Mask & Vaccination Required

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.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required for entry.

Event Details

Friday, November 5

Main Library 96 S. Grant Ave.

The following schedule has also been modified to reduce exposure.

6 p.m. – Doors Open (no cocktail reception, proceed directly to program)

6:30 p.m. – Program Begins (encouraged to leave seat between parties and must remain masked)

8 p.m. – Dinner
Option 1: Stay for plated meal with full tableside service (masked when not actively eating or drinking)
• Option 2: Leave with a carryout meal

10 p.m. – Event Concludes

Please note: Guests are also welcome to live stream the program and pick up a meal kit from noon – 3 p.m. at Cameron Mitchell Premier Events: 7619 Huntington Park Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235

All registered guests will receive an important survey link to provide dietary restrictions and participation preferences closer to the event. Should you need assistance in the meantime, please contact or (614) 849-1051.

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

Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley

Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Upon recommendation from Senator John Glenn, President Bill Clinton appointed Judge Marbley to the bench in 1997. Judge Marbley became the Chief District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on September 14, 2019, becoming the first African-American to serve in that capacity. In his twenty-four years serving as a district court judge, Judge Marbley has presided over some of the most important cases in central Ohio and the country, ranging from voting rights issues to issues involving policing. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Marbley was a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, where he practiced civil, criminal, and administrative law for eleven years.

Judge Marbley also remains active in the community. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University and serves on the boards of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) School and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Washington Post adopted one of his statements during a trial as its motto: “Democracy dies in darkness.” Chief Judge Marbley is married and the father of two adult sons, one stepson, and three granddaughters.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award

Lynne Redgrave

Lynne was a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Board for almost a decade, including serving as President, Secretary, Chair of Celebration of Learning and a long-time dedicated event committee member. Lynne spearheaded many projects and in particular, her tireless efforts helped develop the Foundation’s stewardship and cultivation practices. She was instrumental in helping support Teen Read Week and, along with husband Martyn, has generously sponsored the giveaway of books to participants since the program’s inception. Lynne is a tireless advocate and volunteer with the Library, championing its causes and encouraging others to join her in support of this great institution. Lynne is a wonderful ambassador for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and she has truly made a lasting impact in our organization and the community.

Lynne shares, “As a voracious learner, I have spent a lot of time in and volunteering at libraries all over our country. When we moved to Ohio, choosing to volunteer at Columbus Metropolitan Library was an easy decision for me. While I was aware that CML was a world class library, I quickly became incredibly inspired by the CML leadership and employees with whom I had the pleasure to interact. With visionary leadership, the entire CML team is deeply committed to supporting literacy and lifelong learning as a means of providing a gateway to knowledge and opportunity for all members of our community. It has been an absolute privilege to volunteer at this special community treasure.”

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

Honorary Chairs

Linda and Mike Kaufmann

Many thanks to Linda and Mike Kaufmann for serving as Honorary Chairs. Both Linda and Mike have an incredible commitment to our community.

Linda Kaufmann was President of Turn Key Solutions (TKS) before selling her business. Prior to owning TKS she spent her career in the Health Care segment in executive positions within Marketing and Communications. Linda is a visible and active community leader chairing and participating in numerous boards. She is passionate about animal welfare, education and the arts. From the United Schools Network to the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, she uses her kind, generous nature to advocate for others. As a mother of four, Linda knows all too well the importance of education and reading. In particular, she enjoys reading books about inspiring women and believes it is key to understanding the world around you

Mike Kaufmann is chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, a vital organization in the Columbus corporate landscape. During his 30 years at Cardinal Health, Kaufmann has served in a wide range of executive leadership positions and become known for his creativity and grit. He passionately advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as not only the right focus areas for leaders, but also the smart choice for businesses looking to achieve better performance and increased innovation. He carries his passion for people and results to his service on boards. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for MSC Industrial Supply, sits on the executive board of Red Oak Sourcing and is a member of the executive committee with The Columbus Partnership.

