I was reminded again yesterday of how much I love Library Elf, a handy little service which tracks your account at the public library. Just enter your library card number and pin number, and Elf will send you an alert via email or RSS* before your books are due. And if you place holds on library materials, Elf alert you when those are available, too.
My kids love going to our local public library. While I encourage reading, a part of me used to cringe every time they'd take a stack of books up to the circulation desk. How on earth am I going to keep track of all these books?, I wondered.
But now it's easy with Library Elf. You can monitor more than one library card, including family members' if you know their library card number (and pin if required) - presuming you have their permission, of course.
Several Wisconsin public libraries participate in the Library Elf service, including Madison and Milwaukee public libraries.
*Due to some privacy concerns, the Library Elf RSS feed may not work with Bloglines.