Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Body-Love Workshop this Saturday

This Saturday, October 4th from 10-1 pm, the Carnegie Center is very excited to host a seminar by Donna Ison called the Body-Love workshop. Women writers of all ages are encouraged to attend this FREE seminar.

Here is a description of her class:
If you’ve ever felt too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, too pale, too dark, or even just right, it’s time to tell your story. We’ll develop prose, poetry, and monologues that deal with the daunting topic of body image. We’ll spend the morning sharing, laughing, creating, and reading. Several pieces will be selected for incorporation into a one-act play to be performed on Nov. 21 and 8:00 pm. For all women writers. FREE. Donna Ison

If you are interested in signing up, give us a call (859.254.4175) or send us an email (ccll1@carnegieliteracy.org).

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fundraising Campaign on the Home Stretch

Last week, the Carnegie Center had a fundraising reception in Frankfort at the Ziegler House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Kentucky designed during the architect's lifetime. We were thrilled to be in such an amazing space. Special thanks to Ed and Sue Stodola for opening up their home to us.

Here are some pictures of the event:
The beautiful house

Staff member, Hannah Legris, helped to serve the wine from Chrisman Mill winery. The wine was generously donated by GBBN Architects.

Development Director, Jennifer Mattox, and her husband Travis pose for a photo.
A quick shot with my husband, Andrew Owens. Thanks for all of your graphics help, Drew!

Larry and Jan Isenhour (CCLL Executive Director); Alice and Ken Greene

Carolyn and John Hackworth

VISTA leader, Mike Grimm (left) enjoys some of the coffee donated by Starbucks.

CCLL Writer-in-residence, Neil Chethik, chats with homeowner, Ed Stodola on the front porch.

The Carnegie Center is so close to closing the gap in our $1 million campaign. To date, we have raised $962,000! Thank you to all who have contributed so generously to make our programs possible. If you would like to get involved in our campaign, please contact Jennifer Mattox (859.254.4175 or jmattox@carnegieliteracy.org).

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Books by Great Writers Kickoff

Last Thursday was the kickoff for the New Books by Great Writers series. Forty people came out to hear the reading by Leatha Kendrick and Georgia Green Stamper. Thanks to both authors for starting out the program---everyone really enjoyed themselves. Here are a few snapshots:
Georgia and Leatha pose for a photo op!
Our wonderful volunteers were so helpful. Thank you!
Buying books to be signed
Georgia and Jan Isenhour, executive director
Development Director, Jennifer Mattox, introduces the readers
Nothing is more special than a book signed by the author

For those of you that missed the kickoff, it is not too late to become a series subscriber. For $100 you can attend all of the NBGW writing workshops with the authors. Subscribers also receive a NBGW journal!

We hope that you can attend next month's NBGW event. Check it out!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Family Fun and Learning Night Update

The Carnegie Center was thrilled to welcome 75 families for Family Fun and Learning Night game night Tuesday evening. Games ranged from board game classics to giant Sudoku boards!

Here's a photo recap:

A giant Sudoku board took up the lobby.
Card games

The Carnegie Center is always a great place to curl up and read a book!

Good old game of checkers!
Tabletop pool
Hanging out on the back porch
Make your own Mancala

Thanks to all of our staff and volunteers for such an outstanding job! A special thanks to Hannah for her first FFLN!

We hope that you and your family can attend our next Family Fun Night (FFLN) on Tuesday, October 21st for our Fall Festival. Call for more details (859.254.4175)! Pre-registration required.

Want to volunteer for a FFLN? Contact Amy McCleese for details at volunteer@carnegieliteracy.org.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Parlez-vous francais?

Have you wanted to learn a new language? Don't miss out on this great opportunity to do so. Learn a language in a hands-on and fun atmosphere, working with native speaker and wonderful teacher, Monique Roman. Her new French class for true beginners starts tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23rd. The class will meet for the next 10 weeks from 1:30-3 pm on Tuesday afternoons. Contact the front desk for more information (859.254.4175).


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Books by Great Writers

This Thursday, September 18th marks the kickoff for the New Books by Great Writers 2008-2009 season. Leatha Kendrick and Georgia Green Stamper will begin this year's NBGW series with a joint reading at 6:30 pm, which is FREE and open to the public. There will be no accompanying workshop for this event. Their books will be available for purchase.

