SLIDELL —Every Thursday night from Jan. 24 to Feb. 24, the St. Tammany Parish Library’s Slidell branch hosted families with children ages 6-10 for a special literacy program called Prime Time Family Reading Time.

Financed by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the six-week humanities-based program of reading, discussion, and storytelling emphasized the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes.

Sessions used books and stories to discuss themes such as fairness, greed, courage, cleverness and determination.

After a light dinner, a discussion leader and storyteller introduced parents to the benefits and pleasure of reading and discussing stories with their children.

Created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this statewide family literacy program with national affiliates empowers parents and guardians to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities.

In addition to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the program was also sponsored by the Zemurray Foundation.