NORTHLAKE, Ill. (CBS) — The Northlake Public Library has launched an Internet “crowdfunding” effort to get what might be considered an unusual statue for a library.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports library staffers recorded a video pitch on the website Indiegogo, asking visitors to help “Bring the Hulk to the Northlake Public Library.”

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They want fans of the Marvel Comics character “The Incredible Hulk” to help them pay for a 9-foot-tall statue of the raging green monstrosity.

“We need your help to change our reputation, with a fun, out-of-the-box project,” a staffer says in the pitch. “A lot of people still view libraries as a quiet, serious place to get books; when in actuality today’s libraries are more like community centers with awesome reading programs, do-it-yourself workshops, and cutting-edge technology.”

Staffers said they believe the Hulk statue would help bring more young patrons into the library.

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In addition to the Hulk statue, the library wants a digital creation lab for video editing and graphic design, as well as more graphic novels for its collection.

The fundraising goal is $30,000 and the library is offering various incentives for donations, including a get-out-of-fines card, a comic-themed library card, a package of comics, and more.

Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije has lent his voice to the campaign.

“I think it’s important that every library have a comic book presence, because my introduction to reading was comics,” he said.

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As of Tuesday morning, the library had raised nearly $2,000, with 27 days left to contribute.