On November 1, the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation held another fabulous Celebration of Learning! In addition to hearing from award-winning author Wil Haygood and recognizing our Julian Sinclair Smith award honoree, Tanny Crane, we raised over $500,000 to support Columbus Metropolitan Library!
A huge thank you to our fantastic planning committee, led by co-chairs Reneé Shumate and Sheila Smith, for putting together our best Celebration of Learning to date and to Lynnda Maria and Steve Davis for serving as honorary chairs for the evening. We also thank Wil Haygood for captivating the audience with stories of not only his experiences as a journalist, author and associate producer, but also about his childhood spent growing up in Columbus and developing a love of reading and learning here at Columbus Metropolitan Library. Mr. Haygood’s story perfectly encapsulates what we strive to accomplish every day for each child who enters our branches.
Finally, a special thanks to the sponsors and donors who made the evening possible and contributed over $500,000 to the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation. For 20 years, proceeds from Celebration of Learning have supported many key library initiatives such as Summer Reading Club, Homework Help Centers, and Ready for Kindergarten. This year your support will help rebuild and renovate libraries designed to meet the needs of 21st century learners.
Student Event with Wil Haygood
The morning of Celebration of Learning, 600 central Ohio high school students come to Main Library for a lecture, Q&A and book signing with Celebration of Learning author and Columbus native, Wil Haygood. This special engagement was made possible with support from our Presenting Sponsors, Nationwide Insurance, Battelle and The Ohio State University, and through a grant from the New Albany Foundation. Lunch for the students was generously provided by Donatos.