01 May

Prime Time comes to Paintsville

Kentucky Humanities, in cooperation with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, will bring an award-winning family literacy program to Paintsville May 9th.


Prime Time Family Reading will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays from May 9 to June 13, at the Johnson County Public Library444 Main Street in Paintsville. The program is free and includes meals, door prizes, and childcare for younger siblings. 


Prime Time Family Reading 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—friendship, trickery, patience, respect, and justice—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 Christie Cook, and Alana Scott is the Prime Time discussion leader.


Prime Time Family Reading 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.


To register for Prime Time Family Reading at the Johnson County Public Library call (606) 789-4355 or email