GIBSON CITY — According to his mother, fifth-grader Jack Andrews used to call himself a “Pi-Sox fan.”
It was perhaps a perfect solution for a guy whose dad is a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and mom is a Chicago White Sox fan.
However, his first visit to the Pirates’ PNC Park, at the age of 9, might have changed all of that.
“During the middle of an inning, Gregory Polanco tossed up a ball into the stands and my dad caught it. Then I took it from his glove,” Andrews recalled.
The game then went into extra innings.
“It was tied 4-4 (in the bottom of the 12th inning) and then Sean Rodriguez stepped up to the plate,” Andrews said. “Rodriguez hit a deep flyball into the left field, and it cleared the wall for the win.”
Although Andrews’ love for the Pirates is apparent, he remembers a certain T-ball game that sparked his love for baseball — and not just a particular team.
“I remember playing T-ball and fielding a ball in the outfield. My teammates dog-piled me. Boom! That was it. (Baseball) became addicting to play,” Andrews said.
Andrews is now displaying his baseball collection and memorabilia at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City. The display includes signed baseballs, baseball cards, books and pictures.
Anyone who has a collection that he or she would like to share with the community is encouraged to contact the library at 217-784-5343.
Other library news
In other library news:
➜ Along with a newly added decorative collection of Agatha Christie books, the library has received a collection of classics, ranging from books by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Mark Twain and Jack London. The collection can be found in the young adult section.
➜ The library is observing National Library week from April 7 to April 13. The theme this year is “Libraries: Strong Communities.” There will be giveaways throughout the week.
➜ There will be special Story Hour visitors throughout April at the library, ranging from animals to magicians. Preschoolers meet for Story Hour at 10 a.m. on Mondays while students in kindergarten through fifth grade meet after school on Mondays. At 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 8, children can plan to be amazed by Dan Gogh’s magic and art show. Gogh ill provide a unique and entertaining blend of magic, comedy and art. The program is made possible from memorials given in memory of Dewey Meier. Then, on Monday, April 15, students in kindergarten through fifth grade will learn about rabbits, make a bunny craft and meet some “special visitors.”
➜ Card-making classes led by Mary McCormick will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the library. People can sign up for either class at the circulation desk or by calling the library. The cost is $10 to create four cards. Participants are asked to bring a pair of scissors and adhesive. McCormick will provide the instruction and materials.
➜ American sign language classes for beginners are offered at 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the library.
➜ Yoga classes are held at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the library. Participants are asked to bring a towel/mat.
➜ Newly acquired books include: “Black and Blue” by David Rosenfelt, “Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein, “Dark Tribute” by Iris Johansen, “Deep Harbor” by Fern Michaels, “List” by JA Jance and “Stone Bridges” by Carla Neggers.
➜ New DVDs include: “Bumblebee” and “The Mule.”