PROGRAM: GA PRIME TIME Reading Time

Presented by:
Georgia Humanities Council
Local Partner: Libraries Subject: Literacy, Professional Development, Varies Audience: Children and Families

Combining award-winning children’s books with humanities themes, inspiring storytelling, and open discussion, PRIME TIME connects literature to the real-world for participating families. Developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this program is carried out in Georgia by the Georgia Public Library Service in partnership with Georgia Humanities.

The PRIME TIME program addresses illiteracy and low-literacy using the humanities as a tool to create excitement about reading. The format is an interactive storytelling and group discussion that takes place in one 90-minute session per week for six weeks. Participating families gather at their local libraries for a meal and to hear trained storytellers read and spark discussions based on the texts. Programs are often conducted in Spanish and in English.

The impact of PRIME TIME Family Reading Time is significant: the program delivers quality humanities education experiences to families at risk for low-literacy; increases public library use among participants; increases family bonding and reading time of participants; and positively affects the attitude and behavior of families regarding reading.

Pulled from georgiahumanities.org.