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    Cleveland Public Library Introduces Library Card Honoring the Life of Harvey Pekar

    10/12/2012 1:50:17 PM

    Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is pleased to introduce a new library card for Cleveland area residents commemorating the life of Cleveland author and personality Harvey Pekar. The new library card will be available beginning October 15, 2012 at Main Library and branches of CPL.

    New card honoring legendary local figure first in Cleveland Landmark Series

    Harvey Pekar Library Card“Harvey Pekar was one of a kind,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “He brought Cleveland to life through his work and was a loyal patron of CPL. It’s our pleasure to offer this card to our patrons in his honor.”

    A native Clevelander, Mr. Pekar gained fame for his autobiographical comic series American Splendor, which later became a major motion picture with the same title. He was also a frequent guest on David Letterman’s late night show, and a respected Jazz critic. One of Pekar’s notable works was Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, featuring illustrations by Joseph Remnant. CPL recently acquired one of Remnant’s iconic illustrations from the book that depicts Mr. Pekar visiting Main Library, which it has featured on the new Pekar library card. The Pekar card is the first in a forthcoming series of library cards showcasing landmarks of Cleveland.

    Current patrons interested in obtaining the new Pekar card can do so for free during the month of October—the normal $1.00 replacement fee has been waived by the Board of Trustees of CPL. All you have to do is visit your local Cleveland Public Library with your current, valid library card and ask to exchange it for the Pekar card.

    If you don't already have a library card, visit the Main Library Lending Department, City Hall’s Public Administration Library, or any of our 28 branches. Adults aged 18 or older must fill out an application and present valid, government-issued photo identification and current proof of address, if not listed on the photo identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification include a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, and US. military ID.

    More info on how to apply for a card is here.