For immediate release | October 4, 2010

Library MVPs announced

CHICAGO - This year’s top library MVP is the one at Maplewood Junior / Senior High School of Guys Mills, Pa. The library brought in nearly 400 entries for this year’s Step Up to the Plate @ your library program, which it tied into its Reading is Fundamental program.

For submitting the most entries, the library will receive a $100 bookstore gift certificate.

Three other libraries won prizes for bringing in the most entries: Hockessin Library of Hokessin, Del.; Charles D. Owen High School Library, Black Mountain, N.C.; and Grove Family Library of Chambersburg, Pa. All will receive a $50 gift certificate to ALA Graphics and an autographed baseball.

Developed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Step Up to the Plate @ your library teamed up two of America’s favorite pastimes – baseball and libraries – to promote the importance of information literacy skills and increase awareness of the library as an essential information resource.

The grand-prize winner of the Step Up to the Plate program will be announced later this month following a drawing at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum this weekend. The winner will receive a trip for two to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala and a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and collections.

A list of winners will be posted at

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.

Other Partners include Carnegie Corporation of New York, Disney Book Group, Dollar General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Univision Radio and Verizon.


Megan McFarlane