PPLD hAPPiness

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If you, like me, are addicted to checking out books, DVDs and such from the Pikes Peak Library District, and if you, like me, are attached at the palm to an iPhone, you're going to love this news.

Though it actually released March 16, I just this week saw an ad on PPLD's homepage for its new, free iPhone app.

And though I've only used it for two days, I have to say I'm impressed.

Everything you can do on the website, you can do on the app: search the library's catalog, check your account, renew books you've already checked out, ask a librarian a question, etc. You can also ask the app to find the closest library to your current location and show you on a map where the facility is. (I did think it was a bit funny that the app told me the "Mobile Library Services" was 6,493 miles away, but, you know. It's possible.)

My favorite function to have mobile? Reserving books. I've been known to add books I want to read to my GoodReads account on the fly, jot a book title down on the back of a receipt I try desperately not to lose, even write an author's name on my hand — just so later I can open up my laptop at home and use these as reminders to put titles on hold through the library's website.

Now my hands stay (mostly) ink-free.

The only thing I can't do via the app? Pay my fines. Or as I like to call them, donations.

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