Super Bowl XLVII: San Francisco Public Library vs. Enoch Pratt Free Library

News Update 2/11/13: See San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Make Good on the SuperBowl bet:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers Jan. 31, 2013                                                               (415) 557-4282;  

 Super Bowl XLVII


Two Great Libraries, One Super Bowl Bet

San Francisco – San Francisco Public Library has 49er Fever! As the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens get ready to battle it out on the gridiron this Sunday at Super Bowl XLVII, SFPL is standing tall with the 49er faithful and waging a Super Bowl-Library bet with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. We’re calling it a cross-country battle of the libraries. Here’s the bet: If (when) the 49ers win on Sunday, Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden will have to recite George Sterling’s iconic San Francisco poem, “The Cool, Grey City of Love” in Baltimore’s Central Library Main Hall wearing a 49ers jersey. If, by slim chance, the Ravens win, San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in the atrium of the San Francisco Main Library wearing a Ravens jersey. Whoever loses will also have to video their director reciting the poem and post on YouTube. “We are confident about the Niners victory on Sunday and we sure hope Dr. Hayden looks good in red and gold,” said Herrera. “As a huge sports fan, I am thrilled to support our football team while spotlighting two great library systems and two great literary cities.” For more information, visit Also look for SFPL on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
January 31, 2013