03 Sep

Prime Time comes to St. Matthews

Kentucky Humanities, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and the Wood and Marie C. Hannah Foundation will bring an award-winning family literacy program to St. Matthews September 7th.


Prime Time Family Reading will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from September 17 to October 12, at the Louisville Free Public Library — St. Matthews Branch, 3940 Grandview Avenue in Louisville. The program is free and includes meals, door prizes, and educational 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 – 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 Cynthia Changaris, and Kimberly Curry is the Prime Time scholar.


“Kentucky Humanities is passionate about promoting literacy and sharing the love of reading with people throughout the Commonwealth,” Executive Director Bill Goodman said. “Prime Time Family Reading brings families together through books and gets them talking to each other in ways they never have before. Kentucky Humanities and the Louisville Free Public Library are committed to the health and safety of the attendees, and we continue to monitor conditions for any changes or restrictions needed.” 


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 Louisville Free Public Library — St. Matthews Branch call (502) 574-1772 or email