Remembering Christine McNew

KP and ChristineImage from Katelyn Patterson

Texas Library Association statement, reprinted with permission

Remembering Christine McNew

Christine McNew, youth services coordinator in the Library Development and Networking Division at the Texas State Library and Archives passed away this week. Over the years, Christine made remarkable and highly visible contributions to the services offered to Texas libraries. She 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 her work.


The Texas Library Association put together a resolution in memory of Christine McNew.

TLA Resolution In Memory of ChristineShe will be missed by all.


Lago Vista Publicity In Their Growing Community

The Lago Vista Public Library recently received some great publicity in a local publication, the Tessera On Lake Travis Newsletter.  Tessera is a new development on Lake Travis that is adding to the growing population of Lago Vista and is expected to introduce new patrons to the Library.



Meet the Author Wine Tasting at the Dripping Springs Community Library

The Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library will be hosting their annual Meet the Author Wine Tasting event featuring local author Susan Wittig Albert. All are welcome and they encourage spreading the word! Sounds like a wonderful event.

POB book poster large 2017

Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission produced a study of the economic impact of public libraries in Texas using data from the 2015 fiscal year. This study was lead by Dr. James Jarrett, Senior Research Scientist of the Bureau of Business Research, IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. The economic modeling was performed by Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.

The short version is that Texas communities gain an average of $4.64 in benefits for every $1.00 invested in their public library. The full text of the press release is at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/roi2017. A video announcement may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/tslac/videos/1301309966558685.

Happy Holidays from Comanche!

The Comanche Public Library has this lovely book tree at their circ desk. Thank you for sharing!




Announcing the CTLS 2017 SRP & YouthShare Workshop Series


Please join us at one of the following locations for a combination YouthShare and Summer Reading Program workshop!

January 27th in Austin at Laura’s Library

January 30th in Diboll at the T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library

February 6 in McAllen at the McAllen Public Library

9am to noon– Discussing the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program manuals and theme “Build A Better World”
Break for lunch
1pm to 3:30– YouthShare, where youth services staff come together to learn from and share with each other.

Some ideas on what to bring for the YouthShare:

  • A favorite storytime book
  • Your calendar! Tell us about past and future program plans
  • Songs and fingerplays
  • Craft ideas for preschool and elementary ages
  • A puppet or prop you don’t know how to use
  • A question or issue that you need help with
  • STEM programming ideas
  • Recommendations for your favorite library performers and speakers

Please send your ideas of what you would like to share in advance to Katelyn Patterson (katelyn.patterson@ctls.net).

Let us know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

TSLAC and Reach Out and Read-Texas Collaborating to Help Texas Public Libraries

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and Reach Out and Read-Texas (ROR), a program of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, share a mission of encouraging a love of books and reading and supporting preschool children in school-readiness. To enhance their success, the TSLAC and ROR formalized a Collaboration Agreement to encourage local Texas public libraries and local ROR participants to collaborate. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote your Family Place programs and additional programs for preschool children.


The mission of Reach Out and Read-Texas (http://reachoutandreadtexas.org/index.aspx) is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing an extensive body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program.

Key Findings

  •  Parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children.
  •  Reach Out and Read reaches the child through effectively teaching the parent to start lifelong learning in the home.
  •  During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites Texas public libraries to initiate collaborations with local ROR programs, and to provide:

  1. Library card applications that local ROR programs may share with participating families.
  1. Library calendars of events with early literacy, parenting, ESL, GED, and other library information that local ROR  programs may distribute to children and families to inform them about public library services and programs.
  1. Information about the library’s online resources that local ROR programs may provide to children and families.
  1. Parent/child, parenting, and literacy programs at ROR program locations, or read to children at the sites, if outreach staff is available.
  1. Information about ROR to library patrons in the library and through social media.


For more information about establishing ROR partnerships, please visit the Texas State Library’s website at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/youthservices/ROR or contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, at cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov.

Dripping Springs Community Library To Present A Christmas Carol

The Dripping Springs Community Library will present a Reader’s Theatre adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 17th at 3 p.m.


Nellie Pederson Civic Library Receives $4,000 Grant from Texas New Mexico Power


Shared from Bosque County Today:

“The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton recently received a grant from the Texas-New Mexico Power Fund for children’s books. The $4,000 grant awarded last month is for the purchase of 150 books and 30 audio books for juvenile-age readers and young children in the Clifton area. Raymond Zuehlke, president of the Nellie Pederson Civic Library’s advisory board, thanked the Power Fund for helping expand the library’s services to the next generation of readers.”

Check out the Texas New Mexico Power website for more information on their future grant opportunities.

November/December Newsletter is Now Available!

Here at CTLS we have been so busy that we combined our November and December newsletters into one and you can read it here. Happy reading and stay warm this weekend!