August 18, 2019

Registration open for 2019 Prime Time Reading program


MIO — Registration is officially open for the fourth annual Prime Time Reading program at the Oscoda County Library.

Program Coordinator Beth Barron said the program is designed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 10, who are educationally or economically disadvantaged, and their families. It’s paid for with an annual renewable grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

Barron said the program has achieved its goals in the past, and she thinks it will this year as well.

“This has been a very successful program for us,” she said. “The families that have participated have really enjoyed it.”

During the program, families will listen and watch a storyteller read stories chosen from award-winning children’s books, including fairy tales, fables, historical accounts and narrations of real-life circumstances. Afterward the storyteller will pose questions to the families present, facilitating discussion in order to help them gain a deeper understanding of literature as a whole.

Barron said her favorite part of the program is watching the discussion flourish after the story.

“My favorite part of the program by far is after the stories have been read as a group. It’s the discussion that follows,” she said. “The kids get so involved and have wonderful insights about the story, and the themes the author intended.”

According to Barron, last year’s program was remarkably successful. Fifteen families participated, and donations from area businesses provided enough food for everyone to have a meal at each session of the program.

The program is available for up to 20 families, and will run for six weeks starting Feb. 12. Families must register in advance in order to participate. The program provides a meal, and transportation as needed. At the end of the program, families will be able to keep the 10 books read during the program. In addition there will be a chance to win a door prize each week.

For more information on how to register or how to donate to the program, call Barron at 989-826-3613.


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