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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Wider World Comes to IFLS-Land!

How cool is this??

Youth Services Section Regional Meet Up - North West Area
Friday, April 13 | 12:30-4:00 PM
Cost: $0

Starts at:     Rice Lake Public Library, 2 E Marshall St, Rice Lake, WI 54868

Ends at:     GE Bleskacek Family Memorial Bloomer Public Library,
(The drive between libraries is approximately 35 minutes.)
12:30 pm     Welcome and Introductions at Rice Lake Public Library
12:30 pm     Program Swap, Space Issues and Solutions Discussion, and RLPL Tour
2:15pm        Drive to Bloomer Public Library
3:00 pm       Bloomer Library Tour, wrap-up discussion, and snacks

At Rice Lake Public Library, we'll start with a brief welcome activity before the program swap and library space discussion commences. Then YSS Member Claire Parrish will give a brief tour of the library's children's area.

Afterwards, we'll head over to the Bloomer Public Library where YSS member Florence LaBeau will give us a library tour, provide snacks, and allow time for a short wrap-up discussion.

Please join us with a successful or future summer program to share. Bring a friend or colleague that isn't a YSS member yet and let them see the benefits YSS membership has to offer.

Questions? Email Claire Parrish at claireparrish@ricelakegov.org

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

More Resources for Helping Parents Navigate Screen Time

Cynthia Marie Hoffman, flickr
Thanks to Jenna Gilles-Turner for sharing this information with me about an upcoming webinar, sponsored by the Children's Screen Time Action Network--webinar will be coming up tomorrow at 2 pm: 

Face-to-Face: Empowering Families to Live Mindfully in our Digital World
How do we make sure that the values we want our children to learn stand out from the digital noise and commercialism of today’s times? Dr. Kathy Masarie and co-author Kathy Keller Jones, M.A. will offer mindful life choices that professionals can use to support families in an overwhelmingly electronic world. Their seven parenting “touchstones” empower parents to help children meet their potential and avoid the pitfalls digital device overuse. Their webinar will focus on gradual introduction of devices as children grow into teens; digital-free times and zones, and how to make these practices sustainable in family life. Register here.

This reminded me that I attended a webinar with Wisconsin's very own pediatrician/librarian, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.  The webinar is titled Screen Time:  Not a Luxury Issue, a webinar for professionals who work with parents across the socioeconomic spectrum, and a recording is available here.