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The Denton Library at 215 Maple St may soon be called the Denton Library-Jennifer Norris Branch. That was the consensus of 50 neighborhood residents who met with Library Commission President Walter Francis and Commissioners Kathy Sims and William Rogers, at the Denton Library on December 2.

Norris, who died of cancer in September, was a Maple Street community activist dedicated to the preservation of libraries, the Denton branch in particular. A resolution recommending that the Library Commission vote to rename the branch was passed unanimously by those at the meeting.

A meeting of the Library Commission to vote on the recommendation was scheduled for December 2 at 3:30 p.m. Francis predicted that the name change would be approved. A majority vote of the twelve commissioners, he said, four of whom were at the meeting, would be required for approval.

“The Library Commission was very fond of Jennifer,” he added. “She was invaluable to us.”

At the November get-together, which was attended by many friends and family of Norris, one resident raised the question of what the cost might be to install a bronze plaque on the library building facade. Although that information was not known, Norris’s daughter, Dana Norris, replied that the money would not necessarily have to come from the library budget. “My mother.” she noted, “was creative in funding.”

Karen Harper, a Friends of Denton activist who worked closely with Norris for many years, added:”There are several lively organizations in this neighborhood — maybe we can help raise the money.”

Those interested in contributing to the fundraising or donating books to the newly christened Jennifer Norris Children’s Room of the library should give Harper a call.