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Thomas Mayfield

Polyglot programmer who loves the weird beautiful chaos of humans building software together. Fitness nerd. Southern kid living in Massachusetts.

Relaunching Literate Minuteman

Today, I’m relaunching an old project of mine with a new coat of paint and a bunch of new goodies: Literate Minuteman shows you what books from your Goodreads lists are available at your local Boston-area library.

What’s new?

  • Revamped visual design, with some judicious responsiveness so it works well on mobile-sized screens.
  • Live loading of your books when you sign up (via Pusher).
  • Tons of bug fixes and internal refactoring to bring the code from “embarassing first Rails project” to “I might not hate this in a month”.

What’s next?

Ain’t no rest for the wicked, so what’s planned next:

  • Integration with the BPL and Minuteman ebook systems.
  • Email notifications when books become available.
  • Filtering by individual locations and making filters persistent across browser sessions.
  • Smarter queuing of book lookups for new users; right now, if two people sign up at the same time, one has to wait in line.

Go try it!

If you live around Boston and like to read, give it a whirl. Let me know what you think, dear reader: you can reach me at