PROGRAM: PRIME TIME Family Reading Time

Presented by:
Florida Humanities Council
Local Partner: Libraries, Other Subject: Literacy Audience: Children and Families

Prime Time is offered free of charge in public libraries and community centers. It is a six-week program of reading, discussion, and storytelling for families with young children.

Held in public libraries and community centers, each program typically includes up to 15 families. After the book reading, the discussion leader poses questions that promote critical thinking. For example, “Was the character brave? Honest? Honorable? Resourceful? How can we tell?” These discussions relate each story to everyday life, with lessons the families can take home. PrimeTime makes it fun for families to attend.

Before the program begins, all participants enjoy a meal together and learn about valuable resources in their communities. Special activities are planned for pre-schoolers and weekly prizes keep families motivated to return each week.

According to the Florida Humanities Council website, more than 112 PrimeTime programs have been implemented in 22 Florida counties since 2004!