Two of America’s favorite pastimes are baseball and libraries and both have long standing traditions. Like baseball, public libraries have been around more than a century, and have been providing entertainment and education to kids and adults who want more out of life. What could be better than a free baseball game and a visit to your public library? A partnership between the Davenport Public Library and the Quad Cities River Bandits does just that! Join us this summer for the “Step Up to the Plate” program, sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Everyone who participates locally will receive a free ticket to any regular season Quad Cities River Bandits game and will have their name entered into a drawing for a local grand prize package. Grand prize winners will receive four club seat tickets to Fan Appreciation Night, a first pitch opportunity, a behind the scenes tour of Modern Woodmen Park, and a special Quad Cities River Bandits gift bag. There will be one local grand prize drawn for each age group. In order to receive tickets to the River Bandits games and register for the local grand prize you must register at one of the Davenport Public Libraries. All completed entries will be sent to the national drawing, which will make them eligible to win a trip for two to the Baseball Hall of Fame Gala in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Players can pick up a copy of the “Step Up to the Plate” Playbook at either Davenport Public Library location beginning Saturday, April 10. Each Playbook poses a series of baseball-related questions to test players’ information literacy skills. People of all ages 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) and inspired by the collections of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Questions are available in both English and Spanish. Players can enter by submitting the completed playbook to either library before Saturday, August 14. Make sure you go to “Library Night at the Ballpark” on Saturday, April 24 to see “Libby the Library Dog” throw out the first pitch between the River Bandits and the Chiefs! If you show your library card when you purchase tickets for this game you will receive $2 off each ticket. Visit our website for more information.
Stay tuned for more great programs offered through the partnership between the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Davenport Public Library.