Broward County Libraries Division's "Prime Time" Program Receives Grant, Seeks Senior Volunteers to Read to Children
DATE: February 28, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Murray, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7406

Broward County Libraries Division is pleased to announce the receipt of a $25,000 grant awarded by the American Express Charitable Fund in support of the expansion of Prime Time, the award-winning early-literacy program that brings together two groups of citizens - seniors (mature adults) and disadvantaged pre-schoolers - for mutual benefit through story programs.

Prime Time is seeking volunteers who want to read stories to young children from ages 3 to 5 at day-care centers in Broward County. Potential volunteers are being recruited now through early March for the next training session, a free half-day workshop on how to present an effective story program for preschool-age children. Following completion of the training, volunteers begin a 10-week site assignment at a pre-school in their neighborhood. The library system provides complete story kits in colorful wheeled totes that may be checked out at Broward County Libraries by the volunteers.

The next training workshop will be held March 21, 2013. For more information, volunteers should leave their name and phone number at 954-357-7846 to receive a return call with complete program details. The final day for registering for the workshop will be March 8, 2013.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 
40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive web site,, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.

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