Broward County Libraries Division's African-American Research Library and Cultural Center to Host Prime Time Family Reading Time
- Family literacy program encourages parents and children to read together -

Mother and son reading.

Prime Time Family Reading Time stresses the importance of parents and children reading together.

DATE: September 9, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, located at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, has received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council to host PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME®, a free literacy program for families. This six-week series will be held every Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. starting September 30. 

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME® targets children from ages 6 to 10 who may be experiencing difficulty or reluctance with reading as well as their parents. The program's goal is to foster a lifelong love of learning through reading and discussion programs with themes such as fairness, greed, courage, dreams and cleverness. A discussion leader and a storyteller introduce parents to the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing stories with their children. The program aims to expand participants’ understanding of reading through the use of children’s literature with substantial humanities content. It focuses on expanding the teaching of literature, history and cultural values.

Each week, participants will enjoy a free dinner, learn about library resources and enter to win weekly prizes. Special activities will be provided for children under six years old. 

PRIME TIME programs are sponsored by the LEH, Florida Humanities Council, SHELL, Broward County Libraries Division, the Broward Public Library Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, United Way and the Friends of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. Local sponsors providing refreshments and prizes include Boomers (Dania), Pollo Tropical, Subway (Davie Boulevard), Red Lobster (North Federal Highway), Dave and Busters, WellCare Health Plans, Inc, and Museum of Discovery and Science. 

For more information on PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME and to register your family, please contact Aneatra King at 954-357-6209,

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