Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

screen free logoJoin Nevada County Public Health, University of California CalFresh, Sierra Harvest, Bear Yuba Land Trust, NEO and the Nevada County Library in celebrating Screen-Free Week, a national event that supports unplugging from digital entertainment and spending more time playing, reading, creating and connecting with friends and family. We encourage you to try screen free time throughout the year! 

This year's Screen-Free Week is April 29th through May 5th, 2019! Plan ahead for your screen-free week by downloading all the info ahead of time! 

EDUCATE: Learn some facts on screen time's effects to inspire your efforts. Look over the Screen-Free week Family Guide in English or Spanish and get your creative juices flowing. Learn some real-life strategies for reducing your family's reliance on screen time with this campaign. Check out UC Cooperative Extension's newsletter on screen time  as well as one focused on preschoolers.  For the preschool set, here are the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for screen time: 

APA Screen Time Recs

PLEDGE: Have your family sign the pledge card to reduce screen time during Screen-Free Week. Get the kids involved, they can help adults stay accountable too! Download your pledge card in English or Spanish.

PLAN AHEAD: Use our list of suggested activities below to bring old-school fun back into your life. Download trail maps and our library's event schedule ahead of time to cut down on your web searching during the week. Pick up some books about screen-free kids to share with your family. 

Screenagers, the film, will be screening Thursday April 9th from 5:30-7 at the Madelyn Helling Library.  Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts young peoples' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower them to best navigate the digital world and find balance. 

Check out www.screenfree.org for more ideas. There are even apps to put on your phones & devices that will keep you away from them: Mute, Moment and Space are just a few. The Forest app even allows you to grow a tree on your device if you don't use it!

ACTIVITIES! HAVE FUN & CONNECT:  Check out events during the week at the library, Bear River Land Trust,  NEO and Sierra Harvest. 

Here are some activities to check out: 

Dream Art: Tuesday, April 30th from 3-5pm at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Inspired by the Storywalk Book "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales, we will be making collage art about your dreams for yourself and for the world. We will hang the art in the library. We'll also have information about our family literacy programs. For all ages.

Screen time Chat: Thursday, May 2nd from 3-5pm at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Chat with your librarian about screen time. She will provide resources in this casual drop-in conversation. Parents of young children to teens welcome. 

Truckee Library: Everyone who completes a Screen Free Pledge Card will get a free book!

Food Love Farm Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 4th from 9am-1pm at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City. Organic veggie, herb and flower starts for sale.

Food Love Farm Potluck: Saturday, May 4th from noon-3pm at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City. Families are invited to come at noon to explore the farm, participate in some farm activities like making paper pots & plant seeds to take home, try a farm scavenger hunt, play compost pile bingo or write a wish on their tipi. Families are then invited to share in a potluck at 1pm.   

For more inspiration during the week,  post this 101 Screen-Free Activities flyer on your fridge or over your screens in English or Spanish.  Host game nights at home. Make dinner time screen free.

DOCUMENT YOUR EFFORTS: Be proud of what you have accomplished! Every little bit is a success. You and your kids can keep track of all your screen free moments with this handy activity log in English or Spanish

CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS: Once the week is over, print out a Certificate of Achievement in English or Spanish for your kids and hang it up for all to see. Think of little ways you can keep your screen-free moments going throughout the year!