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The Book Bowl on Giving Tuesday

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It's going to be an epic showdown on and off the field.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns.
Baltimore vs. Cleveland
Enoch Pratt Free Library vs. Cleveland Public Library

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On Giving Tuesday, December 1, the Pratt Library is challenging the Cleveland Public Library to a fund-raising battle. The library system that raises the most donations online on December 1 will be crowned Book Bowl champions.

When the Pratt Library wins, the director of the Cleveland Public Library will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" in a Ravens jersey in the middle of their historic Main Library. If we lose, Pratt CEO Carla Hayden and staff will sing "Who Let the Dogs Out" wearing dog masks in the Central Library Main Hall. Video will be posted on YouTube.

The competition begins during kick-off of the Ravens-Browns game on Monday Night Football on November 30.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

"This is going to be a win-win for both library systems," said Carla D. Hayden, Pratt Library's Chief Executive Officer. "Both the Pratt Library and Cleveland Public are vital to each city by providing free access to information, programs and services. Your generosity will allow us to continue to support Baltimore families."

"Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @prattlibrary and use hashtags #BookBowl and #GivingTuesday to receive updates. Now mark your calendar on December 1, Giving Tuesday. Your generosity will be much appreciated. Online donations for the BookBowl will start at 8:30pm on November 30. Let's beat Cleveland on and off the field!

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