Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2020 October

Current Library Services

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Mother Goose On the Loose: BIG NEWS!


Mother Goose on the Loose is back! ... with a few changes. Registration is required and is limited to 5 adults with 1 to 2 children each. If you or a family member is sick or high risk, please refrain from participating.


Each family group will have a designated space and will be encouraged to stay together in that space. Adults, please wear a face covering. Children under the age of 5 are exempt from mask requirements.


If you can't make it in person, don't forget about our 4-part Mother Goose Online series available on YouTube.

Free Pumpkin Painting Kits

Pumpkin Painting To Go

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 11am

525 Anderson Avenue

Coos Bay, OR

Kids through age 12, pick up your pumpkin painting kit to go! Kit includes one mini pumpkin, paints, and a brush. Registration required. Limit 3 per family. Available for pick-up October 20-23 during regular curbside hours.


Please share a photo of your finished project with us on Facebook or Instagram!


Register here.

Fall Reading Program

No need to wait until next summer for a reading challenge! Dive right in to autumn, and Fall for Reading (September 1 - November 30). We have challenges for all ages. If you registered for the the summer program, you already have an account and can jump right in! If not, registration is super easy and only takes a minute. Click here to go to Beanstack. Have fun!

"It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can."
—Jane Hamilton

Staff Picks

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: Go on a walk and collect colorful leaves. Talk about their colors and compare the leaves of different trees. Which leaf shapes match?
  • Sing: You can sign the alphabet as you sing along to your child. Adding signs to the sounds helps build connections for future literacy.
  • Read: Babies explore objects with their senses. Read aloud a picture book to your baby while they hold an object featured in the story - a ball, a wooden spoon, a hat, or a favorite stuffed animal.
  • Write: Put those fine motor skills to use and decorate a pumpkin! Whether you carve them, paint them, or even decorate them with stickers, pumpkins make a great three-dimensional canvas.
  • Play: Playing dress up as a favorite book character is a fun way to practice narrative skills. Join in the fun and reenact your child's favorite scenes with them!

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!

Go Ahead... Sing!

I looked out my window and what did I find?

Green leaves a-growing on my pumpkin vine! (2x)


Green leaves, green leaves,

Green leaves a-growing on my pumpkin vine!


...yellow flowers blooming

...black bugs crawling

...pumpkins ripening

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.