So many apps out there seem to fall into one of two camps—incredibly useful or completely useless. To that end, we checked out some of the handiest apps for Portland parents and have located 11 we think are the best. Whether you’re hopping on TriMet or heading to one of the Multnomah County Libraries, saving money with the Chinook Book or looking for the restroom inside Powell’s, take a quick minute to download these essential apps that will make life as a parent a little less busy and a lot more fun.

Check Out Library Books

It’s so much easier to get your family to read when you have access to the entire Multnomah County Library system in the palm of your hand. With the free Multcolib app, you can search the library catalog; place books, movies and music on hold; renew items; check due dates; find a library branch; or even text a question to a librarian at any hour of the day.

Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and all major smartphones at for free.

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What are your favorite apps as a Portland parent? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway