Sesame Street
Zoe gets a library card
Air date April 15, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors V, 9
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Zoe tries to show how well she can read, but spouts various words instead of what's written on her MILK carton. Zoe wants Carlo to read the word over and over for her, but he suggests they go to the library and pick out a book to read instead.
Film On the farm, a boy enjoys a glass of MILK.
(First: Episode 3277)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finishes drinking milk, and doesn't know what to do with the cartons at first, but gets the idea to "recycle" them and play with them like a train.
(First: Episode 2726)
Film Children of all kinds sing "We All Sing with the Same Voice."
(First: Episode 1708)
Muppets Grover tries to ignore three monsters who look big and scary to him. When they notice him carrying a flute, they grab his attention and ask -- in what appears to be a threatening way -- if Grover wants to play. The three monsters pull out a clarinet, an oboe and a bassoon and begin to play, urging Grover to join in.
(First: Episode 1412)
Cartoon Where does the cow live? (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3396)

SCENE 2 Carlo finds a book related to milk for Zoe - "The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon." Zoe doesn't understand the correlation, until she realizes milk comes from cows. She asks him to read it, but he recommends they take it back to Hooper's Store. Zoe doesn't understand how that works, so Carlo brings her to the front desk. She observes Lexine and Carlo using their library cards to take out books, inspiring Zoe to get one too. Linda prepares one for her and all she needs to do is write her name on it. Zoe can't write her name yet, so Carlo brings her back to the store to practice.
Song "In the Library"
(First: Episode 3423)
Animation ¿Que es esto? (una vaca)
(First: Episode 1978)
1041newsflash Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: In a take on the "Hey Diddle Diddle" nursery rhyme, Kermit the Frog interviews Natalie the cow and her cat manager as she prepares to jump over the moon. Natalie plans to break the usual cow stereotype by doing this jump. After the cat plays a fanfare on his fiddle, she makes the jump and crash lands back to Earth, where she is praised and congratulated for her jump.
(First: Episode 0634)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
(First: Episode 2775)
Film A girl writes a letter to her grandmother about going to summer camp.
(First: Episode 3270)
Cartoon Two girls sing a reggae rendition of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3269)
SCENE 3 Zoe struggles to write her name correctly, until Maria stops by and helps her with a song. Afterwards, Zoe is ready to get her card, but Carlo recommends she practice some more.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets (The New) Here is Your Life
Sonny Friendly honors a storybook of "Little Red Riding Hood."
(First: Episode 3367)
Film V for voice, violin, Victrola, etc.
(First: Episode 3399)
Animation Sand V/v
(First: Episode 0637)
Film V for violin: kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
(First: Episode 3280)
Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin by practicing.
(First: Episode 1513)
SCENE 4 Telly visits the store and helps count the 20 ways Zoe has written her name. He then thinks they need to simulate the library, which will have much different conditions for name writing than Hooper's.
Song "It's a Long Hard Road, But I'm Gonna Get There." (Vocals by Jerry Nelson)
(First: Episode 3398)
Cartoon A peacock counts twenty feathers on his tail.
(First: Episode 0406)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird hosts "Big Bird's Poetry Corner," with guest Rita Dove.
(First: Episode 3318)
Film Floating kids make the letter V.
(First: Episode 3133)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
V in space
Cartoon V in space
(First: Episode 0481)

Film Kids practice circus acts and give a performance in a gymnasium.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)

SCENE 5 Telly sets up a faux-library, which provides Zoe with ketchup and cheese to make her card with (they're out of pens and paper) while dealing with a "hurricane" (the electric fan) and a blackout (they didn't pay their electric bills). Even with these ridiculous conditions, Zoe flawlessly writes her name.
Animation A showcase of how many fun things can be done with paper.
(First: Episode 3482)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — On the deck of The Love Boat, a uniformed Ernie expresses how much he loves this boat. "Ernest" shares his love with Amanda, a grumpy patron, a fish, and soon several passengers who join them in their love for this boat.
(First: Episode 1958)
Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
Cartoon Nine Striped Cats
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1564)
Cartoon Clown Honking #9
(First: Episode 3219)
Song "I'm a Little Airplane"
(First: Episode 3266)

SCENE 6 Zoe and Carlo return to the library, where Zoe is able to write her name on her new library card. Telly surprises them with a celebratory marching band. Carlo announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Biff can play the piano just as good with a piano on his finger, smashing it in half.


  • This episode aired during National Library Week, this episode was produced in co-operation with the American Library Association.
  • This episode was teased during the "Coming Soon" tag of episode 3455, but was pushed back several weeks.

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