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Superhero library cards drop in Union County

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The Union County Public Library has taken a superhero-approach to encourage reading.

The library has called upon artist Al Bigley to create characters and designs for their brand-new library card. They are the first library to completely take on the superhero theme.

Bigley’s work can be found in Marvel Comics, Disney and even McDonald’s Happy Meal boxes.

What brought him to work on a library card in Union County? Simple – he’s local.

“This library that I did the artwork for is important to me because before the days of the internet I would come here for reference when I had a certain job,” Bigley said.

The library picked a superhero theme because everyone can relate to wanting a bit more power.

“There’s also that wish fulfillment,” Bigley said. “We all wish we could have super powers for a day. Whether that means being the Hulk, taking care of those things that make you mad – just being able to fly to get over traffic.”

But besides the superhero theme, these cards give “superhero powers” to readers in Union County.

Cardholders will be able to have five holds at one time instead of three, checking out 40 items at one time instead of 35 and one-extra day of grace on returns.

In today’s high-tech world, it’s not just books for information – and Bigley and the library took that into account when designing the cards.

“Of course it’s not just print but all these other applications,” Bigley said. “So we have them reading using e-readers, electronic devices, plus, holding, an actual book.”

The cards will be available on Saturday, March 1.

The library is holding a party from 2-4 p.m. where they encourage children to dress up as their favorite superhero.

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