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Cleveland Public Library introduces two new library cards

News Desk | 9/4/2014, 9:36 a.m.
The second card, available to CPL’s youngest patrons, is the Three for Me children’s card.
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Cleveland Public Library introduces two new library cards Cards will be available in September for National Library Card Sign-Up Month

CLEVELAND, OH – Two unique new looks are being introduced for library cards by Cleveland Public Library (CPL) in September, just in time for National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Both CPL cards will be available at Main Library and all 27 branches.

“Encouraging Clevelanders to take advantage of the incredible resources available to them is something CPL does all year,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “But National Library Card Sign-Up Month gives us a wonderful opportunity to highlight the incredible advantages a CPL card provides, and encourage more people to become patrons of our system."

The first new card is the next in CPL’s Cleveland Landmark Series library cards, the first of which featured an illustration from Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland. The newest edition depicts important Cleveland landmarks created by freelance illustrator, Julia Kuo. “This card is an extension of my appreciation for this colorful city,” said Kuo. “I included landmarks most Clevelanders will recognize, but have also drawn in some of my own memories. My experience living in Cleveland was about running and kayaking in the beautiful Metroparks, shopping at Westside Market, and walking on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge just to get a close-up look at the iconic Guardians of Traffic."

The second card, available to CPL’s youngest patrons, is the Three for Me children’s card. Traditionally libraries have required that a parent guardian fill out applications for their children to obtain personal library cards. The Three for Me card allows children to check out three books at a time when using this card. (The card is good for books only – no music or movies). Children can still acquire a regular library card with the signature of a parent or guardian, but this card ensures that all children are able to access library books, and helps them feel a special connection to reading and personally empowered to learn.

Library card applications can be downloaded from CPL’s website at cpl.org.