Parents and their children are invited to participate in PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME®, a free reading, discussion and storytelling series based on award-wining children’s books.
This six-week program is held in public libraries, schools, and community centers across Arizona. Each weekly session includes the reading of up to three books by a storyteller followed by facilitated discussion with a humanities scholar on the books’ central themes. Programs serve up to 25 families comprised of parents or caregivers with children ages 6 to 10, and separate activities planned for pre-school aged children. Programs may be presented in English or as a bilingual Spanish/English program.
Each PRIME TIME session includes time to introduce families to additional community resources including homework aids, GED materials, books on parenting and health care, computer/internet resources, and local and international newspapers and magazines.
The goals of the Prime Time program are to:
Bond families around the act of reading and learning together
Highlight the important role of the library in local communities and daily home life
Improve reading attitudes and behaviors
Improve student academic achievement
The current series is entitled “It’s a Small World After All: Global Citizenship Education for the 21st Century”. We live in a unique time in human history where the ideas, actions, and decisions of people on distant continents can quickly influence our daily lives. Our ability to fully participate in and positively contribute to our local and global communities is dependent on developing a deeper understanding of the concepts and forces that bind humanity.
“Before this program I would have to fight with my son to sit down and read a book…Now he is excited about reading and he’ll read as much as he can before bed, put a bookmark in the book and then continue the next day.” -PRIME TIME Participant, Father
Families will explore themes of social justice, peace and conflict, communications, work and economy, and more. The book list includes cherished titles such as A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, as well as newer additions like Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.
All PRIME TIME programs offer partner sites such as libraries, schools, museums, and other community service agencies that directly engage children, parents, teachers, and administrators in high-quality humanities learning experiences.
For more information about PRIMETIME in Arizona and to learn how your library or school can host the program, contact us at 602-257-0335.
Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the PRIME TIME program has spread to surrounding states with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since its inception in 1991, over 24,000 individuals have participated in more than 750 PRIME TIME programs in 36 states and the Virgin Islands.