Martin said the Grand Haven library’s staff has already begun brainstorming ideas and planning programs for 2012 and beyond.
“Literacy is always important, and working with the whole family is especially important,” Martin said. “We believe that success in school and life is tied inextricably to the ability to read. Successful readers become tomorrow’s successful leaders, and the Loutit District Library has a long history of working with area organizations to improve reading skills in the Grand Haven area.”
Loutit is the 16th public library in the state to be chosen to host the Prime Time program. Other participating libraries are in Muskegon, Alpena, Cassopolis, Charlevoix, Hamtramck, Highland, Jackson, Adrian, Monroe, Saginaw, South Haven, Morenci, Mount Pleasant and Marquette. Kalamazoo Public Library has hosted Prime Time since 2000.
“Families that read together, succeed together, said Katie Wolf, executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. “Children love when their parents read with them — and the benefits not only help the child do better in school, but the time spent together sharing stories strengthens the parent-child relationship. Prime Time is an amazing opportunity for parents to help their children and the whole family become lifelong readers.”
Martin said the Loutit staff is excited to collaborate with local groups and volunteers to improve literacy rates in the Grand Haven area.
“Through the awarding of this grant, the Michigan Humanities Council recognizes the quality of service Loutit District Library strives to provide Grand Haven-area residents,” Martin said. “We see Prime Time Family Reading Time as an opportunity to learn effective methods for enhancing service and improving lives in our community.”
Prime Time was developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; and is made possible in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.