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PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

IMH to share discoveries from History Harvests, African American equestrians on June 13

The International Museum of the Horse will hold a Shareback Session as a follow-up to the recent History Harvests. The event is free and open to the public, and it will be held on June 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library, Central Branch, in Meeting Room A. Museum staff will present highlights from the community contributions and share what has been learned from the objects and stories. History...

League of Women Voters of Lexington to host Circuit Court Judge candidate forum on April 25

The League of Women Voters of Lexington will host a candidate forum for Circuit Court Judge, 22nd Circuit, 4th Division on April 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library, Farish Theater, 140 East Main Street in Lexington. These candidates, who include Julie Muth Goodman, Todd S. Page, John Reynolds, Steven Stadler, and Thomas “Tommy” Todd, will be running in a special election to...

(Re)Imagining Cheapside Witnessing Circle will honor enslaved African Americans

The lives of enslaved African Americans will be honored during Witnessing Circle, a convening scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 23 at the Farish Theater in the downtown Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main Street. “This convening will be a cross between sacred performance and public engagement,” said internationally recognized author and placemaker Jay Pitter, who will...

League of Women Voters, LINKS, and library offering public forums for candidates; coming to YouTube

The League of Women Voters of Lexington, The Frankfort/Lexington Chapter of The LINKS, Incorporated, and the Lexington Public Library are co-sponsoring candidate forums for the 2018 general election. The first were held on Saturday as candidates for LFUCG Council At-Large and Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Districts 9, 11, and 12 will be today starting at 2:15 p.m. Next week on Saturday, September 22...

‘Cutz & Curlz’ gives Fayette County Public Schools students fresh start for new school year

Dozens of Fayette County Public Schools families stopped by the “Cutz & Curlz” event August 13 to get their children a fresh look for the 2018-19 school year. “It’s all to make sure opening day is a great beginning,” said Superintendent Manny Caulk, who brought his visiting niece for a new style. “Cutz & Curlz allows our students to go to school looking their best, which adds...

Discover Summer: Library access, reading incentives give Mary Todd Elementary students a boost

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In a new way to Discover Summer, students at Mary Todd Elementary enjoyed stopping in at their school library during a three-week span in June. There, they browsed and checked out books that captured their interest. “For kids in a high-needs, high-poverty background, that ‘summer slide’ can be really serious because often they’re having little to no academic...

Several Fayette County Public School libraries will have summer hours; student materials available

Ten school libraries in Fayette County Public Schools will be open for limited hours on certain days this summer, and their students are welcome to drop by and check out materials. Here is the schedule: — Bryan Station High School, 8 a.m. to noon on June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27; — Bryan Station Middle School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July...

PNC Foundation awards Lexington Public Library’s Discover Summer program $25,000 grant

Summer is a time of sunshine, relaxation … and learning. Lexington Public Library offers two months of intensive summer programming through Discover Summer, a series designed to make the most of the summer months by empowering students and adults to continue their educational journeys during their summer vacations. Discover Summer is brought to you by PNC, which awarded $25,000 to Lexington Public...

Free help for taxpayers needing assistance with returns available through Lexington Public Libraries

Taxpayers who need help with personal and non-business returns can find it for free at the Lexington Public Library beginning in February and running through mid-April. The assistance is provided by AARP and will be available regardless of age or income at four library branches. “Low- to moderate-income people have a need for this kind of help with tax preparation and tax questions,” said Walt...

Fayette student, arts teachers combine talents to add murals to city landscape

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A student from Bryan Station High School and visual arts teachers from Cardinal Valley Elementary and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School have put their talents on public display with two murals in high-traffic locations. Xavier Short, a senior, painted a mural on the second floor of the Lexington Public Library’s downtown parking garage for an Eagle Scout service...

Lexington seventh-grader among winners of $1,000 college head-start scholarship

Twelve-year old Obadiah Hamilton of Lexington is getting a head start on saving for college after participating in the On Your Mark, Get Set…Save for College! reading program, sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). The Hamilton family was awarded a $1,000 KESPT college savings plan account last week at the Lexington...

Homework Help: Lexington Public Library’s Northside branch offering after-school snacks, assistance

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Youngsters of all ages can now drop by the Northside branch of the Lexington Public Library for an after-school snack and homework assistance, thanks to program expansions and additional community support. “I feel like it’s been a successful launch. We’ve been helping 10 to 15 kids a day. A lot of those are repeats. Once a kid figures out they can get help,...

Reading meets baking as Fayette students accept challenge to create edible books

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Students who enjoy reading and baking stepped up to the challenge in the recent edible book contest organized by the Lexington Public Library. (Edible books are food creations that depict a particular book.) Local chef Dan Wu, Scott County High School cafeteria assistant manager Trahnel Mitchel, and Lexington library Executive Director Ann Hammond judged the contest...

Lexington Public Library receives $100,000 gift from Kenan Charitable Trust

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded $100,000 to the Lexington Public Library Foundation to advance lifelong learning, an investment that will increase the library’s capacity to serve all people who live or work in Fayette County. “Public libraries continually advance Mr. Kenan’s belief that ‘a good education is the most cherished gift an individual can receive,’ by...

League of Women Voters announces schedule for forums for local general election races

All candidates for contested races for Lexington/Fayette Urban County Council, Lexington area House of Representatives, Supreme Court, 6th Congressional District, and Fayette County Board of Education were invited to participate in forums on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. The forums will be held at the Farish Theatre, Lexington Public Library, 140 West Main Street in Lexington. The forums are co-sponsored...

Brain Power: Literacy advocate Alane Adams believes exercise for the head makes you smarter

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Literacy advocate Alane Adams maintains a steady beat with a clear message: “Reading is the single most important thing you can do to make your life better. Your brain is a muscle, and if you exercise a muscle, you get stronger. If you exercise your brain, you’ll get smarter.” The California-based author shared that mantra with students at the Fayette Regional...

Author Alane Adams kicks off Lexington Public Library’s new expanded summer reading program

Alane Adams, author of the middle school novel, The Red Sun, will spend three days in Lexington visiting schools, signing books, and helping to unveil a free downloadable mobile game based on her book. Her appearance this week kicks off Discover Summer, the Lexington Public Library’s new, expanded summer reading program. The game, BattleKasters, will be played at the library and other special locations...

Award-winning author Magoon will discuss race and violence during One Book One Lexington teen forum

Kekla Magoon, author of How It Went Down, will speak at the Lexington Public Library’s Northside Branch as part of a teen forum on race and violence from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The forum will be the main event for this year’s One Book One Lexington, the annual community reading program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the selected book. In addition to Magoon’s appearance,...

FCPS Elementary Art Show moves to new venue for this spring at the Lexington Public Library

The Fayette County Public Schools Elementary Art Show, which dates back nearly 30 years, is moving to a new venue this spring: the Lexington Public Library on Main Street. In the second-floor atrium, teachers will display children’s artwork from kindergarten through fifth grade, providing a sample of their students’ talents and hard work. “It is a wonderful time to see the personality of each...