The city Library is a dinosaur. Yes, people still use it. But certainly not as much as they did in the last century. How we gather and use information is changing rapidly. So is the city Library.
Me? I’m a card carrying member of the Library down the street. My kids love the Library. There’s really only two problems for a Mac mommy who uses the Library. And one solution.
Where Did Those Books Go?
That’s problem #1. Once a week or two I’ll herd my three girls to the local Library a few blocks away. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s OK. In between the house and the Library there’s a Dairy Queen and a McDonald’s, so we never get lost.
So, problem #1 occurs when we’re trying to take books back to the Library because they’re due.
Finding Library books in a house full of little girls is like trying to find a bathroom scale that lies in the right direction.
Problem #1 isn’t easily solved, but we’re making progress now that our family bloodhound has been trained to find books. Problem #2 required a technological solution. When are Library books due?
For that, we turn to Library Books, a Mac and iPhone app that tells you when your books are due to be returned.
Both apps work with a few hundred libraries around the US and the UK. The Library Books site has a list of which libraries are supported, so check to see if there’s a library near you.
Using the app, Mac or iPhone, is a breeze.
It remembers when books are due and uses both iCal and Growl to remind you.
Trust me, it’s better to have a digital reminder than have a family bloodhound search the house and leave a trail of dog slobber trying to find each book.
Library Books even handles multiple library cards; perfect for older children in a household.
Gripes? A few. It’s rather inexpensive, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option. Mac App Store only.
With a little discipline you could accomplish the same thing using iCal, Mac or iPhone. The app is more fun, though, and supported libraries make it an instant to load book, author, and due date information.