MLB Legend Ernie Banks Helps Kick Off Another Season of Target School Library Makeovers

Target is kicking off another season of Target School Library Makeovers, and this year we’re getting a bit of help from Major League Baseball (MLB) as part of Target and MLB’s partnership for education.

This year, Target will transform more than 27 outdated libraries into state-of-the-art learning centers at K-12 schools across the country. As part of each library remodel, schools receive 2,000 new books and a major technology upgrade, complete with iPads and interactive white boards. And with the addition to the program this year of guest appearances by MLB legends, students and teachers are sure to have a ball…literally.

A symbol of Target and MLB’s partnership for education, five different versions of a big red baseball will be traveling across the country. Weighing a whopping 200 pounds, each baseball gains autographs from students, teachers and volunteers with each new library makeover. The baseballs will eventually end up back in Target’s home town of Minneapolis for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15, where 30 teachers will attend and be honored at Target Field.

Most recently, the big red ball and Ernie Banks — a Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer who played in an impressive 14 All-Star games throughout his career — surprised Cameron Elementary School in Chicago as the students saw their new library for the first time.



Follow along with us at to learn more about the All Star Teachers program, see images from our school library makeovers and find out where the ball pops up next!

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