Kids are spending an exorbitant amount of time glued to their electronics. A 2017 survey published by Common Sense Media found that nearly all children age eight and under live in a home with some type of mobile device and spend an average of 2.25 hours a day on screens. This media time only increases with age. Tweens use an average of 6 hours, not including time spent using media for school and homework, and teens are up to an average of 9 hours daily.
If you’re looking for new books to read this Fall, Calgary Public Library has you covered! With a collection of nearly 1.4 million items - including books, digital books, and audiobooks - there are titles for all ages and interests. Not sure where to start? Children’s librarian Allison Streit shares her top book picks for preschoolers, school-aged readers, and tweens. Use your free Calgary Public Library card to sign out these titles or find a cozy reading nook inside our 21 libraries to enjoy a fresh Fall read.
Ah, the first few weeks of school. Backpacks are bursting with new books. Lunch boxes are filled with nutritionally sound lunches and healthy snacks. Moods are upbeat and bouncy. Kids head off to the bus or the car with a bit of optimism in their step. Everything is new! Subjects are fresh challenges, teachers are as-of-yet unknown, and the year is filled with the promise of positive potential.
School bells will soon ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help you and your children enjoy a smart, happy start to school.
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