Step Up to the Plate @ your library® grand-prize winner travels to Cooperstown

Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Ann Bishop is a library MVP. Bishop earned a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, winning the 2009 Step Up to the Plate @ your library contest by demonstrating her information literacy skills.

In early October, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith (seen below) drew Bishop’s name as the grand-prize winner. She was randomly selected from eligible contestants across the country and Puerto Rico who correctly answered a series of baseball trivia questions.

As the 2009 winner of Step Up to the Plate @ your library 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 Fame’s Grandstand Theater.
Ozzie Smith draws winner

“The best part was watching the game at the Hall of Fame with other fans,” said Bishop, who sported Phillies player Ryan Howard’s jersey for the occasion. “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.

Read more about the Bishops’visit in the Chambersburg Public Opinion, Chambersburg’s local newspaper.

Contributed by Megan McFarlane, Coordinator, Campaign for America’s Libraries

Photo courtesy of the Chambersburg Public Opinion

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