Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Cooling Tower for CCLL

The Carnegie Center is very excited about our new cooling tower.

Here it is:

We hope to be enjoying our new tower soon--- a more efficiently temperature controlled environment at the Carnegie Center!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Carnegie Center in the News

The Carnegie Center made the Herald Leader today!

Check it out!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Memory and Landscape Workshop Date Change


Poet Dave Harrity’s “Memory and Landscape” workshop, offered as part of the Carnegie Center’s Saturday Seminar series, has been changed from November 8 to November 1---this coming Saturday. Here’s the info about what promises to be a great morning for writers:

Memory and Landscape: How Place Affects Process
Saturday, November 1
9:00 am – noon

This workshop will examine several Kentucky poets and focus on drawing our memories about childhood, place, landscape, and relationships. We’ll focus on how these authors use place as a looking glass into the individual psyche and examine how the past affects the present and the process of writing. Participants will receive a packet with examples and will enjoy hands-on writing and discussion. Led by Dave Harrity

We hope that you can join us! Please call to register (859.254.4175) or send us an email (


Friday, October 24, 2008

FFLN: Fall Festival

The Carnegie Center hosted another FFLN on Tuesday evening for 100 students and their families. It was so much fun! Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers for making it possible.

Here are some photos:

Some delicious air popped popcorn made by staff!

Tutoring coordinator, Fatimah, with one of the students!

A special thanks to the Arboretum
for their wonderful display and activities.

Painting pumpkins

Making a pine cone bird feeder


Don't liter!

Our favorite CCLL Instructor and volunteer, Esther, and her husband, Jared enjoying the yummy dinner. Thanks Stella's---everyone loved the soup!

Delicious caramel apples

Evan's Orchard apple cider. Thank you for your donation!

Thanks to Bluegrass PRIDE for a very fun display and table of activities.

After all of that, we were just exhausted!

For more information about the next FFLN, Celebrate Culture Night, please give us a call 859.254.4175. Remember to reserve your space early, as pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Young Women Writers Project

The Carnegie Center invites young women in grades 9-12 to apply to the Young Women Writers Program, a FREE series of intensive workshops focused on self-expression through writing. Five sessions, held on consecutive Saturdays during January and February 2009, will incorporate creative writing exercises in poetry, fiction, flash fiction and memoir. The selected participants will gather for five 4-hour workshops taught by experienced writers with experience in a variety of fields and genres.


The workshop sessions will be held from 10am to 2pm on the following Saturdays: January 31: poetry, how to find your authentic voice and tell your story with Nickole Brown
February 7: flash fiction, music as muse with Sarah V. Combs
February 14: memoir, turning your story into a performance piece with Minna Dubin February 21: poetry, using other art forms as inspiration with Bianca Spriggs
February 28: fiction writing with Lori-Lyn Hurley

All sessions, including a catered lunch, will take place at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. The Center is located downtown at 251 West Second Street in Gratz Park. Participants must commit to attending at least four of the five workshops; attendance at all five sessions is desired, and participant availability and commitment will be considered as applications are reviewed.

In spring 2009, the young women will be directed in a public performance to showcase their individual and collective writing talents. The performance is scheduled during Downtown Gallery Hop on Friday, April 17 at 5:30 pm. All participants will receive a $50 stipend for their performance and will be invited to read once more during the 2009 Kentucky Women Writers Conference in the fall.

To be considered for the Young Women Writers Program, please submit a cover sheet and a letter stating your interest and motivations for participation. Additionally, a writing sample (no more than 5 pages long) should be included. A creative writing piece is suggested. Information should be mailed or brought to the Carnegie Center by Wednesday, NOVEMBER 19. Selection will be limited to 15-20 Young Women Writers.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Please send us an email ( or call (859.254.4175) for an application.


Monday, October 20, 2008

McCleese/Nichols Wedding

The Carnegie Center was very excited to celebrate with VISTA member/volunteer coordinator, Amy McCleese, at her wedding on Saturday. We wish you such happiness, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Nichols!

