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Christine H. King


"Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend"

Christine Hazel King, affectionately known as Chris, was born August 27, 1949 in Philadelphia PA. She attended parochial schools and graduated from John W. Hallahan Girls High School (Philadelphia PA). Upon her graduation, Christine attended Lincoln University (Philadelphia PA) and later taught school for several years within the Philadelphia public school system. After teaching she decided to obtain her Masters in Library Science (MLS) from Drexel University (Philadelphia PA) in 1981.

Christine is a member of the American Library and New Jersey Library Association and has worked at numerous library branches throughout south Jersey. Her countless contributions within the library sector are endless. She has served as a moderator, panelist, executive board member and chairperson on various committees and conferences during her library career. Some of her accolades include: serving on the Black Caucus of American Library Association Librarians (Columbus OH), and was appointed to the New Jersey Library Network Review Board by the state of New Jersey. She's a recipient of the Stockton State College (Pomona NJ), Research and Professional Development Award, the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Writing Worship Award (Tucson AZ) and the New Jersey State Library Leadership Institute Award (Princeton NJ). 

Presently, Christine serves as Library Directory of the Willingboro NJ Public Library. It was indeed an honor for my father, the late James Thorn, and I to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the only library in this local township, which serves approximately 33,000 residents. 

In addition to her library career, Christine is a caregiver to her parents, Mr. Ralph and Mrs. Audrey King. Caring for the elderly with a chronic illness can be a challenge. We applaud her for her time, dedication and commitment to her parents. It just shows that Christine truly knows how to balance her family and career!

In her limited spare time, Christine enjoys sleeping, walking, movies and reading. The last book she read was "Two Scraped Knees" by Davita Galloway. Her thoughts regarding the book - "a straight forward, honest and creatively written account of her life. Again, very creative."

Christine was asked the following questions and her responses are noted below: 

What's your view on Black America today? – "Black America today is worrisome.  Too many distractions.  Less focus on upward and onward than in the past.  Lots of perverted values; better parenting and fewer friendships between parent and child; more family values and support." 

What's your view on President Obama? - "I like Obama...  as a man, father, and husband.  Politically, I haven't come to a final conclusion. But he stepped into a lot of leftover stuff as well as a lot of new deep doo." 

Who has inspired you the most and why? - "Inspiration comes in many forms.  I admire a lot of people for a lot of reasons. But the quality I admire most in any human is strength and conviction." 

What does family mean to you? - "My family means that I will never want for love, attention, or support. That is not to say that things are always perfect."