Thursday, January 31, 2008

What Are You Reading?

I thought that it might be fun for everyone to post what they are currently reading. This is a great way to recommend books to others.

I'll go first...
I'm reading George Ella Lyon's Don't You Remember?
You should definately check it out, even if only for the intrigue factor.

Now it's your turn!

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Everything's Moving at the Carnegie Center

Hi all! For those of you that have not visited us recently, we are happy to announce the opening of our new Family Learning Center located upstairs on the second floor. This new space will house our tutoring program materials, new computer workstations for tutoring pairs, and a welcoming parents waiting room.

We are still moving...but are so close!

Thanks for the patience of our tutoring pairs, families, and friends.  Come visit us!


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Check this out!

Rachel Noble, Assistant Director at the Carnegie Center, recently directed me to a great interview from the Bob Edwards Show that she heard over the weekend.

"Bob talks to Jon Scieszka, the recently named first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He's also the author of several bestselling children’s books, including “The Stinky Cheese Man,” which won a Caldecott Honor medal, and he's the founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit literacy organization. Then, writer and illustrator Brian Selznick's Invention of Hugo Cabret is easily the biggest book to ever win a Caldecott award. At over 500 pages, half of them illustrations, Selznick wrote a book about a boy living inside a Paris train station. Bob talks with Selznick about his recent win and about the marriage between illustrations and words."

There’s a podcast available online.

Check it out!


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Youth Meeting Authors

Hey guys! We've got another exciting Carnegie Center program to announce...

Youth Meeting Authors is a new program that begins this Tuesday, January 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Children's author, Paul Brett Johnson, will be here for a book reading and signing, as well as a hands-on, children's writing workshop. This workshop will be geared towards elementary age students.

The cost is $5 per family. Copies of the Paul Brett Johnson's latest book, Bearhide and Crow, will be on sale for the signing.

Give us a call to reserve your space today (859.254.4175) or send us an email (


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Free Reading and Book Signing

Please join us at the Carnegie Center this evening for a reading by the men of blacoetry press.

Affrilachian poets, Jude McPherson (...ON MY MIND) and Eric Sutherland (INCOMMUNICADO) will be at the Carnegie Center tonight at 6:30 pm for a reading a book signing.

Don't miss out on this exciting evening! The program should last about one hour.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Young Women Writers Project

The Carnegie Center was thrilled to welcome the Young Women Writers Project for their second meeting last Saturday. These amazing ladies (9-12th grade) were selected from many applicants to the program. For five weeks, they meet with writing mentors and instructors, each from different genres, to workshop and create amazing pieces.

Here's a sampling from a fiction piece by two-time YWWP member, Tess Simon.

Memories of Rain

My grandfather used to be an antelope. His spent his life before that as a jaguar. And before that as a horse. Once he was a performing monkey for a magician who worked on the dirty streets of London. Once a camel who carried sheiks through the hot desert sand. He says he’s always been a fly on the wall.

I wish I had a list of all the things my grandfather had ever said to me. “The inside of a snowflake has enough love to end all wars, if only we knew how to unleash it.” “Anytime your heart skips and beat, and your chest gets tight, and you feel faint, you know an angel just came down from Heaven to kiss you on the forehead.” “The pot at the end of the rainbow doesn’t hold gold and isn’t guarded by a leprechaun. Instead, it contains pure happiness, and the reason no one’s found it yet is because we’re all scared.”

I look at him on the cold hospital bed, fluffs of white hair matted with sweat and grease. I pick up the sponge next to the sink and dab his forehead with water to cool the fever that turns his cheeks red and makes him cry out in his sleep.

To hear more of the YWWP pieces, please join us in April for a public reading. Stay tuned for details!

Hope you feel inspired...Happy Writing!


Friday, January 18, 2008

Literary World Update: 2008 ALSC Literary and Related Award Winners

The Association for Library Services to Children announces 2008 winning literature, including the Caldecott winner, Newberry book medal, the Andrew Carnegie medal, and many more!

