The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany is designed to embrace healthy living through community activities, events and personalized wellness and disease prevention. Community programming includes classes for residents of all ages in areas including fitness, disease prevention, cooking demonstrations and more.
Since 2002, the New Albany Community Foundation has presented renowned lecturers to the community and to area students. From Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians to a former Secretary of State, a former Prime Minister and two United States Presidents, the Foundation remains committed to supporting lifelong learning opportunities in New Albany for adults and students alike. Two former U.S. secretaries of defense, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, headlined the annual Remarkable Evening which is held annually at the residence of Leslie and Abigail Wexner in New Albany.
Held at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the Jefferson Series is a collection of stimulating forums featuring some of the world’s most compelling and esteemed thinkers of our time. The series has featured a roundtable discussion between oil magnate, philanthropist and energy expert, T. Boone Pickens and Limited Brands founder and philanthropist, Leslie Wexner; Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin and United States Senator and Astronaut, John Glenn with his wife, Annie.
The New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is yet another great story of collaboration in New Albany. In 2002, the New Albany Community Foundation collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) to endow over $1 million for book collections and technology enhancements for the New Albany Branch Library. CML is consistently rated as one of the top libraries in America. The success of the Foundation’s Library Fund cleared the way for construction of a new, regional public library.
Since its dedication, the library has served the community in a myriad of ways, such as weekly Baby Lap Time; teen programs throughout the year; reading clubs for children, teens and adults each summer; Job Help Centers, where job hunters receive assistance with their search and preparation; Toddler Storytime, books, music and rhymes to set toddlers on the road to reading; and Preschool Storytime, books, songs, stories and surprises intended to help preschoolers learn to love reading.
In December 2007 the building which houses the library was named in honor of Charlotte P. Kessler in recognition of a significant gift to the library and for her outstanding, long-time service to the Columbus Metropolitan Library.