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All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Strafford branch library does not have phone service on Wednesday, May 24, due to maintentance. Please call (417) 882-0714 for assistance.

The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

A Talk & Read Activity for Toddlers

Where is the...?

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Where is the...?

Your toddler might be starting to say a few words but is learning many every day! Expand on your little one's vocabulary by playing a simple word game. Look around the room and ask where a familiar item is. "Where is your truck?" Your child will point to the truck and you can take the opportunity to expose her to more words by saying, "You're right! Your truck is under the table!" Words like under, behind and on top are harder to visualize, so games like this make learning them easy and fun!


Jack be Nimble

Jack be nimble, 

Jack be quick!

Jack jump over the candlestick!

Bounce your little one as you say the rhyme. Bounce high on the last line!


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Early Bird
  • Early Bird by Toni Yuly
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Where is the Green Sheep?
  • Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox


Friday, May 26

  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Midtown Carnegie Branch
  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Library Station
  • 11:15 a.m., Storytime, Library Station

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