Here's the link to view them all! Enjoy these wonderful books yourself or with your kids.

Happy Reading!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

George Ella Lyon at the Carnegie Center this Evening

Attention Writers!

Please join us this evening at 6:30 pm for a FREE reading and book signing by George Ella Lyon. It is another installment of our New Books by Great Writers Series. She'll be reading from her new book, Don't You Remember?.

Then, at 7:30 pm, she will lead a hands-on writing workshop, "Writing What You Can't Remember." The fee for the workshop is $25.

Call today for more information (859.254.4175).

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Carnegie Center Goings-On

Hi blogging friends! I'm back after a short break from the blog. The Carnegie Center has been quite busy over the last several days. We are glad to have welcomed back our students for the Winter session of classes. Most classes are back in full swing, and FFLN Planning Night brought a huge group of families to the center. We were so excited by all of the wonderful insights and suggestions that the parents were able to offer. 2008 is shaping up to be such a wonderful and exciting year at the Carnegie Center.

It's still not too late to get in on the fun! Visit our website to sign up or give us a call (859.254.4175).

Stay tuned for more exciting CCLL updates!


Friday, January 11, 2008

New French Class

Voulez-vous apprendre le francais? Have you ever wanted to learn French? Join an inviting and fun class for true beginners! Taught by native speaker and longtime teacher, Monique Roman, this French course will begin meeting Monday, January 14th at 10:30 AM until NOON. The cost is $110 for the 11 week class and $35 for the textbook (which is used through French 5). Call 859.254.4175 or email us ( to sign up. You may also drop in on Monday to check it out!

Veuillez nous joindre!
Please join us!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Early Learner Book Club Resumes

Early Learner Book Club resumes Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 AM. This program lasts for one hour. At least parent or guardian should accompnay each child. Call (859.254.4175) or email us ( to reserve a space for your 3-5 year old.

January's meeting will focus on When Will It Snow? by Bruce Hiscock.

We hope that you'll join us!


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Carnegie Center Call for Manuscripts

It’s time again for the Carnegie Center’s annual Legacies Writing Contest for Writers Over 55. Awards will be offered for the best entries submitted: Poems, stories, essays, or memoirs drawn from the author’s personal history. The cash prize is $100 for first place and $50 for second. Winners and finalists will participate in the annual Legacies Reading at the Carnegie Center on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm, when the Legacies Medallion, donated in memory of Carole Pettit, will be presented. Entries will be judged by a qualified panel. Writers over 55 should submit manuscripts up to 1500 words (about five typed, double-spaced pages, which may include up to five poems). There is a $10 reading fee per five-page entry, payable to the Carnegie Center. Entries should include a cover page complete with author’s name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth. Names should NOT appear on the entry itself. Deadline for submissions is SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9. Entries most be postmarked or received by that date. Send submissions to: LEGACIES The Carnegie Center 251 West Second Street Lexington, KY 40507

We can't wait to hear from you!


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Calling all Writers: Mothering Heights Essay Contest Announced

Looking for a writing contest opportunity, here's one for the mom's out there...

Mothering Heights announces

2nd Annual Mother's Day Essay Contest and Publishing Deal


What do you know now as a Mom that you wish you'd known before giving birth? What wry, witty, honest and personal observations would you share with Mothers and Mothers-to-be everywhere? Mothering Heights wants to know!

Mothering Heights is currently accepting essays for the 2nd Annual Mother's Day Essay Contest. Essays must be of original content, in English and 1,000 to 1,500 words long. We are looking for humor, poignancy and personal anecdotes - no tired old clich├ęs please! Each essay needs to be accompanied by a 100 to 150 word bio on the author.

Twenty essays will be chosen by Mothering Heights creator Christine Fugate and featured in a book currently titled Mothering Heights Mother's Day Essays, Volume One to be published by West-Coast Bias Press for Mother's Day 2008. The writer of each essay included in the collection will receive a Mothering Heights Tiara and three copies of the book.

