Also, the conservatory is honored for its children's garden and the Palace Theatre gets a makeover

Bexley teenager Meagan Warren has received plenty of Central Ohio honors, including being named a Jefferson Award winner and a Dispatch Media Group Everyday Heroes finalist. Now, she has a new national accolade.

Warren, 15, was one of 10 honorees in the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for 2018. She was recognized for her work with the nonprofit Books for Bedtime organization. The award, which honors 25 young people each year, was started in 2001 by author T.A. Barron to honor his mother.

Warren founded Books for Bedtime in 2014 to provide reading materials to children in need. Since then, she has donated more than 77,000 books through schools, homeless shelters and food pantries. She collects, organizes and distributes books to children in need, with the help of friends and volunteers. She delivers all of the donations herself and recently created a step-by-step guide for students and teachers on how to become a change-maker. It’s a subject we’d say she’s well-qualified to write about. 

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens received a 2018 Columbus Makes Art Award from the Greater Columbus Arts Council for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden, which opened in May. The award recognizes “outstanding achievements in innovation, risk and artistic excellence.”

You didn’t need the garden to win an award to know it’s an awesome new space for your family to visit, but it’s a well-deserved honor nonetheless.

You may have noted that two holiday shows mentioned in this month’s “The Fam Five” column—“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage” and“The Hip Hop Nutcracker”—are taking place in the Palace Theatre. What you might not know is that the historic venue underwent a major six-month renovation and just reopened Nov. 2.

Plaster work, drapes, lighting, paint, seat repair and other refurbishments were part of the update of the hall itself. The project is part of CAPA’s ongoing $6.5 million capital campaign to fully renovate the venue, which opened in 1926 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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