Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2021 March

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Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Tuesday, March 2nd, 11am-6pm

525 Anderson Avenue

Coos Bay, OR

During regular business hours on Tuesday, March 2nd, pick up your FREE Dr. Seuss book and activity bag from one of several locations across town!


Coos Bay Pubic Library (lobby pickup)

Coos Head Food Co-op

Empire Donuts

Kaffe 101

Noster Kitchen

Northwest Fitness


For individual business hours, contact the participating location. Coos Bay Public Library lobby hours are 11am to 6pm on March 2nd. Questions? Call us at the library: 541-269-1101.

Staff Picks

Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: The best person to teach your child language is YOU! Speaking to your child each day activates their Language Acquisition Device, which takes in and sorts linguistic information into patterns, structure, meaning and vocabulary. Even before they can speak, there is a lot of language learning going on in your child's brain!
  • Sing: Your baby doesn't mind if you can't carry a tune, so sing out loud! But if you'd rather not, you can get lots of the same emotional and cognitive benefits by speaking nursery rhymes and lullabies to your little one.
  • Read: Has your toddler noticed the words all around him? Point them out by reading billboards, cereal boxes, or even the back of a can of beans! This develops phonemic awareness and letter recognition, two important building blocks of reading.
  • Write: Make a menu for your 'restaurant' (aka kitchen)! Write out two or three lunch options, and let your child 'order' from your menu! Or let them play waiter before dinner, asking others to write down drink orders.
  • Play: Play a preposition learning game! Grab a box or other container, and a toy or stuffed animal. Place it near the box. Then say, "Bear goes IN the box!", and put the toy in the box. Say, "Bear goes OUT of the box!", and place it outside the box. Repeat with more prepositions: ON, ABOVE, UNDER, BESIDE, AROUND, etc!



Early Learning Toys and Games Available for Checkout

Looking for something new to add to the toy rotation? In addition to our Play & Learn Boxes, we have a growing collection of early learning toys and games. For more information, email rwestmark@coosbaylibrary.org or check out the list in our online catalog.

Go Ahead... Sing!

Do You Know What Shape This Is?

Tune: Muffin Man


Do you know what shape this is,
Shape this is, shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is
I’m holding in my hand?

(hold up a different shape each time you sing)

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!

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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.