Prime Time Family Reading Time

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Prime Time Family Reading Time® is a six-week program of reading, discussion and storytelling held in public libraries. The program features award-winning children’s books to stimulate discussion about humanities themes and problems encountered in everyday life. Each 90-minute session includes the reading of up to three books by a storyteller followed by facilitated discussion with a humanities scholar.

Programs can be presented in English or as a bilingual Spanish/English program. Each PRIME TIME series typically serves 15 to 20 families comprised of parents and children ages 6 – 12.

prime time pic 2The goals of the Prime Time program are to:

  • bond families around the act of reading and learning together
  • reinforce the role of the family
  • encourage parents and children to read and discuss humanities topics
  • help parents and children become active library users
  • highlight the important role of the library in local communities and daily home life

Each PRIME TIME session includes time to introduce families to additional library resources including homework aids, GED materials, books on parenting and health care, computer/internet resources, and local and international newspapers and magazines.

More about PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME®: Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1991, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time is an award-winning reading, discussion, and storytelling series based on illustrated children’s books.

The program’s expansion to Alabama is made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and is a cooperative endeavor with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

For more information about PRIME TIME in Alabama, contact Jerald Crook at 205.558.3996 or at

Current Alabama PRIME TIME Staff click here to access PRIME TIME staff materials.

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