PROGRAM: PRIME TIME Family Reading Time

Presented by:
Michigan Humanities Council
National Partner: NEH Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Libraries Subject: Literacy Audience: Children and Families

The Michigan Humanities Council offers grant opportunities to public libraries and public schools across the state to host Prime Time programs. Prime Time is a free six-week program of reading, discussion and storytelling that targets families of non-active library users. The program features award-winning children’s literature to stimulate discussion about humanities themes and issues encountered in everyday life. Since 2008, more than 6,700 Michigan children and parents have participated in Prime Time.

Prime Time is offered by the council in cooperation with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and with support from the NEH and the American Library Association, and additional corporate and private sponsors.

How Does It Work?

Each week a storyteller reads up to three books, followed by facilitated discussion with a humanities scholar who engages participants with questions that promote critical thinking skills. At the end of each session, families can keep the books to create home libraries. These programs typically serve 25 families and can be presented in either English or Spanish.