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.
If you are a teen in 7th - 12th grade and have read three or more books from the nominee list, you are eligilbe to vote! Stop in the library to fill out a ballot form at Miss Jenn's desk before February 22nd.
2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill*
Winter has finally descended upon Rhode Island. Luckily, we have not been subject to the unrelenting snow and cold of 2015 this season, but that does not mean we should forego the perks that winter has to bring. And yes, there are a few!
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!
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?
Calling all children! Do you collect something special? Would you like to show everyone your special collection? Sign up for a two week turn to show off your collection in the Children's Room Display Case! Call the Children's Desk at 333-2552 extension 3 or stop by to sign up.