Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!

As any early childhood educator will tell you, repetition is so important for toddlers' brain development. Emmalyn, long-time MGOL attendee, anticipates so many of our songs and rhymes and starts doing the hand motions before we even begin singing. She 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.

Staff Picks

Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: Describe food as you eat a meal. "This carrot is crunchy." "This jam is sticky."
  • Sing: Sing a song about the weather. Extra points if you make it up yourself!
  • Read: Ask, "What do you think will happen next?" before you turn the page.
  • Write: Write a list of things to do today. Have your child cross off each one when it's done.
  • Play: Sit on a pillow and pretend it's a boat. Where will you go? What will you do?

Go Ahead... Sing!

(Tune: Down by the Station)


Out in the garden, early in the springtime,
See the little sunflowers standing in a row.
See the happy farmer giving them some water,
Slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, weed and hoe!


Out in the garden, later in the summer,
See the giant sunflowers standing in a row.
See the happy farmer giving them some water,
Slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, watch them grow!


(Photo by Paul Green on Unsplash)

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Visit the library and ask about signing 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!