Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Friday,
May 22nd
Home News Local Dispute over library name on West Side

Dispute over library name on West Side

E-mail Print PDF

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.

The rest of this article is available in the IJN's print edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at (303) 861-2234 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 June 2013 10:55 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com