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Sesame Street
Big Bird's library
Air date March 19, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Sponsors K, R, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Olivia and Luis bring some books over to Big Bird's nest, which he has turned into a library for the kids. They notice one bookshelf of his is crooked - one leg is shorter than the other. Big Bird happens to have a book on the subject, "How To Repair Bookcases That Have One Short Leg And Tip To The Side." Luis instead has Olivia and others help carry it over to the Fix-It Shop.
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 12 fluttering finches.
(First: Episode 1295)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert finds it difficult to listen to Pigeons in the News while Ernie and the Sesame Street Citizens' Band are outside practicing. In yet another case of miscommunication between the two, since Bert doesn't like it when they practice outside, Ernie leads the band into the apartment so they can practice inside.
(First: Episode 0982)
Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
Film Lions walk down a trail.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0367)
Cartoon A rolling circle becomes a square, then a triangle, and various other shapes.
(First: Episode 1465)
SCENE 2 Oscar is annoyed seeing Luis, Linda and Bob pass by from Big Bird's library. Bob points out that everyone has different books they want to read - Luis reads a book in Spanish, Linda reads and signs the story to other deaf children, while Bob reads "Hansel and Gretel" to other kids. Oscar decides to join in and reads a book to his pet pig Spot in Piglish.
Cartoon A kitten is knittin' a kerchief, a kite, and a polka-dot mitten.
(First: Episode 0282)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Humpty is put together again, but then Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, and he falls off the wall again.
(First: Episode 0657)
Cartoon "Poverty K" - Karen the Kangaroo talks about words that start with the letter K. Featuring the sped-up voice of Gene Moss.
(First: Episode 0142)
Film Kids have a lost-dog poster made using an old-style printing press.
(First: Episode 1222)
Cartoon K is for kiss.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 3 Olivia borrows a book from Big Bird's library and reads it to the kids - "Katie and the King," while Oscar listens in disgust.
Cartoon A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1510)
Film "Listen ..." to various sounds, including the ocean, a heart beating, a clock ticking, a horse galloping, crickets chirping, a passing train, and others.
(First: Episode 0951)
Cartoon A man chases a runaway "no."
(First: Episode 0794)
Film A gorilla chases a woman, who registers her protest by shouting "No." She triumphantly drags the gorilla off.
(First: Episode 0546)
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Cartoon A child runs through a crowd shouting for MAMA.
(First: Episode 0458)
Muppets Cookie Monster shows all, some and none using a bag of cookies: he pours all the cookies on the plate, eats some of them, but leaves none for Ernie.
(First: Episode 1437)
1095r.jpg Cartoon "Have you seen my NO?"
(First: Episode 0773)
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Celebrity Ray Charles sings "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'"
(First: Episode 1077)

Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 1 of 2
The Country Mouse lives peacefully on the farm when his cousin, the City Mouse, comes to visit. The City Mouse is appalled that his cousin lives in a haystack, eats acorns, and listens to birdsong. He invites his cousin to come visit him in the city.
(First: Episode 0314)
Animation Sand R/r
(First: Episode 0635)


Muppets The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Part 2 of 2
The Country Mouse visits the City Mouse's apartment, and finds that his cousin eats pizza, doesn't mind traffic sounds, and listens to groovy music on his stereo. The Country Mouse is startled when he hears a cat. The City Mouse sighs, "Oh, that's just the cat. That means he's hungry, and he wants to catch us and eat us for dinner." Horrified, the Country Mouse goes back to the country, where he's safe. The City Mouse offers the cat a bite of pizza.
(First: Episode 0314)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets / Cast "Dandy David" sings a song about tying shoelaces as Herry watches. Herry then asks David to tie the laces on all the shoes in his shoe collection.
(First: Episode 1574)
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)
SCENE 4 Ferlinghetti Donizetti stops by the library. Big Bird recommends several titles, none of which interest the beatnik. Big Bird finally finds something he'll enjoy - a book of poetry.
Cartoon A large bird munches on rectangle edges, forming the word "BIRD."
(First: Episode 1173)
Muppets Old West sketches: The town doctor ("Doc") comes to a saloon to meet Mean Manny and his gang, even though Manny is the toughest guy in town and plans to have a "shootin' party." Manny and his posse arrive on time and meet with Doc and his medicine...he gives them all measles shots.
(First: Episode 1166)
Cartoon K is for Karate
(First: Episode 0489)
Film Kids ride horses.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0541)
Cartoon Children and animals numbered 1-12 race in a marathon. The #9 runner wins.
(First: Episode 0926)
SCENE 5 Big Bird wagons some books over to Hooper's Store. He admits to Mr. Hooper that his library has been too successful; he hasn't had time to play with friends, so he's giving the books back to people. Mr. Hooper has thought of adding some library materials to the shop and agrees to take the books. Big Bird even has the perfect book for him - "How To Open a Lending Library."

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