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Families and their children ages 6 to 10 who are experiencing difficulty with reading are invited to participate in PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME, a free reading, discussion and storytelling series based on illustrated children’s books hosted by Keene Memorial Library.

Fremont’s bilingual (English and Spanish) PRIME TIME program will be held Mondays from 6-8 p.m. starting April 16 and ending May 21. Space is available for up to 25 families and their children, so pre-registration is required.

Keene is one of over 1,000 libraries nationwide selected to participate in the project organized by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. The project is funded by a grant from Humanities Nebraska along with support from the State of Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Carol Gendler.

PRIME TIME is designed to encourage parents and children to read and discuss humanities topics and aids them in selecting books and becoming active library users. Separate activities are also available for preschool children ages 3 to 5. It is offered by a partnership that consists of the library, a scholar/discussion leader, a storyteller and a statewide organization representative.

Sonia Vanderworth is leading the partnership as the library’s PRIME TIME program coordinator. Other representatives include Valeria Marquez (discussion leader), Ariadne Marquez (storyteller), Dawn Gilfry (preschool coordinator), Molly Grimes-Cerritos (community liaison), and Kaylyn Gerardo (intern).

Keene Memorial Library is sponsoring the bilingual PRIME TIME program for English and Spanish speaking families. Reading and discussion leaders will conduct 90-minute meetings at public libraries for parents or guardians and their children. At each session, a storyteller will present stories and will model reading aloud. The librarian will introduce families to library resources and services. Younger siblings, ages 3-5, will participate in separate pre-reading activities.

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PRIME TIME, an award-winning family literacy program, is based on a successful series of the same name that began in 1991 at the East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Parish Library and spread to surrounding states with NEH funding. Since its inception, over 38,000 individuals have participated in more than 1,083 PRIME TIME programs in 39 states and the Virgin Islands.

For more information, contact Sonia Vanderworth, silvermoondreamer@gmail.com or Laura England-Biggs, laura.biggs@fremontne.gov, 402-727-2694.

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