Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2020 February

Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!

January marked our SIXTH year of Mother Goose on the Loose here at Coos Bay Public Library. Over the last few years, we have had the joy of witnessing so many milestones. Babies begin crawling and walking, MGOL graduates start kindergarten, and new siblings join our group! Grady is one such sibling. His mom says:


'Our whole family loves Mother Goose on the Loose! Grady is lucky enough to have sisters who have graduated from the program and will perform all of the songs and motions for him on a regular basis. The songs we’ve learned entertain Grady (Rocket Ship), teach him (Body Rhymes), and help us with difficult transitions during the day (Toys away, toys away, putting the toys away today!). But Grady’s top reason for loving MGOL is sharing hugs with Miss Bekah!'


What a sweet boy. Grady 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.

Coast Guard Storytime

Join us for a fun storytime with local heroes from USCG Sector North Bend. Our special guests will be at the library Mondays at 3:30pm.


(See if you can spot our new Coast Guard teddy bear next time you visit the library!)

Staff Picks

Join us for FREE BOOKS and cupcakes at our annual Seuss Night.

Monday, March 2nd @ 6:00pm

Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: If your toddler is feeling chatty, ask them to tell you a story. You can model good listening by asking open ended questions, or repeating what they said in your own words.
  • Sing: Anything can be a drum! Pat to the beat of your child's favorite songs.
  • Read: Babies love to hear their favorite books read over and over. If you've already read it ten times in a row, give yourself a break from the text and talk about the pictures.
  • Write: Turn your toddler's scribbles into valentines or thank you notes. Cut out parts of their latest masterpiece and glue them onto the front of blank note cards.
  • Play: A game like "Red Light, Green Light" helps burn energy and teaches self control. Take turns calling out, and model how to stop for red and move around during green. When your little one has mastered the game, add the "Yellow Light" for slow.

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!

Down come the rain drops SPLASH, SPLASH, SPLASH!

(stamp feet on the splashes)

Let’s run for cover, DASH, DASH, DASH!

(run on the spot)

Pitter patter, pitter patter, DRIP, DRIP, DROP!

(clap hands in rhythm)

I’m under my umbrella till the raindrops STOP!

(put up pretend umbrella)

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.