SF, Baltimore Libraries Place Friendly Wager On Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl on Sunday between San Francisco and Baltimore is extending to a battle of the books between the two cities' libraries, officials announced Thursday.

The San Francisco Public Library announced a friendly wager with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore over the 49ers-Ravens game in New Orleans.

If the 49ers win, the CEO of Baltimore's library will have to recite the George Sterling poem "The Cool, Grey City of Love" in Baltimore's Central Library Main Hall while wearing a 49ers jersey.

But if the Ravens win, San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" in the atrium of the Main Library while wearing a Ravens jersey.

The losing city's effort will also be videotaped and posted on YouTube, officials said.

"As a huge sports fan, I am thrilled to support our football team while spotlighting two great library systems and two great literary cities," Herrera said in a statement.

 

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