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Dispute over library name on West Side

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L-r: Corky Gonzales, Golda Meir, Dr. Charles SpivakWhat’s in a name?

Apparently quite a lot, at least if you happen to be the Denver Public Library and you want to name a new branch in West Denver.

Over the last month or so, the as yet nameless and yet-to-be-built branch, which DPL expects to open next year at West Colfax Ave. and Irving St., has become the subject of lively discussion and debate among a variety of Denverites, including Jews and Hispanics, over the branch’s future name.

Beckoned from their graves so that their names might become eponymous with the new library have been teachers, politicians and doctors, a woman who lived in the neighborhood a century ago and became a head of state, and an activist considered a hero of his people by many and a domestic terrorist by others.

The latter two, Golda Meir and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, former Israeli prime minister and Chicano activist respectively – both of whom had historical ties to West Denver – are among the names which the public has suggested for the new branch.

Gonzales appears to have assumed a fairly commanding lead, DPL marketing and communications manager Jen Morris told the Intermountain Jewish News this week.

“I would say the majority are for Gonzales,” Morris said. “We didn’t tally, it wasn’t really a vote, just suggestions, but there were quite a few recommendations for him.”

Meir appears to be trailing somewhere behind, as do such candidates as Denver’s first Hispanic City Councilman Sam Sandos, Denver educator and library commissioner Lena Archuleta, and Dr. Charles Spivak, founder of the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society.

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