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Remembering Christine McNew

2017 January 30
by Katherine Adelberg

I am very sorry to have to announce the sad news that Christine McNew, Youth Services Coordinator in our Library Development and Networking Division, has died. While her TSLAC colleagues were aware that Christine was struggling with health issues, we are stunned at her passing.

Christine started working at TSLAC in 1999, but left the agency in 2012 due to the budget cuts that year. We were very fortunate that she returned to our staff two years ago. Christine made remarkable and highly visible contributions to the services we offer Texas libraries. Most notably, Christine was responsible for the highly successful and popular Family Place program that has been adopted by 60 public libraries across the state. Christine was a widely respected statewide expert on the topic of library services to children, and was a veteran of many workshops, webinars, and conference presentations on the subject. Christine was always a tireless advocate of the power of summer reading programs and recently added important groundbreaking work encouraging summer nutrition programs at libraries.

Christine will be long remembered for her substantial contributions over her entire career to excellence in library services to children. For decades to come, many thousands of children in Texas will benefit from Christine’s work.

Christine will be sorely missed by her colleagues at TSLAC and across the state.


Mark Smith, Director and Librarian | Texas State Library and Archives Commission

512  463.5460 | fax 512  463-5436 | | |

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  1. Hollis McCright permalink
    January 30, 2017

    I am also stunned at the news of Christine’s passing. The Texas library community has lost a shining star. My condolences to her family.

  2. Dawn Krause permalink
    January 30, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of a friend, former colleague, master librarian and beautiful human being, Christine McNew. I had the pleasure of working with Christine for many years at TSLAC and her passion for youth librarianship and her compassion for everyone that crossed her path in life will never be forgotten.

    She taught me so much and her dedication to the Texas Reading Club, infant lapsit, Every Child Ready to Read, school library standards, and countless professional development programs for youth librarians was unparalleled.

    What a loss to the profession and the world at large! My thoughts go out to her TSLAC family and all her friends/relatives.

  3. Norma Ruiz-Hearne permalink
    January 30, 2017

    I am so sad, the hear of Christine’s passing. I am sending Thoughts and Prayers for her family and those who knew her. God’s Blessing on them. RIP Christine.

  4. Lorelei Perkins permalink
    January 30, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Christine’s passing. She was a veritable fountain of information! lkperkins

  5. January 30, 2017

    Christine was an amazing leader and one of the kindest people on earth. I am thankful for her positive and forward-thinking influence on Texas libraries. She will be sorely missed. Prayers for her family and colleagues.

  6. Katherine Adelberg permalink*
    January 30, 2017

    Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments. This has been a very difficult day for us at the State Library, as it has been for many of you. It has been heartening to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your stories.

  7. Belinda Boon permalink
    January 30, 2017

    I’m so very sorry to hear this! I have many good memories of working with her at TSLAC and before, when she was at Ft. Bend Co.

  8. Suzan Nyfeler permalink
    January 30, 2017

    Christine was a dear colleague and friend. She was tirelessly upbeat and a creative force for young readers across Texas. She will really, really be missed.

  9. January 30, 2017

    Christine was a great advocate for the literacy of Texas. I had the great pleasure to meet with her in September at a workshop in The Woodlands. She was a great mentor for me.

  10. January 31, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Christine McNew’s passing. She was a wonderful person who would go above and beyond to help you. She will be missed. I will keep her family and work family in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Jane Bering permalink
    January 31, 2017

    I don’t know where to begin. Being able to meet and work with Christine was a true gift. Taking what you learned from her, and her offerings, back to your library and your children was truly uplifting and rewarding.

    When we were seriously thinking about applying to be a Family Place Library, but had to drop out due to lack of space, Christine personally called me and spent time with me, asking questions about the space concerns and all possibilities imaginable. When we agreed it wouldn’t work here she was still so encouraging and supportive for the future.

    I will miss her bright eyes and sweet smile. I send my prayers and thoughts to her TSLAC family, her relatives, and everyone who had the great pleasure to know her.

  12. Cristina Winner permalink
    January 31, 2017

    We are so saddened to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful advocate for libraries and we always enjoyed working with her. She was a joy to work with and will be missed.

  13. Donna Kearley permalink
    January 31, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Christine’s passing. She was so cheerful and helpful with us as we worked on the School Library Standards. She will be missed.

  14. B. J. Alaniz permalink
    February 1, 2017

    Christine was such an outstanding force for libraries and literacy in Texas and will be missed.

  15. Janet Ingraham Dwyer permalink
    February 7, 2017

    Christine was dynamic and dedicated. As a counterpart youth services consultant, I greatly enjoyed and benefited from her professional generosity and thoughtfulness. And I miss her. Her passing is a big loss, but her work and impact are a lasting tribute.

    Janet Ingraham Dwyer
    State Library of Ohio

  16. Valerie Jensen permalink
    February 10, 2017

    So sorry to hear about this. I worked with Christine quite a bit through TLA – she was an inspiration to a lot of people in the library field. She will be missed.

  17. Dale L Ricklefs permalink
    February 27, 2017

    While I did not know Christine personally, I do know that she contributed greatly to childrens’ services statewide. What a sudden loss to all of the children’s services librarians in the state. My sympathies to her family and those who knew her well.

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