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Most of you are probably aware of the Goodreads, the social network site where book lovers can share information regarding the books they have read.   That site is really cool, but what about people who love movies.  Well we have a site for you.  Letterboxd is app where movie lovers can keep track of and rate  movies they have watched.  They can also "follow" other movie lovers and see what they have watched.   Another nice feature of Letterboxd is you can create lists of movies of a particular topic and view lists other people have made.  So if you are interested in movies, give Letterboxd a try.  And feel free to follow me on Letterboxd at the following:

 

 

 

Name of App:  Letterboxd

Audience:  Teen and Adult

Platform:  iOS and Android

Platform used to test the app:  Android

What the App does and why we recommend it:  The app allows movie lovers to track and rate movies they have watched and share them with other movie lovers.

Cost (at time of the review):  Free 

Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning phonics and reading game that’s helped millions of children learn to read.

Children create a monster and take it on a magical journey  - meeting unique characters along the way and improving their reading skills as they progress. They repeat a range of essential reading skills such as matching letters to sounds, blending and reading full sentences.

This app is ideal for preschool age children through 1st grade. It is developed to be used at home, on-the-go, or in the class room.

Teach Your Monster to Read is also available on the web for free.

Monster choosing letter sounds

 

Name of App:  Teach Your Monster to Read

Audience: Preschool-beginning readers

Platform: iOS and Android

What app does and why we recommend it:  Helps children learn to read in a fun and exciting way

What platform we used to recommend the app:  iOS

 

Cost of app (at time of the review):  $4.99, web version is free

Have you ever wondered how people get those nifty photos or gifs on their social media?  Are you like me and have zero abilities when it comes to graphic design?  Well we have a app for you to try.  Adobe Spark Post allows the user to customize photos with text, different color schemes and effects.  You can use an already loaded template or design an image of your own.  You are able to then share the finish product on any social media platform. 

As I said, I have zero ability when it comes to graphic design.  I was able to create the following two images very quickly.  It was very easy to use.

 

    

 

So if you are looking to spice up your social media, why not give Adobe Spark Post a try.

 

 

 Name of App:  Adobe Spark Post

Audience: Teen and Adult

Platform: iOS and Android

What app does and why we recommend it:  App allows user to customize images and share to social media platforms.

What platform we used to recommend the app:  Android

Cost of app (at time of the review):  Free

Every reader has times when they don't know what to read next. Lucky for you, the library is here to help. We have a number of resources that can get you out of your reading slump and find your next book. Below you will find three ways the library can assist you with your next book selection. You can have reading recommendations sent monthly to your inbox with NextReads, you can also choose to find it yourself using our Novelist database, or seek personalized recommendations from library staff by filling out our Readers' Advisory Form. You can decide what kind of recommendations suit your reading needs by checking out these resources below!

NEW!!! For every type of reader, receive monthly Recommendations with NextReads:

We recently added a new service for our patrons called Next Reads. NextReads allows you to signup for email Newsletters with reading recommendations. You pick which genres fit your reading interests and sign up for as many or as few as you want. Once a month you will receive a genre newsletter with recommendations in your chosen genre. You can also sign up for the weekly bestseller lists. You are in control and you choose which you prefer. Click here to see the complete list of available NextReads newsletter and sign up!

Screen shot of Next Reads Historical Fiction Newsletter

For the Find It Yourself Reader use Novelist:

You are self reliant and know pretty much what you want, you just need a little help sorting through the millions of recommendations out there.  For you we recommend using Novelist. Our Novelist database is the perfect tool for researching the books you want to read next. Novelist is a great resource for finding read-alikes for both favorite books and favorite authors. They also provide lists of popular books as well as cultivated lists of reading trends that are just wonderful for browsing.

  1. Go to khcpl.org
  2. Click on "Research It"
  3. In the first column choose "All Databases"
  4. Click on the letter "N" or scroll down to Novelist.
  5. If you are accessing Novelist outside the library you will need to sign in with your library card and pin/password. (Click here to be directed directly to Novelist!)

Screen shot of Novelist icons and descriptions from All Databases page

For the reader seeking Personalized Recommendations:

Did you know you can get personalized recommendations without even leaving the comfort of your home? If you fill out our Reader's Advisory Form you can receive personalized recommendations from one of our library staff!

  1. Go to khcpl.org
  2. Click on "How Do I"
  3. Choose "Find Something to Read"
  4. Fill out the form and a library staff person will contact you shortly. (Remember the more information you give us, the better we are at recommending books!)
  5. Click on the image below or visit https://www.khcpl.org/reader-advisory to get your personalized recommendations. You are also welcome to stop by any of our locations and ask us about books! We love to share what we are reading and recommending.