Thank You for Your Support






ABC 6/Fox 28/CW Columbus



Bricker & Eckler LLP

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events


Covelli Enterprises

Crane Group

Donatos Pizza

Encova Insurance


Heidelberg Distributing Co.




M/I Homes Foundation

The Robert Weiler Company

Stifel Public Finance/Stifel Private Client-The Yen Group Easton

Thompson Hine


Vital Companies

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


Buckeye Interactive

Columbus State Community College

Crabbe, Brown & James LLP



Fifth Third Bank

Fullen Financial Group

GBQ Partners

GUND Partnership and Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design


Ice Miller

IGS Energy

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Matrix Psychological Services, Inc.

Moody Nolan

NAI Ohio Equities


New Albany Community Foundation

The New Albany Company

Nicholson Builders, Inc.

Park National Bank


State Auto Insurance Companies

Worthington Industries


Sandra Doyle-Ahern and Michael Ahern

Marilu and Tim Faber

Lynne and Martyn Redgrave


George Barrett

Pamela and John Beeler

Lauren Bonfield and Stephen Keyes

Katie and Geoff Chatas

The Christopher Foundation

Melanie and Mike DeAscentis

Barbara and Philip Derrow

Rhonda and Charlie Fraas

DeeDee and Herb Glimcher

Linda and Frank Kass

Nancy and Tom Lurie

Deborah Neimeth

Paul Smith, Jr.

Colleen Nissl and Roger Sugarman

Corde Westwater Robinson


John Behal and Jim Elliott

Laney Burgdoerfer

Alison Circle and Riccardo Ruotolo

Mary Jo Conte

Marjorie Duffy and Mike Gladman

Maria and Tim Frommeyer

Carol Andreae and James Garland

Lisal and Don Gorman

Mary and Tom Katzenmeyer

Charlotte and Jack Kessler

Mary Lazarus

Ann and Ron Pizzuti

Lane and John Rothschild

Linda Larrimer and Hugh Westwater

Kathy and Alec Wightman


Marty Anderson

Randy Arndt and Jeff Baker

Ellen and Jim Bachmann

Nancy and Burton Bardus

Chief Chukwuemeka Bosah and Dr. Ngozi Osuagwu

Barbara and David Brandt

Tanisha and Donald Brown

Wendy and Justin Bumbico

Elizabeth and Stephen Cartwright

Darci Congrove

Sue Cooper

Kathryn and Scott Gaines

Diane and Kim Garland

Gregg Dodd

Shaunessy Everett

Christine and Thomas Farquhar

David and Joanne Frantz

Susan and Bill Gillam

Joanne Goldhand and Justin D’arms

Linda and Bill Habig

Amanda and Charlie Hansen

Lauren Hagan and Jim Venetucci

Tracy and David Harrison

Marihelen Hatcher

Rachel and Jim Heine

John N. Larrimer MD

Wayne Lawson and Bill Mitchell

Lexie and Trip Lazarus

Vicki and Ron Linville

Victoria and Patrick Losinski

Bob Loversidge

Cathy and Jeff Lyttle

Jennifer Massanova and Lou Von Thaer

Jennifer McNally and Michael Flamm

Katharine Moore

Jane Mykrantz and Kiehner Johnson

Sue and Mark Real

Kathryne and Kevin Reeves

Anne and Bill Remias

Robert M. Roach

Rosanne and Mark Rosen

Kelly Ruoff and Patrick King

Nikki Scarpitti

Teckie and Don Shackelford

Robin and Andrew Shockney

Renée and Alex Shumate

Laura and Jay Simonds

Lynne and Stephen Smith

Sheila and Gene Smith

Stewart Smith

Nancy Strause

Catherine Strauss and John Lowe

Wendy Tressler

Seanna and Matthew Walter

Beatrice and Alan Weiler

Steve Weiler

Nan Winslow

Hope Wolman

Thomas Young

Donna and Lee Zuiderweg

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

96 S. Grant Ave. | Columbus, Ohio 43215