Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Ann Bishop has a Baseball Hall of Fame connection - her neighbor is the widow of Hall of Famer and Chicago White Sox player Nellie Fox. But thanks to a trip to her school library, Bishop went to the Hall of Fame herself, as the winner of Step up to the Plate @ your library®.
In early October, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith drew Bishop’s name as the grand-prize winner of the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program. Bishop’s name was randomly selected from eligible contestants who correctly answered a series of baseball trivia questions developed by the Hall of Fame’s library staff. Entries were sent in from across the country and Puerto Rico.
As the grand-prize winner, Bishop, a frequent library user from Chambersburg, Pa., traveled with her family to Cooperstown, N.Y. for the Hall of Fame’s 13th Annual World Series Gala on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Gala featured a live broadcast of Game 3 of the 105th World Series, between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies in the Hall of Fames’ Grandstand Theater.
“The best part was watching the game at the Hall of Fame with other fans,” said Bishop. “It was like being there.”
Bishop also received a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame and library. Each year librarians at the Baseball Hall of Fame work to generate a series of questions for Step Up to the Plate that test library users’ information literacy skills.
“We are lucky to have a branch library a quarter of a mile from our house,” said Bishop’s mother, Kelly, who visits the library every month with her daughter. “The library has computer classes and videos, but we mainly use it for the books and to work on school projects.”
Bishop entered the contest at her former elementary school, where school library media specialist April Cole encouraged her fifth grade students to participate in Step Up to the Plate during their library period. Cole encouraged students who didn’t finish answering their questions to visit the Grove Family Library, where she also works. In fact, Cole also partnered with a friend who teaches Internet and sports classes at the local high school so that the high school student could join in the fun too.
In addition to the grand-prize winner, 20 first-prize winners were drawn prior to the grand-prize ceremony in Cooperstown.
First-place winners include:
- 10 and under: DJ Shaffer of Milltown, N.J.; Tom Roe of Stanwood, Wash.; Kaitlyn McMann of Hockessin , Del.; Trevor Adams of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and Logan Hird of Zion, Ill.
- 11-13: Jesus Zayas Bermúdez of Santa Isable, Puerto Rico; Jared Morris of Greenville, R.I.; Ariana Gladieux of New Berlin, Wis.; Nick Young of Yardley, Pa.; and Brett Neilon of Coto de Caza, Calif.
- 14-17: Katelyn Thornton of Simpsonville, S.C.; Eric Willey of Townville, Pa.; Justin Hope of Guy Mills, Pa.; Tyler Owen of Blackshear, Ga.; Robbie Scott of Mineola, Texas
- 18 and up: Vince Guerrieri of Fremont, Ohio; Lisa Taylor of Lavallette, N.J.; Ryan Frasier of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Karol L. McGowan of Guy Mills, Pa.; and Spencer Northway of Davenport, Iowa.
Step Up to the Plate @ your library is part of 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 by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a Partner in the Campaign for America’s Libraries, is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of the game and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.
For more information, go to www.ala.org/baseball.