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Screen-Free Week
Pick up your screen-free packets at any library branch.

The Ruth Enlow Library joins thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, computers, and video games for seven days and turn on the world around them.  Screen-Free Week, observed from April 29 – May 5, is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.

“Screen-Free Week is a much needed respite from the screen media dominating the lives of so many children,” said Deb Spurrier, Children’s Specialist in Oakland.  “Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we help children discover the joys of life beyond screens.”

Printed packets containing 101 screen-free activities, a pledge card, and a tracker activity log are available at all library branches, and parents/caregivers are encouraged to stop by and request one. The activity log can be completed during the screen-free week and turned in anytime during May. Each child returning a log will receive a free book.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is coordinated by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national advocacy organization devoted to reducing the impact of commercialism on children.  Since the Week’s founding in 1994, it has been celebrated by millions of children and their families worldwide.  For more information, visit www.screenfree.org.