Thursday, May 29, 2008

Marcia Thornton Jones here!

Marcia Thornton Jones, best selling author, will be at the Carnegie Center on
Tuesday, June 10th at 5:30 pm for our

Family Summer Programming Kick-Off!

FREE dinner and activities for the whole family!

Sign up now!

Marcia in her own words…

I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my husband Stephen and our cats Coco and Calli. I was born in Joliet, Illinois.

I have been an elementary school teacher of First and Third grades, Computer Lab, Writing and Reading, and Gifted & Talented. Whew! I've done a lot of teaching! Now I spend all my time writing new children's books.

I like to write a lot, but I also enjoy fun activities like beading crafts, hiking, reading good books, and traveling around the country. I live in Kentucky but I frequently visit schools in other states, sometimes even in different countries! I have also been to Germany and Belgium.

Marcia Thornton Jones has written many books including:

The Bailey School Kids series, The Ghostville Elementary series, The Triplet Trouble series, and many more!

Visit her website at

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Book Donations for Summer Kick-Off

On Tuesday, June 10th we will have our kick-off for summer programming! This includes sending each student that attends home with a book. So, we need your help to stock up on new or gently used children and young adult books!

Studies show that reading just 5 books over the summer, helps students maintain their reading grade level. Did you know that among low income families, on average every other household contains only one book? The Carnegie Center wants to change that!

Share the gift of reading and donate* your books today!
New or Gently Used Children, Young Adult and Adult Books accepted (Please, no textbooks.)

*The Carnegie Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Let us know if you have more questions (859.254.4175 or!

Thanks for all that you do to make the Carnegie Center such a special place.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Class Registration Begins Today!

Class registration for our summer session begins today. Feel free to sign up via our website or give us a call (859.254.4175) to register over the phone. We'd be happy to tell you about scholarship opportunities or to answer any questions.

The summer tutoring program continues to take registrations, though space is increasingly limited. Registration will close in early June, so be sure to get signed up and reserve your spot with payment.

The full version of our brochure is available on the website and will be mailed to homes very soon! If you do not have computer access and you'd like to take a peak and register from our front desk hard copy, stop by the front reception desk anytime.

Happy registering!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Closed for Memorial Day

The Carnegie Center will close today at 5 pm for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. We will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, May 27th to begin taking registrations for our Summer season.

Happy holiday weekend! Let the summer fun begin!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Summer Schedule Up on the Web

Our 2008 Summer schedule is now up on the web. We are so excited about many of our new offerings for adults, youth and families. Registration will begin next Tuesday, May 27th. Call, stop by or email to reserve your spot!

Brochures will begin arriving to homes next week.

Please let us know if you'd like to be added to our mailing list or our Friends email list!


Friday, May 16, 2008

May Early Learner Book Club

May Early Learner Book Club!

This Saturday, May 17th 10:30 AM
taught by Esther Edwards
3-5 year olds

For those of you that like to read along at home, this month's Early Learner Book Club book is Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann.

If you would like to join ELBC for Saturday's session, call to reserve your spot and ensure your student's FREE book. Space is very limited!

We hope that you can join us!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

May FFLN Pictures

Over 60 people attended Tuesday's Family Fun and Learning Night, Game Night and Read-in. Some wonderful pictures to share...

Join us for our next FFLN on June 10th. It will kick off all of our summer programming! Call today to reserve your space, as pre-registration is required.


Most of your Read the Paper Online

Poll Update:

While not particularly surprising from blog readers, most of you (over 50%) read the newspaper online.


"I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction."
~A. C. Benson~

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's National Children's Book Week!

Stop by the Carnegie Center this week to enjoy activities surrounding National Children's Book Week! Great children's books are on display to be read within the building. We have crafts and activities from your favorite books throughout the building. Come check out our recommended reading lists for great ideas for summer reading fun!

As always, we invite you to come take home one of our FREE kid's or adult books, too.

Thanks for sharing with us!


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Summer Youth and Family Programming Preview Packet Now Available

Our summer brochure will be out soon! A quick preview of exciting youth and family programs for the summer! Call for more details. Registration will begin May 27th!

Summer 2008: Minds in Motion

***Art and Poetry for Elementary Students (Grades 1-5)

***Life on Stage
(13-15 year olds)

***Brain Busters
; 2 sessions (elementary school)

***Youth and Family Storytelling Workshop (all ages welcome)

***Elementary Age Reading Group (Grades 2-5)

***Math Game Nights
(all ages)

***Storybooking: Write and Illustrate your Own Book
(elementary school)

***Kids Community Garden (all ages)

***Hands-on Reading Group (Grades 2-5)

***Early Learner Book Club; select Saturdays and Thursdays (3-5 year olds)

***Personal Universe: Writing for Kids (Grades 3-6)

***English as a Foreign Language for Kids (K-4th grade)

Plus, Family Fun and Learning Nights and Camp Carnegie (rising 6-8th graders)

A detailed packet of these programs can be picked up at the Carnegie Center's front desk. Join us for an exciting summer! Get your mind in motion!


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Summer Tutoring Registration has Begun!

Registration for our summer tutoring program began on May 1st and we are continuing to take registrations. Several of our time slots are close to capping, so be sure to contact us quickly to reserve your space. Students can register to receive one hour of small group tutoring per week for $10. The program will run from June 17-July 31---that's seven weeks---and we're also encouraging our families to participate in other programs to supplement the hour of tutoring instruction (more info on those programs to come!).

Tutoring times are based on the grade that the student will be in this fall. These are the available time slots:

10:00-11:00 AMGRADES K-2GRADES 6-8GRADES K-2
11:00-12:00 PMGRADES 3-5GRADES 9-12GRADES 3-5
2:00-3:00 PMGRADES 6-8GRADES K-2GRADES 6-8
3:00-4:00 PMGRADES 9-12GRADES 3-5GRADES 9-12
6:00-7:00 PMALL (K-12)ALL (K-12)NO TUTORING
We hope to hear from you soon!


Check out our latest poll!

Be sure to check out all of our latest polls, links and pictures!



Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Derby Recap

Looks like most voters were planning on watching the Derby (66% to be exact). I hope that your Derby weekend was a lot of fun! We certainly had wonderful luck with the weather.

Thanks for all of your wonderful horse names. It's so fun to hear what others come up with!

With the Derby now over, I know that summer is definitely getting close. Stay tuned for our upcoming summer schedule due out in mid-May. It should be available on the website prior to its arrival in mailboxes.

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, May 1, 2008

KY Derby Horse Names

In honor of the Kentucky Derby (and my dog by the same name), something fun for all you creative and writerly types...

Post your favorite KY Derby horse name.

These are the rules for naming your thoroughbred:

1. Can't be a name of a past Derby runner.
No names ending in "filly," "colt," "stud," "mare," "stallion," or any similar horse-related term
3. No names contain a number unless spelled out
No names of race tracks or graded stakes races
5. N
o names clearly having commercial significance, such as trade names
6. Nothing in poor taste!
7. Something creative and wonderful

Have fun! Happy Derby!