Mrs. Fletcher reads book to bilingual families and encourages families to enjoy reading together
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher was a celebrity reader in the Prime Time Family Reading Time program at Lexington’s new Village Branch Library. The bilingual program, for parents and children who speak Spanish, English or both languages, is designed for children ages 6 to 10 who may not enjoy reading or may not do well in the subject at school. It is the only bilingual program in the state this year.
“By sparking a child’s interest and love for reading, we can give them one of life’s greatest gifts,” stated Mrs. Fletcher. “Reading has always been a passion of mine. As a child, I enjoyed having my parents read to me. Little did I know then, that they were providing me with more than entertainment, they were paving the way for success in school and in life.”
This six-week award-winning literacy program, sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, is designed to show parents how to read to their children and have meaningful discussions with them about books. It also helps parents learn how to select books and become active library users.
The Prime Time Family Reading Time program is taking place at eight libraries across the state this year. This program is the fifth library site.
Supported by federal funds through the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association and private donors, the Kentucky Humanities Council has just received a grant of $60,000 to continue the program in 2005.