Sesame Street
Linda's first day at the library
Air date January 4, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors J, S, 8


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar observes that it's another sunny day, which he hates. Bob and Telly Monster wait by Oscar's trash can to present Linda with an African violet plant in honor of her first day working at the Sesame Street Library. Oscar sees this as an opportunity to ruin their day, but Bob points out that since Linda is deaf, she can't hear any nasty thing he says. Oscar instead informs them that Linda was already here and left.
Cartoon A little man misplaces his J under his hat.
(First: Episode 0231)
Muppets Biff sings "This Is My J."
(First: Episode 1169)
Cartoon Monster in the dark (finding a light switch)
(First: Episode 0493)
Song "Rainy Day Song"
(First: Episode 1644)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie answers the telephone. Bert overhears the conversation, which involves a baseball game, a rainy day, and a gorilla stealing a bologna sandwich. When Bert asks who just called, Ernie says it was a wrong number.
(First: Episode 0305)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: J, jaguar
(First: Episode 1144)
SCENE 2 Telly and Bob arrive at the library to give Linda her gift there. Telly is nervous because he's never been to a library before, but Bob encourages him to roam around.
Telly places the plant down as he looks at some books about flowers, then moves onto other sections.
When Bob rejoins him, Telly realizes he's lost the plant. Fortunately, librarian Linda helps them find the section he left it in and appreciates their gift.
Cartoon 'j' minuscula
(First: Episode 0475)
Muppets At a library, Cookie Monster asks an Anything Muppet librarian for a box of cookies. The librarian becomes extremely frustrated because Cookie Monster doesn't understand the library doesn't have cookies!
(First: Episode 0926)
Jenny Jeff Jacket
Cartoon A disobedient jacket, illustrating words that begin with the letter J, annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Hippopotamus Round."
(First: Episode 0413)
Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
Muppets On a very slow day of counting, The Count plays some funky music that is irresistible to dance to. He then counts 6 dancing children that come by.
(First: Episode 0868)
Cartoon Ten brightly-beaked birds land on a statue.
(First: Episode 1524)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird and Crystal Gayle perform "Songs."
(First: Episode 1798)
Cartoon A flea sets up camp on a dog.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1004)
Muppets Lefty the Salesman wants to sell an 8 to Ernie, who ran out of money buying some 9s. Ernie then offers to sell Lefty his 9s.
(First: Episode 0079)
Film A kid enters a tunnel made of snow to demonstrate "head first" and "feet first."
(First: Episode 0290)
Cartoon Typewriter: S for Spring
(First: Episode 0792)
Muppets / Cast David sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with the librarian and plumber.
(First: Episode 0718)
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(First: Episode 1669)
SCENE 3 Telly intends to discuss the number eight with Oscar at the library, but Oscar would rather leave. Oscar agrees to stay by challenging Telly to find eight books that would be pleasing to a Grouch.
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster tries to cure itself of hiccups.
(First: Episode 1318)
SCENE 4 Telly returns with three books that Oscar likes the sound of: The Worst Room in the School, Weeds, and Great Trash Collections.
Cartoon First, Middle, Last (men on horse)
(First: Episode 0827)
Muppets Grover the lumberjack thinks he is the first to arrive for supper, but he gets trampled by a gang of French-Canadian lumberjacks who get to the food table before he has a chance to get his snow boots off. By the time he finally gets them off, a grizzly bear grabs the last plate of food.
(First: Episode 1343)
SCENE 5 As Oscar thumbs through the book about weeds, Telly drops off two more books that are up Oscar's alley: Awful Jokes and Riddles, and Nasty People I Have Known.
Animation Counting 6 red balls
(First: Episode 0278)

Muppets An Anything Muppet man visits the bus station's lost and found, having lost his friend Harvey. He describes Harvey to the clerk - he has two eyes, a nose, two teeth, two horns, and is covered in blue fur. The clerk turns the man away, finding his request ridiculous...until a monster who fits that description comes by looking for his friend.
(First: Episode 1308)
SCENE 6 Oscar now reads the book of rotten riddles as Telly brings over two more books (Stories with Unhappy Endings and How to Break Nearly Everything), meaning he needs one more to make eight.
Cartoon Eight frogs
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1506)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper sets up a bucket of confetti above a door, so that whoever pulls the rope attached to the bucket will get the confetti dumped on them. Instead, a little girl walks by and pulls the rope, so that the confetti lands on Harvey!
(First: Episode 0353)
Cartoon A lion and mouse help each other.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0429)

SCENE 7 Telly finally brings the eighth and final book (100 Uses for Mud) for Oscar, who begrudgingly counts them. Oscar is displeased to learn the library is now closing, as has the checkout counter, so he can't take the books home now. Telly reminds him the library opens tomorrow, further angering Oscar as Telly has ruined his chance to complain about something. Bob announces the sponsors.

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