Book Clubs for Kids

  • November 23, 2019

    Editing Your Manuscript

    With Christina Kaye. Whether you’re planning on seeking an agent or self-publishing, a thoroughlyedited and polished book is essential. We’ll talk about pitfalls authors need to avoid including overuse of adverbs, using extraneous words, improper punctuation in dialogue and narrative, repetitious words and phrases, and more. Learn about the many tools an author can use to help polish their manuscript, both in line editing and in developmental editing. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, November 23
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Editing Your Manuscript.

  • September 7, 2019

    Girl Power: A Book Club for Girls Who Will Change the World

    With Cierra Spaulding. For 6-8 year-olds & their grown-ups. This is an interactive and engaging story time where girls will listen to an empowering book that will build self-esteem and increase social and emotional confidence! Along with hearing a new story each session, students will enjoy a snack, participate in a related craft activity, and receive a free copy of the featured book. Led by Cierra Spaulding, founder of Masterpiece Creative Group and an educator who has served children across the state in various capacities for over 10 years.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets Saturdays, September 7, October 12 & 26, & November 9 & 23, 10:30am– noon. Come to one class or all! Please register for each session you plan to attend.

      The first 15 pre-registered families in attendance each session will each bring home a free copy of the book.

      Choose your dates and register now for Girl Power: A Book Club for Girls Who Will Change the World.

  • November 6, 2019

    The Path of a Poem

    With Leatha Kendrick. Join a conversation about poems and poetics. Write together weekly in response to prompts. We will generate new poems, talk about revision strategies, share and critique our poems, and read contemporary and classic poetry for models and inspiration. The goal of the class is to deepen our engagement with our work and our knowledge of craft. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for The Path of a Poem.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, November 6 - December 11
    • Time:
      Noon - 2:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $108
  • September 10, 2019

    Nonfiction Writing Group

    With Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director. Join a lively, diverse group of people in exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Nonfiction Writing Group.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, September 10 - November 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $156
  • October 26, 2019

    The Art & Craft of the Personal Essay

    With Christopher Collins. Writers will learn how to excavate their personal stories and refine them over the course of five weeks. We will discuss how to best use plot points, structure, narrative arc, characterization, point-of-view, dialogue, scene and summary, detail, and revision. The goal is to have a 2,000-4,000-word essay ready for instructor and/or peer review in week five. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturdays, October 26 - November 23
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $75
  • September 19, 2019

    Playing and Writing Stories (PAWS)

    With Cristina Crocker-Escribano. For grades 1-2. What if your toys could talk to you? What if your dog or cat could talk to you? What would they say? What stories would they tell? In this class, kids can bring their toys and photos of their pets. We will use them for inspiration as we write poems and act out scripts. We will read children’s books as prompts for stories and poetry. Register now for Playing and Writing Stories (PAWS).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, September 19 - November 21
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • November 5, 2019

    Writing Toward Wholeness

    With Leatha Kendrick. A short course in crafting narrative nonfiction as a means to healing. When we render our experiences in words so fully that anyone can enter them, we can re-enter what happened and have a chance to question it and discover what we could not know at the time. The mere attempt to write a concrete, coherent narrative enlarges our perception and allows us to understand – and share – our life’s story. Reading essays, memoir, and fiction while drafting our own pieces, we will aim to hone our craft while also focusing on the deeper benefits of writing. [A...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, November 5 - December 17
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      $126
  • October 3, 2019

    Dragon Girls

    With Carole Johnston. For girls in grades 5-6. Dragons can be symbolic of amazing strength, deep magic, and creativity. This club for girls will encourage self-confidence and self-expression through reading, writing, and poetry. We will read and discuss various books of fiction and poetry that feature strong girls who can take care of themselves. Our protagonists will actually tame dragons, some real and some metaphorical. Girls will write poems and stories to express their own unique and fantastic selves.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, October 3 - November 21
    • Time:
      4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Dragon Girls.

  • October 3, 2019

    Math through Dungeons & Dragons

    With Elaphe Crubb. For grades 6-9. Join us for an adventure in learning! This class uses the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons to show kids how fun critical thinking, teamwork, and math can be. Through co-operative storytelling, kids learn to work together to solve problems with the tools provided. Math topics covered range from addition and multiplication to algebra and probability, depending on the individual student’s needs. Elaphe Crabb holds multiple degrees in math and engineering from UK, and works with private students in multiple subjects and educ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, October 3 - November 21
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • August 2, 2019

    Seniors Writing Group

    With Sarah Combs. If you've reached that golden age, join this writing group, featuring in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. This class is open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and older. This class takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, August 2 - December 6
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class October 4 or November 29

      Register now for Seniors Writing Group.

  • September 14, 2019

    Toddler Book Club (Monthly)

    With Glenna Holloway.  For 2 year-olds & their grown-ups. Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and snacks designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first introduction to a story-time setting. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Toddler Book Club.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:15 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Toddler Book Club meets on Saturdays, September 14, October 19, November 16, & December 7, 10:15–11:15 am. Come to one class or all! Please register for each session you plan to attend.

      The first 15 pre-registered families in attendance each session will each bring home a free copy of the book.

