Tech Tuesdays: Library Apps

You got a library card but can’t make it to the library?

There’s an app for that, depending on your library and what app they have partnered with.

The two apps that I will tell you about work the same, but depending on your library determines which you can use.

rb digital

RB digital app icon

RB digital is the app my library switched to, for whatever reason. Within the app you can check out current magazine issues, ebooks, and audiobooks. For things that are checked out (such as new and popular books), you can place a hold on the book/magazine or add it to your wishlist. New and Popular books seem to always be checked out.




Screenshot of RB Digital Side Menu

Screenshot of RB Digital Side Menu



The Menu in the RB Digital app will appear on the left hand side like as it is here. There is the home screen, books (to search audiobooks or ebooks), Magazines (to search magazines), Checked out (where all your books/magazines on loan will be located), My account (where your wish list & holds are locaHelp and logout.









RB Digital My Account Side Menu

RB Digital My Account Side Menu




Under My Account, There is a set of lists you can look through such as your wishlist, holds, history, and recommendations – based on what you check out. Currently I have 27 items on my holds.

Under Settings, you can pick you genre preferences for audiobooks and ebooks, which will help the app recommend you books.






When you place a book on hold, the app will tell you where you are in the line of the holds. Currently, I am 4th in line for Americanah. I really want to read this book soon since it is one of the books The Great American Read has chosen on its list.







Libby app icon

Libby was the first app my library had partnered with and I loved it. I could download books, magazines, and audio. There was also a book of the month that you could read and a discussion board for the book via Big Library Read – which I loved. I don’t know why the Library switched, but I wish the RB Digital App had the book of the month.


Screenshot of Libby Library App

Screenshot of Libby Library App



Since my library switched apps, none of library books show up now that my account is invalid.



Shelf, on the lower right hand side of the app, is where your checked out books would appear.





Screenshot of Libby's Activity Timeline.

Screenshot of Libby’s Activity Timeline.




Libby is set up similar to RB Digital in that you have loans and holds.



The Activity Timeline shows all the actions you’ve done in the app so far such as check out books, return books, place a hold on books, etc.




Big Library Read partnered with Libby to be the first global ebook club through the library. By library, they mean Libby – which is leaving out hundreds if not thousands of other library patrons. Plus, they don’t have a separate app. If they truly wanted to be the first global ebook club, shouldn’t they have their own app?


Screenshot of Big Library Read's Past Titles.

Screenshot of Big Library Read’s Past Titles.


Also, the discussion board on Big Library Read Discussion board is closed – which makes no sense as people like to read posts and respond to other posts.

According to their website, the next book that they chose will not be available until July 9. Which means users of Libby will have to wait TWO months for a book.  I’ll check the website to see what the book is in two months and see if I can get it from my rb digital app. I dont know if I can still log in the discussion board and I can’t find out until July. So, I’ll wait.





What about my personal book library?

There’s a free app for that tooo!

Libib app icon


Libib is a free home library cataloging system. All you got to do is make an account, name your library and start scanning the book! It helps me keep track of what books I own so that way I do not pick up extra copies of things. At one point I had 3 copies of The Diary of A Young Girl.





 The best thing about the app is that you can add different libraries such as your movie collection, video games, and music.







Above you’ll see how the library looks if you choose to sort the library by Title, it goes in alphabetical order.



Above on the left, this is how the book looks if you click on the Title in the app. I added this book by scanning the bar code and all the information auto-populated in the app.

Above on the right is all the options that Libib gives you to edit the book in the catalog. Status, rating, tags, notes, groups, copies, review, move, and edit are all things you can do to each book (or movie..etc).


Screenshot of Status of book

Screenshot of Status of book.

For example, the Status of the book includes: not begun, in progress, abandoned, and completed. The app makes it easy to keep track of where you are in a book.



There are two ways to add books to the library. You can either scan the barcode in or you can type in the information manually. Above is what Libib looks like when you fill out the information manually, before and after. Obviously, scanning in the book is easier.


