“Characters we can connect with:” Teens gather diverse books for libraries

From left, James Kline, Jayla Henderson and Kiara Ransaw - the teen trio that, under their Library Diversity Initiative, collected more than 500 books for the libraries at Citizens Leadership Academy, Citizens Academy East and Citizens Academy Southeast. The three are shown here at Upcycle Parts Shop, which provided items to decorate library book shelves. Upcycle specializes sustainable art and craft supplies. Photo provided by Meghan Park of Citizens Leadership.

Last year, three then 7th graders – Jayla Henderson, James Kline and Kiara Ransaw – noticed what they believed to be a problem with the books in their school library. So they set out to do something about it.

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