Louisiana Endowment (LEH)
Prime Time Family Reading Time
Mona Lisa Saloy
Prime Time Family Reading Time supports intergenerational literacy & thoughtful discussion.
Family Literacy
Saloy Center at Prime Time Family Reading Time

Prime Time Family Reading Time Programs

PRIME TIME Family Reading Time is a unique outcomes-based family literacy program designed for children ages 3 to 10 and their families.  A storyteller reads beautifully illustrated, award-winning children's books that consist of culturally diverse stories from around the world spanning fairy tales, folk tales, fables, historical accounts, and other narrations of real-life circumstances that are familiar to adults and children alike.  The discussion leader, or scholar, then guides the group to personally connect with literature and think beyond shallow considerations of who, what, when, and where by applying the Socratic method of open-ended questioning.  The program demonstrates how literature enrich one's life, models strategies for continued family bonding through literature, and provides families critical information on library resources for continued reading once the program ends.

That's me,
Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy as guest scholar, center, surrounded by Prime Time Families and my storyteller partner Julie Hammers; this was my first Prime Time site on the North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain at Brock Elementary in Slidell.  Together, storyteller and scholar with families, we discuss the stories we read for "significant cultural and ethical issues."  Created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this statewide and now national family literacy program invests in future learning by empowering parents with low-literacy  skills or limited English language skills to help their kids enjoy reading and improve their abilities.  This program is a pure joy.  I am honored to be a part of Prime Time!