Author Wes Moore will be the featured speaker at the 22nd annual Celebration of Learning on November 7, 2014. His first novel, The Other Wes Moore (2010), became a New York Times bestseller. 

In his book, he tells the fascinating story of another Wes Moore - a man who shared his name and much of his personal history. About the same age and raised in the same neighborhood by a single mother, this "other Wes Moore" arrived at a starkly different fate: he now serves a life sentence without parole on murder charges. Compelled by their similar upbringings, Moore penned his book in an effort to discover how small choices make big differences in life. A young adult version of the book, titled Discovering Wes Moore, was published in 2012, and movie rights to The Other Wes Moore have been optioned by Oprah Winfrey and HBO Films.

Other highlights of the evening will be the presentation of the Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning and dinner among the stacks by Cameron Mitchell Premiere Catering.

Individual tickets ($100 each) will go on sale in September. Please join us for this delightful evening!

2014 Celebration of Learning Committee

  • Renee' Shumate
  • Sheila Smith
Committee Members:  
  • Carol Andreae
  • Jeri Block
  • Melissa Bow
  • Tony Brown
  • Linda Brown
  • Laney Burgdoerfer
  • Caryn Covelli
  • Keri Croft
  • Lynnda-Maria Davis
  • Barb Derrow
  • Kate Fischer
  • Bonita Griffin
  • Silvia Hansell
  • Deron Hoeflinger
  • Robin Holderman
  • Susan Horvath
  • Lynn Jeffrey
  • Chris Johns
  • Patty Mandish
  • Susan Master
  • Jennifer McNally
  • Molly Mitchell
  • Katharine Moore
  • Beth Morgan
  • Deborah Neimeth
  • Sharon Peterson
  • Patty Probst
  • Tracie Ransom
  • Cindy Rasmussen
  • Achea Redd
  • Kathryne Reeves
  • Corde Robinson
  • Ellen Smith
  • Joy Soll
  • LaDonna Solove
  • Susan Stockmeister
  • Nicole Walker
  • Jackie Wells
  • Greer Williams
  • Carol Wright

Sponsors as of: August 2014

Julian Sinclair Smith Celebration of Learning Award

Do you know someone who has made a significant impact on our community through his or her passion for reading, education and lifelong learning? We are currently accepting nominations for the Julian Sinclair Smith Celebration of Learning award.

Anyone living in Franklin County or contiguous counties may be nominated for this award. The award is presented annually by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation and the recipient will be honored at the Celebration of Learning event to be held on November 7, 2014. The award winner must be available to attend the event.

The deadline for nominations is June 27, 2014.

Nomination Form


2013 Julian Sinclair Smith Award

Tanny Crane

Tanny Crane has long modeled the attributes of lifelong learning through her involvement with organizations and institutions that focus upon and instill in young people today the value of public and private education. Among the many organizations she has been involved with, she currently serves as board president of I Know I Can and is a member of the Columbus Education Commission and Learn4Life board. Her countless hours of service, coupled with her never-ending passion and enthusiasm, have made her a positive voice for education in our community.

Her commitment and thoughtful advocacy to enable and provide resources so that children are ready to succeed in school and in life will continue to have a positive and enduring impact on our community well into the future.

Tanny serves as President and CEO of Crane Group.

2013 Honorary Chairs

Lynnda Maria and Steve Davis

Lynnda Maria Davis has been a library “lover” and supporter since childhood. From her first visits to the now historic Pullman Public Library in Chicago to raising funds to build the Mission Viejo Library in California, she has actively participated in maintaining and building library systems across the country. As a member of two book clubs, Lynnda is an avid reader.

Lynnda Maria has served on the Celebration of Learning committee for several years, serving as co-chair in 2009. That year the event set a new financial record raising over $220,000.

Steve Davis has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms Inc. since 2006. He serves on several local boards including the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. In 2007, he served as chair for Operation Feed.

2013 Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning 2013
Featuring Best-Selling Author Wil Haygood

2013 Celebration of Learning