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West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community will host author Erika Bracken Probst for a discussion of her book 'Friends on My Street' Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the West Linn library.

Erika Bracken Probst will speak about her book Friends on My Street: A Celebration of Diversity at the West Linn library Feb. 9.

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The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community will present a conversation with children's book author, nurse and teacher Erika Bracken Probst from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St., West Linn.

Probst will speak about embracing diversity in one's neighborhood and celebrating all cultures and religions. She will talk about her book "Friends on My Street: A Celebration of Diversity," and why books like this are important when teaching children about inclusion.

Admission is free and children accompanied by their parents are welcome.

Probst feels strongly that cultural awareness and education are an important aspect of general education from early childhood onward.

After moving to her current street in 2009, Probst and her family loved the sense of community that developed as more families from diverse backgrounds moved to the neighborhood.

This feeling of inclusion inspired her to write the children's book, in which she describes the street through the eyes of her young son, who takes the reader on a journey to meet his neighbors, who come from 14 countrires and observe four major religions.

Probst was born and raised in rural Alaska and moved to Oregon in 1996. Upon graduating from the University of Portland in 2000 with a nursing degree, she worked at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center until 2016.

Some of her projects there included teaching how to better care for patients of different cultures and educating staff about cultural awareness. She now teaches future health care professionals in the Beaverton School District's Health Careers Program.

The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community (WLAIC) brings together a diverse, non-partisan group of West Linn neighbors working to ensure that all members of the community have equal opportunities to participate in the quality of life that the town offers; that all neighbors are safe from hate crimes, abuse or harrassment, and that no person or group is subjected to discrimination, bigotry or prejudice.

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