PRIME TIME Family Reading Time

About the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in 1991, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time is an award-winning reading, discussion, and storytelling series based on illustrated children’s books. National expansion is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH) and is a cooperative endeavor with the ALA Public Programs Office. PRIME TIME is designed specifically for under-served families with children aged 6 to 10. Pre-reading activities are also available for pre-school children aged 3 to 4. The program helps low-income, low-literate families bond around the act of reading and talking about books. It models and encourages family reading and discussion of humanities topics, and aids parents and children in selecting books and becoming active public library users.

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Statewide organizations including state libraries, state humanities councils, centers for the book, and library associations are invited to apply. For the first time, applications are also invited from library systems.

Application Instructions

Download the guidelines and application in pdf format.

The application form may be completed electronically, but must be printed and mailed with the other materials listed. Adobe Reader does not allow users to save changes to PDF documents. Please be sure to print an additional copy of the completed application for your records prior to exiting the program.

Contact Information

For application information, please contact ALA's Public Programs Office.

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