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Friday, November 3, 2017 

  • 6:00p.m. Celebration of Learning Society and Sponsor Reception
  • 7:15p.m. (sharp) Program with Suzan-Lori Parks
  • 8:30p.m. Dinner by Lindey’s
  • 9:00p.m. Book Signing
  • 11:00p.m. Event Concludes

96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Join Us in Writing Our Twenty Fifth Chapter

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

The Silver Anniversary of the event will feature a Pulitzer Prize winning Playwright and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, who has written screenplays for Academy Award winners like Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington.

Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and one of the few literary luminaries to be given a Gish Prize for her “outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life”, will share her story with event attendees. In her own unique and performative way, Suzan will detail her journey from opening Topdog/Underdog on Broadway, to launching 365 Days / 365 Plays in over 700 theatres worldwide, to seeing her writing interpreted on film.

Afterwards, patrons will enjoy a delicious dinner while helping the library achieve its vision of a thriving community where wisdom prevails. The funds raised will be instrumental in helping the library inspire and transform lives, help educate children, and ensure that knowledge and opportunities are available for generations to come.

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Teen Author Visit

Celebration of Learning supporters help provide middle and high school students with the opportunity to hear a voice that speaks to their generation during Teen Read Week, author Maggie Stiefvater.

Entertainment Weekly has called Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Stiefvater will visit select Columbus Metropolitan Library locations in October. Details to follow.


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


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