Monday, June 30, 2008
As my freshman year of college loomed closer, I received a summer reading list: four titles, including Joseph Heller's Catch 22 and John Henry Cardinal Newman's The Idea of a University.
My reaction still surprises me. Always a diligent student, eager to please, I let the summer slip away without a cracking a single one of the four spines, even the spine of Catch 22, which was, I realized too late, a perfect representation of the zeitgeist of the late 1960s. These books, I felt sure, were not what summer reading was meant to be.
What do we read during summer? Are our summer reading habits somehow different? Do we seek books for different reasons during the long, hot days?
With these questions in mind, the Carnegie Center offered a program, "Five Books to Take on Vacation." Two voracious readers who are members of the Carnegie Center's Brown Bag Book Discussion Group, Jill Heink and Sandra Tiegreen, facilitated. Here are their lists.
Jill Heink's Picks:
What could be more fun while you're on vacation than to read about other people's vacations?
#1 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
#2 A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
If you need to save space, choose a book with a twist! After you've read it, you may want to read it again because you're not really sure what happened at the end.
#3 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
If you like a good summer mystery, try
#4 Glitz by Elmore Leonard
Vacation is a time for optimism, so consider closing out your summer reading with some solid advice on how to get happy.
#5 Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman
And from Sandra Tiegreen:
#1 Old Filth by Jane Gardam
#2 Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
#3 The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong
#4 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
#5 The Shifting Tide by Anne Perry
We also recommend that you check out NPR's many suggestions for summer reading by going to www.npr.org and clicking on summer books.
The Carnegie Center will be closed Friday, July 4th and Saturday July 5th in observance of the 4th of July. We will reopen on Monday, July 7th for the beginning of Camp Carnegie.
If you have any questions regarding building hours, please let us know!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I'd thought I'd share the most recent beautiful photo, taken by our Development Director, Jennifer Mattox, of our blooming magnolia.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A poem from our Next Great Writers contest 2nd place winner, Trish Lindsey Jaggers:
We Are Listening
to poetry, the recorded voice
of Mary Oliver, the silver
of mercury falling in a thin glass tube.
You lie near sleep
in my arms, our eyes
locked, your tiny fingers
around my index finger
as her voice rocks us.
She still seeks the soul,
the right to have one,
slips her pen
beneath every stone, gazes
into the birthing rooms
of flowers, listens
at the whispering
edges of doors
that open and close
the oceans, strokes
the trembling throats
loses her breath
to some herons rising
white and sparkling
from a splitting water,
without a question
that the answer waits
like a seed waits
for the blossom to leave the apple.
As I gaze into the sun-crackled pool
of your eyes,
The iron bars
of your lashes
close, locking me in.
Here in this time,
in the static dust
of this afternoon—you
in my arms, sleep
folding its wings
about you, taking you
and leaving me—
you still hear her. We hear
her. One of us knows
heaven. The poet
hushes the answers,
for true living is in the search;
she slows to look and touch
only to just-miss.
Someday soon, I will hear
the answers she’s already asked
of the soul. For now, I hold
the feather of this time
and smooth its barbs.
I feel them coming apart,
separating like the strands
of your baby hair.
The rocker slips
through the chink
cut by the evening sun,
carrying us, this large moth,
and we are small upon
its dusty white back—
you, my daughter’s
daughter, me, my hand
and fingers stretched toward
this swift passing shadow
that hungers for light
it can never eat.
I hope I go like this,
sliding into the cool silver
river of a poet’s voice,
and the end,
when it comes,
when it breathes
the last line
of the last stanza,
closes with a gasp.
Trish Lindsey Jaggers
More work to come!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Young People's Poetry contest winners:
Elementary Age: Casey Womack
Middle/High School Age: Tessa Cavagnero
Next Great Writer's Contest winners:
1st: Hannah Legris
2nd: Trish Lindsey Jaggers
Look for future blog posts of the winning entries and poems.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
--Gallon plastic milk jugs
--Fabric scraps, yarn, string, raffia, etc.Thanks for all that you do!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Join us at 5:00 pm for the Young People's Poetry contest finalists. These K-12 students will share their work at the beginning of Gallery Hop in the Jesse Stuart room.
