After I do a few mini-lessons with classes I make sure to also show them how to use the public library website as well. I explain how all the libraries in our county are connected and they are a much better place than our elementary library for getting those super-popular books. I show them how they can log in, request a book and that it will be sent to their branch for pick up. The example I used was, of course, the Wimpy Kid books. We have five of each copy and they are all always out and hard to get. For the one I looked up at the public library, they had 64 copies in total and about eight of them in stock.
After the lesson I asked for questions. My favorite was from a girl who was a bit miffed. She said, “WHY HAVEN’T YOU TOLD US ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!”
Heh heh. Like I was keeping the PUBLIC LIBRARY a big secret.