PROGRAM: PRIME TIME Family Reading Time®

Presented by:
Kentucky Humanities
Local Partner: Libraries, Other Subject: Literacy, Other, Varies Audience: Children and Families

PRIME TIME Family Reading Time® is a six week reading, discussion, and storytelling program held at public libraries. A university scholar and a storyteller (who act as discussion leaders) conduct weekly storytelling and discussion sessions based on award-winning children’s picture books. Participants are elementary age children and their families. It reinforces the role of family as a major social and economic unit; it trains parents and children to bond together around the act of reading; it teaches parents and children to read and discuss humanities topics such as fairness, greed, honor, and deceit; it encourages low-literacy, low-income parents to enter or continue their own educational programs; it helps parents and children learn how to select books and become active library users. Prime Time is a powerful tool to stimulate communication between children and parents.

The council and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives will select at least ten public libraries to host Prime Time Family Reading Time projects in 2017.