Free program starts in Lincoln to help kids develop reading skills

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Humanities Nebraska in Lincoln is starting this semester’s Prime Time Reading in several communities this school year.

Humanities Nebraska Director of Literary Programs, Erika Hamilton, says the program will have over 400 programs across the state by the end of the year.

The program has already started in areas like Grand Island and Lexington, with Lincoln’s own starting on October 5th.

Hamilton says the goal is to “encourage families to read together at home.”

“We model these read-aloud techniques so that when they go home with their books, the adults can read with the children,” she said. “And so what that leads into is this hopeful love for reading, this enjoyment of reading, this development of reading as a fun social activity with your family.”

The program is free for families and also offers bilingual reading as well, and Hamilton points out the program’s inclusivity.

“We have one this fall at Isley branch library in Lincoln,” she said. “We have one going on starting in October and Everett Elementary where it’s going to be bilingual for Spanish-speaking families, we have one that’s going to have a translator at Prescott Elementary for Korean families, and then we also have one for Yazidi families with juniper refuge and Calvary Lutheran…”

More information about locations, dates, and times for Prime Time Reading at

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