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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

By Cherise T. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2017, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City tells the story of our national rental housing crisis through the lens of the Milwaukee area. Matthew Desmond focuses on two landlords renting the lowest quality properties to eight impoverished residents and families struggling against … Continue reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

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Let’s Talk Books!

I think most of my colleagues would agree that suggesting books to our customers is one of the best parts of our job. The benefit is two-fold. First, we recognize a fellow bibliophile when someone comes to the desk and asks, “Can you suggest a good book?” The person offers us an opportunity to talk … Continue reading Let’s Talk Books!

The cover shows a portrait of President Grant in his Union general's uniform, with a faded beige-toned battlefield landscape in the background.

Grant by Ron Chernow

Review by Jean B. Biographies, especially those by Ron Chernow, can be a heavy lift – literally. At more than 900 pages, Chernow’s acclaimed 2017 book examining the life of Ulysses S. Grant can be exhausting to hold for more than 30 minutes of reading. So now is a perfect time to tackle this large … Continue reading Grant by Ron Chernow

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Everything Hamilton

Review by Cherise T. Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there’s a million things I haven’t done But just you wait, just you wait… If this stanza makes your heart beat faster or maybe even brings tears to your eyes, then Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, is the book … Continue reading Everything Hamilton

Teens Read the Rainbow

Reviews by Sarah C. Looking for some excellent teen fiction featuring LGBTQ+ main characters and/or written by LGBTQ+ authors and illustrators? Look no further! We have you covered with different books from various genres, as well as our Rainbow Reads teen reading list from 2019. Many of the authors listed below have other titles, too. So if … Continue reading Teens Read the Rainbow

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New Online Calendar!

HCLS is pleased to launch a new online calendar that provides an easy-to-use, snapshot view of all of our upcoming classes and events. The calendar can be accessed here, or by going to and clicking on “Classes & Events.” This user-friendly and easy-to-navigate tool allows customers to search and register for classes and events … Continue reading New Online Calendar!

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Rainbow Reads for Children, Part One

By Laci R. June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and it’s a time to celebrate all the beautiful identities and colors of the rainbow. Luckily, many vibrant books and stories can help you do so. Representation is incredibly important. Aside from the sheer joy and pleasure of getting to see yourself in books and stories, it promotes inclusivity and begins vital conversations with the children in your life about the history of the LGBTQ+ community and … Continue reading Rainbow Reads for Children, Part One


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