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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 Play with Letters Activity for Toddlers

Fun with Food

Play with Letters Find print everywhere. Play with words and letters.


Fun with Food

Create a print matching game using food cartons from your kitchen. Cut out the front panel of the carton showing the words and one of the side panels that shows the same logo. Match up the cards and talk about the words and what type of food it is. Your toddler might surprise you by recognizing what foods the logos represent!



(Suit actions to words)
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake.
Pop it in a pan.
Fry a pancake, toss a pancake.
Catch it if you can!


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

Find these books at

  • Eating the Alphabet
  • Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
  • Food Colors: From Blueberries to Beets
  • Food Colors: From Blueberries to Beets by Joyce Markovics
  • Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant
  • Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre


Wednesday, May 24

  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Republic Branch

Friday, May 26

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

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