Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2021 January

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!

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.

#WinterRead2021: Books Like Us

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From January 1st to January 31st Coos Bay Public Library will participate in Beanstack's Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. "Books Like Us" is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. This Winter, participating communities are invited to explore these books from authors spanning an array of diverse backgrounds.

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

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

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 or check out the list in our online catalog.

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!

Go Ahead... Sing!

I'm a Little Snowman

(Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little snowman short and fat.

Here are my buttons, here is my hat.

When the sun comes out I can not play.

I just slowly melt away!

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.