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.
Promote quality family time at your library this Father’s Day weekend with Step Up to the Plate @ your library. Step Up to the Plate 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 younger; 11–13; 14–17; and 18 and older). This year, the program connects generations by exploring baseball’s more than 150-year history through topics like famous baseball families and historical baseball franchises.
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Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library recently unveiled “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” an exhibit organized by the American Library Association and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to a standing-room-only-crowd. It was opening day at the library, and crowds were waiting outside for the doors to open.
What brought in the crowds?
The Campaign for America’s Libraries is looking for stories showing how libraries are promoting the fifth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. From now until August 17, libraries are encouraged to submit stories, photos, and videos of Step Up to the Plate @ your library activities. They can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible posting to the Step Up to the Plate website.
"My father couldn’t swim, but he walked out onto the ice when we wanted to skate to test it for us kids,” Sharon Robinson said as she concluded her portion of the PPO’s program, “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience.” Her father, Jackie Robinson, is undoubtedly one of the most influential names in American history, and his courage to step out into the uncharted racial waters, not knowing if he’d sink or swim, changed history forever.
Summer is upon us, baseball season is in full swing, and the Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library is hosting the “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience” traveling exhibit from May 13 through July 3. This exhibit highlights the successes and challenges of African American baseball players in the Negro League.