Celebration of Learning is the library’s annual fundraising event and we need you.

With community support, we can adapt our services to meet the changing needs of our customers: assisting our neighbors struggling to find work, supporting students in their efforts to learn and providing access to help narrow the digital divide.

We depend on contributions made to this event to help make our critical work possible, and we thank you in advance for joining us.

Jacqueline Woodson

A highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, the 29th annual Celebration of Learning brings together supporters of the library’s vision to inspire a thriving community where wisdom prevails. 

This year’s event will take place on Friday, November 5 at Main Library, and feature 2020 MacArthur Genius Award winner, Jacqueline Woodson. Woodson is the critically acclaimed author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including New York Times bestsellers, Red at the Bone and Brown Girl Dreaming. Among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her talk will surely inspire all as she delves into her own inspiration and the importance of race and gender. 

We hope her powerful portrait of the spirit of perseverance and tenacity spurs your interest for this year’s Celebration of Learning.


JSS Celebration of Learning Award

The JSS Celebration of Learning Award is presented each year to an individual or couple who has demonstrated a continued dedication to learning for its own sake, above and beyond a typical career path and served as an inspiration to others about the joy and value of learning. Founded in memory of Julian Sinclair Smith and his passion for reading, education and lifelong learning.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award

The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award is a special honor recognizing an individual volunteer who has had a sustained impact on the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s work and who has demonstrated a commitment, passion, and dedication to the library. The award is given periodically and selected by the Executive Committee of the CML Foundation.

2021 Committee

Sandy Doyle-Ahern
Renée Shumate

Committee Members:
John Behal
Lauren Bonfield
Barbara Brandt
Tanisha Lyon Brown
Laney Burgdoerfer
Darci Congrove
Mary Jo Conte
Sue Cooper
Melanie DeAscentis
Barbara Derrow

Marjorie Duffy
Scott Gaines
Diane Garland
DeeDee Glimcher
Tracy Harrison
Charlotte Kessler
Patrick King
Wayne Lawson
Vicki Linville
Victoria Losinski
Jennifer McNally

Katharine Moore
Steven Moore
Corde Westwater Robinson
Robin Shockney
Barbara Siemer
Catherine Strauss
Hope Wolman
Ed Yen
Ellen Yen

Thank You for Your Support



Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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