Children’s books aren’t always child’s play— they can inspire important philosophical discussions on topics such as fairness, greed, courage, and compassion.
Humanities Washington’s Prime Time Family Reading program inspires active thought and conversation between children and families through reading, boosting long-term academic achievement, and building lasting connections with local libraries. The program is delivered in partnership with schools and libraries throughout the state, and primarily serves at-risk children and families.
During a series of six weekly sessions held in the evenings at public libraries, children hear stories from a skilled storyteller, then discuss the book’s ethical and cultural themes with the help of a scholar and their families. The program is also available in a bilingual format.
The Prime Time Family Reading curriculum was developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on the Prime Time program, contact George Abeyta at (206) 682-1770 x104 or by email.
Information for Libraries
Already involved in Prime Time? Click here for team member resources.
Are you interested in holding a Prime Time series at your library in 2019 or 2020? Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.
Note that new applicants are required to create an account within our online application portal. Once inside the portal, search for “2019 Prime Time Family Reading Program Application.”
- Partner with elementary schools and apply to Humanities Washington to host a six-week Prime Time series, serving between 20 and 25 families. If funded, libraries should begin planning at least four months before the first session.
- Reserve suitable rooms, recruit team members, arrange catering, and facilitate delivery of the program including recording and forwarding evaluation records.
Humanities Washington’s role:
- Offer direct support for hosting libraries, including providing funding for healthy meals and team member stipends; training for team members; and supplying program materials, such as curriculum books, book bags, recruitment aids, and gift books.
- Remove barriers to participation by supplying funds for healthy weekly meals, stipends for team members specifically to care for younger siblings by delivering condensed versions of the Prime Time program, and gift cards for gas to offset families’ transportation costs.
Prime Time is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wockner Foundation, the Satterberg Foundation, the Bamford Foundation, the Discuren Foundation, the OneFamily Foundation, Safeco Insurance Fund, the Norcliffe Foundation, the Tulalip Tribe, the Washington State Library, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.
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