We encourage you to become a series subscriber and for $100 you may attend any or all of the workshops for the 08-09 season. Each workshop runs $25. Check out our excellent lineup. Each subscriber will also receive an exclusive NBGW journal!

All writers and readers, don't miss out on the opportunity to "connect with authors in an intimate atmosphere!"

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Calling All Writers

Call for Submissions

Voices for Peace & Justice

Writing Contest 2009

Bluegrass Literacy and the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice (CKCPJ) invite you to submit 1000 words in any form (fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry) on the subject of peace and justice. The winner will receive a small honorarium, publication on Bluegrass Literacy’s and the CKCPJ’s websites, and will read their work on Sunday, October 11, at the Central Public Library in Lexington.

Contest Guidelines and Rules

· No more than 1000 words on the subject of peace and justice

· All work must be original and unpublished

· Poetry may be single-spaced; all other genres must be double-spaced

· Standard font size (10 or 12 points)

· Submit two copies of each entry; include title of work on each page

· Do NOT put your name on entry

· Include a cover sheet with your name, address, email and/or phone number, and title of work

· No work will be returned; keep copies

· $5.00 per submission. You may submit as many entries as you wish, but each must be accompanied with a $5.00 entrance fee

· All entries must be received no later than October 1, 2009

Make check or money order payable to:

Bluegrass Literacy

732 Faulkner Avenue

Lexington KY 40505

CKCPJ is a coalition of peacemaking groups and individuals, dedicated to mobilizing, coordinating and supporting activities focused on peace and justice issues.

Bluegrass Literacy is a nonprofit literacy provider offering free tutoring, ESL instruction, GED, and life skills classes in central Kentucky.

All proceeds will benefit Bluegrass Literacy.



Family Fun and Learning Night

Next Tuesday, September 23rd is Family Fun and Learning Night, Game Night Unplugged. Join us for a FREE dinner, crafts, activities and games. We will be playing lots of games: Chess, Checkers, Four square, Hopscotch, Tiddlywinks, Duck Duck Goose, Balloon Racing, Freeze Tag, Monkey See Monkey Do, Mancala, Tangrams, Making Oragami, Playing Sudoku, Hang Man, Tic Tac Toe, Ping Pong, giving out raffle prizes AND SO MUCH MORE! Kids of all ages are welcome! Spend an evening with your family completely unplugged.

Call today to pre-register (859.254.4175).


Monday, September 15, 2008

Kentucky Women Writer's Conference

The Carnegie Center was pleased, as always, to be the host site for Saturday's Kentucky Women Writer's Conference events. It was wonderful and exciting to have in our building Joyce Carol Oates, Lisa Willimas, Crystal Wilkinson, Ginger Strand, Debra Marquart, Malin Alegria, Laura Benedict, Kim Osorio, Jennifer Sahn, Patrice Muhammed, Carnegie Center's Young Women Writers Project group and Cincinnati's Young Women Writing for (a) Change.

Here's a photo recap of the event:

It was a packed house. We love when the building is bustling!

Over 100 people attended the readings and panel discussions.

Everyone was so excited to have Joyce Carol Oates here.
She was happy to sign books and meet her eager fans.

Thanks to everyone for their help on Saturday.

Hope to see you all this week for the New Books by Great Writers kickoff!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

What we've been reading this summer at the Carnegie Center

From our Minds in Motion reading wall, this is what people have been reading at the Carnegie Center over the summer:

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Make Lemonade by Virginia Woolf

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Love Thy Neighbor: A Tory Diary of Prudence Emmerson

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carole Oates

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Godfather

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
The Uglies

Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Anatomy of Peace by Abringer Institute

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey

Emma by Jane Austen
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Inventing Niagra by Ginger Strand


The Bernstein Bears
Angels Don't Know Karate

Queen for Day by Marc Brown

Junie B. Jones Shipwrecked

Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo by Kelly Graves

Camp Confidential Second Summer Wish you Weren't Here!
Goodbye to Griffith Street by Marilynn Reynolds and Renne Benoit
The Band Back in Black
Aunt Ninas Visit

A Nap in a Lap

Magic Treehouse The Band

Haunting Time

Iron Man
Duck for Book


The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Dear Max by DJ Lucas
The Silver Chair by CS Lewis

Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park
Fusigi'lugi by Yu Yvatase

A Dog's Life

Curious George Takes a Job

You may want to check out some of these books this fall!