Bring Literacy to PRIME TIME

Want to expand upon your library’s literacy programming? Curious about the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program? Here’s your chance to apply for a grant that includes a training workshop, stipends, and materials.

For those of you who are new to PRIME TIME, the six-week, humanities-based program of reading, discussion, and storytelling was created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Aimed at low-income, low-literacy families and/or non-English-speaking families, it is structured to help parents bond with their children over the shared act of reading. In doing so, it hopes to reinforce the role of the family in educating children.

Participating libraries will host weekly meetings featuring a discussion leader and a storyteller. Children ages six to ten are invited to attend with their parents to hear classic children’s stories, watch reading aloud demonstrations, and learn about library resources available for young readers and their families.

As part of this flexible program that can be used by urban and rural, large and small libraries, selected states/systems will receive:

  • travel, lodging, and most meals to attend a mandatory meeting of state/system project directors in New Orleans on July 22, 2010;
  • travel, lodging, and most meals to attend the mandatory training workshop in New Orleans July 23–25, 2010 for the state/system project directors, as well as their team of local library coordinators, community organizers/translators, scholars, and storytellers;
  • twenty-five sets of reusable books and book bags;
  • stipends for each site’s scholar, storyteller, community organizer/translator, and preschool coordinator (maximum of $2,300 per site);
  • stipends for participant transportation (maximum of $600 per site);
  • gift books and certificates of completion for participants; and
  • extensive training and promotional materials that support PRIME TIME programming.

Four grants will be awarded. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 28; previous PRIME TIME recipients are eligible to apply. Want to find out more? Read the ALA Public Programs Office press release.