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National Screen Free Week (April 28 - May 5) is a time to unplug from screen-based entertainment and let your imagination run wild. Judy Stoffel , the author of #Look Up: A Parenting Guide to Screen Use, was on the Cory Hepola Show on WCCO-AM in Minneapolis on April 29.
#LookUp is a very well researched book that provides parents with insight into the dangers kids who get too much screen time face. Among the findings revealed in the book: screen use can be addicting for children, much like drug use and gambling is for adults; screen use can disrupt sleep patterns, cause memory problems, IQ declines, anxiety and depression; and Silicon Valley executives who are aware of the way cell phones and tablets have been engineered don’t let their own kids use them.
Just last week, the World Health Organization came out with some important recommendations regarding screen time and youngsters. WHO is recommending no screen time for children one and younger. In addition, for kids between 1 and 2, sedentary screen time such as watching TV or videos and playing video games is not recommended. With children aged 2 to 4, “sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better,” the WHO advises, encouraging caregivers to be “engaging in reading and storytelling” instead, just as in younger age groups.
Judy Stoffel is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), business professional, author, and mother. Stoffel grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and currently lives in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, with her husband and 15-year-old son.
Learn more about the book at TheLookUpBook.com.
Roma Calatayud Stocks was the featured author on Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club teleconference the evening of April 29. Her book, A Symphony of Rivals, was the Book Club's book selection for the month of April.
A Symphony of Rivals, the second book in a trilogy, is a compelling historical novel set in 1930s Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United States. Alejandra Stanford Morrison pursues her dream of becoming a symphonic conductor at an unfortunate time when culture and the arts are falling under the influence of Nazism, but through her devotion to music and Beethoven’s legacy, she finds a measure of hope and strength.
Learn more about the book, or pick up a copy today at RomaStocks.com.
Independent Bookstore Day was celebrated in Hopkins for the first time in a long time this year. As part of the one-day party, which took place on April 27, Minnesota Book Award Finalist Maureen Aitken did a reading at Cream & Amber in Hopkins, the Twin Cities’ newest bookstore.
“A friend had contacted me to say that she had just been to this amazing new bookstore with a great vibe and a community atmosphere. It was Cream & Amber. Of course I jumped at the chance to support a new, independent bookstore that seeks to build community. I also like that it is owned by two women with a vision. Hopkins is so lucky to have this place. I hope people come out to celebrate.”
Cream & Amber, located at 1605 Mainstreet in Hopkins, is among the hundreds of stores across the country participating in the 2019 Independent Bookstore Day. The first independently owned bookstore to open in Hopkins in more than a decade also serves as a gathering place to enjoy coffee and beer.
Aitken's award-winning book, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls, is a short story collection released in late 2018 by Southeast Missouri State University Press. The book is set in the Midwest in the 1970 and 80s. The protagonist, Mary, is growing up in Detroit, where the recession hits hard, and jobs are scarce. In a set of linked stories, Mary moves to cities across the Midwest looking for work, all the while learning the healing power of dignity from the true patrons: her community of friends and family who teach her to love better, live fuller, and question power.
Author Maureen Aitken is the recipient of the Nilsen Prize. She has also won the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant, the Loft Mentor Award, an award in Ireland’s Fish Short Story Prize, and a grant from the SASE/Jerome Foundation. Stories in her collection have earned two Pushcart Prize nominations and are widely published. She teaches writing at the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA degree. Her most recent essay on grief and writing is in the April issue of Minnesota Women’s Press.
A preview story about the event at Cream and Amber was published in the MN Sun Sailor Hopkins edition.