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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Humanities Picture of the Month

December Picture of the MonthPrime Time Family Reading Time®, a six-week program of reading, discussion and storytelling, has grown to include 19 library host sites in Michigan.

Since Michigan began hosting Prime Time in 2008, more than 6,700 Michigan children and parents have participated in the program, directed toward families of non-active library users with children ages 6-12. Each 90-minute session includes the reading of up to three books by a storyteller and facilitated discussion with a humanities scholar. Separate activities are planned for children 5 and under.

In the picture, preschool coordinator Christina Brazinski, left, does a crafts activity with children at Peter White Public Library's Prime Time session, Oct. 29 in Marquette.

This program, developed by the Louisiana Humanities Council, is made possible in Michigan through the Michigan Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation – W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and additional corporate and private sponsors.

For more information on Prime Time in Michigan, or how your library can get involved, visit

Each month, Michigan Stories will feature a picture of humanities in action. If you would like to see your photo featured, send the picture(s) with a brief caption and consent to publish, indicated in writing, to


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