Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2019 November

Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!

At Mother Goose on the Loose, although we rely heavily on songs and nursery rhymes, we do crack open a book or two. We like to emphasize that a book is not simply words and images printed on paper. It is a powerful interactive learning device. One of the activities Rowan enjoys is our farm song. We flip through the pictures in Eric Carl's book The Very Busy Spider as we sing a song about the sounds farm animal make. Rowan loves books and, at 15 months old, she is already making connections between books and "real life". She knows the toothbrush in her bedtime book looks like the toothbrush she uses! Rowan is a MGOL Superstar!


Mother Goose on the Loose, a program for infants and toddlers, is offered twice a week at the library: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 9:30am.

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 ;)

Staff Picks

Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: Take turns smelling containers of herbs or spices. Be creative and describe what you smell. Cinnamon could smell like pumpkin pie or it could smell like a dragon wearing a scarf!
  • Sing: Rake fall leaves into a big pile in your yard or find them at the park. March through them while singing your favorite song or rhyme. Hear them crunch under your feet!
  • Read: Read a book about thankfulness-- like this favorite by Mo Willems.
  • Write: Make family thankfulness placemats for Thanksgiving. Write each person's name vertically and fill in horizontally something they are thankful for using each letter.
  • Play: Does your child like playdoh? Let him play with real dough while you are making those Thanksgiving pies!

Go Ahead... Sing!

You are my sunshine,

my only sunshine.

You make me happy

when skies are gray.

You'll never know, dear,

how much I love you.

Please don't take my sunshine away.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Visit the library to sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.The library provides reading logs and incentive prizes. Or grab the app (iphone or android) and do it on your own!
Library Littles Archive can be accessed from our Early Literacy webpage.