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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.

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.