PrimeTime Family Reading Time

As a result of PrimeTime my family is more
expressive and discusses what we are reading. The
love of reading has increased for both of my kids.

—Parent Participant from Orange County

What is PrimeTime?

PrimeTime is a six-week reading and discussion program for families with young children. Held in public libraries and community centers, this program demonstrates how literature can enrich one’s life, models strategies for continued family bonding through award-winning children’s books, and provides families with critical information on library resources.

PrimeTime is primarily designed to:

  • increase family bonding and reading time
  • improve reading attitudes and behaviors
  • increase public library use
  • strengthen community bonds

How does PrimeTime work?

PrimeTime is offered free of charge and typically includes up to 15 families. For each session a storyteller guides families through the reading of award-winning children’s book(s) that address a specific theme. After the reading, the discussion leader poses questions that promote critical thinking. For example, “Was the character brave? Honest? Honorable? How can we tell?”

PrimeTime makes it fun for families to attend. Before the program begins, all participants enjoy a meal together and learn about valuable resources in their communities. Special activities are planned for pre-schoolers and weekly prizes keep families motivated to return each week.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any Florida public library system, public library branch, or non‐profit organization in partnership with a public library, is eligible to apply. Interested organizations must first contact the Florida Humanities Council before applying.

Become a PrimeTime Site:

FHC annually seeks partnerships with public libraries and non-profit community organizations interested in hosting PrimeTime Family Reading Time. View the following documents to learn more about the program:

  • Program Description and Site Responsibilities | PDF
  • Team Member Responsibilities: Program Coordinator, Discussion Leader, Storyteller | PDF
  • Approved Booklists | PDF

Deadline to apply:
The application period for the spring 2018 session is currently closed. Please contact Tyler Tarrant at 727-873-2040 or to learn of PrimeTime funding opportunities in the fall of 2018.

More about PrimeTime:

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities created and developed PrimeTime in 1991 and, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanded the program to 40 states.

Watch PrimeTime in action with this video produced by the Orange County Library System.


PrimeTime Serving Florida Families