National Screen-Free Week

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Art, not Instagram.  Music, not iTunes. 

April 29th through May 5th is Screen-Free Week, a national effort to lure parents and children to relinquish their electronic devices and to tune into life.  The event was launched in response to concerns over the staggering amount of time children spend watching television and playing video games, as well as a growing body of evidence that suggests this screen time can delay the acquisition of language. 

According to Carine Risley, manager of the Millbrae and Brisbane libraries, “This is a week about connection, about slowing things down and following your best intentions.  You don’t have to entirely separate from your smartphone, but to the extent possible, set your screens aside and explore the beauty of the world around us.  And remember, the library is full of ideas and adventures to keep you engaged and inspired all week long!”

National Screen-Free Week, or Ditch Your Device Week, is a local Brisbane tradition! Last year, Brisbane Library had a knit bombing evening, a baby yoga class, and offered prizes for anyone who significantly reduced their screen time. 

This year’s events, which run the gamut from cupcake decorating and collaborative art projects, are free and most are suitable for all ages.  While the Brisbane Library has a robust collection of e-books, Risley, jokes, "Those will be off-limits this week."  Screen-Free Week events are on a first-come basis and the only prerequisite is that "attendees turn off their devices, or better yet, leave them at home."

For more information about Screen-Free Week, visit

A full schedule of events happening throughout the County can be found by clicking here.