Event Author

Friday, November 4, 2016
New Main Library
96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

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.

The event features a noted author and the presentation of The Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning to a Columbus resident who has demonstrated a dedication to reading and education. Business, philanthropic, and civic leaders will also enjoy drinks, a strolling dinner, and an evening of conversation and connection.

This year’s program promises a spirited exchange between two men at the intersection of politics, media, and the law. Our featured speaker, best-selling author and CNN senior analyst Jeffrey Toobin, has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time with unparalleled journalistic skill.

He’ll be interviewed by Michael Krasny, host of the award-winning KQED “FORUM,” a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

The funds raised will be 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 Read Week

October 18-21

Celebration of Learning is extended to reach area middle and high school students as they observe National Teen Read Week. Generous sponsors will 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. The program includes books, lunch, transportation fees, and an invitation to become a power user of Columbus Metropolitan Library – for life!

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
  • John Lowe
  • Marie-Luise Marx
  • Carol McGuire
  • 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

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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