"Step Up to the Plate" Launches in Alabama

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ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame launched the third season of "Step Up to the Plate @ your library" April 4 in Mobile, Alabama with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith on hand to help kick off the Campaign for America's Libraries' national program.

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At the Baker High School library, Smith led a group of students through a series of baseball trivia questions developed by librarians. Smith, ALA, the Hall of Fame, and local library representatives were recognized on-field during a pregame ceremony at Hank Aaron Stadium before the local minor league Bay Bears game.

Smith threw out the first pitch at the stadium. He was joined on field by Val Thomson, youth services associate librarian at Mobile Public Library; Jana Barber, library media specialist at Baker High School library; and Jeff Idelson, acting president of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Children competed in a baseball trivia contest between innings. …

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