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Check Back Soon for Updates on the 2017 Celebration of Learning.

Thank You to Everyone who Joined Us for the 2016 Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning is Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation’s largest annual event and one of the most anticipated evenings on the city’s cultural calendar.

This year, we celebrated so many things:

  • Our first Celebration of Learning in the magnificent new Main Library
  • Hearing insights from renowned authors Jeffrey Toobin and Dr. Michael Krasny
  • Honoring Barbara and Al Siemer with the Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning
  • Surpassing our Celebration of Learning fundraising goal to raise $600,000

The funds raised are instrumental in creating community centerpieces that inspire and transform lives, help educate children, and ensure that knowledge and opportunities are available for generations to come.


Teen Author Visit

Celebration of Learning was extended to provide students with the opportunity to hear a voice that speaks to their generation, author Jason Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent.

2016 Celebration of Learning Committee

  • Wayne Lawson
  • Corde Westwater Robinson
Committee Members:  
  • Carol Andreae
  • John Behal
  • Jen Bowden
  • Linda Brown
  • Tony Brown
  • Ingrid Brownlee
  • Delaney Burgdoerfer
  • Christina Cheng
  • Sue Cooper
  • Melanie DeAscentis
  • Barb Derrow
  • DeeDee Glimcher
  • Mary Jo Green
  • Jennifer Hadden
  • Susan Horvath
  • Melissa Ingwersen
  • Charlotte Kessler
  • Patrick King
  • Trip Lazarus
  • Patrick Losinski
  • John Lowe
  • Marie-Luise Marx
  • Carol McGuire
  • Jennifer McNally
  • Antoinette Mongillo
  • Shannon Morgan
  • Chelsea Penzone
  • Lucy Porter
  • Cindy Rasmussen
  • Lynne Redgrave
  • Renée Shumate
  • Sheila Smith
  • Cathy Strauss
  • Roger Sugarman
  • Charles Turney
  • Edward Yen
  • Ellen Yen

2016 Sponsors


2016 Honorary Chairs
2016 Julian Sinclair Smith Award

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