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Sesame Street
A day at the library
Air date April 17, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors I, Q, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Bob finishes conducting his music students through the Sesame Street theme song. Big Bird approaches Bob with a counting song he just made up, which he hopes the kids can play. Bob gives him the baton, and he conducts the kids through the song, which is "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" with the lyrics replaced by numbers. The song stops at 40, since that's as far as Big Bird can count.
Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert asks Ernie to help him carry his heavy groceries, but Ernie is too busy thinking about all the things he can do as he sits in a chair: breathing, listening, and smelling.
(First: Episode 1449)
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I.".
(First: Episode 1077)
Cartoon Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(First: Episode 2218)
Muppets Polly Darton sings "I'm Under the Weather Over You."
(First: Episode 1702)
Cartoon Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat.
(First: Episode 1580)
Muppets / Celebrity Baseball fan Telly is looking at his cards when he sees a familiar face stop by. He asks the man to pose for him, to compare him to the card on which he thinks he's seen him. He realizes that it is indeed Ron Darling of the New York Mets, and he asks him to read his own card.
(First: Episode 2080)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
Artist: Jeff Hale
(EKA: Episode 2440)
Muppets Kermit describes the times it is appropriate to use the in and out doors. To his dismay, a group of monsters keeps coming out the in door.
(First: Episode 2220)
Cartoon A blue man demonstrates in and out with the help of a barrel.
(First: Episode 2084)

SCENE 2 Two delivery people, Marv and Jolene, stop by the Sesame Street Library with what they assume to be a box of new books, but Linda and Lisa show them that there is no way a book could fit in the long skinny box they've delivered (which reads "Fishing rods for the Sesame Street Sporting Goods Store"). The delivery people apologize, and they give Linda and Lisa a complimentary fish before they go and look for the right box.
Cartoon "Seven Sweet Sopranos" on a shaky piano
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1656)
Muppets Mysterious Theater: Dial M for Mother
Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out what he needs to call his mother before Big Ben strikes midnight... as he stands next to a London telephone booth. The message Sherlock has is to wish his mother a happy birthday.
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)

SCENE 3 The delivery people come back with a better-looking box, but it's still not the right one: the books are heavy, and the box is too light to have any books inside it. What's more, the box reads "One lamp shade for the Sesame Street Lamp Store." As they leave, Marv gives Linda a complimentary fish-lamp.
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Muppets Forgetful Jones needs something to ride around the ranch. Clementine gives him clues: it has four legs, a bushy tail, eats hay, and neighs. It's his horse Buster, who arrives with the jeep.
(First: Episode 2081)
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
SCENE 4 Marv and Jolene return with another box, which they know is the right one this time: it's heavy, and it reads "Books for the Sesame Street Library." This time, when Linda takes the books out of the box, Marv and Jolene instantly want to check them out.
Cartoon Rap #7
(First: Episode 2506)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster learns to use good manners while eating with a spoon.
(First: Episode 1340)
Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping)
(First: Episode 0675)

SCENE 5 Elmo looks up at a portrait of George Washington and asks Mr. Handford questions about who he was.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
(First: Episode 0314)
Muppets Bert sings "Keep the Park Clean for the Pigeons" to address the importance of proper trash disposal for the sake of pigeons.
Cartoon A boy leads his sister up and down a staircase.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0526)

SCENE 6 As Gordon listens to an album of jazz music by Hoots and his band, Hoots remembers how much fun he had recording it in a flashback sequence.
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Cast Carnival barker Mike runs a ball-throwing booth. Maria and Travis decide to try winning a prize by knocking down all the bottles. She tries twice, and knocks some of them down, then she lets Travis try his luck. He not only knocks all the bottles down, but the stand as well! For a prize, he wants the ball, which he obtains by way of reverse footage.
Cartoon Ranger Armbuckle talks about how plants travel -- by sowing their seeds.
Artist: ArtistMike

SCENE 7 Big Bird is concerned about the picture Elmo drew of him: he isn't sure how to tell him that the picture looks more like Oscar the Grouch. He shows Elmo how the picture compares to what he looks like, and Elmo explains his limited drawing skills and lack of art supplies. He realizes that it is a good picture of Oscar, and he decides to give it to him.
Cartoon Six turtles plus one man equals seven.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1515)
Film Lizard!
Music: Joe Raposo (same as "birds")
(First: Episode 0407)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: The King and I
Animation It's a giraffe
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1752)

SCENE 8 Oscar likes Elmo's picture, but he doesn't like receiving presents, so he gives it back to him. Elmo remembers that Oscar likes trash, so he crumples up the picture and gives it back to him, who accepts it this time. Elmo walks off and announces the sponsors off-camera.

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