Library Notes: Library providing screen-free living, activities this week

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be celebrating National Screen-Free Week Monday through Thursday.

Screen-Free Week encourages families or individuals to celebrate the joys of life beyond the screen. With that in mind, the library is challenging families to put away their phones, tablets and computers and take a break from digital entertainment. The library will be offering programs throughout the week to make the pledge easier for you.

Monday at 6:30 p.m. will be Digital Detox: Family Edition. T-SPL staff will be educating families on the dangers of too much technology and offering tips for detoxing. If your family spends too much time glued to their phone, then this is the program for you.

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. is Game Night. Popular board games will be available in many locations throughout the library. Adult, teen and children’s games will be provided to play together or with other families. We also will have card games and the Draw-A-Monster game.

Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. is Crafts and Coloring. All supplies for either crafts or coloring will be provided and all ages are welcome. Guided by the junior library, children will be making sock puppets, finger puppets and space goggles. The teen librarian will be on hand to help you get creative with friendship bracelets and coloring pages. Adult coloring books also will be available.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. is the “Are you Smarter than a Librarian?” trivia competition. Teams of four or five are invited to try to beat the library staff team. Registration is required and space is limited. Trivia questions will be suitable for people of all ages.

The library also has regularly scheduled events going on this week. Friday from 10 a.m.-noon is Playtime @ the Library with Ohio Early Intervention. This is a drop-in program for children ages 18 months to 5 years. We’ll have a variety of toys, activities and unstructured play. Saturday is Lego Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Have fun with friends and family while designing a Lego creation. Legos will be provided, and no registration is required.

Many other activities will be available throughout the week. Extra coloring and paper crafts will be out on the tables in the Junior Library. A Story Walk will be offered all week for families to enjoy. Pages from Shawn Byous’ book Because I Stubbed My Toe will be placed throughout the library, and as you walk around you’ll be able to read the whole story.

Spend some time at the library without the distraction of digital devices during National Screen-Free Week. Pledge to use your digital devices less this week while having fun at the library with family and friends.

If you have any questions or would like to register for trivia, please call (419) 477-3571. All of the programs will be in the Frost Kalnow Room. For more ways to enjoy Screen-Free Week, visit

Rachel Myers is adult services librarian for Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.