West-Coast Bias Press was recently founded by mother, poet and writer LeeAnne Langton and is located in Laguna Beach, California. The press's first book, Everyday Magic, by Paul Tayyar was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Christine Fugate is a mother, writer and award winning filmmaker who was chosen as one of Showbiz Data's Top 100 Directors in 2001. After having children, she began writing Mothering Heights, a syndicated parenting column that appears in papers and magazines across the country, She started as a way to stay in touch with her readers and encourage moms to write about their own experiences.

Last year's Mother's Day Essay Contest was very successful and chose "Praying for Patience," an essay by Rachel Coleman, the creator of Signing Time, as the winning essay. Chosen essays were posted online at and received thousands of visitors.

Entries for this year's contest should be sent to Each essay must include the author's name, address, telephone number and email address. Visit Mothering Heights for details.

Happy Writing!


Monday, January 7, 2008

Carnegie Center Classes Begin

Hey guys!

Carnegie Center classes officially begin today, but it is not too late to sign up. We especially invite you to join us this Thursday, January 10th at 5:30 pm for our Eclectic Living Room series. Poet, Leatha Kendrick, will lead an informal, but lively discussion of George Ella Lyon's book, Don't You Remember?

Then join us next week (January 17th) when George Ella will be at the Carnegie Center for a FREE reading and book signing of Don't You Remember? at 6:30 pm. Immediately following, she will lead a writer's workshop (cost $25). To register for the workshop send us an email ( or give us a call (859.254.4175).

Please mark your calendars for these exciting events. We hope to see you there!

Happy Reading!


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Family Fun and Learning Night

Don't miss the next Family Fun and Learning Night on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This planning night is a time to give us your input and ideas for youth and family programming in 2008.  We want to hear what you have to say!  Join us for an evening of fun activities and pizza dinner.  Pre-registration is required.  Send us an email ( or call at 859.254.4175.  
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

15th Anniversary Poem

A poem to share from Carnegie Center volunteer and friend, Sue McKaig. This poem was written in honor of the center's 15th anniversary celebrated in 2007. Here's Sue pinning a corsage on Jan Isenhour, our Executive Director, on the night of our celebration.

15th Anniversary of the Carnegie Center
(A "Folku"*)

Andrew Carnegie~
Legendary patriarch~~

Hungry learner's flock~
Library philanthropist~~
Benefiting ALL~~~

Hail education~
Conscious building steel magnet~~
Peoples stories told~~~

*A folku is a nine-line haiku

Thanks to Sue for sharing her work. We would love to share yours too! Please send to to be featured.


More Holiday Fun!

I know that Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's have passed, but it seems that January 3rd is home to several holidays of its own (three in fact!). It's time to celebrate this great holiday triumvirate...

Today, is Drinking Straw day (patented this date in 1888), Fruit Cake Toss day (they are really gross by now) and Festival of Sleep day (the holidays can be truly exhausting).

Enjoy this holiday trio! Sip on a straw, throw out holiday leftovers, and catch up on some winks.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Welcome Back and Congratulations!

Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. The Carnegie Center staff are now busily preparing for our Winter 2008 season, which begins January 7th. If you have not registered, please give us a call (859.254.4175) or visit our website to sign up, as class sizes are limited. There are several exciting additions to our class so be sure to check it out!
In exciting news, Carnegie Center instructor, student and friend, Andrea O'Brien has received an Artist Enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women to begin working on her second collection of poetry. Andrea will be teaching a beginning poetry class this season called "Come to your Senses," which will focus on exploring poetry through the five senses. Class size is limited to 12, so sign up soon---you won't want to miss it! Amazing things continue to happen in and around the Carnegie Center. Congrats to Andrea on her achievement!

Have a safe and wonderful, snowy day. Happy 2008!