We also invite you to our 7:30 pm reading of the finalists for the Next Great Writer's competition. This reading will also take place in the Jesse Stuart room. The reading will last about one and a half hours.
In between the readings, we invite you to visit our gallery exhibit up for Gallery Hop by the Kentucky Women Photographers Network.
We hope to see you there!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Reminder to those who have registered for Summer tutoring that tomorrow will be the first day! We ask that you arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to park. All students under 13 MUST be escorted into the building and signed in in the Banks room (2nd floor). DO NOT send your student ahead while you park. All students under 13 will also have to be signed out at the end of tutoring. Parents, siblings and friends are welcome to hang out in the Arnow reading room while they wait for a student or feel free to run leave for the hour, but prompt pick up is required.
While registration for the summer is closed, we will begin taking school year tutoring sign-ups on Monday, July 14th. Feel free to call for more information on this program or for referrals for the summer.
We hope to see you soon!
Friday, June 13, 2008
This event was the grand kick-off of our summer youth programming, Minds in Motion. Here are some of the highlights.
Enjoying the reading cornor!
Marcia Thorton Jones wonderful reading and presentation.
Getting a book signed by Marcia Thornton Jones. Each kid got a FREE signed copy to take home!
Now that the programming has begun, stop by the building and get involved! Tell us what you are reading, post it on the Arnow room wall to make our train grow. Read eight books this summer and we can sign for you to get a free smoothie from Smoothie King!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Here's what Jill thought...
What could be more fun while you’re on vacation than to read about Other People’s Vacations??
1) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Sweet, teen-aged, novel-reading Catherine Morland jumps at the chance to take a vacation from her quiet country home to the dazzling city of Bath, and the comedy ensues.
Memorable quote: “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
2) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – Even if you’re camping on your vacation, it it won’t be as bad as Bryson’s camping experience while hiking the Appalachian Trail with “Katz,” a woefully out-of-shape buddy.
Memorable quote: “So Gatlinburg is appalling. But that’s OK. After eight days on the trail, we were ready to be appalled, eager to be appalled.”
3) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – we (try to) follow the twisting and fascinating path through time and several continents of a book entitled The History of Love and get caught up in the intertwined stories of an elderly man, a teen aged girl, her mother, her brother, and numerous other characters, each with his/her own history of love.
Memorable quote: “When people spoke to him, he heard less and less of what they were saying, and more and more of what they were not.”
Memorable quote: “He told DeLeon he was waiting to hear from the county police, find out if they’d got a lead on Teddy and where his mother lived. DeLeon said, ‘You look in the phone book?’”5) Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman – The author prefaces the book with the observation that throughout its organized history, psychology has focused pretty much solely on mental illness and has come up with some ways to treat variations of this illness. Seligman thinks there’s a lot more to be done – namely, help people enjoy a life of deep, sustained happiness.
Memorable quote: “I do not believe that you should you should devote overly much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather, I believe that the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths.”
Stay tuned for Sandra's suggestions...
Stay tuned for Sandra's suggestions...
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today is World Environment Day an observance sponsored by the United Nations to generate awareness about environmental issues in the hopes of spurring political action. This year's theme is Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.
Do your part! Find out what others are doing around the world. Help celebrate today by ditching your car and walking---or swing by the Carnegie Center and use one of our yellow bikes.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Afterwards, stick around for our Family Fun and Learning Night summer program kick-off featuring a reading by bestselling children’s book author Marcia Thornton Jones, co-creator of The Bailey School Kids series, as well as book giveaways, crafts, learning activities, and dinner are part of the fun. Register in advance at (859) 254-4175 (Note: pre-registration is required).
We hope to see you there!~warmly~
Monday, June 2, 2008
All registrations AND payment must be received no later than 5 pm on Friday, June 6th. Any students that have not paid will lose their space and we will begin taking those on the waiting lists.
As always, feel free to pay over the phone via credit card or you can stop by or mail in cash or check as well.
Please call if you have further questions!