In January 2012, the Waukee Public Library had received a very generous bequest from former resident Hiram Ori. The approximate amount of $700,000 is the largest single donation in the long history of the library.
This gift will help advance the institution toward its goal of serving as a gathering place for the community and its dedication to promoting the free exchange of ideas.
While this gift is a marvelous recognition of WPL’s current achievement and future promise, it is also a reminder that we must continue to provide critical support for the public library – the heart of our community. Mr. Ori’s remarkable act of generosity will help secure the future of the Waukee Public Library as a trusted source of information and ideas for members of the community.
Hiram Ori believed deeply in the role of public libraries to educate and inspire people, particularly young people. He made this extraordinary gift from his steadfast conviction that Waukee Public Library and all libraries provide a vital connection to millions of individuals worldwide.
He wanted us to continue providing excellent service to meet the needs of the public. This contribution reflects not only Mr. Ori’s belief in the growing significance and enduring value of public libraries, but his conviction that Waukee Public Library will be a wise and responsible steward of his legacy.
It is no secret that these have been challenging economic times for public libraries, a challenge that is still unmet. We hope this gift will inspire a broad conversation about the funding needs for public libraries, particularly at the local level.
We are inspired and humbled by this magnificent gift. Although Mr. Ori moved away from Waukee, he naturally felt a strong bond with the town where he spent his youth. This bequest honors his mother and father and the families of the Shuler Mine. It is our hope that it fills the people of Waukee with pride in their community and in their library.