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Discussion Lake Villa (Ill.) Library and baseball

by Megan Humphrey (staff) on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 04:18 pm

Librarian Paul Kaplan, head of adult services at the Lake Villa District Library in Illinois, wrote this article for the local edition of the Chicago Tribune.  Might spark some ideas for baseball promotions in the library.

 

http://bit.ly/dY4P4h

Genealogy Gems: Play Ball!

April signals the opening of another baseball season. Baseball is a sport redolent with history and we have shelves and shelves of great baseball reading awaiting you.

Librarian Paul Kaplan, head of adult services at the Lake Villa District Library in Illinois, wrote this article for the local edition of the Chicago Tribune.  Might spark some ideas for baseball promotions in the library.

 

http://bit.ly/dY4P4h

Genealogy Gems: Play Ball!

April signals the opening of another baseball season. Baseball is a sport redolent with history and we have shelves and shelves of great baseball reading awaiting you.

Baseball has been important to our library and over the years we have hosted some of the personalities of the game. Some years ago we had three Negro League stars cross our portals and talk to the children about perseverance and courage.

I’ll always remember pitcher/outfielder “Nap” Gulley, a former friend of Jackie Robinson, emphatically tell the young people that they can’t wait for their chance, they have to make their chance. I was so impressed that I wrote a little piece for “Illinois Libraries” magazine detailing this wonderful visit.

We have also had a couple of female stars from the All American Girls’ Professional Baseball League talk about how their contributions enriched the American story. One of our visiting stars, “Stash” Batikis,” later donated her baseball glove to a permanent exhibit at Milwaukee County Stadium. You can see it when you take in a game.

Circle your calendars for Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Jack & Lidia’s as noted sportswriters George Castle and Rich Lindberg go head to head in a discussion of the Cubs and White Sox. Adults will enjoy it as sparks should fly! To sign up please give us a call or go to the library website http://www.lvdl.org to find out the details and the guidelines for attendance.

Both of these journalists have written noteworthy titles that we own. I can testify to the quality of their work. I’ve been reviewing baseball books for a library magazine for many years. I’ve read some sparkling titles. But, alas, there are many titles that are formulaic especially some of the “as told to” autobiographies. There is nothing formulaic about Castle and Lindberg. In fact, Lindberg is a walking encyclopedia of Chicago history as he has written extensively on a wide range of topics.

Are you related to a former or current baseball player? There have been biographical and statistical examinations of every player that has graced the game. There are more sources to help in your research too. The Baseball Hall of Fame http://www.baseballhall.org has a great library where they keep clippings and information on just about everyone.

But even if you are not related to a star, baseball can be best understood as an acculturating force in American life. I’ve reviewed enough baseball history books to know that baseball served as a conduit for immigrants to feel American. When an immigrant rooted for a baseball team he didn’t feel like a “greenhorn” anymore.

Often there was a clash of generations. I’m sure you’ve seen the Gary Cooper movie classic, “Pride of the Yankees.” The “golden oldie” details the story of the great Lou Gehrig and the clash he had with his immigrant parents who pushed him towards a professional career. They couldn’t understand why their son was interested in a game that they regarded as pure foolishness. There are some hilarious and touching scenes in the early part of the movie detailing this conflict. Tell me what you think!

You probably have special baseball memories of your own and these memories are usually very enriching to recall. The continuing popularity of the film, “Field of Dreams,” attests to the simple act of a game of catch with a parent.

Paul Kaplan
Head of Adult Services
Lake Villa District Library
1001 East Grand Avenue
Lake Villa, Illinois 60046
1-847-356-7711 x 230

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Discussion Season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open

by Megan McFarlane (staff) on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 04:47 pm

Step Up to the Plate @ your library 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 under; 11-13; 14-17; and 18 and over). This year, Step Up to the Plate connects generations by exploring baseball’s more than 150-year history through topics like famous baseball families and historical baseball franchises. 

Step Up to the Plate @ your library 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 under; 11-13; 14-17; and 18 and over). This year, Step Up to the Plate connects generations by exploring baseball’s more than 150-year history through topics like famous baseball families and historical baseball franchises. 

To gain access to a free online toolkit that includes program logos in both English and Spanish, a downloadable flier and bookmarks, register at www.atyourlibrary.org/baseball. Prizes are available for librarians who promote the program.

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Discussion Register now for Step Up to the Plate @ your library

by Megan McFarlane (staff) on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 06:00 pm

This spring and summer share your love of baseball with your library users and Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

Start your preparations for season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your library by registering at www.atyourlibrary.org/baseball.

By registering you will be able to download free materials to help you promote Step Up to the Plate locally. Tools include:
- Program logos
- Downloadable flier
- Downloadable bookmarks
- Toolkit with sample press materials and programming ideas

This spring and summer share your love of baseball with your library users and Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

Start your preparations for season six of Step Up to the Plate @ your library by registering at www.atyourlibrary.org/baseball.

By registering you will be able to download free materials to help you promote Step Up to the Plate locally. Tools include:
- Program logos
- Downloadable flier
- Downloadable bookmarks
- Toolkit with sample press materials and programming ideas

The first 100 libraries to register will receive a Jackie Robinson “History Lives” poster from ALA Graphics.

Step Up to the Plate is open to people of all ages. Library users are encouraged 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 under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over) about famous baseball families and historical baseball franchises.

