VIP Reception begins: 6:00 p.m.
General Seating begins: 6:50 p.m.
Program: 7:15 p.m.
Dinner and Book Signing

For additional information, please call the Development Department at 849-1056.

Author Wes Moore will be the featured speaker at the 22nd annual Celebration of Learning on November 7, 2014. His first book, 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.

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: April 2015

2014 Julian Sinclair Smith Award

Ann and Tom Hoaglin

Ann and Tom Hoaglin have long exemplified lifelong learning through their work with organizations that impact people’s lives through education and the arts.

Ann has served as a Columbus Metropolitan Library board trustee and currently serves as a member of the Columbus Museum of Art Board of Trustees and the Denison University Research Foundation board. She also previously served as a board member of I Know I Can, and as the chair of Compass, a homelessness prevention program.

Tom, retired Chairman, President and CEO of Huntington Bancshares, currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for Denison University, the couple’s alma mater. He previously served as chairman of the boards for Ohio Health, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and as a member of the Columbus Partnership board.

The central Ohio community has benefited greatly from their active participation in many endeavors.


2014 Honorary Chairs

Nan and Dave Kaufman

We thank Nan and Dave Kaufman for their roles as our honorary chairs.

Nan and Dave are active in giving back to the Columbus community through local charities and serving on boards for charitable organizations. Dave, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Motorists Insurance Group, is Columbus Metropolitan Library’s partner in the Discovery District and both he and Nan are strong library supporters.

Nan is an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Dan serves on its board of trustees. They both are involved in other charitable activities.

Nan and Dave live in Worthington, Ohio, and are proud parents of three daughters.

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