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Christina Royster-Hemby is the new director of marketing and membership development at the Irvine Nature Center in Stevenson. With a larger facility under construction in Owings Mills, Royster-Hemby is looking to build the center's membership as well.

"We hope to serve local kids from urban areas who do not have green pastures," she said.

Royster-Hemby graduated from Morgan State University with a bachelor's degree in English. After graduation, she pursued a writing career in California, writing for shows such as Sister Sister, For Your Love and Living Single, before moving back to Baltimore.

"Are You My Mother?" / by P.D. Eastman / Random House / 72 pages / $9

Of all the children's books my mother read to me, that's the one I remember most. You go on this journey with the cast of characters and it creates a bond. It's a nice journey that I continue to create with my child.

"How to Win Friends and Influence People" / by Dale Carnegie / Simon & Schuster (paperback) / 304 pages / $14

For me, the book describes the ground work of what I do. It's all about fostering relationships. ... I refer to it for my own pleasure and business purposes.

"The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time" / by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen / Three Rivers Press (paperback) / 224 pages / $13

Here at Irvine, we strive to help the community commit to uplifting the environment. The book is a very common-sense guide on the importance of keeping the environment clean.

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