One winner will receive a trip for two in October to the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala event in Cooperstown, N.Y. and a family membership to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Step Up to the Plate officially launches to the public Thursday, March 31, to coincide with Opening Day of Major League Baseball.

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Discussion Time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library®

by Megan McFarlane (staff) on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 04:55 pm

While spring training is in full swing, librarians can begin their own pre-season by registering for the fifth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

While spring training is in full swing, librarians can begin their own pre-season by registering for the fifth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

The fifth season of the program will available to the public on Monday, April 5, but librarians who register now can get a leg-up on the season with free tools to help promote the program locally. Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish, a downloadable poster, bookmarks and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas.

ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Step to the Plate program, teams up two American classics – libraries and baseball – to promote information literacy and the library as an essential information resource.

This year, Step Up to the Plate @ your library celebrates the history of baseball and the preservation of our cultural heritage, as a tie in to ALA’s first Preservation Week. For more information on Preservation Week, visit www.ala.org/preservation.

Step Up to the Plate @ your library 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 under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over). One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two in October to the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala event in Cooperstown, N.Y., including a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives. The program will run through Sept. 4, 2010.

For more information and to register for the program, visit www.ala.org/baseball.

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Discussion "Baseball is Like Reading": SaysTampa Bay Rays Pitching Coach, Jim Hickey

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Tampa Bay Rays making this summer worthy of your time

By John Romano Times Sports Columnist.

 

Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said: "Baseball takes an investment. It is like reading a book. You live with the ups and downs every day."

Discussion Play ball @ your library

by Megan McFarlane (staff) on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 02:22 pm

Celebrate the Opening Day of the 2010 Baseball Season and Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

Celebrate the Opening Day of the 2010 Baseball Season and Step Up to the Plate @ your library.

The launch of the fifth season of the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Step Up to the Plate @ your library program coincided with the start of baseball season. The program 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.

Step Up to the Plate features a baseball trivia contest.  People of all ages are encouraged to visit their library and answer a series of trivia questions inspired our national pastime.  The questions, developed by the library staff at the Hall of Fame, are based on exhibits at the museum in Cooperstown, NY.  Trivia questions are now available to library users on the program's Web site

One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October 2010.

Librarians are encouraged to register for free tools to help promote the program locally on the program Web site. Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas.  Thousands of school and public librarians register for the program each year.

Librarians who bring in the most entries can win incentives for participation. The library that brings in the most entries will get a $100 bookstore gift certificate.  The next three libraries will receive a $50 ALA Graphics gift certificate.

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Discussion Baseball Themed Suggestions for Summer Reading

by Ryan Donovan on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 05:34 pm

Here are some baseball reading suggestions snagged from the Waltham, MA public library:

Here are some baseball reading suggestions snagged from the Waltham, MA public library:

 Out Standing in my Field by Patrick Jennings
middle school Ty Cutter loves baseball but isn’t quite the player that Ty Cobb, his namesake, was, and feels he can’t please his father, who’s also his coach.

 

Gold Dust by Chris Lynch
middle school In 1970's Boston, bussing has started but Richard is busy obsessing over the Red Sox. He's hoping to turn his new friend, Napoleon, who has just arrived from the Dominican Republic, into a top notch baseball player, despite Napoleon's preference for cricket and classical music.

 

Extra Innings by Robert Newton Peck
middle school and high school After a tragic accident kills his parents and seriously injures him, Tate goes to live with his great grandfather and Vidalia. Vidalia's stories about traveling with a Negro League baseball team insipre Tate to once again take the pitcher's mound, despite his grief and injury.

 

Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters
high school Mary Elizabeth (or Mike) is the star of her school's softball team, but because of problems stemming from her father's suicide, she has convinced herself she can't go far. She also falls in love with the new girl, the manipulative and straight Xanadu.

 

The Boy who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter
middle school Cruz de la Cruz rides into town, literally, to help twelve-year-old Tom organize a baseball game in order to save the town baseball field from developers.

 

Baseball in April by Gary Soto
middle school A collection of short stories about growing up Latino in California, including the short story Baseball in April.

 

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Discussion Baseball Film Suggestions

by Ryan Donovan on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 06:31 pm

Looking to suggest (or show in your library) a few good baseball films? Here are my top picks:

Looking to suggest (or show in your library) a few good baseball films? Here are my top picks:

(1) Field of Dreams (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/An Iowa corn farmer (Kevin Costner), hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.(2) Rookie of the Year (1993)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107985/When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.(3) Angels in the Outfield (1994) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109127/When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible. (4) The Natural (1984) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087781/An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (5) Major League (1989)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097815/The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.(6) Little Big League (1994) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110363/A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.(7) Bull Durham (1988)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094812/A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.(8) The Fan (1996)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116277/An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

(1) Field of Dreams (1989) 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/

An Iowa corn farmer (Kevin Costner), hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

 

 

(2) Rookie of the Year (1993)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107985/

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

 

 

(3) Angels in the Outfield (1994) 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109127/

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible. 

 

 

(4) The Natural (1984) 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087781/

An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. 

 

 

(5) Major League (1989)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097815/

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

 

 

(6) Little Big League (1994) 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110363/

A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.

 

 

(7) Bull Durham (1988)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094812/

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

 

 

(8) The Fan (1996)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116277/

An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

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