Family and friends celebrated the dedication of the Jimmie Lyn Harris Children’s Collection during a special ceremony April 12 in the Denton campus library. Harris’ sisters, Starla Knapp and Dayna Westmoreland, delivered a message from her family during the ceremony.
Harris was both an alumna and longtime staff member, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in library science from TWU and beginning her career in the library in 1980. For nearly 40 years, she served as the children’s librarian and as the subject specialist librarian for multicultural women’s and gender studies.
Following Harris’ death April 9, 2020, family and friends established an endowment program benefiting the Children’s Collection, and Chancellor Carine Feyten designated that the collection be named in honor of Harris. The collection comprises more than 58,000 books in more than 30 languages.