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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 Love Books Activity for Toddlers

Snuggle Stories

Love Books Have fun reading books you and your child enjoy.


Snuggle Stories

Our busy toddlers may not be snuggling for stories as much as they did when they were babies, but they want to snuggle sometimes! Keep a few short, snuggly books on hand for when your little one is in the mood to cuddle with you on the couch. Keep your snuggle stories short and repetitive, and respect his need to move on quickly. Enjoy those snuggle stories!


Acka Backa Soda Cracker

(Gently bounce little one from side to side and lift on "up goes you" and hug on " I love you;" Instructions from "What'll I Do with the Baby-O?" by Jane Cobb)

Acka Backa Soda Cracker, Acka Backa Boo,
Acka Backa Soda Cracker, up goes you!
Acka Backa Soda Cracker, Acka Backa Boo,
Acka Back Soda Cracker, I love you!


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

Find these books at

  • Baby Bedtime
  • Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox
  • Snuggle Puppy: A Little Love Song
  • Snuggle Puppy: A Little Love Song by Sandra Boynton
  • I Kissed the Baby
  • I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy


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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