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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Mark Twain Voted Coach, Literary Midsummer Classic Closes

Coach Mark Twain

In by far the biggest landslide of this entire literary All-Star extravaganza, Hannibal's own Samuel Clemens (better known to book-ball fans as Mark Twain) was chosen Off-the-Shelf coach.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars Final Round: The Pitcher Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Local Coach Sought

Pitcher Lisbeth

The last time a write-in candidate made it to the MLB All-Star roster was in 1974. The Dodgers' first baseman Steve Garvey was elected by fans and went on to win MVP. The same could apply for Lisbeth Salander, the Off-the-Shelf All-Stars' fan-elected Femme Fatale Pitcher.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars Welcomes Hyde, Tarzan and Wilbur; Draft Begins for Femme Fatale Pitcher

Charlotte's Web

As Kansas City buzzed with All-Star game activity over the weekend, we got great help from our customers in choosing three more fictional players for our Off-the-Shelf All-Stars.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Holden Caufield to Center Field, Help Us Choose LF, RF & Catcher

Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caufield always dreamed of being a catcher. Though this year's Off-the-Shelf All-Star voting won't find the incorrigible Caufield behind the plate, he'll have plenty of opportunity to field fly balls from Center Field. Find out who Holden beat for his coveted spot, and help us choose more fictional all-stars!

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Calamity Jane Heads to Third, Teen Idol Wanted in Center Field

Calamity Jane

‘Bout time we got a lady in the game! Straight from the pages of Larry McMurtry’s Buffalo Girls comes Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman and Off-the-Shelf All-Star Third Baseman. Once Jane’s warmed up, it’ll be time to pick a Teen Idol for Center Field!