I consider myself to be a voracious book reader. Yes, in this day and age of digital everything, I love a book. I think a trip to the library is special, fun even. I get to see all of the books and decide which ones I can take home for 3 weeks. I consider my library card (Mid-Hudson Library System) a privilege.

For some reason, I can't seem to make myself get back to the library (keep in mind with the Mid Hudson Library System, I can check out books in say, Rhinebeck and return them in Milton) so I really shouldn't have an excuse as to why I cannot return books on time.

Then I discovered a way around this. The Libby app. It is an app that lets me "check out" books that are available in the e-reader format. I can then read the books on my phone, tablet, etc. Of course, I found myself burning through battery life on my phone and then broke down and purchased a kindle fire to help with that. There is a little more work to getting the books on to the kindle using the Libby/Overdrive app, but the fact that I find myself reading more and then not worrying about returning them. (Tip, you can set yourself up for 7, 14 or 21 day loans in the preference or settings area of the app your end up using). So, say life gets to you and you forget that you have the books checked out, they will automatically return themselves at the end of your loan period. You know what that means? No overdue fees.

By using the app, you will have access to all of the books that are available for your particular e-reader device. You can also tag books to look into later and place holds for books that are currently being read by others. Another benefit of placing that hold, it will show you your 'wait progress' and then when the book is available, automatically make it available to you when its your turn.

Not sure how this exactly works with an app or an e-reader and your library card? Stop into your local library and ask. They will be happy to help you.


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