Shoutbomb Text Message Alerts for Plainfield Library Cardholders
With the Library’s Shoutbomb text messaging service, you can use your mobile phone to …
- Receive text notices about: holds that are available, items that are due soon, overdues and fines.
- Send a text to renew a item. (Renewable items only.)
The Library does not charge a fee for this service, but your mobile plan’s regular text-messaging rates apply.
What You Need
- A mobile phone and wireless service that can send text messages to an email address.
- The barcode number from your Plainfield Library card and the PIN for your library account.
To get started, text the message:
SIGNUP+############## TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Substitute a barcode for #.) Then reply to the messages from Shoutbomb, asking for your PIN. Once your Shoutbomb registration has been completed, you will automatically get text notices about holds to pick up, items that are due soon, overdue items and fees. A text will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message.
Texting to an Email Address
Nearly every text-capable phone has the ability to send messages to an email address. Here’s how to sign up with your device …
Android / Apple Phones:
- Open up Messaging and select Compose New Message.
- Set email@example.com as the recipient.
- Set SIGNUP+yourbarcode as the message text. The “+” is important, and there are no spaces btw.
- Save firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact.
Other Phone Types:
- Go to Messaging and create a new Text Message.
- Open up the Send To box to designate the recipient.
- Some phones have a separate field for Email and Phone Number. If this is the case, enter email@example.com in the Email field.
- If not, look for a box that says 123 on the menu screen. (This means that you’re entering a number to designate who you’re texting.) Press the relevant button (typically the Shift key or one of the Option buttons) to switch this to ABC.
- Enter firstname.lastname@example.org as the designated address. Send the message SIGNUP+yourbarcode to this location. The “+” is important, and there are no spaces btw.
- Add this contact info to your Address Book.