How has your library stepped up to the plate?

Contact: Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator



For Immediate Release

June 28, 2008

How has your library stepped up to the plate?

Submit your “Step Up to the Plate @ your library” story

CHICAGO - The American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries is collecting stories from libraries across the country about how they have promoted the third season of “Step Up to the Plate @ your library.” Best practice examples will be posted to the “Step Up to the Plate” Web site at

From now until Aug. 12, libraries are encouraged to submit stories, photos and videos of “Step Up to the Plate @ your library” activities. Libraries can upload videos to the “Step Up to the Plate” group on
YouTube, submit photos to the “Step Up to the Plate” group on
Flickr or submit a story by sending an e-mail to

Examples can include footage and photos from events, photos of signage, “Step Up to the Plate” public service announcements (PSAs), clips from local media or scans of publicity materials.

All examples submitted may be shared with national media as part of ALA’s “Step Up to the Plate” outreach.

For more information and to download free tools to help promote “Step Up to the Plate @ your library” locally, including sample media materials and PSAs starring Hall of Famer and spokesperson Ozzie Smith, visit 

“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 libraries as an essential information resource.

Library users can visit the “Step Up to the Plate” Web site at to download a playbook of trivia questions for their age group (10 and under; 11-13; 14-17; 18 and up) or can submit their answers online.

Season three of the program celebrates the 100th anniversary of the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” People of all ages are encouraged to use the print and electronic resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions inspired by the iconic song. Categories of questions include ballparks, baseball in popular culture, fan experience and baseball pioneers. One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October 2008.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a Partner in The Campaign for America’s Libraries. Other Partners include Dollar General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and
Woman’s Day magazine. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, ALA’s highest level of corporate members, who support public awareness on behalf of America’s libraries.