Fayette County: Library takes its story time on the road

The Lexington Public Library is taking its Traveling Daycare Storytime program on the road with a donated recreational vehicle retrofitted for the purpose.

Librarians design their story times to help children age birth through 5 years get ready to read and incorporate the five practices that encourage reading readiness in preschoolers: talking, singing, playing, reading and writing. A new semester of story times is under way and continues through April at all of the library's six locations.

The Traveling Daycare Storytime vehicle was donated by SIS and retrofitted by the Library Foundation and the Foundation's Young Professionals Committee. For more information about the program, call (859) 231-5500.

Assistance with energy costs offered

Community Action Council's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications to assist low-income residents with high utility bills. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to assist with their energy costs. Last year more than 7,250 participants received financial assistance and emergency services totaling more than $1.3 million from the energy crisis assistance program. In total, Community Action Council served more than 17,000 households and spent more than $2.2 million in energy assistance through several programs, including WinterCare, LIHEAP, Community Services Block Grant and its Emergency Services Fund.

Federal funding for LIHEAP is down approximately 25 percent statewide from last year.

Applications may be taken at any Community Action Council in Lexington, Millers burg, Carlisle, Paris and Cynthiana. For more information on LIHEAP assistance, contact the Community Action Council in Lexington at (859) 233-4600, Paris at (859) 987-5277, Cynthiana at (859) 234-2121, Carlisle at (859) 289-7172, or toll-free at (800) 244-2275.

Nonprofits receive grants from Lexington Directions

Lexington Directions, an educational and philanthropic forum, will award project grants up to $1,500 to the following nonprofits: Seedleaf, BUILD, The Community Inn, ProgressLex, Friends of the Kentucky Theater, Friends of McConnell Springs, and One World Film Festival.

According to Lexington Directions President Jan Isenhour, "Lexington is blessed with many citizen and volunteer organizations, which contribute to the quality of life in our community. This year, we are happy to recognize and encourage these groups for their outstanding efforts."

Lexington Directions was founded in 1983 by Earl Wallace, with the help of Dr. Thomas Clark and Dot Crutcher, to examine opportunities for improving Lexington. The group meets monthly and, working with public agencies, other service organizations or independently, studies ongoing and new civic efforts in the greater Lexington area. Human rights council celebrating 50 years

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission begins this month a celebration of its 50 years of service to the community by sponsoring a cling contest. The contest consists of random weekly drawings to promote community awareness.

To participate in the contest, pick up a car window cling at the LFUCHRC main office, 162 East Main Street, Suite 226, or at Lexington Pasta, 227 North Limestone Street, then place the cling on your car window and take a picture of it. Log on to Facebook, like the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission page, and upload your picture to the LFUCHRC Facebook page.

There will be a random drawing every Friday until June 14 to help promote the mission of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. Contest winners will be posted on the site by noon each Friday.

Staples gives $3,500 grant to Reading Camp

Reading Camp, an educational (nonreligious) ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples.

Allison Duvall, Reading Camp's executive director, said, "Reading Camp improves struggling second- to fourth-grade students' reading skills, builds their self-confidence, and reverses the effects of summer learning and reading loss. The $3,500 grant will be used to improve our curriculum and provide more resources to our campers."

In 2012, U.S. associates directed more than $1.4 million of Staples Foundation grants to 434 local nonprofit organizations. The new program, called 2 Million & Change, will award additional funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants for the year.

Learn more about opportunities for campers, volunteering, and Reading Camp programs at