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Prime Time reading program helps Grand Island kids succeed in school

Post Date:March 12, 2018 1:30 p.m.

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Contact:                     Wendy Meyer-Schmidt, Public Information Officer
Work Phone:              308.385.5444 ext.148
Cell Phone:                308.391.0961
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Release Date:             March 12, 2018—Immediate



Prime Time reading program helps Grand Island kids succeed in school

   GRAND ISLAND, Neb.—Prime Time Family Reading Time is returning this month to the Grand Island Public Library, 211 N. Washington St. The six-week program is free and open to families and children, ages 6-10, who struggle with reading. Beginning March 15, the Thursday evening sessions will include a light meal at 6 p.m. and continue with storytelling and discussion based on award-winning children’s books.

   Prime Time is a Humanities Nebraska family literacy program that helps strengthen participants’ interest and skills in reading and talking about books. A definitive 10-year analysis published by the creators of Prime Time Family Reading Time found that children who attend Prime Time show a 95-100 percent improvement on achievement tests in elementary school and 81 percent improvement on high school exit exams. All sessions are offered without cost to families thanks to generous statewide sponsors including the State of Nebraska, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Carol Gendler, and an anonymous donor.

   Humanities Nebraska has offered Prime Time since 2002, reaching more than 15,000 Nebraskans in one or more of the 238 Prime Time series that have been held throughout the state. Sev­enteen public libraries, 18 elementary schools, one Head Start program, and five community centers have hosted Prime Time in communities where student reading scores do not meet Nebraska state standards.

   Teachers who are interested in recommending families for Prime Time should contact the library at 308-385-5333 and ask for Celine.

   For more information about Prime Time in Nebraska, visit the Humanities Nebraska web site,, and select “Prime Time” from the programs list.

   For more information about the library, visit, or go to, or follow the library on Twitter at




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