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Prime Time Family Reading: Thoughtful reading activities that deepen family connections

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

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By Gwendolyn Haley


Now that school has moved online, parents and children are probably ready for a community learning experience. Prime Time Family Reading provides this.

Prime Time Family Reading is a 6-session program during which time we read aloud and then we discuss the books, their themes, and insights. The books cover themes such as fairness, dreams, courage, and cleverness.

This gives your children (ages 6–10) a chance for a reading boost while spending quality time as a family. Our librarians and community partners have lead these family book discussions many times, and parents and caregivers are always amazed to hear the insights their children bring to the conversation.

At the end of the six sessions, it is the goal that you will gain a whole new perspective on what reading together can do for the whole family.

For my own family, I have found that, when listening to stories turns into conversation, suddenly we’re not only building reading skills and good reading habits but also connecting on personal and emotional levels.

Prime Time Family Reading
Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 5–21, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Registration is required for Prime Time Family Reading.

When registering, you will need to provide a valid email address so that we can send you the login information. For this program you’ll need a computer or mobile device with internet access and speakers (video and microphone access are nice to have, but not required).


The following books grouped by theme are the ones we’ll be reading during Prime Time Family Reading. We’ll be reading them together, so you don’t have to have your own copies or have read them ahead of time.

When the books are available digitally on OverDrive or hoopla, we’ve provided a link in case you’d like to check them out to read.

Fairness: “Do the right thing.”

  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (audiobook on OverDrive & video on hoopla)
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema (audiobook on OverDrive)
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (audiobook and eBook on OverDrive)

Greed: “What’s in it for me?”

  • The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci (video on hoopla)
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe (audiobook on OverDrive)
  • Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel (audiobook on OverDrive)

Courage: “No guts, no glory”

  • Lon Po Po by Ed Young (audiobook and eBook on OverDrive)
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (audiobook on OverDrive)
  • Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger

Dreams: “Dare to dream.”

Cleverness: “Find a way.”

  • Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack (audiobook on OverDrive)
  • The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone
  • Doctor De Soto by William Steig (audiobook and eBook on OverDrive)
Gwendolyn Haley

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