an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
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!
The Chicken Who Couldn't
Hooray for Helpers!
#WinterRead2021: Books Like Us
We challenge our patrons of all ages to read at least 10 hours during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at http://coosbaylibrary.beanstack.com/reader365.
Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Coos Bay!
Early Learning Toys and Games Available for Checkout
Mother Goose On the Loose Update
If you've attempted to attend a MGOL program recently, you have probably noticed it's been on-again-off-again like a toddler at a light switch. We are attempting to delicately balance local and state mandates with our belief in the importance of early learning and we appreciate your understanding! We will continue to offer the program when we can and as long as our precautions are deemed adequate to keep everyone safe.
**Shutdowns may affect our event calendar. All registered participants will be contacted regarding any changes.***
Please note that 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.
Build Skills Every Day
Little interactions every day can add up to a BIG foundation for learning.
- Talk: Pull out a photo album or scroll through digital pictures from last year with your little one. Talk about the memories you made, how much they grew, and the new skills they learned.
- Sing: You're never too little to enjoy good music! Whether it's Jazz, Baroque, or something completely different, if it's music you love, chances are your little one will too. Check out our Symphonic Storytime playlist on YouTube for ideas.
- Read: Read a favorite poem over and over with your child. You might be surprised to hear him quoting it later!
- Write: Breathe on a window or mirror to fog it up, then show your little one how to draw with her finger. Make a face or write a message.
- Play: Sometimes less is more. Consider starting a toy rotation. Keep only a few toys out and change them every few days. This helps old toys feel "new" again, and helps your child focus better and play more creatively!