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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 Preschoolers

A Talk & Read Activity for Preschoolers

Bug Hunt

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Bug Hunt

Have you ever noticed your child become fascinated by watching a bug? Encourage your child's curiosity and love of nature by looking for bugs in your backyard or at the park. Bring along a magnifying glass if you have one, and a notebook and pencil to record your findings. When you find a bug, examine it, talk about it, and write about it in your notebook. You’ll use a lot of new words when studying bugs – write those down too! Then, go to the library and check out some books about bugs.


Big Bugs, Small Bugs

(To the tune of Frere Jacques)

Big bugs, small bugs,
Big bugs, small bugs,
See them crawl,
On the wall?

Creepy, creepy crawling,
Never, ever falling,
Bugs, bugs, bugs,
Bugs, bugs, bugs.


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

Find these books at

  • Some Bugs
  • Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi
  • I Love Bugs!
  • I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges
  • I'm Trying to Love Spiders (It Isn't Easy)
  • I'm Trying to Love Spiders (It Isn't Easy) by Bethany Barton


Friday, May 26

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

Tuesday, May 30

  • 11:15 a.m., Storytime, Library Station

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