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MSE, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Kentucky Humanities Host Award-Winning Literacy Program

The storyteller is Mary Hamilton, and Alana Scott is the Prime Time scholar.

Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman believes Prime Time furthers the Kentucky Humanities’ mission.

“Prime Time is an important program of Kentucky Humanities,” Goodman said. “The reading program bonds families around the act
of reading and seeks to transform them into life-long readers and regular visitors to Kentucky’s libraries. We have been sponsoring
Prime Time since 2004, and have hosted 204 Prime Time programs in 83 Kentucky counties in 14 years.”

Prime Time Family Reading Time has won awards from the Public Library Association and the President’s Committee on the Arts
and Humanities. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities created the program in 1995. Its studies showed that children who went through Prime Time increased their reading time by 80 percent and doubled their trips to the library. The program also benefited
their parents, who improved their parenting skills and, in 29 percent of the cases studied, their employment status.

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For
information about Kentucky Humanities’ programs and services, visit kyhumanities.org.


Family Literacy Facts

According to the National Center for Family Literacy:

  • Adults stay enrolled in family literacy programs longer than in most adult-only programs, and their attendance is higher.
  • Children participating in family literacy programs made gains at least three times greater than would have been expected based on their pre-enrollment rate of development.
  • Adults significantly improve their self-confidence, their confidence in parenting abilities, and their employment status (by 29 percent).
  • Children showed an 80 percent increase in reading books. They also made twice as many trips to the library.
  • Prime Time’s statistics support these national findings:
  • 99.7 percent retention rate.
  • Changing the way parents talk with their children. Seventy-four percent of parents reported that Prime Time enhanced discussion with reading, fostering more reading or a better quality of reading time, or led to better interactions with their children.

According to the most recent Census:

  • 18 percent of Kentucky’s population age 25 and older do not have a high school diploma.
  • 17 percent of Kentucky’s population with young children have a household income of less than $15,000.
  • 10 percent of these Kentucky families have no car; 5 percent have no telephone.
  • Most of these families have no books.

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