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Libraries offer tips on growing young readers

Speaker talks about limiting screen time for young children


The Washington County Cooperative Library Services will host a series of public talks on the topic of young children and technology this week.

Parents and caregivers are invited to join early learning expert Lisa Guernsey for an overview of issues related to screen time in early childhood, along with advice on how to incorporate technology into a child’s life.

Screen Time: Growing Readers in a Digital World

Tuesday at 6 p.m. — Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. — Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. — Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that television and other entertainment media be limited to one to two hours a day for children and avoided entirely for infants and toddlers.

The public libraries in Washington County are dedicated to helping parents and caregivers connect with high-quality information and to navigate the sometimes confusing world of technology.

“We recognize that screens aren’t going away any time soon,” said Rick Samuelson, youth librarian for WCCLS. “We want to help parents and educators sort out the fact from the fiction when it comes to screen time.

“Lisa Guernsey has done a great job of presenting the latest screen research in everyday language. She advocates for a common sense approach that takes into account the needs of the individual child. We are thrilled to have her visit and help us shine a light on this important and timely issue.”

Guernsey is the author of “Screen Time: How Electronic Media — From Baby Videos to Educational Software — Affects Your Young Child.” She also directs the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank located in Washington, D.C.

In addition to offering this series of free public presentations, WCCLS will give away copies of Guernsey’s book to child care providers throughout Washington County. This project was made possible through the Oregon State Library’s Ready to Read grant.

For more Screen Time program information visit wccls.org/elw.




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