  • September 14, 2019

    Early Learner Book Club (Monthly)

    With Glenna Holloway.  For 3-5 year-olds & their grown-ups. Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and snacks designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first introduction to a story-time setting. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Early Learner Book Club.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Early Learner Book Club meets on Saturdays, September 14, October 19, November 16, & December 7, 11:30 am–12:30 pm. Come to one class or all! Please register for each session you plan to attend.

      *The first 15 pre-registered families in attendance each session will each bring home a free copy of the book.

  • November 7, 2019

    Intro to Dystopian Writing

    With Samuel Gilbert. Can you imagine the darkest timeline? Have you ever pictured yourself capturing the struggle of the just against an unjust world? We will break down the history of the genre and begin crafting our own dark mirror worlds. The class will focus on the opening of your story, the importance of world-building, and understanding the ways your world interacts with our own. Whether you have begun your novel or are just interested in the genre, all levels are welcome. Sharing is encouraged but not required. Bring your ideas or early drafts. [ALL LEVELS] Sam...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, November 7 - November 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $39
  • September 13, 2019

    Free Writing Practice

    With Melissa Bell-Pitts. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. Led by Melissa Bell-Pitts, whose works have ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, September 13 - November 22
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      Free
  • December 5, 2019

    Querying Agents: Novels

    With Jennifer Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator. If you want to publish traditionally once you've finished writing and revising your novel, most likely you will need to secure a literary agent first. Learn the process for seeking a literary agent, from beginning to end: where to find agents, the formula for writing a query letter, what may be required in your submission package, how to keep track of query submissions, and the proper etiquette for interacting with agents. Though your novel must be complete before you submit to literary agen...

    • Venue:
      Joseph-Beth Booksellers
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, December 5
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      161 Lexington Green Circle
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class is also available as a pre-recorded webinar. Click here to register for the webinar. Link will be sent to you within two business days of registering. $35

  • January 22, 2019

    Monthly Book Discussion

    With Alan Church. This class meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:00 pm. Join us for discussion of contemporary and classic novels as well as nonfiction, chosen by the group. This group has been meeting since 1993 and always welcomes new members! Note: the group may meet at other locations throughout the season. For current selections or more information about meetings, contact Alan at church11@webtv.net or 859-254-5649.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month (January-November), 5:30-7:00 pm.

      Register now for Monthly Book Discussion.

  • August 7, 2019

    Grantwriting Basics (Webinar)

    With Jennifer Mattox, Carnegie Center Development Director. This is a PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR. Link will be emailed to you within two business days of registering. Writing a grant (or learning where to find one) can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn the basics about grant research, how to write a grant, what to include in your proposal and project budgets, the do’s and don’ts of grantwriting, and more! This 90-minute class is geared toward grantwriting for nonprofit organizations and artists.

  • August 20, 2019

    Brain Power for Seniors

    With Elise Mandel. Keep your brain sharp this fall! In this fun class, we will do word games, number games, logic puzzles, and all kinds of challenges to keep your brain moving! Register now for Brain Power for Seniors.

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, August 20 - November 26
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class September 24 or October 1

      This class is open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and over. This class takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.

  • October 18, 2019

    Yoga

    With Lisa King. What better way to start your Friday than with a yoga practice that both relaxes and invigorates? Writers, artists, and professionals—maximize your wellness to help maximize your creativity and productivity. We’ll stretch, strengthen, balance, and flow, preparing you for a day of work on the computer or a weekend of play and traveling. This is an all levels class, and beginners are welcome. Register now for Yoga.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, October 18 - November 22
    • Time:
      9:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $50 (or $10 per class)
  • December 7, 2019

    Intro to Hand Lettering

    With Erica Cook, Carnegie Center Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator. Do you dream of creating unique hand lettered artwork but are not sure how to begin? In this intro course, we will cover materials, walk through the basic hand-lettered alphabet together, and learn techniques and strokes to achieve a gorgeous look with your lettering. You’ll get plenty of guided, hands-on practice and will finish a small project to take home and frame. No experience necessary! No materials are required, although brush pens will be available for purchase from the instructor during clas...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, December 7
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
  • November 22, 2019

    Turn Your Writing into a Money-Generating Workshop

    With Tanya Torp. Attention, nonfiction writers, bloggers, Tweeters, and social media influencers! If you want to earn revenue from your book topic, passion, or skill, this class is for you. We will discuss how to present your topic in an engaging and exciting workshop format; how to create a workshop proposal and book appropriate venues; and which basic items your booking contract should contain. While this class is open to anyone, please note that most contracts are geared towards ages 18 or older. Tanya Torp is a community connector and a vision caseter who has turned ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Friday, November 22
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $20
  • November 12, 2019

    Just Enough German: Level 2

    With Clay Rice. Learn just enough German to navigate the country and culture. Learn everything you need to travel to Germany, practice having short conversations, and get a jump start on reading and writing. This is the perfect place to begin for anyone seeking casual knowledge or planning to advance further in the study of German! Register now for Just Enough German: Level 2.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, November 12 - December 17
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 per level ($130 for both)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough German can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • October 21, 2019

    Just Enough Arabic: Level 2

    With Iman Hadi. Using a step-by-step approach, you will gain an initial knowledge of the Arabic language, including reading and writing. You will learn the Arabic alphabet and the basics of the language through exercises and practice. Register now for Just Enough Arabic: Level 2.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, October 21 - November 25
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 per level ($130 for both)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners by Mahdi Alosh (please purchase on your own).