Library Littles

an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library

2019 May

Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!

What we do at Mother Goose on the Loose is only the tip of the literacy skills "iceberg". The real cognitive benefits happen when families like Leo's take the rhymes and songs home and incorporate them into everyday life. Leo's mom says, "We are so grateful for MGOL and Leo lights up like a Christmas tree every time I mention that we’re going. It’s almost been a year since we started going and he has grown leaps and bounds. Most of the times he just observes in class but at home he prompts me to sing the rhymes by modeling them himself. His favorite is Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We're Going to the Moon." Leo 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

Build Skills Every Day

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


  • Talk: Play “I-Spy” in the grocery store together. Choose a color and encourage your child to point out objects that match the color.
  • Sing: Hold your baby close during bedtime and sing a favorite song again and again. Singing the same song can help your baby feel calm and safe.
  • Read: Let your child turn the book’s pages. It’s OK if she skips pages, or likes a few pages better than others. You just want her to get used to touching books.
  • Write: Write letters in sprinkles! Check out the video here.
  • Play: Practice building those gross motor skills by rolling a ball back and forth. Encourage your child to use action words like fast, slow, roll, bounce, etc.

Go Ahead... Sing!

Colorful Frogs

(Tune: Have you Ever Seen a Lassie?)


Have you ever seen a (color) frog,

a (color) frog, a (color) frog?

Have you ever seen a (color) frog,

go hop, hop, hop, hop?


(Hop like a frog!)

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

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!