Research pays off

Chambersburg, Pa., student enjoys trip to
Hall of Fame as library program winner

October 31, 2009

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – When she turned in her answers for the Step Up to the Plate @ your library® program, Elizabeth Ann Bishop wasn’t sure if they were all correct.

“I talked to some of the boys in my class and they had other answers,” said the Chambersburg, Pa., sixth-grader. “But I guess I had them right.”

Step Up to the Plate @ your library® winner Elizabeth Ann Bishop, second from right, settles into her seat at the Hall of Fame's annual World Series Gala with her family -- mom Kelley (far right), dad Dave (far left) and brother Brendan (second from left). (Craig Muder/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Library)

Elizabeth was right, and by virtue of those correct answers she was entered into the grand prize drawing. And when Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith drew Elizabeth’s name out of a pool of all the entries with the correct answers, she became the winner of an all-expenses paid trip to Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth was one of thousands of entries in the Step Up to the Plate @ your library® program, which asks students to use their library to answer trivia questions created by the library staff at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Elizabeth’s entry came from her work in library class during her fifth-grade year last spring.

“My teacher, Miss (April) Cole, had us do the project,” said Elizabeth, an avid soccer player and baseball fan. “It was neat to win, because our next-door neighbor was married to (Hall of Famer) Nellie Fox.”

The Bishops live next door to Nellie Fox’s widow, Joanne, in Chambersburg. Fox, a 15-time All-Star second baseman who spent most of his big league career with the White Sox, passed away in 1975 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997.

“Joanne was very excited when she found out Elizabeth won,” said Kelley Bishop – Elizabeth’s mom, who accompanied Elizabeth to Cooperstown along with dad Dave and brother Brendan.

“I liked going through the Hall of Fame and seeing Nellie Fox’s stuff,” Elizabeth said. “And then we got to see things from players like (the Seattle Mariners’) Ichiro Suzuki.”

The Bishops are Orioles fans – Chambersburg is about 90 minutes from Baltimore and about two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia – but have adopted the Phillies as their team for this weekend, which includes seats at the Hall of Fame’s annual World Series Gala. Elizabeth wore a Ryan Howard Phillies’ jersey to the Gala, where Game 3 of the World Series was shown in the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater.

Season Four of Step Up to the Plate @ your library teamed 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. People of all ages were encouraged to visit their library and answer a series of trivia questions.

The fourth season of the program kicked off during Youth Baseball Week (April 13-19, 2009) and was a featured program during the week’s celebration at The National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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