LibraryElf

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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Never have overdue library books again.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Library Elf will not work with every library system. Hundreds of supported libraries in the U.S., Canada, and a few other countries are listed.

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What's it about?

LIBRARY ELF is a free service that acts as your personal library assistant. It checks your library account every day and emails you the results. This does require that you disclose your library card number and your PIN (if your library uses them.) You can also choose to track all of your family's cards on one Library Elf account. This means that each day you'll get one very useful email that gives an early warning about which books are due, which are overdue, and what's ready to be picked up.

Is it any good?

Does each of your family members have his or her own library card? Do you find it difficult to remember when each child's books are due? Would you like a list of every child's overdues? Would you like to know when an item is on hold and ready for pickup? Then check out the Library Elf demo on the site to see if it's for you. You may find that Library Elf will be your new best friend!

Library Elf, based in Vancouver, Canada, cares about privacy, too. There's a lengthy FAQ about it, and potential users should be sure to read it carefully. Pay close attention to the section about receiving your Library Elf report via RSS newsfeed rather than by email. Email is preferred for several reasons.

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  • Families can talk about responsible borrowing of library materials.

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