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What is Gender Parity?

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day.  You are probably hearing the term "Gender Parity" thrown around quite a bit.  What does this actually mean?  Very narrowly defined, gender parity is the ratio of males to females in any given level of education.  Ok, but what does this mean for you?  It means that even in 2016, in the United States of America, men are still paid higher wages and hold more high-level positions in corporations.  In fact, by the time a college-educated woman turns 59, she will have lost almost $800,000 throughout her life due to wage inequality.

Big Changes in 2016!

We're pretty excited about 2016 here at the library!  Thanks to a generous grant from the Champlin Foundations, the library will be expanding the current Teen Den into a Teen Center with about 3 times as much space!  This means more comfy seating, more gaming space, laptops for teen use, and maybe even an aquarium!  Don't worry, we'll still have all your favorite magazines, novels, manga, and graphics!  Happy New Year!

Refugees: How much do you know?

You've probably been hearing a lot about refugees lately.  Maybe you're wondering, what IS a refugee?  A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of nationality and can't return due to a well-founded fear of persecution because of his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.  Refugees don't leave their homes because they want to; they leave because they have to.  Imagine having to flee Cumberland in order to escape being killed.  Seems like something out of the Hunger Games, right?

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