Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation offers a new twist on the classic Goodnight Moon, but the title sounds like a promotional trailer for Ditch Your Device/Screen Free Week, an annual event in which parents, children, teachers, and others across the country turn off screen media (TV, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and celebrate the magic of being unplugged. This year’s event is: April 29 - May 5.
Brisbane Library will be hosting a week’s worth of exciting programming. We invite you to make an effort to unplug and explore the joy of making a craft, having an uninterrupted conversation, playing with your child, or reading a favorite story aloud. Scheduled programs include a special Kindie Rock performance Thursday, May 2 at 4:30 pm with cult favorite Randy Kaplan. His latest album, Randy's NAPPA Gold Award-winning Country Blues & Ragtime CD for Kids, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, has been released to much acclaim and his music is described as “offbeat, smart, and funny, funny, funny!" His performances are targeted for the 3 to 8-year-old set and their families.
Another special Ditch Your Device event will be the parenting workshop "Media, Technology and Early Childhood Development: What Parents Need to Know," led by Holly Pedersen, Ph.D, at 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 30. Holly will cover all your questions about how apps and screen time affect your baby, toddler, or preschooler’s development.
For a complete list of Ditch Your Device events for all San Mateo County Libraries click here.
Paula Hess is a Brisbane Public Library intern, who is willing to ditch her children’s devices. But hers? Gulp.