scenes tour of the museum and archives in Oct. 2012.

Libraries can post the questions on their own websites, Facebook and Twitter pages to have ready-made content throughout the summer and to plug in to the national contest. Baseball-themed programming ideas and downloadable logos will also be available on

Players and librarians can follow on Twitter (@atyourlibrary) or Facebook ( for updates and reminders about new questions and content available on

Developed by ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 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 is part of 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 by ALA’s Library Champions.


Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator

Public Information Office (PIO)

800-545-2433 ext. 2148