Library Column for December 5, 2018

@ Your Library

A new month, a new chance to have fun with your young child and earn a free book. If you haven’t received an early learning calendar for December, please stop by the library to pick one up today. Finish twenty days of activities and select a free book.

This month stop by the library and make a stamped metal bracelet or medallion. All supplies are provided, limit of one per person though.

As we enter the holiday season, library users are reminded there are more ways than ever to connect with the library, when the library is closed or when the user is distant from the library. Bookmyne is an app that allows the user to manage their library account, including renewing materials that may soon be due from a device such as a smart phone, tablet, and more. If your device uses apps, and is an Apple iOS or Android device, Bookmyne makes for one of the quickest ways to access and manage your library account. The user needs their library card number and pin (usually the last four digits of your telephone unless you have specified otherwise) to use Bookmyne.

Libby is an app that allows users to borrow ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with more ease than the Overdrive app which it replaces. The electronic materials database provides a growing collection of books and audiobooks for all the libraries in the Arrowhead Library System with new titles added every month. Users who are out of town for the holiday and need a “reading fix” are invited to download the app and try an electronic format book, perhaps on that new device Santa leaves for you! You may access your online electronic books from anywhere on Earth, providing you have some kind of internet connection and your library card number. Those still using Overdrive may wish to upgrade to Libby. Kindle users may need to stay with Overdrive depending on their device configurations.

RB Digital is an app that allows users to check out electronic journals. This new app requires a user register first at Once registration has been completed, the user may install the RB Digital app from their app store. RB Digital works with Apple iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.

Hoopla is an app that allows users to borrow ebooks, comic books, audiobooks, movies and music. This electronic materials database provides access to almost half a million items limited to eight items a month per user. Hoopla works with Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HDX tablets. You will need your library card number to create an account the first time you access the app.

And finally, a user may use their laptop or desktop computer to engage in the activities above via the internet. Go to the International Falls Library website,, click on the link to go where you want to go. Users may note there are many additional resources available they may wish to explore on both that page and others on our website.