TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Becky Killian / Editor
Corbin Public Library is among 18 Kentucky libraries selected for a reading program that aims to boost family literacy.
The award-winning program — called Prime Time Family Reading Time — begins at 5 p.m. Thursday and will continue in weekly sessions through Thursday, Oct. 10, according to Corbin Library Board President Diane Mitchell. Each session is expected to last about two hours.
The program, made possible by the Kentucky Humanities Council along with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, uses notable children’s books, humanities themes and discussion as a way to demonstrate how literature is relevant to real-world families. The program targets children ages 6 to 10 and their parents or caregivers. These families are given the opportunity to bond through the act of reading with the hope of creating life-long readers and library users.
Reading-related activities are also offered to children younger than 6.
Each session will begin with a light meal and Mitchell said meal sponsors are being sought. Child care is provided, as are books. For those who need it, transportation is provided.
Library staffer Lisa Kersey is the on-site manager for the program, while Christina Bentley will serve as the scholar and Lisa Reader will be the storyteller.
Mitchell said the Friends of Corbin Public Library is helping with the program and the Ossoli Club of Corbin has contributed $1,000.
At the program’s final night on Oct. 10, Mitchell said three special door prizes will be awarded, including a Kindle Fire as well as other e-readers. Those families who attend all the sessions will have a better chance at winning the prizes since their names will be entered each session they attend.
Families will also be given books and games to keep to encourage them to continue their good reading habits.
While several families have already signed up for the program, space may still be available.
For more information or to sign up, call the library at 528-6366.
“We are so thrilled that Corbin’s library has been awarded the opportunity to offer this program which is designed to reinforce the role of the family and encourage lifelong readers,” Mitchell said. “It is truly an honor to be one of the 18 libraries in Kentucky selected to offer the program this year.”
According to the Kentucky Humanities website, Prime Time Family Reading Time is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and by contributions from individual donors.