Prime Time Family Reading Time to be offered at public library

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By Becky Barnes

Reading has the possibilities of opening doors throughout ones journey through life. It can take you places you may never get to visit other than through the pages of a book, but it can also lead you to a career.

Prime Time Family Reading Time will get underway at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library on Aug. 21. The six-week program is targeted toward needs-based families -- those with low literacy rates and low income.

Jenny Hyatt, childrens librarian, and Karey Smith, Maysville Community and Technical College, LVC continuing education coordinator, joined forces to make the program available locally after receiving a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives.

Prime Time Reading originated in Louisiana and provided families with the tools to not only improve the entire familys reading skills, but to also strengthen the family unit.

Hyatt said theres no reason a family shouldnt take advantage of this offering. A simple family meal will be provided, followed by a program by a discussion leader, a storyteller and a scholar.

Each family will be given a bag of three books each week. The following week, the books are returned and three more are given out.

The leaders and storytellers will help provide different ways of sharing literature with children.

Smith said that children who are 6 to 10 years old and their families will be the target. However, there will also be preschool and nursery programs available. Those will be overseen by Ashley Peak and Amanda Stephens.

There will also be door prizes and drawings as well as a program-ending big prize.

This will stay with the kids, said Smith. I remember story hour at the public library.

Hyatt suggested that families preregister so that they have an idea of how many to prepare supper. However, preregistration is not required.

She said they may call the library at 234-4881 or stop by.

Smith is in charge of getting volunteer groups to provide the meal. She asked that any civic or church group interested in helping out call her at 298-4588.

While the program lasts for six weeks, a family can jump in at any time during the stretch.

If families can commit to us, I believe theyll get something out of this, Hyatt said. Its an outlet for enjoyment and family time.