Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Building Hours

We will close Wednesday, December 23rd at 5 pm.

The building will reopen to the public on Monday, January 4th.

The Carnegie Center staff wishes you all a very happy holiday!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Application Deadline Extended: January 15

The Carnegie Center is calling on 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. Applications are due no later than Friday, January 15, 2010. Selection will be limited to 15 participants.

Those admitted to the program will receive full scholarships covering all instruction and materials as well as lunch at each session. Five sessions, held on consecutive Saturdays during
KFWJanuary and February 2010, will incorporate creative writing exercises in flash fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry and young adult fiction. The selected participants will gather for five 4-hour workshops taught by experienced writers with expertise in a variety of fields and genres. Download the application by clicking here.

The Young Women Writers Workshop is offered by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and is funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Calling All Instructors

Call for Enthusiastic
& Experienced Instructors!

Here’s your chance to lead & inspire
middle school students as they explore the world…

Potential camp topics include:
Movie Making/Screenwriting • Sports Medicine/Nutrition • Technology
Performance Poetry • Experiential Creative Writing • Science Writing
Song Writing • Architecture & Design • Photography • Art Creation & Critique
Law & Justice • Travel Writing • Film Critique • Community Gardening
Computer Programming • Graphic Novel/Comic Creation • Graphic Design

2010 Camp Slots:
July 12-16 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00-5:00pm
July 19-23 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00-5:00pm
July 26-30 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:00-5:00pm
  • Each instructor teaches a one-week, half-day session
  • Camp topics and activities geared towards rising 6th - 8th grade students. Campers should have fun while being exposed to potential careers. Day trips encouraged!
  • Competitive stipend: $25 per hour of instruction time
  • Experience instructing middle school students required
  • Topics listed above are suggestions – feel free to propose your own ideas!
Application deadline Friday, January 29, 2010!
Submit email resume & paragraph describing your camp topic to:
Laura Whitaker, Program Specialist (859) 254-4175
251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY, 40507

Monday, December 7, 2009

Young Women Writers Project

Calling all 9-12th grade young women!

It's the final week for applications to the Young Women Writers Project.

More information here.

Download your application here.

All applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, December 11. The Carnegie Center will be open from 9-5 pm that day.

Please let us know if you need further information. You can send me an email at

Here's a photo of last year's wonderful ladies. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Celebrate Culture Night

November's Family Fun and Learning Night theme was Celebrate Culture Night---one of our most popular of the year. This year was no exception with 80 in attendance. Students received a passport and could "travel" station to station doing crafts and activities from around the globe. Families were also treated to an international food tasting. Here are a few photos from the event:

Stay tuned for information about future Family Fun and Learning Nights!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter Classes

The Carnegie Center Winter 2010 class schedule is now available online! Check it out here.

Schedules should be arriving in mailboxes next week.

We can't wait for you to see some of the exciting offerings this season. Here are a few new class highlights:

Divining the Self through Words and Movement

Mondays, February 1-March 15 (no class February 15)
5:30-6:30 pm
Lori-Lyn Hurley

This workshop incorporates basic yoga postures and stretching with journaling prompts designed to help us achieve clarity around issues of self- image and the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. Through movement, we achieve body awareness that allows us to delve deeper into self awareness.

Feeling as a Foreign Language: Finding Your Poetic Voice
Saturdays, January 30-March 6
10:30 am-noon
Emma Bolden

Want to find, flex, and strengthen your voice as a writer? This workshop is designed to help you do so. Through a series of discussions, exercises, and prompts, we’ll explore the ways in which one can make a poem, delving into different aspects of form and content so that you can find the best notes for your own voice as a poet. Bring a blank notebook and a sense of adventure.

Everything You Need to Know About Getting an Agent
Saturday, March 20
10:00 am-noon
Chuck Sambuchino

In this seminar, Writers Digest Editor Chuck Sambuchino will address all things literary agent, and show writers how to snag a rep without fear of being scammed. We’ll discuss book proposals, novel synopses, query letters, pitching, how to find an agent, and everything else. Questions welcomed and encouraged!

Many more exciting offerings this season. Get registered today! 859.254.4175.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Doing a little Christmas shopping?

Gift certificates are now available for holiday gifts. They can be made in any amount, and are good for any Carnegie Center program---Winter Writer's Retreat, Language classes, Saturday seminars and much more! For more information, feel free to call the center at 859.254.4175 or send us an email:

Remember, it is also the last day to make a bid on the UK tickets being auctioned. Check here for more details.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Great Game, Great Seats, Great Cause!

UK-Louisville Basketball Ticket Auction: Great Game, Great Seats, Great Cause!

Kelly Flood and Neil Chethik have donated to the Carnegie Center two tickets for the UK-Louisville basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. This will be the first meeting of head coaches John Calipari and Rick Pitino since Calipari took over at UK. The seats are in the Lower Level of Rupp Arena, about a dozen rows from the floor (Section 11, Row J).

The Carnegie Center is auctioning off the seats. All of the money from the auction will go to support the Center's mission to promote literacy and learning for all ages.

We are starting the bidding at $500, and are accepting bid-raises in $100 increments only. If you'd like to make a bid, please call or send an email or (859) 254-4175. All bids will be taken in the order of the time stamp indicated on the e-mails received (or the time of the phone call). The latest bidding will be posted here on the Carnegie Center's blog, Visit the blog or contact the center for the current bid.

Bids will be taken until 5 pm on Monday, Nov. 23. At that point, we will contact the highest bidder, who will have 24 hours to pay for the tickets.

Feel free to send this e-mail to others who may want to bid. The bidders do not need to be connected with the Carnegie Center.

Thank you, good luck, and let the bidding begin!



Thursday, November 12, 2009

Halloween Fun(draiser)

Thank you to all of our wonderful people that came out to the Carnegie Center's Halloween fundraiser! The donations are continuing to come in, so we will post a final dollar figure raised soon.

Here are a few photos, courtesy of Andrew Owens, of the night. Enjoy!

thank you to the Lexington Vintage Dancers for their performances

yummy cake provided by The Sugar Forest

flowers from E. Stephen Hein florist

Thank you to all who make this such a special night!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Literacy Conference 2009 Agenda

Join us for a great day of sessions for the 2009 Literacy Conference. Here is the exciting agenda:

12:00-1:00 – Lunch (provided with full day registration)

1:00-5:00 – daytime sessions, featuring group presentations and breakout workshops on the following topics:

“KIRIS? CATS? Senate Bill 1? Kentucky Assessments: Then and Now”

“In the Flow: What Comprises Engaged Reading?”

“Kentucky’s Adult Education Challenge”

“Dyslexia―Separating Myth from Reality”

“Top Writing Tips”

And more!

5:00-7:30 – evening sessions, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Richard Allington (author of What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs, and other books and articles)

Featuring guest speakers:

Dr. Skip Kifer, University of Kentucky Institute for Educational Research

- Betsy Goldsworthy, The Academic Edge

- Mr. Reecie Stagnolia, Kentucky Adult Education

- Jason Routin, Carnegie Center Literacy Specialist

– Sarah Whitaker, University of Georgia, Educational Psychology

And more!

Call today for more information or to get registered 859.254.4175.