A Few of our Favorite Things…this September!

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Does your student need a little extra help with homework? Your local library can help! Homework Helpers are available at 13 different library branches on weekdays starting at 2:30pm. Homework Helpers offer assistance with school assignments for students in kindergarten through grade 8. You can find the schedule online at toledolibrary.org/homeworkhelper. Be sure to check before you go-Homework Helpers aren’t offered every weekday at all locations and hours do vary by branch.

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When your kids need a creative outlet after school and weather doesn’t permit playing outside, let them build! Strawbees is a creative construction kit that uses straws and connectors with limitless opportunities for building. Kids can build anything from a tiny pixie to a giant robot. Plus, kids are learning basic mechanics and physics as well as important problem solving skills every time they break out the box. Kits start around $20. strawbees.com

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In today’s world, it’s easy for everyone to be distracted by their digital devices. As everyone gets busy with the start of the school year, screen-free family time is harder to come by, but more important than ever. But a new device might be able to help. The Den, created by TechDen, combines an app that parents use to manage screen time with a physical home for devices to be stored and charged.

Using the TechDen app, parents can manage multiple devices, create schedules to remotely lock and unlock TheDen and set limits for device usage. When screen time is over, devices are simply stored, charged and locked. Creators say they wanted to promote a positive balance between screen time and family time. The Den is compatible with iOs and Android smartphones and tablets and can store and charge two devices at once. Techden.com