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Prime Time Family Reading Starts January 25 at Johnson Library

St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 15, 2016) – The St. Petersburg Library System has received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council to host a free family literacy program at the Johnson Community Library for six Mondays beginning January 25 and continuing through March 7. (Please Note: PRIME TIME will not be held on February 15). Beginning at 6 p.m., each program includes a free dinner and a weekly door prize. Students age three to 10 and their caregivers are invited to participate.

PRIME TIME, a series of reading and discussion programs, includes sessions on such themes as fairness, greed, courage, cleverness, and determination. A discussion leader and a storyteller introduce parents to the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing stories with their children.  The program focuses on expanding the teaching of literature, history and cultural values.

Registration is required – either in person at the Johnson Community Library, 1059 18th Ave. South, or by calling 727-893-7113.

“PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME® is a wonderful family literacy program that introduces families—children and parents—to the pleasures and benefits of reading together. We’re excited to help lay the groundwork that will foster a lifelong love of learning through reading,” says Betsy Alberts, Johnson Community Library Coordinator.

“PRIME TIME is a great way for parents to get a glimpse into how their children are taught to read critically. Most are surprised by how insightful their children are,” says Paula Alexis, Youth Services Coordinator. “Plus everyone gets to enjoy a good meal with great fellowship at Johnson Community Library.”

PRIME TIME programs are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the St. Petersburg Library System. The Florida Humanities Council is a private, statewide, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact Betsy Alberts at the Johnson Community Library, 727-893-7113.   


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