If your Spidey Senses are tingling and you suddenly feel the urge to get yourself a new book (or a new comic!), this could be the reason.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first Spider-Man comic book, the New York Public Library and Marvel Entertainment are releasing a limited-edition library card featuring the Queens superhero. Starting October 11, which also marks the start of NYPL Open House Week, new and existing customers will be able to line up to get the new card for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
On top of that, the post also marks the one-year anniversary of NYPL eliminating fines to encourage reading and promote access for all. The landmark decision was also featured in Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #900which was released on July 27.
The Spider-Man card will be available at all NYPL branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Images of Spider-Man himself with Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy will be printed on the card, and the libraries themselves will celebrate the initiative with banners outside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and on the windows of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).
Celebrating the power of reading, the initiative aims to inspire New Yorkers to read more and explore new books, resources and genres, including Marvel graphic novels. Throughout the week, NYPL branches will hold events and programs, as well as curated book shows and book recommendations, to encourage more readers to participate in the community. You can find more details about the card and card-related activities on this website.
“Reading is a superpower, providing everyone with the ability to learn, be inspired, and better understand the world,” New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx said in an official statement. . “At the New York Public Library, we remain committed to providing books and resources that help New Yorkers reach new heights, and working with Marvel on this exciting, limited-edition Spider-Man card reinforces the exceptional achievements New Yorkers people can accomplish when they have access to information.. It also states unequivocally that we think our customers are “beyond amazing”.