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Screen-Free Week (May 5-11)

May 5, 2014

How many times have you picked up your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or another electronic device today? Perhaps you feel like you are always online because of work or school, plus all of the time you spend online at home. Can you imagine spending a week without using your devices for entertainment? This May, consider participating in Screen-Free Week. Screen-Free Week is an annual event where participants pledge to spend seven days without using screens for entertainment. You do not need to stop using your computer or device for work or school, but the point of the pledge is to find other sources of entertainment for you and your family. Take the pledge, and see what activities you can discover, or perhaps rediscover, when you take a break from your devices. Listed below are some ideas for off-screen entertainment.

Children's author event: Visit MCPL Wausau on Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 a.m. for an appearance by children’s author and illustrator David LaRochelle. Mr. LaRochelle will read from several of his books, and an activity for kids will be provided.

Family meal: Plan a family meal from scratch that your whole family will help prepare. Sit down at your table and enjoy your home-cooked meal together. Not sure what to cook, or know a few picky eaters? Come to the library and browse our cookbook section for ideas..

Game night: Played any board games recently? This is a fun activity for families and also for groups of friends to try a new board game or revisit an old favorite. Need some suggestions? Check out Board Game Geek for suggestions for all ages and skill levels.

Exercise: Take an exercise class, or go for a walk at a park. Make exercise a social event and bring a friend.

Write letters: When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter? Send a friend or family member a letter or a card this week. .

And last, but certainly not least…...

READ! Come to the library and pick out a new book to enjoy. Not sure what to choose? Ask our staff to make a recommendation for you.

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