Families and their children ages 6 to 10 who are experiencing difficulty with reading are invited to participate in Prime Time Family Reading Time, a free reading, discussion and storytelling series based on illustrated children’s books hosted by the Garrard County Public Library.
The Garrard County Public Library is one of 11 libraries statewide selected to participate in this project. Prime Time Family Reading Time is funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council with a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities “We The People” funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Funding for the program also is made possible by the Scripps Howard Foundation and by contributions from private donors.
Prime Time is designed to encourage parents and children to read and discuss humanities topics and aids them in selecting books and becoming active library users. Separate activities are also available for pre-school children ages 3 to 5. It is offered by a partnership that consists of the library, a scholar/discussion leader, a storyteller and a statewide organization representative. Laura McWilliams, director of the Garrard County Public Library, is leading the partnership. The scholar is Dr. Gwynn Henderson and storyteller is Yolantha Pace.
“We are very excited to be part of this nationwide effort that offers an opportunity for families to learn the concept of reading together in a humanities-based project,” said McWilliams. “Public libraries have long been places where adult and child learners can learn and practice new skills. This project offers a unique opportunity for the library to expand family literacy opportunities and make a significant contribution to a more literate nation.”
Reading and discussion leaders will conduct 90-minute meetings at public libraries for parents or guardians and their children. At each session, a storyteller will present stories and will model reading aloud. A humanities scholar will serve as the discussion leader. The librarian will introduce families to library resources and services. Younger siblings, ages 3 to 5, will participate in separate pre-reading activities.
For more information, call the library at (859) 792-3424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prime Time Family Reading Time, a free reading, discussion and storytelling series, will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 11 and running through Oct. 16 at the Garrard County
pre-register by calling (859) 792-3424.
Programs will include a family meal.