Family Reading Program

Because reading is essential to the humanities, the MHC provides programs that instill a love of reading, promote an interest in public libraries, and encourage families to read books and talk about ideas together.

The Mississippi Humanities Council offers family-based reading programs for adults and their lower-elementary aged children. Prime Time Family Reading Time models reading skills and discussion techniques that stimulate interest in the books’ content—helping foster a lifelong love of learning through reading. The programs use storytellers and discussion leaders to present history, cultural values, and literature in enjoyable ways and relaxed settings. Participants experience animated story telling and open-ended questioning that lead to meaningful conversations and higher-level thinking skills, thus assisting families in moving from basic, functional reading to thoughtful literacy. The MHC is pleased to partner with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, through a subgrant from Shell Oil, to present Prime Time Family Reading at various sites across Mississippi.

Since the number of Spanish-speakers in Mississippi has increased dramatically in recent decades, the MHC offers Luciérnagas, a bilingual family reading program. MHC has offered successful “Luci” programs at sites throughout the state, and is looking for additional sites and partners for this important program.

For more information on the Council’s family reading programs, or to inquire about hosting a series, contact Caroline Gillespie, Program Officer at the Mississippi Humanities Council, at cgillespie@mhc.state.ms.us; (601) 432-6752.