31
Mar
09

Literacy program stresses importance of reading, decision-making

Aminata Cairo, anthropologist and scholar for Prime Time Family Reading Time, models for families how to sit with their children and share a book as the storyteller reads aloud, “Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock.” Kathleen Pool

Aminata Cairo, anthropologist and scholar for Prime Time Family Reading Time, models for families how to sit with their children and share a book as the storyteller reads aloud, “Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock.” Kathleen Pool

Promoting reading and talking about books at home can make incredible differences.

Just look at the statistics. By participating in family literacy programs, according to the National Center for Family Literacy, children showed an 80 percent increase in reading books and made twice as many trips to the library. And parents feel good about it too — by participating with their children, adults improve their self-confidence, their confidence in parenting abilities and their employment status, by 29 percent.

Through Prime Time Family Reading Time, the Kentucky Humanities Council hopes to continue increasing these numbers. The program will visit 17 libraries in Kentucky during 2009, reaching out to reluctant readers ages 6 to 10 and their parents with the message to “read.”

In each of six weekly sessions, a discussion leader and storyteller lead programs for families that demonstrate effective reading techniques. The books introduced to children and their parents explore timeless issues of humanity — fairness, greed, courage, coping and determination — while helping them understand the dynamics of making life choices.

Prime Time was created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1995, and has won awards from the Public Library Association and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In Kentucky, it complements the humanities council’s adult literacy program, New Books for New Readers.

Prime Time Family Reading Time will visit the following communities in 2009:

  • March 3-April 14: Adair County Public Library, Columbia
  • March 23-April 27: Mason County Public Library, Maysville
  • April 2-May 7: Boone County Public Library, Union
  • April 23-May 28: Boyd County Public Library, Ashland
  • June 16-July 21: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown
  • June 18-July 23: Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro
  • Aug. 17-Sept. 28: Breckenridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg
  • Aug. 24-Sept. 24: Grayson County Public Library, Leitchfield
  • Sept. 8-Oct. 13: Kenton County Public Library, Covington
  • Sept. 25-Oct. 30: Green County Public Library, Greensburg
  • Oct. 1-Nov. 5: Grant County Public Library, Williamstown
  • Oct. 7-Nov. 11: Nicholas County Public Library, Carlisle
  • Oct. 13-Nov. 17: John L. Street Public Library, Cadiz

Libraries that have already hosted a program in 2009 include Mary Wood Weldon Library, Glasgow; Pulaski County Public Library, Somerset; Scott County Public Library, Georgetown; and Gallatin County Public Library, Warsaw. An 18th library could be added this year if funding is available.

For information about the Prime Time program, contact KHC Associate Director Kathleen Pool, kathleen.pool@uky.edu or 859.257.5932.

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