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In this time of drastic budget slashing, the masterminds at west suburban Northlake Public Library have a novel solution to their lack of funds: They’re running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to install a nine-foot-tall statue of the Incredible Hulk.

Why the Hulk? Well, says library trustee Tom Mukite, the Hulk is sort of an emblem of how fun and exciting the library can be, smashing the dull and conventional Bruce Banner types who believe that libraries are only for studying and reading quietly.

“You can also check out graphic novels, CDs, and DVDs,” explains Mukite. And, if the fund-raising campaign fulfills its $30,000 goal, use the brand-new “creation station” that will include an iMac, a 3D printer, and a Cintiq interactive pen display of the sort used by comic book artists.

The Hulk will preside quietly—and, fortunately—immobilized over the graphic novel section. “You wouldn’t think of the library as a place to see a giant Hulk statue,” says Mukite. (And for good reason. Can you think of the damage the Hulk would do to the books and shelves?)