App, App, & Away

Posted & filed under Blog, Technology.

With well over a million mobile apps on the market, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Suggestions from a trusted friend or family member—or librarian!—are a great place to start.

In preparation for this week’s mobile apps class, library staff members brainstormed favorite apps and shared them on our staff bulletin board. In less than two weeks, the board was covered with 160 suggestions in ten different categories! Here are three favorites:

key ring app iconSick of the extra weight and bulk that loyalty cards add to your keychain? Key Ring lets you scan your cards or enter your membership numbers so they’re stored in your mobile device. If you include shopping rewards cards, the app also notifies you about special sales and deals associated with those loyalty programs. You can even scan your Lincolnwood library card, and never be caught without it again!

teen book finder app iconLooking for a good book to read after The Fault in Our Stars? The home screen of the Teen Book Finder app from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is refreshed daily with three titles selected by YALSA members for awards and book lists. Search for books by author, title, or genre, then use the Find It! button to locate the book at a nearby library or the Favorites button to add it to an individualized reading list.

relax melodies app iconStressful day at the office? Relax Melodies offers a variety of soothing sounds to help you unwind. Select from dozens of sounds, mix up to ten, or simply play white noise. A timer allows you to fall asleep or meditate as your sounds are playing.


All three of these apps are free, and versions are available for both the Android and iOS platforms. To hear more app suggestions from library staff (including our library apps) and share your own favorites, join us on Wednesday, September 24 or Wednesday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. for App, App, and Away!