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Beaten by Somerville, Arlington library director to dress as dog

Posted by Brock Parker  March 4, 2013 11:40 AM

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Arlington’s Library Director Ryan Livergood will honor a pledge to dress up as Clifford the Big Red Dog after Somerville beat Arlington in a library card sign-up challenge.

Somerville’s public libraries will also claim platters of baked goods from Arlington, Belmont and Lexington after winning the month-long competition in February.

Arlington challenged the other towns to see which could get a higher percentage increase in new library card registrations for the month of February 2013 over February 2012 totals.

Somerville won big, increasing library card registrations by 320 percent. Belmont finished second with an increase of 186 percent, and Arlington finished third, increasing registrations by 183 percent.

Livergood will, as he had pledged, visit the winning community dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog, but the details of his visit to the Somerville Public Library have not been announced, yet.

In a press release announcing the results, Livergood said there were no losers in the competition that successfully promoted the value of library cards and services offered by libraries.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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