Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2021 February

During this health crisis, the Coos Bay Public Library is doing everything possible to help our community deal with the “new normal.” The answers you share here will help the library support you during this unprecedented time and beyond. All responses are confidential. Thanks for participating!

Staff Picks

Mother Goose On the Loose Update

We have made the hard decision to pause MGOL for the foreseeable future. We will let you know when it is back on the schedule! Thank you all so much for your understanding during these challenging times. Stay hopeful, love on your kiddos, and KEEP SINGING!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten has gone virtual! To participate, register your child via Beanstack (click image above). Set up an account, if you haven't already, and the challenge will pop up on your child's dashboard. 1000 Books B4K is available only for children five and under. It is an ongoing challenge that will run simultaneously with any seasonal reading challenges in which you participate.

If you are already working your way through the paper logs available at the library, don't worry! We will keep the paper option for as long as you need it. And as always, you can grab the app (iphone or android) and do it on your own!

We are mailing items to patrons with 97420 or 97407 zip codes. To receive these staff picks or any other books/media in the mail, place holds through your library account. Don't have a library account? Register online or call us at 541-269-1101.

Build Skills Every Day

Little interactions every day can add up to a BIG foundation for learning.

  • Talk: Practice conversation with your preverbal baby. When they look at you and make a sound, copy the sound back to them. This helps baby understand that the sounds he makes are meaningful!
  • Sing: Counting games are a fun way to learn numbers, but you don't always have to use your fingers. Grab some blocks, raisins, or cars, and count them as you sing!
  • Read: Do silly voices while reading a picture book with dialogue. Try making one character a high soft voice, and one a low growly voice. This helps young children follow who is speaking.
  • Write: Does your little one want to send a valentine? Break out the finger paints! When the masterpiece is complete, cut it in the shape of a heart and glue it inside a blank card. Add a hand print on the front for extra cuteness!
  • Play: Stop and go games are a fun and positive way to practice listening and self-control. These are the same skills your toddler needs to use to stop moving and look at you when you say, "Stop!", or "Put that down!". Practice them ahead of time, so the skills are stronger when you need them!

Go Ahead... Sing!

Five Construction Vehicles

Five construction vehicles on a builder's site,

Digging and pushing with all their might!

Along came (insert child's name) with a hard hat one day,

Climbed a big vehicle and drove it away!

Continue, counting down until there are zero!

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Thanks to Dolly Parton and other generous donors, every child under the age of five living in Coos County is eligible to receive a free book every month in the mail! Do you have a child/children under five? Do you live in Coos County? Fill out this registration form and turn it in to your local public library. Then get your bookshelf ready!
Library Littles Archive can be accessed from our Early Literacy webpage.