Celebration of Learning

Friday, October 30, 2015
Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library
4445 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213


Bestselling novelist and journalist, Carl Hiaasen, will be the featured speaker at the 23rd annual Celebration of Learning on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Carl Hiaasen's novels—only slightly more outrageous than his journalism, but just—have earned him praise as one of America's finest satirical novelists. He shares true though almost unbelievable stories about the sleaze, the quirkiness—and, yes, the perseverance—that underlie life in South Florida. Hiaasen's bestselling novels include Star Island, Nature Girl, Strip Tease, and Skinny Dip. He writes a regular column for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1976.

Hiaasen has also published books for young readers, including Chomp, Hoot (which was awarded a Newbery Honor), and his first book for teens, Skink—No Surrender (which was nominated for the National Book Award). His newest novel for grownups, Bad Monkey (2013) is a humorous mystery about Medicare fraud, monkeys and revenge, set in the Bahamas and Key West.

Other highlights of the evening include the presentation of the Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning, the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award and dinner among the stacks by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events.

For additional information or to inquire about sponsorship, please contact the Development Department at 614.849.1039 or email dev@columbuslibrary.org.

2015 Celebration of Learning Committee

  • Silvia Hansell
  • Melissa Ingwersen
Committee Members:  
  • Trudy Bartley
  • Melissa Bow
  • Linda Brown
  • Tony Brown
  • Ingrid Brownlee
  • Delaney Burgdoerfer
  • Christina Cheng
  • Keri Croft
  • Lynnda Maria Davis
  • Barb Derrow
  • Kate Fischer
  • Mary Jo Green
  • Robin Holderman
  • Susan Horvath
  • Lynne Jeffrey
  • Jennifer McNally
  • Sharon Peterson
  • Lucy Porter
  • Patty Probst
  • Cindy Rasmussen
  • Corde Robinson
  • Renee’ Shumate
  • Ellen Smith
  • Sheila Smith
  • Susan Stockmeister
  • Nicole Walker
  • Jackie Wells
  • Greer Williams
  • Carol Wright

2015 Sponsors

2015 Julian Sinclair Smith Award

DeeDee and Herb Glimcher embrace the idea that continued learning leads to community growth. They are recognized for their commitment to the vitality of central Ohio, its residents and believe in strengthening the future of the community in which they live by giving back.

DeeDee served on Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation’s Celebration of Learning Committee from 2001 – 2008. She is a member of the Columbus Arts Commission, a board member of the YWCA, a member of the Bexley Community Foundation Board of Directors, and a member and past president of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Herb is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Glimcher Realty Trust and has built a reputation of generosity within Columbus and its business community. In 2013, Herb was awarded the NAIOP Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career, he has been active in United Way, Columbus Jewish Federation, Shalom House, the art world and his synagogue.

The Glimchers sponsor a visiting professor at the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture and an annual design lecture at the Wexner Center. They were Honorary Chairs at Celebration of Learning in 2007.

2015 Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award

Cindy and Steve Rasmussen have been passionate supporters of Columbus Metropolitan Library, and through their actions, have demonstrated they share its vision of a thriving community where wisdom prevails.

Steve served nine years as a library board member, two of which he was president. During his tenure, the board supported the system-wide expansion of Homework Help Centers, championed the Ready to Read Corps, Ready for Kindergarten and Reading Buddies programs and guided the library through a successful 2010 levy campaign.

Cindy is in her seventh year serving on the Celebration of Learning Committee. She was the chair of the committee in 2012 when the annual event set a new record fundraising amount.

The Rasmussens are tireless advocates and believers in the value of Columbus Metropolitan Library.

2015 Honorary Chairs

Lynne and Martyn Redgrave

  • Columbus Hospitality
  • Expressions Floral Design Studio
  • Heidelberg Distributing Co.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Vital Companies
  • White Castle System, Inc.
Additional Support
  • AT&T
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP
  • Franklin International
  • Hamilton Parker Company

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