Christmas Eve by Charlotte Druitt Cole

The stars just seem to shine brightest on Christmas Eve. Read by library staff.

Recording time: 54 sec.

Direct download: Christmas_Eve.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 10:34am CST

Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a classic poem by Clement C. Moore. Treasured for many generations, it is possibly the most well-known poem about Santa and his eight reindeer. Can you name all eight reindeer?

Read by Randy Erdman, Former Mayor of the City of Albert Lea.

Recording time: 3 min., 04 sec.

Direct download: Twas_the_Night_before_Xmas.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 3:56pm CST

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Jolly Old St. Nicholas is a favorite Christmas carol of many. What do you hope to get from Santa when he visits?

Recording time: 1 min.

Direct download: Jolly_Old_St._Nicholas.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 10:32am CST

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus is the reply letter printed in The New York Sun to Virginia, who had written a letter to the editor asking if Santa Claus really exists.

Listen to Tristyn and her grandmother Terry Olson read the real-life letters of Virginia O'Hanlon and Francis P. Church published in 1897.

Ready by Tristyn and her grandmother, Terry Olson.

Recording time: 3 min., 38 sec.

Direct download: Yes_Virginia.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 3:01pm CST

The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit, Or, How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams is about a Velveteen Rabbit who is given to a boy for a Christmas present. The rabbit learns that if he is loved enough by the boy he will become a real rabbit.

The Velveteen Rabbit is an award-winning beloved classic children's story.

Read by Bev Leonard.

Recording time: 22 min., 06 sec.

Direct download: The_Velveteen_Rabbit.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:49am CST

Jack and the Beanstalk

Enjoy listening to the classic fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack and his mother are so poor they must sell their cow at market. But Jack is fooled into buying magic beans. But what luck! The beans are really magic! What do you think will happen next?

This story is read by Merissa Kittleson.

Recording time: 12 min., 7 sec.

Direct download: Jack_and_the_Beanstalk.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 12:01am CST

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff want to cross the bridge to eat the sweet, spring grass. But first they must get by the horrible troll who guards the bridge!

Recording time: 3 min., 44 sec.

Direct download: Three_Billy_Goats_Gruff.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 8:10am CST

A library card is the smartest card you can own - get one today!

Direct download: ALAPSA_Candace_30_2_.mp3
Category:Childrens Programming -- posted at: 3:39pm CST

Enjoy listening to a favorite children's poem that is usually sung. You'll have fun imagining all of the animals listed in the poem. Do you know what they all look like? Read by Terry Olson and her granddaughters Trysten and Jayden.
Poor old lady, she swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Poor old lady, I think she'll die.

Poor old lady, she swallowed a spider.
It squirmed and wriggled and turned inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Poor old lady, I think she'll die.

Poor old lady, she swallowed a bird.
How absurd!   She swallowed a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Poor old lady, I think she'll die.

Poor old lady, she swallowed a cat.
Thank of that!   She swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Poor old lady, I think she'll die.

Poor old lady, she swallowed a dog.
She went the whole hog when she swallowed the dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Poor old lady, I think she'll die.

Poor old lady, she swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Poor old lady, I think she'll die.

Poor old lady, she swallowed a horse.
She died, of course.
Recording time: 1 min, 55 sec.
Direct download: Poor_Old_Lady.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 2:08pm CST

The Elf and the Dormouse

Did you know that neither elves or mice like to get wet? Listen to our young readers Trysten and Jayden and see how they get in out of the rain.

The Elf and the Dormouse by Oliver Herford

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      Under a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
      Out of the rain to shelter himself.  
      Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
      Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap.  
       
      Trembled the wee Elf, frightened and yet
      Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.  
      To the next shelter - maybe a mile!
      Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile.  
       
      Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
      Holding it over him, gaily he flew.  
      Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
      Soon woke the Dormouse,"Good gracious me!  
       
      "Where is my toadstool?" loud he lamented.
      And that's how umbrellas first were invented.
Direct download: The_Elf_and_the_Dormouse.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 3:26pm CST