What library apps do you use? Let me know in the comments below.


The Great American Read

I am so excited that PBS is hosting an 8 episode series of finding America’s best loved novel. That’s right, NOVEL. Watchers of the show get to vote for their favorite book. The official list for The Great American Read is below:

The Great American Read list

How does the voting work, you ask?

Voting will open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting.

Let’s Talk about the List

I am both pleased and appalled at this list. I had to show my Shakespeare-loving friend this list. Her face was full of confusion and wonder, like mine had been upon reading the list. The list is filled with books I love and could re-read for the rest of my life. The list is also full of Authors I love, but I did not LOVE the books of the authors that were picked.

Honestly, why wasn’t Slaughterhouse 5 picked?

Some of the books and Authors I have never heard of. Some of these books have been on my “to-read” list for years. Some of the books I have started reading and could not finish due to whatever reason. Some of the books are already movies, have recently became, or will become movies. Some of the books have a huge fan following: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games . . . just to name a few.

Who do I think is going to win?

While I love a vast majority of these books and their movie adaptations, I’m going to go with Harry Potter. No book series in existence has captured the heart and soul of growing up and how challenging that is. Then J.K. Rowling puts teenagers in charge of basically overthrowing the Wizarding World’s Government. Harry Potter is available in almost every language both the books and movies, has a Broadway show, has 4 theme parks ( two in US, one in Japan, one in Australia), a traveling museum, and let us not forget the textbooks Harry used such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which also turned into a bestseller and a movie.

When is the Great American Read happening?

May 22, 8 pm c/t (9pm eastern time) on your local PBS station. Don’t have cable? Not a problem! PBS can be found on a variety of devices and streaming services.

Books vs Electronic Devices: The Case of Books

Which is better? Which do you prefer? Let’s list the pros and cons of books! In no particular order of course.


BOOK Pros:

1. The Smell!


old book smell
2. The excitement you get after you read the back of the cover, the inside of the cover, and a random page and still wanting to buy the book
3. Soft covers are cheaper than hard covers
4. People will stop and ask you about the book if they’ve read it before

book reccomends person
5. The realization of progress being made once you move the book mark.
6. No Special cords/ chargers needed
7. Get to add something new to your ever expanding book case

8. The joy of going to the book store just to find a new read
9. Visiting the Librarylibrary in paris
10. Knowing you’re supporting an author, an artist (for the book cover), a publicist, the company selling the book, and the place you bought the book from


BOOK Cons:
2. Books can get heavy, quickly i like big books
3. Can’t read in the dark
4. If any damage happens to the book, you feel like you lost a friend
5. The possibility of accidentally losing the spot, or the book mark falling out
6. Hands get tired after a while
7. Takes away spaceno room for books
8. Forever lost if “borrowed” to a “friend”
9. Spending gas or delivery fee to purchase the book
10. Constantly readjusting to find the perfect reading position

uncomfy reading positions


Did the pros outweigh the cons? Did cons triumph over the pros?

Let me know what you think.


My Bloody Life


This book showed me a world I have never ever been a part of. It almost seemed like a horrid fantasy land, like Edgar Allen Poe’s vision of Oz, but it is not. It is a real place in the United States. It is a city known as Chicago.

Gangs are dangerous in multiple ways and that is the main message of the book. It takes you on a journey from Reymundo’s childhood all the way through his teenage years. The book is captivating, in depth, vivid, and shocking. It is difficult to put down due to the fast pace spiral Reymundo goes down – his own personal rabbit hole. He just keeps falling deeper and deeper going through the levels of gang involvement, decrease time in school, and his increased use of drugs and violence for different purposes and reasons.

Overall, this is an amazing book. The only other book that has exposed me to a world I have never known before and found this captivating was The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

I am looking forward to reading the squeal to this book, Once A King, Always A King.