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Library wants readers to 'step up to the plate' this summer

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 10, 2008 1:53 PM

The 2008 baseball season is officially underway, and this year the Wayne County Public Library is joining the American Library Association and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in inviting people of all ages to "Step Up to the Plate at Your Library."

This year's program includes a special "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" theme in honor of the 100th anniversary of the song.

"Step Up to the Plate at Your Library" teams up two American classics -- baseball and libraries -- to promote the importance of information literacy skills and increase awareness of the library as an essential information resource. The program includes a series of trivia questions inspired by "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Categories of questions include ballparks, baseball in popular culture, fan experience and baseball pioneers.

There will be a give-away of a trip for two to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The program has already begun and runs through Sept. 5.

Unlike most contests, players are encouraged to look up the answers using both print and online sources at their library.

Players can pick up a copy of the "Step Up to the Plate" Playbook appropriate for their age group at the library or on the program's Web site at www.ala.org/baseball.

Each Playbook poses a series of baseball-related questions to test players' information literacy skills. Players can enter the prize drawing by submitting the completed playbook either by mail or online.

For information, go to www.baseballhall.org or contact Matt Bolen in the Reference Department at matt.bolen@waynegov.com or Shorlette Stephens in the Children's Department at shorlette.stephens@waynegov.com. You can also call 735-1824.