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Prime Time

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Would you like to have Prime Time Family Reading Time® at your library in 2018?


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.

What does PRIME TIME do? 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.

Click Here to View Family Reading Program Information
www.leh.org/category/prime-time

Kentucky Humanities and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives will select at least ten public libraries to host Prime Time Family Reading Time® projects in 2018.



Participating libraries will receive

  • assistance engaging and paying a scholar and a storyteller
  • training for a librarian project manager along with the scholar and storyteller in March 2016
  • training and program management manuals
  • use of a set of books containing 30 copies of each picture book to be discussed
  • reimbursement for participants who need assistance with travel
  • reimbursement for child care provider and translator (if needed)
  • gift books for program families
  • assistance and support from Kathleen Pool of Kentucky Humanities and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Participating libraries will be expected to

  • provide adequate space for approximately 50 participants
  • designate a staff member to be the project manager
  • recruit approximately 20 families to participate in the program
  • work with community partners to enroll families considered ‘at risk’ because of low literacy skills, low income, or low educational levels
  • provide a simple meal before each discussion
  • provide door prizes for participants
  • designate a staff member to conduct a story hour program for younger siblings during the discussions
  • create and present simple library commercials each week to inform participants about services offered by the library
  • register all participating families for library cards
  • complete registration forms for participants, evaluations of the program, and simple financial forms

If you want your library to be considered to be a 2018 Prime Time site, please complete the attached form.

Libraries that have previously sponsored Prime Time programs will be considered.

Selections will be based on geographic distribution of potential sites and availability of scholars and storytellers in the areas.

LIBRARY APPLICATION for PRIME TIME FAMILY READING PROGRAM

If selected to sponsor a Prime Time project, my library will be able to fulfill the following expectations:

  • designate a staff member to be the site coordinator (project manager)
  • send site coordinator to training in March 2018
  • provide adequate space for approximately 50 participants
  • recruit approximately 20 families to participate in the program
  • work with community partners to enroll families considered ‘at risk’ because of low literacy skills, low income, or low educational levels
  • provide a simple meal before each discussion
  • provide door prizes for participants
  • designate a staff member to conduct a story hour program for younger siblings during the discussions
  • create and present simple library commercials each week to inform participants about services offered by the library
  • register all participating families for library cards
  • complete registration forms for participants, evaluations of the program, and simple financial forms

Questions? Please call:  Kathleen.pool@uky.edu - (859) 257-5932

Submit applications to KH by September 30, 2017

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME®, a registered trademark, is a project of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. National expansion is in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of history and culture.

Prime Time Family Reading Time

This form should be used by libraries wishing to host a Prime Time Family Reading Time Program in 2018. Deadline for application is 9/30/17.










Indicate time of year or specific dates you would like to host the program.