COVID-19 Scheduling Changes
Humanities Nebraska does not want the rescheduling of Prime Time to contribute to the uncertainty and stress of the current situation, so we have made the difficult and sad decision to end our spring season of Prime Time and to look forward to summer and fall. Please read the following procedures for closing or rescheduling your Prime Time:
Programs that have completed 3 or more weeks: These programs will be considered complete. Please follow all end-of-program and final report procedures. Entry surveys can be sent to Humanities Nebraska. For completion surveys, an online survey will be made available for families to access and submit. Gift books to school-age families as soon as possible
Programs that have completed 1 or 2 weeks: These programs will be considered indefinitely postponed, but still registered. No final reports or completion surveys are required, but all team members must email an invoice to Erika Hamilton for payment of stipends and reimbursements. Entry surveys can be sent via USPS to Humanities Nebraska. Important: Program Coordinators should send Erika their priorities for scheduling a six-week program for the summer (starts May 1), the fall (starts September 1), or next spring (starts February 1).
Programs that have not started: These programs will be considered indefinitely postponed, but still registered. Program Coordinators should send Erika their priorities for scheduling a six-week program for the summer (starts May 1), the fall (starts September 1), or next spring (starts February 1).
For further assistance, please contact the program director, Erika Hamilton, via email.
Led by a storyteller and discussion leader, underserved children and their families meet in public libraries, elementary schools and other community venues to read and discuss award-winning children’s books. Discussion encourages critical and analytical thinking, helps develop connections between storybooks and real-life situations, and, in the bilingual program, encourages Spanish-speaking parents to speak and read English. Pre-school activities are offered separately for younger siblings.
Five different Prime Time formats are available, each specifically designed for:
- African-American families
- Native American families
- Bilingual for Spanish-speaking families
- English-only for a diverse, multicultural group of families
- Preschoolers and their families
Watch a 2-1/2 minute video about our Prime Time program below!
Since 2002, this award-winning program has encouraged families to consider reading and education as a fun and important part of their lives. More than 16,000 Nebraskans have participated in one or more of the 297 bilingual and English-only Prime Time series held throughout the state in 17 public libraries, 19 elementary schools, 7 community centers, one bookstore, and one Head Start in 18 communities statewide where student scores in reading do not meet Nebraska state standards.
Prime Time Works
A 10-year impact study, published in 2010 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, found that students who participated in Prime Time Family Reading Time during their early elementary years outperformed their peers on grade level content in standardized exams. Prime Time students scored higher in language arts and reading, mathematics, science, life science and other subjects.
In a survey of Nebraska families who participated in Prime Time:
- 87% said they spend more time reading now as a family
- 89% said the program improved the way they read and discuss books together
- 98% showed interest in participating again in Prime Time or similar family reading and educational programs
Prime Time Family Reading Time was created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (www.leh.org). Thanks to partial funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Prime Time has been offered in 40 states.