Sesame Street
Elmo gets a library card
Air date March 3, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors A, C, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 It has been recommended that Maria drink four glasses of milk per day while pregnant. This fact has been relayed by Luis to Bob, Telly, a Honker and a cow, who all give her some milk.
Cartoon A for Acorn
(First: Episode 1626)
Muppets The Bicuspids sing "Kids Just Love to Brush."
(First: Episode 2060)
Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin by practicing.
(First: Episode 1513)
Film As a boy plays with a tugboat in the bathtub, we watch footage of a real tugboat.
(First: Episode 0801)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
SCENE 2 Elmo notices Bob's shadow for the first time and believes it's another person. Bob explains how shadows work with a song ("My Shadow," spoofing the Cat Stevens' hit "Moonshadow"). Elmo gets the picture and goes home introduce his shadow to his family.
Cartoon A tour of a TV studio, with set decoration, camera adjustment, etc., setting up for a taping with an R2-D2-like robot.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1875)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie won't stop saying how thirsty he is, no matter how many glasses of water Bert brings him. Even after he's finished, he still won't stop saying "Boy, was I thirsty."
(First: Episode 1144)
Film Geese and their goslings swim in the water.
(First: Episode 0388)
Cartoon A for astronaut, airplane, airport and automobile.
(First: Episode 2250)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit meets the Seven Dwarves, seemingly from the Snow White story. However, in this version each is named after (and represents) an emotion. (Kermit ad-lib: "Hey Dulcy, we got the wrong dwarves again!") They are named Cheerful, Sad, Lovey, Angry, Proud, Surprised and Fearful.
(EKA: Episode 2415)
Cartoon A man teaches his dog Rover how to read the word SIT.
(First: Episode 0304)
Insert Big Bird finds out how many feet Mr. Snuffleupagus has.
(First: Episode 1544)
Cartoon C is for Canary
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a piano and decides to play it. The left half wants to play short notes, while the other half prefers to run his fingers across the keyboard. They decide to cooperate, and both use their notes to play "Chopsticks."
(First: Episode 1366)
1095l Cartoon C is for Candle (the candle blows back)
(First: Episode 0703)
SCENE 3 Elmo enters the library in his pajamas; two kids follow with his blanket and pillow, plus his favorite storybook. He doesn't want to leave the book behind, so he intends to sleep over at the library with it. Maria explains how the borrowing system works and Linda presents him with his very own library card. Elmo doesn't want to read his book now; he'd rather read the text on the library card.
Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
(First: Episode 2507)

Muppets Spaceship Surprise
The crew lands on the Planet SH, where they are greeted by Sheriff Shrimp, and meet a shouting shovel and shopping sheep.
(First: Episode 2468)
Cartoon A man tries to push a huge balloon elephant through a narrow doorway, and a girl helps him by deflating it.
(First: Episode 1824)
Film Footage of a city neighborhood; includes shots of a sno-cone vendor.
Singer: "¡Linda paloma!"
(First: Episode 0426)
SCENE 4 Elmo is ready to borrow his favorite book and Maria talks him through the process Linda takes to properly check it out. Elmo feels very grown-up taking out a book for the first time and proudly marches off to read it.
Animation Where do the a's fit?
(First: Episode 1586)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants to go outside and play catch, but Bert gets him interested in watching his goldfish.
(First: Episode 1422)
SCENE 5 Elmo's back to take out another book, when he notices Bob listening to Beethoven music nearby. Elmo is amazed that one can listen to music in the library too, as well as how headphones work. He wants to listen to some music too and ultimately chooses the record Bob is listening to. Bob gives him a pair of headphones.
Cartoon Ralph asks Marvin what would happen if he didn't have a mouth, a nose and ears.
(First: Episode 0468)
Muppets / Celebrity Harry Belafonte sings of about the "Coconut Counting Man," who is actually The Count.
(First: Episode 1692)
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: instead of a parachute, the girl is carried to the ground by four birds.
(First: Episode 2249)
Film A STOP sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0930)
SCENE 6 Elmo tells Maria how much he loves the library, especially reading and listening to music at the same time. Bob announces the sponsors.

Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 2564 Episode 2566
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+