Vanessa

Youth Services Outreach Assistant 785-843-3833 x 117 vreynaga@lplks.org ¡Hablo español! Native Californian with a penchant for kind hearts, Elena Ferrante currently, poetry, and rap and hip hop…
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It’s Time to Vote!

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." — Winston Churchill, on the floor of Parliament in November 1947. Odds are, you know that there’s an election coming up (on Tuesday, November 6th, to be exact). The voter…
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MARVELous Women

I grew up watching superheroes in their 90s cartoon incarnations, so I’ve been familiar with a handful of female supers for as long as I can remember. That said, the overwhelming majority of superheroes in my orbit were men. Fortunately, the costumed do-gooder lineup has gotten much more diverse with every passing decade. I mean…
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An Eloquent And Provocative New Barbara Kingsolver Novel

Unsheltered is more than the title of Barbara Kingsolver's new book; it is the thoughtful overarching metaphor which connects the characters from two distinct time frames in one place. Kingsolver juxtaposes turmoil from today and the past, and yet wit and resilience are found throughout each storyline via gripping dialogue between the characters—their struggles and…
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It’s Always Almost the Holidays

Lots of people grumble about how the holidays seem to encroach ever earlier into the preceding season. We hardly have time to stow our patriotic bunting before that one aisle in the grocery store starts insisting it’s time for bats and jack o'lanterns—which are then quickly muscled off the shelf by Christmas baubles.    Unfortunately…
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Little Orphan Angie

Like any good child of the eighties, my first foray into relating to a fellow orphan happened with that precocious, red-haired girl pining for the family she’d never known on the window sill of the Hudson Street Orphanage.   Until last month, it took two fictional accounts of orphans to make me realize that I’d…
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We Need Diverse Stories!!

 Looking for great stories with diverse characters that look and live like you?  Short on time but needing inspiration? Discover the power of the ANTHOLOGY!!   Each anthology contains lots of stories, stories are packed with characters who REPRESENT,  VOICES that often go unheard, and IDEAS about how to change all of that for the future…
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