Family Fun & Learning Nights are FREE events featuring themed activities and crafts, entertainment, and dinner. Every child receives a book. Dinner and giveaways are limited. Recommended for families with children ages 3-12.

For the full playlist of videos created throughout the pandemic by our Outreach Team and many wonderful Kentucky authors and creatives, visit our YouTube page!

Family Fun & Learning Nights and other family literacy programs are made possible by the generous support of  Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY, William Stamps Farish Fund, Old National Bank Foundation, and LFUCG Social Services.


Sunday, July 31, 2022, 1-4 pm in Gratz Park, Lexington, KY

Join us on July 31 in Gratz Park for a celebration of going back to school! Registered families will receive free backpacks filled with school supplies, new children’s books, and additional supplies & resources. Attendees will enjoy music, a hot meal, crafts, and entertainment. Registration is required and space is limited. Backpacks will be distributed to children in grades K-12. We cannot guarantee backpacks, food, or supplies to families who have not registered.

Funded by Quantrell Subaru, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, LG&E & KU, Old National Bank Foundation, and the William Stamps Farish Fund


Celebrate Fall (October 2020)

Download Celebrate Fall Packet
Watch Too Many Pumpkins Storytime & Craft Video



Back to School Bash! (August 2020)

We hosted a socially-distant, drive-through event to mark the return to school this year! Along with backpacks filled with supplies, families received activity packets for a range of grades (linked below).

Download Activity Packet for K-2 (coming soon)
Download Activity Packet for 3-5
Download Activity Packet for 6-8
Watch a special back-to-school inspirational video from Dorian Hairston

Celebrate Children’s Literature (May 2020)

Download Celebrate Children’s Literature Packet
Watch Where the Wild Things Are Storytime & Craft Video
Watch May I Bring a Friend? Storytime & Craft Video


Celebrate the Earth (April 2020)

Download Celebrate the Earth Packet
Watch Rainbow Fish Storytime & Craft Video




We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

Join Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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