Do you feel too connected to electronics? Is it impossible to get your kids off the iPad? Are you angry when your partner checks their phone in the middle of a conversation?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Screen Free Week might be for you.
Screen Free week, presented by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, is slated for April 30 - May 6, 2018. Children, adults, families, schools and communities are encouraged to unplug from digital entertainment and rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Play, read, daydream, create, explore and connect! Break some bad habits, and start some good ones. Don’t worry, you can still use your screen for school and work.
My family has participated in screen-free week for several years, and it’s always a welcome break (well, maybe not so welcome at the beginning -- but we all get used to it). Each year, I’m more intentional, more tuned into my family, and happy to break my screen habits (I’ll admit that some of them come back, but it’s still a step in the right direction). My kids resist at first, but by the end of the week, they’ve found plenty to keep them busy.
The library has many resources to get you through your Screen Free Week. In addition to our book catalog, here’s a list of books that encourage kids to go screen-free, and programs to keep you busy at the SPL.
Conveniently, Screen Free Week is also Children’s Book Week this year. What better time to visit the library? We hope to see you soon!