Celebrate Screen-Free Week at the library – April 30-May 6, 2012

April 30-May 6, 2012 – Screen-Free Week is a national celebration where children, families, schools and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning on life. It’s time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend time with family and friends.

Learn more about Screen-Free Week to get ideas — and remember entertainment screens include television, video games, computers, hand-held devices –even Facebook for Iphone (which is my personal favorite entertainment screen!)

What would you miss most if you gave up entertainment screen media for 7 days? What would you do instead? Why do you think screen-free week is especially promoted for children and families?

An AMAZING line up of library events during SCREEN FREE WEEK

  • Preschool Storytime in The Story Zone at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    (Ages 2-5) 10:00-10:30 AM, 5/1/2012 Tuesday, 5/2/2012 Wednesday, and 5/3/2012 Thursday
    Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage a love of reading and develop early literacy skills.
  • 4-H in the Library in The Story Zone at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [6-11 years] 4:00-5:00 pm, 5/1/2012 Tuesday
    Have fun creating a variety of crafts and projects with Shawnee County 4-H as they bring youth and adults together to learn everyday skills with hands-on learning.
  • Sing, Move and Learn in The Story Zone at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [3-5 years and their families] 6:30 PM 7:30 PM, 5/2/2012 Wednesday
    Learn how to use music, movement and books to connect with your child and promote playful learning. cosponsored by Child Care Aware of Northeast and North Central Kansas. Registration required. Call 357-5171.
  • Baby Bookworms Lingo Story Room 121 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [0-18 months] 9:30 AM 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM 11:00 AM, or 5:30 PM 6:00 PM, 5/3/2012 Thursday
    Entertaining our youngest readers with stories, songs and bounces. For information call 580-4565
  • Zoo Animals Live in Marvin Auditorium 101B at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [All ages] 3:45 PM 4:30 PM, 5/3/2012 Thursday
    Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachel Kilian, Education Specialist, helps you separate animal fact from fiction
  • El Dia de Los Ninos in Marvin Auditorium 101ABC at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [all ages] 6:00 PM 7:30 PM, 5/4/2012 Friday
    Celebrate our multicultural heritage as renowned storytellers such as Rosie Cutrer weave traditional and new tales for you. Watch performances of a variety of traditional cultural dance. Stick around and join our community partners in making your own book, perhaps a mask, or a tasty ethnic snack!
  • First Friday ArtWalk in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [Adults and Families] 5:30 PM 8:30 PM, 5/4/2012 Friday
    A second chance to meet and mingle, and view Carol Ann Carter’s “Threadings: Body & Space” exhibit. Part of Topeka’s city-wide celebration of art. Make our gallery one of your stops on your ArtWork through Topeka!
  • Kansas Wildlifer Challenge in The Story Zone 121C at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [all ages] 10:00 AM 11:00 AM, 5/5/2012 Saturday
    Get started on a series of adventures. The WildLifer Challenge is a series of outdoor challenges geared toward getting you outdoors. Prove that you can master the WildLifer Challenge. Visit kansaswildlifer.com to register – you must complete 15 of the 20 challenges to win cool prizes. Sponsored by the Kansas Wildscape Foundation.
  • World, Art and You in Perkins Room 201 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [Teens and Adults] 1:00 PM 3:00 PM, 5/5/2012 Saturday
    Participants will learn to observe and record through drawing what they see utilizing a variety of media – charcoal, pencil, oil pastels. This class is for Teens and Adults, Beginners, Free, supplies provided, Registration required. Call 580-4515
  • Gaming for Adults in Marvin Auditorium 101BC at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
    [18 and older] 2:00 PM 5:00 PM, 5/5/2012 Saturday
    If you love games and you need a new challenge, then join us on the first Saturday of each month as we play unusual board games. Bring your own, or play ours. This month, we’ll also offer war related video games on the Wii and Xbox 360.
  • Free Comic Book Day YA David J’s Place
    [all ages] 2:00 PM 4:00 PM, 5/5/2012 Saturday
    You’re used to getting free stuff from the library, but this is different! Whether you’re an adult, a kid, a guy or gal, we have a free comic book for you! We’ll have crafts and other activities as well.
  • Don’t forget to check out books from the library (we are open 78 hours during Screen Free Week) and read!

Screen-Free Week is a national movement which is locally supported by the Shawnee County Health Agency.

Besides visiting the library, what will YOU do to celebrate Screen Free Week? Share your ideas below and inspire other people to unplug for a week and turn on life!

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.