Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2020 April

Library Updates

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Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!

We miss ALL THE BABIES at the library! Instead of featuring a "Mother Goose on the Loose Superstar" this month, we are calling for cute baby photo submissions. We need to see those chubby cheeks! All photos submitted will be in a "Superstar" gallery in May's newsletter.

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Neighborhood Art Gallery

Looking for productive ways to pass the time? Turn your front window into a family art exhibit! Display your creations, whether finger paintings, anime, portraits, sketches, or scribbles. Post a picture and tag the Coos Bay Public Library on Facebook or Instagram, to display them in our virtual Neighborhood Art Gallery. Challenge your friends and neighbors to create their own exhibits. Then take a walking tour of your Neighborhood Art Gallery! Let's cover our city in fresh paint... and crayons!

Staff Picks

Build Skills Every Day

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

  • Talk: It's hard to explain global events to our littlest ones. You can help them understand why things are different right now by framing your answers positively. Instead of saying "No, we can't go to the park today because we'll get sick," try saying, "We are all staying home from the park right now, so we can help each other stay healthy." Focus on what you are doing to stay healthy and help others, instead of what you can't do and what could get you sick.
  • Sing: Get off the couch and dance! Toddlers need big movement even when the parks are closed. Shake off the cabin fever to your favorite music.
  • Read: There is no need to run out of books! Check out free ebooks and audiobooks through Hoopla, Library2Go, and Tumblebooks.

  • Write: Create a puzzle. Draw or scribble together and cut it into 3 or 4 large pieces. You can help your toddler cut with safety scissors. This exercises their writing muscles.
  • Play: "I am sending you... a crawling crab... a jumping kangaroo... a slithering snake..." Play this game by 'sending' your little one to a family member. Announce what you are sending, and let your child act it out. Then have the other family member send them back as something new!

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!

Spring Song

(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)

The sun is shining down, the sun is shining down,

Oh how I love the warmth, the sun is shining down.

The rain is falling down, the rain is falling down,

Oh how I love the sound, the rain is falling down.

The flowers start to bloom, the flowers start to bloom,

Oh, how I love the sight, the flowers start to bloom.

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!
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