The week of May 2-8, children and families are invited to unplug from digital and screen entertainment to spend time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends. Stop by the Library throughout the week for free drop-in games and activities that are fun for all, and part of National Screen-Free Week.

The fun starts Monday, May 2. Kids ages 3-10 are invited to tune up their sleuthing skills with a scavenger hunt and guessing jar activities. Best guesses are awarded a prize and certificate. Monday evening from 6-8pm, families may challenge each other at our Fantastic Family Game Night where board and card games rule.

Here is the schedule of the activities for the remainder of the week:

 Tuesday, May 3, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Super Sensory Fun for kids ages 2-5. Play, explore,

discover, and get messy with super fun sensory activity tubs.

 Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Crafting Craze for kids, ages 7-9. Get creative,

make masterpieces and express your style with crafty creations to take home.

 Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Ballistic Book Swap. Need a

new book? Kids ages 1-10 are invited to stop by the book swap where they can give up a

book that they’ve read for another.

 Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Giant Play-In for kids ages 3-9. Build,

construct, tape, and use the power of imagination with everyday boxes, tubes, gadgets,

and thingamabobs.

 Saturday, May 7, 1 – 3:00 p.m. – Open play Lego Challenge for kids ages 5-10. Create one-of-a-kind Lego models to show off and display in the Youth Department at the Library.

Screen-Free Week was developed in 1995 by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and is intended for children, families, and communities around the world to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Reducing children’s screen time has become a national concern, with regular stories in major news outlets and support from President Obama and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity.

Supporters of less screen time include The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resources Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education who recommend: No media or computer use for children younger than 2; for older children, total media time, including at home, should be 1-2 hours per day; computer use should be limited to, except for homework use to no more than 15-minute increments; and media viewing should not be allowed during meals.

Power down and come join us!

 

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