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Consider supporting the Prime Time program

Anja mcbride, 14

This past fall, I spent hours at the Peter White Public Library every Saturday for six weeks. While, it isn’t unusual for me to spend my days in the library (it is like my second home), this time it was for an extra special reason. From Oct. 5 to Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon, I was helping out with an amazing program that I had once partaken in as a young child and loved. The program is called Prime Time.

Prime Time is a program for kids ages pre-K to 10 years old and their families. It is completely free, all you have to do is pre-register and get there by 10:30 a.m. each week (If you can’t make it that is OK, you will receive everything you missed next time you come). Please pre-register before the first week of the program, but if you need to register at a later date, that is fine. Every week you will get a $5 gas card and 5 library bucks. The library bucks can be used for paying fines on your library card and/or renting movies. During most program dates there will be prize drawings, or something for each family. With this you could have the chance to win a Peter White shirt, movies and candy, outdoor games, etc. During some program days your family will also be shown how to download and use Libby, a free reading app that is great for the whole family.

When you go to Prime Time, you are eligible to have a library card that will last your family one year (the library bucks will also expire one year after you receive them.) If you have extra family and/or friends you would like to bring with you sometimes, that is allowed

Now onto the fun stuff: In the program, families can enjoy reading two books a week and then discussing them at the program. Your family can then keep the books for further enjoyment. A delicious lunch is provided and you are welcome to second helpings. With weekly books, lunch, family time and prize drawings, what more could you ask for?

For families with kids ages 2-5, your younger kids will go to a separate room and have age-level activities with the volunteers and the Graveraet school librarian Ms.Carr. If you or your child are uncomfortable with leaving each other, you can go together or they can stay with you.

I was a volunteer and I enjoyed the program as much as I enjoyed participating in it when I was little. I helped with the preschoolers, weekly registration and lunch (I also got some myself). I formed very special bonds with some people in the program, and I can’t wait to go back and help some more next year. I also can’t wait to see the smiling faces who read this article and come to the program next year!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Anja McBride, 14, is a freshman at Marquette Senior High School. She enjoys playing tennis and reading.

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