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Summary: "'I see multiple colonial governors,' says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. 'We are held captive by the donor community.' The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry - the business of doing good has never been better. Yet, the results...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: www.povertyinc.org 2015

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1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF POV

Bayard, Louis

Summary: With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister-- and the family gas station. To keep a competitor at bay and keep her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father-- fast. When a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she convince the town that Hiram is her long...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2016

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: Y FICTION BAY

Torres, Jennifer

Summary: After her father's landscaping business fails and the family loses their house, sixth-grader Griselda Zaragoza follows her sister's example and begins selling Alma cosmetics while hiding her changed circumstances from friends.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company 2019

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J FIC TOR

McKissack, Pat

Summary: Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Schwartz & Wade Books 2019

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: E MCK

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE MCK

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE MCK

Summary: Explains how global poverty began with military conquest, slavery, and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals, and forced labor. Today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Features expert insights from Nobel Prize winners, acclaimed authors, university professors, government ministers, and the leaders of...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Cinema Libre Studio 2010

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC END

Desmond, Matthew

1 hold on 4 copies

Summary: "[The author] takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the 20 dollars a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Crown Publishers 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339.2 DES

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 339.4 DES

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 339.4 DES

Ehrenreich, Barbara.

Summary: Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job, any job, can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2011

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1 available in Book Club Kit, Call number: Book Club Kit 305.569 EHR

Roberts, Jillian

Summary: Using illustrations, full-color photographs and straightforward text, this nonfiction picture book introduces the topics of homelessness and poverty to young readers.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Orca Book Publishers 2018

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 362 ROB

Budge, Kathleen M.

Summary: Drawing upon decades of research and myriad authentic classroom experiences, Kathleen Budge and William Parrett dispel harmful myths, explain the facts, and urge educators to act against the debilitating effects of poverty on their students. They share the powerful voices of teachers - many of whom grew up in poverty - to amplify the five classroom practices that permeate the culture of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: ASCD 2018

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Summary: Each title in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format; the viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find publications.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning 2016

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 339.2 INC

Summary: Elderly Nana Chinegowe is left to care for her three orphaned grandchildren. Other than occasional casual work as a day laborer, she has no mean to support them and they often go without food. This film tells the story of Malawi's ultra poor, and investigates the Millennium Development Goals of reducing maternal mortality, hunger, and poverty.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Curtis, Christopher Paul.

Summary: With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio/Listening Library 2012

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1 available in Juvenile Audiobooks, Call number: J CD CUR

Edin, Kathryn J.

Summary: "A revelatory account of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don't think it exists Jessica Compton's family of four would have no cash income unless she donated plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harrisand her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago often have no food but spoiled milk on weekends. After two decades of brilliant research on...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 339.3 EDI

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2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339.3 EDI

Greer, Peter

Contents: Introduction: Glimpses of poverty -- How bad is poverty anyway? -- Flower petals in the face -- Making a feast for Jesus -- Searching for solutions that work -- A hand up, not a handout -- How $100 can change the world -- Unlocking entrepreneurship -- A brass ring for the poor -- Microfinance goes mainstream -- Exploring variations in microfinance 2.0 -- It can't be that good, can it? -- Using...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Zondervan 2009

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 261.8 GRE

Ward, Jesmyn.

Summary: Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2012

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC WAR

Summary: Utopia is an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. 'This film is a journey into that secret country,' says John Pilger in Utopia. 'It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance -...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC UTO

Cushman, Karen.

Summary: In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Clarion Books 2010

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC CUS

Land, Stephanie

2 holds on 4 copies

Summary: Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, took classes online to earn a college degree. And she wrote relentlessly: true stories of overworked and underpaid Americans; of living on food stamps and WIC coupons. Here...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hachette Books 2019

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Noble, Trinka Hakes

Summary: During the 1918 influenza outbreak, nine-year-old Rettie seeks ways to make Thanksgiving special for her siblings and ailing mother.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Sleeping Bear Press 2017

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE FIC NOB

Summary: Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. They are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over, but face unfortunate circumstances an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment. Adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: [Passion River] 2014

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC RIC
1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF RIC

Summary: The Rose family's dreams of escaping their town are suddenly thwarted when the town's potential buyer succumbs to a diabetic coma. It's now clear that their stay in this simple setting will be much longer than they ever imagined. Faced with this horrific truth, the Roses must do the only thing they can: change the town from within. Contains thirteen episodes and bonus features.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV SCH

Fullerton, Alma.

Summary: Early morning in Uganda see a small boy struggle with jerry cans filled with the day's supply of water. At the villiage square he spies an aid truck fill with something amazing, what can a such a small barefoot boy to earn the treasure inside that truck?

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Pajama Press 2013

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1 available in Juvenile Easy, Call number: JE FUL

Arnade, Chris

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: "Widely acclaimed photographer and writer Chris Arnade shines new light on America's poor, drug-addicted, and forgotten--both urban and rural, blue state and red state--and indicts the elitists who've left them behind. Like Jacob Riis in the 1890s, Walker Evans in the 1930s, or Michael Harrington in the 1960s, Chris Arnade bares the reality of our current class divide in stark pictures and...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Sentinel 2019

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 362.50973

Bliss, Bryan.

Summary: Abigail's parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2015

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