Screenshot of Readers Advisory Form

 

Now that school is out, it’s time to get outside and play. Kidslox is the perfect app to manage your kids’ screen time so that they are not on their devices all day. The parental controls let you block apps, block internet and web content, and limit the time your kids have access to their device. One account is all you need to manage as many devices as you have.  Kidslox has three modes to help you easily manage all your devices—unrestricted “Parent Mode”, custom “Child Mode”, and fully restricted “Lockdown Mode”.

The basic version of Kidslox is free or you can pay a monthly fee of $3.99 to access all the great features this app offers.

 

Green background with white clock

Three modes-parent, child, lockdowndaily limits-Monday 2 hrs

 

Name of App:  Kidslox

Audience: Adult

Platform: iOS and Android

What the App does and why we recommend it:  Easily manage your kids' device to control screen time and apps.

What platform we used to recommend the app:  iOS

Cost of app (at time of the review):  Free for basic version, $3.99 a month for full access

 

Do you ever wonder if your personal care products might kill you?  If so, we have an app for you.  Think Dirty allows you to scans products in your home and find out "healthy" they are for you.  All you have to do is scan the barcode of an item and you will get a screen that looks like this:

Screenshot of Think dirty App

 

The app measures the products ingredients for carcinogenicity, developmental & reproductive toxicity and allergies & immunotoxicities.  It assigns the product a number so you know how "clean" the product is.  Some of the items you scan may not be in their database.  Think Dirty will let you submit products very easily for them to rate.  Think Dirty also has a feature that allows you to shop for cleaner products.

So if you would like healthier products in your life, give Think Dirty a try.

 

Think Dirty App Logo

 

Name of App:  Think Dirty

Audience: Adult

Platform: iOS and Android

What the App does and why we recommend it:  The app rates the healthiness of the ingredients of your personal care products and offer other healthy alternatives.

What platform we used to recommend the app:  Android

Cost of app (at time of the review):  Free

 

 

 

Dino Tim is the perfect app for preschool age children to get a jump start on mastering their colors, shapes, numbers, and first words.

Some funny characters have stolen Tim's family and he will stop at nothing to save them. Children will become heroes as they travel the land solving fun and exciting math-related puzzles while they are trying to help Tim rescue his family. Children will be so entertained they will not realize that they are actually learning!

Children will learn to recognize geometric shapes, first words, letters, consonants and vowels all while having an amazing and fun adventure that includes running, flying and doing magic.

Although the challenges are geared for children ages 3-8, they are so fun and exciting that children of all ages will enjoy the adventure.

 

 

 

Name of App:  Dino Tim: Basic Math and Addition

Audience: Children

Platform: Android and iOS

What the App Does and Why we recommend it:  Children will learn basic math concepts while on an amazing adventure.

What platform was used to test the app: iOS

Cost: Free (at time of review) Free; Full version for $1.99

 

This week at the Reference Desk I had someone who needed help with her documents. To make a long story short, we used Adobe Scan. I know we have reviewed this app here before, but I want to emphasize how useful this app can be for people on the go. I found myself turning to it because I am forever being given calendars, schedules, various slips of paper that always manage to get lost. This scanner was a lifesaver for keeping track of all those calendars and notes, and saving them so I can find them when they are needed. 

Adobe Scan App logo

screen shots from adobe scan

  • Name of App: Adobe Scan
  • Audience: All
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app is a useful tool for scanning documents so you will always have them with you on your phone or tablet.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS
  • Cost (at time of review): Free, although more features are available with in app purchases.

Do you or someone you know have trouble keeping track of all the medicines they have to take?  If you go to a lot of doctors, it can be really confusing keeping track of all that information.  We have found an app that can help with that.  Medisafe is an easy to use app that keeps all of your medical information in one place. 

Adding medicines to the app just requires entering in the name of the medicine, the time you need to take the medicine, how much you need to take and if you need to take it everyday.

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It also allows you to pick the shape and color of the medicine you take to help with the confusion issue.

 

Once you get all your medicines put in the app you get a nice chart which tells you by the shape and color of your pills when you need to take them.

 

The app will give you audible reminders when you need to take your medicine.  Some other nice features of the app are it lets you keep track of your doctor's appointments and your vital statistics (which it will email directly to your doctor).  The app with also allow you to have what they call a Medifriend.  This is a friend or family member that you can link with that can also help you remember to take your medication in case you forget.

So if you want to keep your medical information organized, why not give Medisafe a try.

Name of App:  Medisafe

Audience: Adult

Platform: Android and iOS

What the App Does and Why we recommend it:  Reminds patients of when to take their medicine and also keeps track of various other medical information

What platform was used to test the app: Android

Cost: Free (at time of review) It does offer In app purchases.