Prime Time comes to Garden Springs
Kentucky Humanities, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, will bring an award-winning family literacy program to Lexington October 14th.
Prime Time Family Reading Time will meet Mondays from October 14 to November 18, at Garden Springs Elementary School, 2151 Garden Springs Drive. The program is free and includes meals, door prizes, and educational childcare for younger siblings.
Prime Time Family Reading Time helps families bond around the act of reading and talking about books. In each of six weekly sessions, a discussion leader and storyteller lead programs that demonstrate effective reading techniques. The books introduced to children ages 6 to 10 and their parents explore timeless issues of humanity – fairness, greed, courage, individuality, trickery and determination – while helping them understand the dynamics of making life choices. The program is free and includes meals, door prizes, and educational childcare for younger siblings.
The storyteller is Carolina Fernandez, and Gwynn Henderson is the Prime Time scholar.
Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman believes Prime Time furthers the Kentucky Humanities’ mission.
“Prime Time is an important program of Kentucky Humanities,” Goodman said. “The reading program bonds families around the act of reading and seeks to transform them into life-long readers and regular visitors to Kentucky’s libraries. We have been sponsoring Prime Time since 2004, and have hosted 240 Prime Time programs in 85 Kentucky counties in 15 years.”
Prime Time Family Reading Time has won awards from the Public Library Association and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities created the program in 1995. Its studies showed that children who went through Prime Time increased their reading time by 80 percent and doubled their trips to the library. The program also benefited their parents, who improved their parenting skills and, in 29 percent of the cases studied, their employment status.