St. Tammany families gather to read in Prime Time

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library -- Children and their families took part in Prime Time Family Reading at the St. Tammany Parish Library  in Slidell. Front row, from left, are Bridget Smolcich, Isabella Roark, Ruvini Wijesekera, Kennedy Brown, Tanya DiMaggio, Amarie Brown, Sheriana Thomas, Emily Brown, Chynna Brown and Tinesha Michaels. Middle row, from left, are Moses Roark, Jasmine Washington, Rachel Sarah Perdue, Cody Smith, Troy Joseph, Randy Smith, Changhong Zou and Xintong Zou. Back row from left are Sam Hills, Ivy Perdue, Laurie Roark, Melanie Roark, Kevin Roark, Jen Martin, Miriam Boots, Mona Lisa Saloy, Deanna Smith, Taynia Joseph, Fengmai Chen and Candace Perilloux. Show caption
Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library -- Children and their families took part in Prime Time Family Reading at the St. Tammany Parish Library in Slidell. Front row, from left, are Bridget Smolcich, Isabella Roark, Ruvini Wijesekera, Kennedy Brown, Tanya DiMaggio, Amarie Brown, Sheriana Thomas, Emily Brown, Chynna Brown and Tinesha Michaels. Middle row, from left, are Moses Roark, Jasmine Washington, Rachel Sarah Perdue, Cody Smith, Troy Joseph, Randy Smith, Changhong Zou and Xintong Zou. Back row from left are Sam Hills, Ivy Perdue, Laurie Roark, Melanie Roark, Kevin Roark, Jen Martin, Miriam Boots, Mona Lisa Saloy, Deanna Smith, Taynia Joseph, Fengmai Chen and Candace Perilloux.

Every Thursday night from Jan. 24 to Feb. 24, the St. Tammany Parish Library’s Slidell branch hosted families with children ages 6-10 for a special literacy program called Prime Time Family Reading Time.

Financed by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the six-week humanities-based program of reading, discussion, and storytelling emphasized the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes.

Sessions used books and stories to discuss themes such as fairness, greed, courage, cleverness and determination.

After a light dinner, a discussion leader and storyteller introduced parents to the benefits and pleasure of reading and discussing stories with their children.

Created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this statewide family literacy program with national affiliates empowers parents and guardians to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities.

In addition to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the program was also sponsored by the Zemurray Foundation.