June 19, 2017

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks booked for 25th Celebration of Learning, Library Foundation fundraiser

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) has booked Suzan-Lori Parks as the featured speaker for its 25th annual Celebration of Learning on Friday, Nov. 3.

Celebration of Learning, CMLF’s annual fundraiser which this year celebrates its silver anniversary, will be held in the atrium and Reading Room of Main Library. It features remarks from an acclaimed author and the presentation of The Julian Sinclair Smith Award for Lifelong Learning to a Columbus resident who has demonstrated dedication to reading, education and lifelong learning. To date, the event has raised over $4 million in support of the library’s greatest needs and highest priorities.

Parks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MacArthur Genius grant recipient who has written screenplays for Academy Award winners like Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington.

Parks is 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.” In her own unique and performative way, Parks will detail her journey from opening Topdog/Underdog on Broadway, to launching 365 Days / 365 Plays in over 700 theaters worldwide, to seeing her writing interpreted on film.

CMLF helps further the mission of Columbus Metropolitan Library by providing funding for its capital needs as well as Homework Help Centers, Ready for Kindergarten initiatives, employment resources and Summer Reading Club, supporting the needs of kids, teens and adults.

Visit foundation.columbuslibrary.org for more information.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.