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A LASTING LEGACY How one family’s generosity will benefit the Library for years to come When Shan Bhati’s mother, Shammi, passed away, it was important to Shan and her brother, Amar, to do something meaningful in her honor. “We both remembered how much she enjoyed taking her grandson to the Madeira Branch Library for storytime,” said Bhati. Bhati and her brother reached out to The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Foundation — an independent, nonprofit fundraising organization that benefits the Library. They discussed how a donation could help make their mother’s memory last forever. “We instantly knew that it was the perfect fit for mom,” Bhati said. Working with The Library Foundation, the family decided to put their gift toward a renovation of the Madeira Branch Library’s children’s area, which officially opened to the public on Oct. 21. “We are hopeful that the expansion of the children’s reading area and purchase of many new educational toys will allow larger reading programs to be held, more comfortable accommodations for the children, and hopefully more children starting to think of the Library and reading as fun,” she said. Bhati says her mother’s lifelong love of reading goes all the way back to her mom’s childhood in India. Shan’s grandmother is a successful author. When Shammi and her husband, Anant, came to Cincinnati in the early 1970s, they made sure to pass that love of reading onto their children. The family often visited the Westwood Branch Library near their childhood home — sparking a love of reading that’s never faded. “I strongly urge anyone even considering a gift to meet with The Library Foundation,” Bhati said. “There are so many ways that any size gift can help.”

Changing Lives One Gift at a Time For most of us, libraries were among the first places where we connected to ideas bigger than ourselves. We heard stories, discovered new material, and let our imagination take us to new places. But the work of the Library is more than dreams, hopes, and wishes. It takes commitment and money. The Library relies on the support of several fundraising organizations to help us raise money to renovate branches, add to our collection, create events to engage and inspire, and take the Library to people who can’t physically visit a branch. There are a number of easy and effective ways to give back and support the Library community.


LibraryLinks | Winter 2017

The Library Foundation raises the money needed to support the vital programs and services of our Library. The Foundation is a major fundraiser behind the Summer Learning Program. There are so many ways to help, big and small, from Kroger Community Rewards to donations that honor a beloved pet to the lasting legacy of the Torch Society. All donations are tax-deductible. You can learn more at

LibraryLinks: Winter 2017  

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