Thursday, July 31, 2008

Back To School Rallies

Be sure to contact Lexlinc (859.381.1302) about the Lexington Neighborhood Back to School Rallies. These events will take place Saturday, August 9th from 10-2 pm. Crafts and activities will be going on all afternoon for families. FREE backpacks and school supplies will be given out. Be sure to arrive early, as supplies are limited!

Rally locations include: Cardinal Valley, Woodhill, Georgetown, Green Acres, Eastland, Southend, Gainesway, Bracktown, Coolivan, East End, Winburn, Marlboro, Arlington, Castlewood, Spiegel Heights and Pralltown.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Final Camp Carnegie Pics!

Here are some more pictures to round out our look at Camp Carnegie 2008:

Your Media, Your Message

Computer time!

Playing "Werewolf" game

Instructor, Aaron, and Camp assistant, Susan, iron on the students transferables to T-shirts
Completed Your Media, Your Message T-Shirts

Showing it off!

Poetry for the Page, Poetry for the Stage

Performance pieces...

Field trip to Third Street Coffee
So much to choose from!

Italian sodas

The Poetry group enjoys some treats at Third Street Coffee

Getting inspired at Third Street...writing prompts

The VISTA staff members pose for a group picture. We're exhausted! These past three weeks were a blast! Special thanks to Stephanie Pankow, this year's Camp Carnegie coordinator. We'll miss you!

We hope that you can join us next July!


New Computer Class!

The Carnegie Center's Computer Literacy class for computer beginners begins next week. The class will run Monday-Thursday for two consecutive weeks (August 4-14) from 5:30-6:30 pm. This introduction will give you the basic computer skills needed to get started. Be part of the first class to use our 10 new computers in the lab!

Call today to sign up (859.254.4175) or for more information.


Monday, July 28, 2008

Brown Street Press

Saturday's seminar, "The Publisher's Perspective" was led by Brown Street Press, an independent publishing company. Here are their submission guidelines if you are interested in publishing:

Brown Street Press publishes fiction and nonfiction from a variety of genres and subject matter topics. To Submit a Query authors should submit a properly formatted query by email to Queries that do not follow these guidelines will be deleted without being read. Queries are accepted through email ONLY and should include the following:
Due to the amount of SPAM we receive, your subject line should contain the words "Book Query" or the email will be automatically deleted without being read.

Include a brief paragraph about the writer listing any previous publishing credentials. Previous publication is not a requirement. Nonfiction authors should describe their credentials or experience they possess that qualifies them as an expert in the subject matter.

List the book's genre, sub-genre, and commercially published with themes or subjects similar to the work you are proposing. Describe the target audience.

Include a short (up to one page) synopsis of the book you would like to have considered.
Word count for the completed manuscript.

Queries for fiction should only be submitted after the manuscript is fully written.
Provide your complete daytime contact information including your name, e-mail, mail address, and a daytime telephone number where you can be reached.

Brown Street
Press editors review queries on a regular basis. If they are interested, they will contact you via e-mail with additional instructions. Please do not send follow up emails.

Happy Writing!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Camp Carnegie Update

This week's camps, Poetry for the Page, Poetry for the Stage and Your Media, Your Message, have been a lot of fun. The Poetry campers have done activities with Lexington Children's Theatre, gotten inspired at Third Street, and a lots of writing exercises using their senses. Your Media, Your Message students have done photography projects, a lot of computer work, a downtown walking tour and more. Here are some picture updates:

More to come!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More Camp Carnegie Photos

As promised, here are the final products made from the Graphic Design stencils. Everyone did a fantastic job!
Modeling his trash bag smock! No spray paint on clothing!

Laser cutter---cutting the stencils.

Wonder Woman!

The Group and their work

Completed canvases

Most importantly, it looks like it was fun!

More on this week's camps soon!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Camp Carnegie Update

As the staff finishes their last first day of Camp Carnegie 2008, we want to share pictures from last week's camps.

Trying to stay cool with some Popsicles!

Hanging out and making new friends.
Spray painting canvas for backdrop.

One student's plexiglass stencil. Ready to paint!

Spraypainting with stencil.
More pictures of final projects soon!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Back to School Bash Donations Needed

The Carnegie Center's annual Back to School Bash will be held Tuesday, August 5th. We are in need of backpacks and school supplies for the students that will be attending. The items in each backpacks are valued at $35, so we can accept monetary or supply donations.

The following supplies are needed for each student:

backpack (appropriate for girls and boys in elementary school) 4 glue sticks
1 box of 24 count crayons
1 box of thick, washable, CRAYOLA™ markers
1 package of 24 colored pencils (CRAYOLA brand only)
1 package of sharpened No. 2 pencils (Not Eagle brand)
watercolor paints
1 package pencil top erasers
1 pair of Fiscars™ scissors
1 composition book (black and white speckled)
2 pocket folders, 1 red and 1 blue
1 roll of paper towels
1 box of Kleenex™
1 container of Clorox™ wipes
1 bottle of hand sanitizer
1 box quart-size plastic bags (zippered)
1 box gallon-size plastic bags (zippered)

Please contact Charlene Mingus for further information at



Thursday, July 17, 2008

Our Busy Building

The Carnegie Center is pleased to welcome teacher's today for the Second Annual Kentucky Literature Academy. Participants are getting to experience workshops led by established Kentucky authors, so that they can familiarize themselves with the rich body of work that Kentucky has produced. These workshops are designed so that teacher's can incorporate Kentucky writing into their own classroom. More details over the next two days of the academy!

Just a reminder that Early Learner Book Club is this week. We'll see you on Saturday. Pictures next week!

And, of course, Camp Carnegie continues. More pictures and updates soon!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Camp Carnegie Update

This week's campers have already worked on a variety of exciting activities in Speak Up and Graphic Design.
Campers in the Speak Up camp have had a guest speaker (professional motivational speaker), traveled to Triangle Park to "people watch," done extemporaneous speaking from a variety of props, and so much more!

Students in Graphic Design camp have worked on creating stencil designs, learned to use the computer program, Adobe Illustrator, painted example billboards, designed movie posters, product packaging and CD covers, and the fun continues!

More pictures to come soon.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kid's Community Garden

This summer, the Carnegie Center's Kid's Community Garden class meets at the London Ferrell Community Garden. Every Tuesday night, instructors work with families on a variety of gardening and journaling activities.

If you are interested in taking part in a Carnegie Center summer program, please contact us for further details.