Beginning this past Monday, the Cleveland Public Library just started releasing their new Harvey Pekar library cards. Pekar, the native Clevelander, has become cemented in Cleveland history with his own limited edition membership cards, not to mention a bronze statue erected in his honor right outside the library.
Cleveland Public Library director Felton Thomas, a fan and appreciator of Pekar, explained his choice in choosing Pekar for this honor, saying, “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.” The card’s design is based on artwork from Joe Remnant’s illustrations of the posthumous HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND. The iconic image of Pekar visiting the Main Library is a perfect choice in honoring the late cartoonist.
If you are a Cleveland citizen and want to get your hands on your own historic Harvey Pekar Library card, the normal replacement fee of $1.00 has been waived, so all you really have to do is head over to your local CPL and ask for a new Pekar card.
For more information, head on over to the CPL site to learn more!