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Thank you to those who helped contribute to a record-breaking Celebration of Learning! This year’s Silver Anniversary event raised over $750,000 in support of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s greatest needs and highest priorities.  

We hope you will join us next year on Friday, November 2, 2018. The 26th annual Celebration of Learning will feature best-selling author, Bill Bryson. With a wacky worldview and wanderlust, Bryson will entertain us all with his travelogues.

More details and online registration will be available in early 2018.

2017 Celebration of Learning Committee

  • Melanie and Mike DeAscentis
Committee Members:  
  • Carol Andreae
  • John Behal
  • Jen Bowden
  • Barbara Brandt
  • Tony Brown
  • Christina Cheng
  • Darci Congrove
  • Sue Cooper
  • Barbara Derrow
  • Sandy Doyle-Ahern
  • DeeDee Glimcher
  • Don Gorman
  • Mary Jo Green
  • Melissa Ingwersen
  • Tom Katzenmeyer
  • Charlotte Kessler
  • Patrick King
  • Wayne Lawson
  • Trip Lazarus
  • Vicky Losinski
  • John Lowe


  • Nancy Lurie
  • Tom Lurie
  • Carol McGuire
  • Jennifer McNally
  • Antoinette Mongillo
  • Katharine Moore
  • Shannon Morgan
  • Lucy Porter
  • Cindy Rasmussen
  • Lynne Redgrave
  • Corde Westwater Robinson
  • Mark Ryan
  • Renée Shumate
  • Barbara Siemer
  • Cathy Strauss
  • Mary Weiler
  • Steven Weiler
  • Hope Wolman
  • Edward Yen
  • Ellen Yen
2017 Honorary Chairs

Kris and Dave Blom

Dave is president and chief executive officer of OhioHealth. He’s been a part of the OhioHealth family since 1983 and was named to his current position in 2002. Under Dave’s leadership as president and CEO of OhioHealth, the nationally recognized, not-for-profit health system provides care to 47 counties in Ohio.  Dave is very active in the central Ohio community and currently serves as Chair of the 2018 United Way Campaign. Likewise, he is on the boards of the Columbus Partnership, Columbus Downtown Development Commission, Columbus Foundation, Vizient, Kimball Midwest and Provista. He is also a member of the local World Presidents' Organization (WPO).

Kris is an Ohio native and through their church is active with the Open Shelter in Columbus.  She’s had a lifelong interest in learning and she holds a degree in elementary education from The Ohio State University. Kris has a deep passion for her family. She and Dave reside in Westerville and are the proud parents of three adult daughters and six grandchildren. Their home is the gathering place for everyone, including extended family!


2017 Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award Honoree

Cordelia Westwater Robinson

With a B.A. in English, Cordelia Westerwater Robinson has held jobs in retail, marketing and advertising, and curation. She currently works for her family’s business, Westwater Company. Throughout her career, Corde has always found time to support her favorite causes such as Thurber House, Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Museum of Art, and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Her passion to better our community coupled with her sense of humor and engaging attitude has made her legendary throughout central Ohio. She lists her career highlights as having an outhouse named in her honor in the Kingdom of Bhutan, setting a bakery on fire in Atlanta trying to bake a 6’ chocolate chip cookie, surviving a hippo attack in Botswana, and her work with Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Just a few of her accomplishments at the library include: past service on the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Board, co-chairing the Great Libraries Create Campaign Committee, and serving on nearly every Celebration of Learning Host Committee in its 25-year run.


2017 Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning Honoree

Robert J. Weiler Sr.

Bob joined The Robert Weiler Company in 1957. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, Bob also earned a Master’s degree in real estate and a Doctoral degree in finance from The Ohio State University in 1964 and 1968 respectively. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from the Capital University Law School and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1983. He currently serves on the faculty of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Capital University Law and Graduate Schools and is a regular lecturer for The Ohio Association of Realtors. Bob was committed for six years to the Ohio Real Estate Appraiser Board and acted as Chairman.

Bob received his MAI and SREA designations and functioned as President of the Ohio Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Columbus Board of Realtors. In 1976, Bob was selected as Realtor of the Year by the Columbus Board of Realtors and the Ohio Association of Realtors and has also served as Director of the National Association of Realtors.

Active in the Columbus community, Bob represented as President of the Columbus Board of Education and has maintained leadership roles for many organizations including Capital University, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), The Columbus Bar Association Foundation Board, Pilot Dogs Inc., Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), The Ohio State University Foundation Board, Columbus Urban League and YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus. A long-time supporter of the United Way, Bob served as Campaign Chairman in 1998.


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