Pratt Library vs. San Francisco Public Library: Two Great Libraries, One Great Super Bowl Bet

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By Roswell Encina

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The Enoch Pratt Free Library has Purple Fever. As the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers get ready to battle it out on the grid iron this Sunday at Super Bowl XLVII, the Pratt Library is joining Ravens Nation as it dares the San Francisco Public Library into a Super Bowl-Library bet.

"It’s going to be a cross country battle of the libraries," said Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Here’s the bet:

If the Ravens win on Sunday, San Francisco Public Library City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven" in the atrium of the SFPL Main Library wearing a Ravens jersey.

If the 49ers win, Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden will have to recite George Sterling’s "The Cool, Grey City of Love" in the Central Library Main Hall wearing a 49ers jersey.

Whoever loses will also have to video their director reciting the poem and post on YouTube.

"We are confident that the Ravens will win on Sunday and SFPL's Luis Herrera should be shopping for a Ravens jersey now and practicing reciting The Raven," said Hayden. "This bet allows us to support our home town teams, spotlight our library systems and showcase Baltimore and San Francisco's literary side. But we know come Sunday night, purple will prevail."

Oh, it is *on*! I love it.
Posted by: Kate at 1/31/2013 1:54 p.m.

This idea makes me more excited for Game Day and books!!
Posted by: Emma at 2/1/2013 8:45 a.m.

Who said libraries are dull. I love it!
Posted by: Dick at 2/2/2013 12:11 p.m.

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