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

Tickets will be available September 2015.

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 and dinner among the stacks by Cameron Mitchell Premier Catering.

For additional information or to inquire about sponsorship, please contact the Development Department at 614.849.1056 or email

2015 Celebration of Learning Committee

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

2014 Sponsors

2015 Julian Sinclair Smith Award

Do you know someone in our community who has displayed a continued dedication to learning for its own sake, above and beyond a typical career path, and has served as an inspiration to others about the joy and value of learning? If so, we’d love for you to nominate them for the Julian Sinclair Smith Award.

Anyone living in Franklin County or contiguous counties may be nominated. The award is presented annually by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation and the recipient will be honored at Celebration of Learning. The award winner must be available to attend the event on October 30, 2015.

Download the nomination form here.

Completed nomination forms can be emailed to or mailed to:

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation
96 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215


Celebration of Learning 2014

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