Apps to Feed Your Book Addiction
April 04, 2013
Ok, I’ll admit it: I started working at the Library to feed my book addiction. I literally squeal with glee when a new book has come in by a favorite author or genre. (Literally! I’ve startled several of my coworkers with a sudden loud "SQUEE!!!" several times just this month!) When I’m not working, most of the time you can find me at home reading or at the local bookstore scoping out the new young adult and juvenile books. Sadly, I cannot bring every single book home that looks like an interesting read; but thankfully the Library is there to save the day!
For instance, this last Monday I found myself wandering the aisles of my favorite store, practically drooling over at least 20 books that have been published in the last month or two. Knowing I couldn’t buy all of them, I whipped out my phone and opened the MyMCPL App. I signed in with my library card number and did a quick search using the ISBN. If the Library had it in the system, I was able to right then and there place a hold on the book, requesting it to be sent to my home branch as soon as it became available! It’s now been a few days, and some of the books are already coming in from other branches! (SQUEE!!!!)
However, some of the books were published so recently that MCPL does not have them in their catalog yet. That’s where my second favorite book app comes in: Goodreads! I can type in the ISBN, title, or author of a book and within seconds find not only a record of the book, but reviews and other recommendations similar to that title. But my favorite function of the app is the ability to categorize titles into my own lists! I’ve created lists for books I have read, books I own, and – most importantly – books I want to read someday. Because while I love, love, LOVE reading, I know that there is no way I have enough hours in the day to read all the books that are clamoring to be read.
Thankfully, MCPL also has a way of keeping all of my holds from coming in at the same time. Wednesday night, I decided to compare my Goodreads lists and the library’s catalog to see if any of the books I wanted to read were available. To my joy, most of them were! However, that meant that if I put them all on hold, I would get about 30 books all coming in next week. There is no way that I would be able to read all of those books in the 28 day loan period. So, it was time to suspend my holds.
What this does is simply put your holds on hold; your name will still be on the waiting list, and it will move you up the list if you were, say, 20th on the waiting list for the item. As soon as you become the next person to receive the item, you will remain at the top until the date you designate for the title to be unsuspended. At that time, it will come to your home branch for you to pick up. This is especially helpful if you are going on vacation and know that the books you are waiting for will come in while you are gone. You can suspend the hold the day before you leave, and set the date for the holds to be unsuspended the day after you get back.
So, with three brand new books sitting on my library shelf at home and three more coming every few weeks, I will be a very happy bibliophile for the next several months. I hope these tools will help you feed your reading addiction, too!
Red Bridge Branch