Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2021 July

Farewell, Library Friends

Since 2013, I have been honored to be your Youth Services Librarian. The last eight years have been such a beautiful and fulfilling season for me, and it's all thanks to you-- Coos Bay library patrons. As I embark on a new adventure, I know I will be a better teacher, mother, community member, and friend because of what I have learned here with you. From my sweet Mother Goose babies to my creative LEGO engineers, and all you amazing parents-- I will miss you!


---Miss Bekah

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Summer Reading June 14 - August 18

It's not too late to register for Summer Reading! The challenges run until August 18th, so head on over to Beanstack. Update your account, or register, if this is your first time participating in an online reading challenge. We have challenges for all ages, so get the whole family on board!

Staff Picks

New Extended Hours

Come see us and stock your bookshelves with new reading material!
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Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: New routines can sometimes be accompanied by big feelings! Give your child's vocabulary a boost by recognizing and naming these emotions and talking about appropriate ways to handle them.
  • Sing: Do you sing lullabies at bedtime? Yes? Challenge yourself to learn a new one! No? Start simple with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
  • Read: If your child is too wiggly to sit and listen to a book, integrate board books into play time. Talk about what you see on the cover as you stack them up or roll toys across them!
  • Write: Put shaving cream or whipped cream in zip lock bag. Squeeze as much air out as you can and place it flat on a table top. (You might want to tape it shut!) Demonstrate how your child can "write" letters or shapes in the cream.
  • Play: Play catch outside with a soft ball. If your child is too young for throwing and catching, roll the ball instead. What a fun way to develop hand-eye coordination!



Go Ahead... Sing!

In My Swimming Pool

(Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low)


I can stay real cool

In my little swimming pool.

On a sunny summer day

I can splash around and play.

When I wear my bathing suit,

I'll be cool and I'll be cute

In my swimming pool!

Not Just Books!

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.

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.