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Screen Free Week

Screen Free Week 1Screen-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

Robey Memorial 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 is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active,  and to spend more time with friends and family.

On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking.  Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.

Past library programs during Screen-Free Week:

  • One Week Reading Challenge sponsored by the Allamakee County Dairy Board & W.W. Homestead Dairy


This year stop in for special displays & reading recommendations and help us decorate our gingerbread library!


Resources on the Web

Active Bodies Active Minds -- To ensure that environments for children ages 2-5 encourage minimum screen time and maximum physical activity.

American Academy of Pediatrics:


Kaiser Family Foundation:

Limit screen time for healthier kids

(online article)

Children & Technology Fact Sheets