Reading is deeply important to every child’s development and success as adults. To ensure a love of reading, the Prime Time Family Reading program goes well beyond a typical library story time by inspiring families to read, think, discuss, and learn together.
Held at libraries throughout the state, each six-week Prime Time series is a partnership between Humanities Washington, a local library, and a local elementary school. Prime Time models reading and discussion techniques that families can easily replicate at home, transforming homes into learning environments and giving children strong foundations for becoming lifelong learners.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Time has been moved online. To maintain the program’s goals, the web-based program uses the same reading and discussion techniques used for in-library Prime Time program encouraging interaction and robust discussions but adapted for an online environment.
Since the program launched in Washington State in 2014, over 1,500 families have participated statewide in over 80 Washington communities.
Prime Time Family Reading is proven to positively impact families and children. Of the families who have participated in Prime Time since 2018:
95% have increased the amount of time they read together
93% have experienced a positive change in their attitudes toward reading
98% are demonstrating improved critical thinking skills
98% now visit their local libraries more frequently
97% are now more likely to use library services
Prime Time Family Reading Time was developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Read the organization’s 10-year impact study on how Prime Time supports students’ long-term academic achievement.
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“The Prime Time program has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding opportunities I have experienced in the 10 years I have been a children’s librarian. One mom said that her son decided that they need to continue visiting the library every week. She requested a consistent day off from work, and now they plan on visiting the library every Monday!”
– Pierce County Librarian and Prime Time Team Member
“Honestly reading was a chore before. It was something I dreaded because it was one more thing after a long day. After this program though I’ve learned how little it takes to get her engaged and it’s becoming a really enjoyable time.”
– Port Hadlock adult Prime Time participant
For more information about Prime Time, please contact the program manager, George Abeyta, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-682-1770 ext. 104.
Prime Time Family Reading Time was developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Prime Time is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Discuren Charitable Foundation, The Fordham Street Foundation, The Bamford Foundation, The Norman Raab Foundation, D.V. and Ida McEachern Charitable Trust, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, Pitney Bowes Foundation, American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, The Stocker Foundation, The Helen Martha Schiff Foundation, and other businesses, foundations, and individuals.
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