There are some programs that just do something really handy in a simple way that makes your life easier. Library Books is one of them.
“Library Books is an Mac OS X application that tracks the library books you have borrowed.” Yes, this is true, but that just makes it sound like a database. Not at all.
The software connects to your library’s system and automatically shows you which books you have checked out, when they are due, etc. It puts status information in your Mac’s menu bar.
For example, when I first installed it, I had no books checked out, but I had a few holds set up. The software put a star and a zero in my menu bar. Then the next day I noticed the star was green. I clicked, and a pop-up menu appeared that said “9 holds, 2 available.” This was more than a day before the library actually got around to sending me the e-mailed notice that my holds were available!
So I checked out the books, then went home, and noticed shortly afterward that my menu bar now said “✮ 2” because I had two books checked out. Clicking on the star pops up a list of the books and their due dates.
It’s all automatic, which is great for me because I am absent-minded.