Here are some photos:


Friday, October 17, 2008

Eat for a Cause

Hey, all! Join the Carnegie Center on Sunday for Eat for a Cause. Here are the details:

Eat for a Cause—The Carnegie Center!
Sunday, October 19th, beginning after 11:30 a.m. At Caddyshack's 2
(3650 Boston Road, Lexington)
10% of the proceeds from that day’s sales will benefit the Carnegie Center. Come out for lunch or dinner, or to enjoy the football games at this sports bar and grill restaurant located in the Millpond Shopping Center off Man-O-War Blvd. Remember—you’re eating for a cause!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fundraising Campaign Part Deux

Last night, the Carnegie Center had our second fundraising reception for the fall to close out our $1 million capital campaign. To date, we have raised $964,000! We are so close to our goal, and we could not have done it without people like you!

Here's a photo recap:
Thank you to George and Nawanna Privett for opening their home to us!

Thank you to Jane Gentry Vance for her beautiful reading!

More photo fun!

If you would like more information about our campaign, please contact our development director, Jennifer Mattox, at


Monday, October 13, 2008

Affrilachian Poet Reading

The Carnegie Center was host Friday evening to the Affrilachian poets reading, Writing Peace and Justice. The event was part of the 20 days for Peace and Justice by the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice. The reading featured Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Jude McPherson and Bianca Spriggs with emcee Marta Miranda. We were thrilled to welcome 120 members of the community into our building for such a great event.

Thanks for sharing with us!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thank you Waldenbooks

The Carnegie Center was thrilled to receive several copies of Don Freeman's Corduroy from Waldenbooks for Jumpstart's Read for the Record Day. This year's event broke the world record with 425, 565 readers nationwide.

Thank you Waldenbooks! Our tutoring pairs loved participating in this great event. The staff all took time to read Corduory, too.

Here's Amy McCleese, CCLL volunteer coordinator, with our Corduroy cart!

If you haven't read Corduroy, you should definitely check it out. it is a classic. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the book and it remains a favorite of kids and adults alike.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Short Stories ONLY Contest Update

Here's the scoop on the Short Stories ONLY! contest. Last Thursday was the finalist reading, where we announced our first and second place prizes.

THE WINNER: Kimberly Kelly, "Intervention"

2nd PLACE: Jude McPherson, "Mama"


Janet Holloway, "The Parties and the Music"

Ford Nashett, "Death Mines"

Charles Roe, "Conversations on the Big Sandy..."

David Snell, "Playing Catch"

Everyone did an amazing job! Stay tuned for story excerpts!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Kentucky Young Writers Connection

This is a great opportunity for high schoolers interested in creative writing. Here are the details:

a creative writing workshop for High School Students
Saturday, October 18
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Attention Bluegrass high school writers: The Kentucky Young Writers’ Connection will sponsor a free creative writing workshop at Lexington’s Carnegie Center. Lunch is included with this free event.

Author George Ella Lyon, Kentucky writer of numerous titles in fiction, poetry, and memoir;
Richard Taylor, former Kentucky Poet Laureate and professor of English at Kentucky State University;
Tammy Horn, environmental educator at Eastern Kentucky University, and author of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

Call the Carnegie Center today for more details or to find out how to register.
~warmly~ Katherine

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Birthday

It is birthday season at the Carnegie Center. A very special happy birthday today to Amy McCleese (VISTA volunteer coordinator) and Mike Grimm (VISTA leader). We wish you all the best from the Carnegie Center.

Our morning EBCE student, Marcy, will also celebrate her birthday on Sunday the 5th.

And, my birthday is Saturday the 4th.

Whew! That's a lot of birthday cheer.

Happy Birthdays all around!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Carnegie Center Patron Book Release

Carnegie Center patron and friend, Marge Fulton, has released a book, All Roads Lead to Hazard. This collection of 20 short stories and images has received rave reviews. Check them out!

Marge also has her own blog!

Thanks Marge for acknowledging the Carnegie Center! We are so excited for you!