BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Public Library was chosen as one of four grant sites representing Illinois for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois Humanities Council Prime Time Family Reading Time family literacy program.
Prime Time Family Reading Time is an outcomes-based family literacy program designed for families with children ages 3 to 10. A storyteller reads illustrated, award-winning children’s books of culturally diverse stories from around the world. The fairy tales, folk tales, fables, historical accounts and other narrations of real-life circumstances are familiar to adults and children alike. A humanities scholar then guides the group to personally connect with literature and think beyond shallow considerations of who, what, when, and where by applying the Socratic method of open-ended questioning.
The six-week program will be March 12-April 16, and partnerships with area public schools have been established to maximize the program’s targeted outreach and impact.
In Bloomington, Prime Time’s reading and discussion format will include six weekly 90-minute sessions hosted by the library and supported by trained team members. That team will include Illinois Wesleyan University humanities scholar Mike Theune, professional storyteller Mike Lockett, Bent Elementary School Media Center Specialist Karen Riccio, Little Jewels Learning Center Lead Teacher Amber Prather, and Bloomington Public Library Children’s Services Librarian Rondalea Fish.