Prime Time reading program returns to Bennett Martin Library
Lincoln City Libraries, in collaboration with Humanities Nebraska, will offer Prime
Time Family Reading Time at Bennett Martin Public Library on Saturday afternoons, March
23 – April 27, for Spanish- and English-speaking parents and their children. This family literacy
program is designed to help strengthen interest and skills in reading and talking about
books. The six-week bilingual series is offered free to families whose children, ages 6 to 10
years, struggle with reading. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested.
Each session begins at 1 p.m. with a light meal and continues with storytelling and
discussion based on award-winning children’s books. The selected books will help families
explore themes such as compassion, cleverness, dreams, courage, loyalty, and encountering
differences. Storyteller Alice Gomez and discussion leader Amanda Barón will introduce
parents to the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing books with their children.
Families will also learn about library resources and services. Separate preschool activities
will be available for younger siblings.
Since 2002, nearly 5,000 Nebraskans have participated in one of the 101 bilingual and
English-only Prime Time series held throughout the state. Lincoln City Libraries has offered
15 Prime Time series, reaching more than 470 Lincoln children and their families.
A 10-year impact study found that students who participated in Prime Time during
their early elementary years outperformed their peers in standardized exams. Prime Time
students scored higher in language arts and reading, mathematics, science, life science and
other subjects. The study, published in 2010, was conducted in Louisiana where the Louisiana
Endowment for the Humanities developed Prime Time in 1991.
In a survey of Nebraska families who participated in Prime Time in 2012, 89 percent
said they spend more time reading now as a family, 88 percent said the program improved
the way they read and discuss books together, and 98 percent showed interest in participating
again in Prime Time or similar family reading and educational programs.
Prime Time is sponsored statewide by Humanities Nebraska with funding from the
State of Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Sponsors and partners for Prime
Time in Lincoln include Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Literacy
Council, Give to Lincoln Day and other private donors.
For more information or to register, contact Janine Copple at 402-435-5612.