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

Book-ended by cocktails and a seated dinner in the Nationwide Foundation Grand Atrium, this year’s program features best-selling author Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home and nearly 20 more titles. The program also features the presentation of the Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning.

We hope you will join us on Friday, November 2, at Main Library for an evening celebrating literature, libraries and the people who love them! Click here to register today.

Friday, November 2, 2018 

  • 6:00 p.m. Celebration of Learning Society and Sponsor Reception
  • 7:15 p.m. (sharp) Program
  • 8:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 9:00 p.m. Book Signing
  • 11:00 p.m. Event Concludes

96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

2018 Celebration of Learning Committee

  • Melanie and Mike DeAscentis
Committee Members:  
  • Lauren Bonfield
  • Barbara Brandt
  • Christina Cheng
  • Darci Congrove
  • Sue Cooper
  • Barb Derrow
  • Sandy Doyle-Ahern
  • Marjorie Duffy
  • DeeDee Glimcher
  • Don Gorman
  • Mary Jo Green
  • Melissa Ingwersen
  • Tom Katzenmeyer
  • Charlotte Kessler
  • Patrick King
  • Wayne Lawson


  • Trip Lazarus
  • Vicki Linville
  • Jennifer McNally
  • Antoinette Mongillo
  • Shannon Morgan
  • Lucy Porter
  • Cindy Rasmussen
  • Lynne Redgrave
  • Corde Westwater Robinson
  • Barbara Siemer
  • Cathy Strauss
  • Steve Weiler
  • Hope Wolman
  • Ellen and Ed Yen
2018 Sponsor Info & Benefits

Learn more about COL sponsorship.

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Important Dates for Sponsors:

September 30: Deadline for event program benefits

2018 Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning

The Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning is presented each year to an individual or couple who has demonstrated (1) a continued dedication to learning for its own sake, above and beyond a typical career path and (2) served as an inspiration to others about the joy and value of learning. 

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