Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2019 October

Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!

Did you know that our Mother Goose on the Loose program is research-based and found in libraries all over the country? After visiting a library in another state, Jonah's mom was so happy to discover that we offered the program here on the South Coast! Here is what Jonah's mom says about the program: "Jonah loves reading and learning so MGOL is perfect for him. His favorites so far are shaking the bells while singing and the knee bounces with rhymes. We are super happy to have found it and Jonah even asks for more with his signs. Definitely a permanent appointment in our week. He loves being with kids his own size (he has an 11 yr old brother) and I love watching his little mind grow." Jonah 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

Introducing... Miss Ruth!

We are so excited to welcome Ruth Elizabeth to the library staff. Miss Ruth joins Coos Bay Public Library as a library assistant. She is a mother of one, with a background in linguistics and music. She loves developing language and literacy skills in children. She encourages them to explore their world with confidence, compassion, and creativity.


Miss Ruth can be found in the Kids & Families department when she is not at the front desk. Drop in and say hi!

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Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: The changing season is a great time to introduce new weather words. Chat with your child about the "crisp, chilly, damp" autumn weather.
  • Sing: Do you have a pet? Try replacing the subject of a song with the pet's name. 'The Spot on the bus says woof woof woof' is sure to elicit some giggles!
  • Read: Play touch the letter using the sound of the letter instead of the name! Use the cover of your child's favorite book. Say, "Can you touch the 'mmm'?", and guide your child's finger to the letter. You may be surprised how quickly they start to recognize the sounds.
  • Write: Take advantage of the last few sunny days before winter! Grab a cup of water and a brush and head outdoors to 'paint' your house or sidewalk. No cleanup required!
  • Play: Craft "leaf men" or animals out of fallen leaves. See Lois Ehlert's picture book for inspiration.

Go Ahead... Sing!

Autumn Leaves

(Tune: London Bridge)

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Watch them falling.

Red and yellow and orange and brown,

Orange and brown, orange and brown.

Red and yellow and orange and brown,

Watch them falling.

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!