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Valerie Reinke has worked in the field of library literacy for 18 years. She started in 1989 as the Families for Literacy Coordinator at what was then Riverside City & County Public Library and then moved on to initiate adult literacy services at Orange Public and Corona Public libraries respectively. Since 2001 she has worked for the California State Library as a Library Programs Consultant specializing in -- what else -- literacy services. Valerie received her B.A. in English from UCLA and her M.A. in English from UC Riverside. She recently moved to Texas but continues to work on behalf of California's library literacy services. She also works part-time on the early literacy skills of her children Ricky (5) & Cara (3) and spends her free time reading and battling sleep deprivation.