JULY 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
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Prime Time Reading Engages Michigan Families

Some lay on their stomachs, hands pressed eagerly under their chins. Others sit comfortably on their parent’s lap or lean forward in their chairs waiting for the next word. Prime Time Family Reading Time® seems to have that effect on children.

The national six-week program of reading, discussion and storytelling has been well-received since its start through the Michigan Humanities Council began sponsoring it. Fifteen libraries across the state host this exciting program, which features award-winning children’s literature to stimulate discussion on humanities themes and issues encountered in everyday life. Two more local libraries are in the process of joining. Kalamazoo Public Library was the first Prime Time site more than 10 years ago in Michigan.

Families gather once a week for 90 minutes to enjoy dinner, followed by storytelling and discussion involving the parents or caregivers and children. Programs may be presented in English or as bilingual Spanish/English.
Major Grants Awards Announced

Great Michigan ReadGreat Michigan Read

As the Great Michigan Read author tour approaches, the Michigan Humanities Council has been busy working with partners to plan supporting community programs for the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read.



Humanities Pic of the Month

Pic of Month
Renowned artist Charles McGee takes time to greet a young admirer during the opening reception on June 4 for an exhibition bearing his name; “2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 Works by Charles McGee,” at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
in Saginaw.




Chris Nern

Board Member Chris Nern Remembered as Mentor & Friend
Earlier this year, the Michigan Humanities Council lost a family member. Christopher C. Nern passed away on Jan. 31. In addition to his numerous commitments, he served as a board member for the Humanities Council. Memorial services were held in Detroit on May 14 and Saugatuck on June 5.
Chris Nern


Historic White Pine Village Debuts New Farmstead
As families begin planning their summer vacations, those headed near Ludington may want to check out the new additions to Historic White Pine Village. After receiving a major grant from the Michigan Humanities Council in 2009, the Mason County Historical Society can finally show visitors what early farming was really like.
Community Anthology

Cynthia Dimitrijevic

Humanities Council Grants and Prime Time Director Retires
After nearly six years serving the Michigan Humanities Council as as grants and Prime Time Family Reading Time® director, Cynthia Dimitrijevic has retired to blue skies.

“I'm going to go to our lake house and enjoy the water," Dimitrijevic said of her summer plans. "I'm going to read a lot and do some field trips that are occurring this summer in Michigan.”
Touring Directory

noteworthy Noteworthy
The host sites selected for the 2012-13 Michigan tour of The Way We Worked have been busy with their local media. The Cromaine District Library in Hartland received press on WHMI 93.5 FM radio and in the Hartland Patch. The Hart Area Public Library had their selection announced in print in the Ludington Daily News on June 7.

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