For immediate release | August 16, 2011

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

Program concludes September 1

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame want to remind you that there is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

All entries for the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program must be submitted by Sept. 1, giving baseball fans of all ages their final opportunity for a chance to win the grand prize, a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

To help meet the mailing deadline of Sept. 8, libraries are encouraged to send collected entries in bulk. All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 1, 2011, and sent to: Step Up to the Plate @ your library, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

All entries submitted through the Step Up to the Plate website must also be submitted by Sept. 1.

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

To get your library in the game and to gain access to a free online toolkit that includes program logos in both English and Spanish, a downloadable flier and bookmarks, register at Libraries that bring in entries are also eligible for prizes, including gift certificates to ALA Graphics and online booksellers.

Season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your library teams up two American classics - baseball and libraries - to promote libraries and librarians as essential information resources.

The program 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 legacy teams.

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