As human beings, we look for common experiences and want to share our experiences—that’s what writing is all about. You tell someone a story and they try to relate that to their own lives—there's a communal experience. We're trying to puzzle out the meaning of the world around us—that’s what the humanities is all about.

Garth Stein
Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, a New York Times bestseller
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Family Reading

Family Reading

Bringing Families Together With the Transformative Power of Story

Humanities Washington uses the Prime Time Family Reading curriculum, a program that combines reading, storytelling, and discussion to explore the cultural and ethical themes presented in children’s literature. Prime Time emphasizes the importance of families reading together and creates long-term library users.

Family Reading programs are delivered in partnership with educators and libraries throughout the state and primarily serve at-risk children and families.

Since 1996, Humanities Washington has provided transformative family reading programs especially designed to help low-income families and those who speak English as a second language. Through Family Reading, Humanities Washington has distributed more than 118,000 books to children, parents, and teachers. It positively impacted the lives more than 110,000 children and family members. The program produces extraordinary results of lasting value, enabling parents and children – through the power of books and language – to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 2012, Humanities Washington has piloted and expanded its Prime Time Family Reading program through 18 series across the state of Washington. From April 15 to June 30, 2015, we will be accepting applications for new Prime Time sites. New partners receive training in the curriculum; assistance in selecting school partners, scholars, and storytellers; as well as funding for books and implementation. For more, click here.

The Prime Time Family Reading curriculum was developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on the Prime Time program, contact Ellen Terry at (206) 682-1770 x101 or by email.

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