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Celebration of Learning 2021

On Friday, November 5, the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation held the 29th annual Celebration of Learning, raising over $680,000. The event honored federal court Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley as the 2021 Julian Sinclair Smith Awardee and Lynne Redgrave as the 5th ever Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award Winner. The committee was led by co-chairs Sandy Doyle-Ahern and Renée Shumate and welcomed Linda and Mike Kaufmann as honorary chairs. The celebration featured renowned author and 2020 MacArthur Genius Award winner Jacqueline Woodson who inspired an in-person audience of more than 300 guests and hundreds more virtual participants as she delved into her own experiences and journey to become a writer. Presenting Sponsor for the Celebration of Learning was Battelle, and Platinum Sponsors include American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide, Safelite, and the Siemer Family Foundation. For more information about the Columbus Metropolitan Library, visit


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