Social Studies Reading Program Begins Monday on Grand Island | Grand Island Local News


Humanities Nebraska is partnering with the Grand Island Public Library to once again offer Prime Time Family Bilingual Reading to local families this spring.

Prime Time is a family literacy program that helps build participants’ interest and skills in reading and talking about books. A definitive 10-year analysis released by the creators of Prime Time Family Reading found that children who attended Prime Time outperformed their peers on standardized tests from elementary through high school.

Prime Time for elementary students and their families will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Grand Island Public Library. This season’s Prime Time begins Monday, March 14 and runs for six sessions through April 25, skipping April 4 for the annual Library Bear Fair.

Contact the library at 308-385-5333 to register.

Membership in Prime Time is free and open to families and their children ages 6-10. Each weekly session begins with storytelling and discussions based on award-winning children’s books in English and Spanish.

All sessions are offered free to families thanks to statewide sponsors including the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sherwood Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Grand Island Prime Time is also funded by the Grand Island Public Library.

Since 2002, nearly 16,000 Nebraskans have participated in one or more of 370 bilingual, English-only Prime Time Family Reading and Prime Time Preschool series held at 17 public libraries, 24 elementary schools, 10 community centers, one bookstore, and two Head Starts. . in 18 communities across the state.

Teachers who wish to recommend families for Prime Time or families interested in participating should contact the Grand Island Public Library and ask to speak to Prime Time Coordinators Laura Fentress or Kim Mettenbrink at 308-385-5333.

For more information on Prime Time, visit the Humanities Nebraska website,, and select “Prime Time” from the list of programs.


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