Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Writer's Retreat

The Carnegie Center was thrilled to host 40 writers for our Writer's Retreat. Here are a few snapshots from the weekend.

Hope your week has started off well!


Friday, June 26, 2009

The Carnegie Center Remembers James Baker Hall

The Carnegie Center remembers Jim Hall, former poet laureate and Carnegie Center friend, who passed away yesterday.

Jim Hall was an outspoken advocate for the Carnegie Center.

“The Carnegie Center is a real friend-in-waiting to reading and writing at all levels, and a life-changing resource for many…”

“I cherish the Carnegie Center personally and on behalf of the Kentucky literary community.”

“one of [Lexington’s] treasures.”

These quotes were part of a letter to the editor he wrote back in 2003 when city budget cuts threatened to close the center. He was the KY Poet Laureate at the time he made these statements.

Our thoughts are with his family today.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Class at the Carnegie Center

The Graphic


Storytelling in

Pictures &



June 27, July 25,

August 1 & 2

9 noon-2:00 pm

Specifically concentrating on autobiographical works and memoirs, this class will investigate how stories are told through graphic novels. We’ll use what we learn to tell our own stories through the juxtaposition of words and drawings. This class will deepen your knowledge of how to read and tell narratives with comic-book craft and literary technique. During breaks between sessions, reading and writing assignments will help you become comfortable with the genre.

COST: only $40

Taught by Nickole Brown

In order for us to register you, please send the following information:

  • the workshop in which you’re interested
  • your name
  • address
  • day & evening phone numbers
  • method of payment and date of that payment (If it’s by check, when it will be mailed. Please phone us at (859) 254-4175 if you’d like to pay by credit card.)

We hope that you can attend!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Carnegie Center in the News

Former Carnegie Center tutor Andrew Crown-Weber and friend Stephen Eidson have embarked on their cross-country bike trip to raise money for the Carnegie Center. They are bicycling across the country---over 4,000 miles (during 70 of the hottest days of the year)---for a great cause: The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

When Andrew tutored at the Carnegie Center last year, he was so touched by his experience that he wanted to do something to give back. And so, Andrew and Stephen are “Riding For Reading: Cycling Across America,” and raising money for the Carnegie Center through their website. They’ll also be raising awareness of literacy, using their blog to share information about their journey and about the books they’re reading during rest breaks on their trip. As Stephen said, “We will discover our American narratives and construct our own long the way.”

Andrew and Stephen will face many challenges along the way—bad weather, bike troubles, sore muscles, sunburns, exhaustion—but their requests of you are easy in comparison:

1. Make a contribution to the Carnegie Center so that children and adults can find joy in writing, reading, and learning new things.

2. Share their story with your friends, your family, and your colleagues. Challenge them to match or exceed your gift.

And remember, you are reading this e-mail now because somewhere in your life, someone taught you how.

Learn more about the trip by checking out this Herald Leader article.
We hope that you will make a donation today!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Night of Reading at the Carnegie Center

On Friday evening, the Carnegie Center hosted two readings for two of our very popular writing contests, the Young People's Poetry Contest and the Next Great Writer Competition. Finalists for both contests gathered on Friday evening to share their work and for a small reception. Here are a few photos from the evening:

We want to extend our special congratulations to the finalists and winners of both contests.

Young People's Poetry:

Cinastasha Cable “A Million Candles”

Upper Elementary Winner Annie Deitz “Just Like the Animals”

William Ding “Summer”

Middle/High School Winner Ittai Eres“Birth of the Muse”

Charlie Frederick “My Earth”

Ezekiel Grier “Kentucky”

Early Elementary Winner Sam Hayden “Sea Serpent’s Egg”

Gabe Hillyard “Horses”

Julian T. Little “A New Beginning”

Dani Miller “Daydreamer”

Luc Morgan “Summer”

John Nichols “Beginning as Trickling Drops”

Natalie Pacheco “dissection”

Tamara E. Ray “Fox”

Maggie Rue “Rollercoaster”

Rena Sakai “To America”

Rebecca Sanders “Corpse”

Suzanne Seivers “Homecoming”

Madison Shifflett “I Heard That!”

Abigail Winfield “A Leprechaun’s Favorite Stew”

Next Great Writers:

Katrina Boone*, selected poems

Eva Kristine Cox, Green Feet & B Habby

Virginia Dulworth, The Red Ball

Kari Evely, The Tree

Sarah Glenn, Criticus Ex Machina

1st Place Winner-Jason Grant, The Watercolor Woman and the Empty

Runner-up-Whitney Groves, Elementals

Matthew Haughton*, selected poems

Janet Holloway, Waiting to Know

Hannah LeGris*, You Go Even If She Asks for Me

Barbara Phillips, selected poems

Sacha Pruitt, Heartstrung

Irene Savine*, selected poems

Jesse Sisken, Red Sweater and the Brushes

Jessica Swafford, selected poems

Eric Sutherland, selected poems

James Vincent, Salvaging Fallujah

Charles Edward White, A Gift from the Gods

Jason Williams, selected poems

Morgan Williams*, A Saturday in August

* Denotes an Honorable Mention

We hope you'll enter our next contest, Short Stories ONLY!, deadline is July 31st. Check here for details!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Early Learner Book Club Dates Changed

Please note that dates for Early Learner Book Club have changed for summer 2009. The group will now meet on the fourth Saturday of the month. New dates area:
June 27th
July 25th
August 22nd

Happy weekend!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Kick Off

Summer is in full swing at the Carnegie Center. We got things started with our Summer Kick-Off Family Fun and Learning Night last week. Here are a few photos:

Homemade cookies made by staff

Hotdogs and BBQ

Going fishing

Sidewalk Chalk

Games in Gratz Park

Campfire storytelling

Board games

Friendship bracelet making

Fortune fishing


Balloon Game by the Girl Scouts

Local baby animals

Making edible campfires

We hope to see you soon!