the overdue book calendar

i really miss the days when i checked out library books on a regular occasion. i remember my mom dropping me off at the library and i would pour over the teen section until i’d found the perfect books to take home. those days are sadly long gone, but after design by the book i’ve felt more inspired to get myself back into a library and take advantage of what they have to offer. so when i saw this fun new “overdue book calendar” from lauren hunt i couldn’t resist sharing. in a world of digital everything, it’s sort of fun to embrace the idea of real books (rather than digital ones read on your phone or a kindle) and keeping track of due dates on real paper, rather than a blackberry reminder. you can pick up lauren’s design right here, as a re-printable pdf for $4. thanks, lauren!


I love these great gift idea for my small friends who are regular library user. I might need one for myself as I’ve never met a library book I haven’t wanted to return late!

Melissa A.

I love it! I always check out books from the library and always seem to return them late. I’m thankful that the late fees are very low. I just consider my late fees a donation to the library.


That is so excellent–I may have to buy it as a Christmas gift to myself. (I don’t want to talk about how many purchases I’ve justified recently as “a Christmas gift for myself” but at least this one is affordable, useful, AND really cute.)


I have to admit I do not use the library as often as I should, but I would love to see an adaptation of this in a mini-journal format to record the book I read all year!


I LOVE IT! Perfect for when I have a few books out.

At the moment, however, I have about 20 books and dvd’s checked out. So I’ve turned to Library Elf for help. (I like the name as it reminds me of the movie Elf!)

It’s a service that will access your library account for you and then send you emails (whatever you choose..I select daily updates) and you’ll then know what books are due when..and if you have any overdue.


So cute!!! Just clicked over and placed an order. Such a great idea!


Oh I absolutely love this! And it would be so much more fun to keep track of books tangibly than on my google calendar.


This is really cute. I returned to the library a couple of years ago in order to save money because buying new books at the rate I read was becoming a challenge. A clever tracker like this is one way to get people motivated to get back to their libraries.

Newly Domesticated

I love this idea; I wish I still checked out books, too. It’s the easiest and cheapest thing in the world, and yet I never do it. I have to tell you, though, the copy editor in me is going crazy. You PORE over books; you POUR juice.


It’s unfortunately sold out! This would be so helpful (and cute!). I check out probably 15 books a month at the NYPL and always forget to log-in to the website to check the due date. This is also an easy way to keep track of what books you’ve read and when. :)


an adorable idea. i think i will make it one of my new year’s resolutions to frequent the library more often. thank you for sharing!

Katie @ goodLife {eats}

That isn’t just helpful, it’s adorable! My son and I check books out from the library constantly. It is one of our favorite mom/son outings and this would really help us keep track of what needs returning.


Even if you don’t check out library books, I think this would make for a fun way to handle your to-do list each month.

Barb Bowers

When I went to purchase this it said it was sod out? How can that be, it is just a download?