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Valerie Colston has been teaching Art and Humanities classes at the University level, along with a number of online workshops for librarians including Graphic Design for Librarians, for several years.  She has also developed and performed library programs throughout the San Diego and Orange County California areas.   She is the author of 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series, which received outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art Education Association newsletter, and more. Her article "It's Easy to be a Green Teen" appeared in the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates. She has also written Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming, Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series.  Colston is currently writing a graphic design book designed specifically for librarians.  Along with writing and teaching, Valerie Colston is an exhibiting artist.