Led by a storyteller and discussion leader, underserved children and their families meet in public libraries, elementary schools and other community venues to read and discuss award-winning children’s books. Discussion encourages critical and analytical thinking, helps develop connections between storybooks and real-life situations, and, in the bilingual program, encourages Spanish-speaking parents to speak and read English. Preschool activities are offered separately for younger siblings.
Five different Prime Time formats are available, each specifically designed for:
- African American families
- Native American families
- Bilingual Spanish-speaking families
- English-only for a diverse, multi-cultural group of families
- Preschoolers and their families
Since 2002, this award-winning program has encouraged families to consider reading and education as a fun and important part of their lives. Approximately 6,000 Nebraskans have participated in one or more of the 130 bilingual and English-only Prime Time series held throughout the state in 16 public libraries, 12 elementary schools, and 3 community centers in 15 communities statewide where student scores in reading do not meet Nebraska state standards.