Ava and Nate are cherishing their cards, storing them in a special cabinet at home where they (hopefully) will never get lost, and checking out their pile of books under their own name.
My concern was about keeping track of all the materials we have checked out. I look up my own account online, but didn't want to have to check 3 different accounts to see all the items. The helpful lady at the library told me about libraryelf.com and I am so glad she did!
Libraryelf.com is one of the most helpful sites I've ever used. It's not associated with only my city's library, but with libraries all over the US. After setting up an account, I added all 3 of our library card numbers and now I can see an overview of all our library activity on one page. I could link any cards I happen to have from any participating library (but I only have cards at the one.) I can immediately see all items we have out, when they are due, items on hold and what number I am in line, and overdue items. Each item has either my name or one of the kids' names depending on which account checked it out, but all are listed together. Plus it will send me an email the day before an item is due (that setting is adjustable.)
Thank goodness for websites that can keep me organized! I need all the help I can get...