Most Banned Books of 2013

Kirkwood Banned Book Display

Kirkwood Banned Book Display

Many bookstores, schools and libraries celebrating Banned Books Week will showcase selections from the ALA OIF’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013. The list is released each spring and provides a snapshot of book removal attempts in the U.S. The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013 reflects a range of themes. Below each title is the reason or reasons it was challenged. The top 10 list consists of the following titles:

  1. “Captain Underpants” (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.|
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. “Bless Me Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. “Bone” (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Banned Books Update from ALA

Kirkwood's d Banned Books Display 2014

Kirkwood’s Banned Books Display 2014

Since I wanted to share photos of the Kirkwood Library Service’s annual Banned Books Display, I decided to go ahead and share the American Library Association’s (ALA) press release with the photos. By the ALA’s definition a banned book is one that has been challenged or removed from any library (school, academic, or public) or had access to it limited. Find lists of such books on the previous post. Also check out this interactive infographic about why books were banned from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Close Up of Sign

Close Up of Sign

CHICAGO — Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals across the country are fighting back against censorship and saying yes to their right to read.

From Sept. 21 to Sept. 27, hundreds of events are happening in local communities and thousands of conversations are taking place online.  Don’t miss either.  Below are just a few ways you can get involved.

1.      Find an event in your community at:

2.      Follow us on Twitter at @BannedBooksWeek and Facebook at for the latest news and updates

3.      Add our Twibbon to your profile pic:

4.      Tape yourself reading from your favorite banned book during our Virtual Read-Out:

5.      Attend the SAGE/OIF Banned Books Week webinar:

Student Checking Out Display

Student Checking Out Display

Our sponsors have also been busy planning events and rallying their communities. Learn more:

1.American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression’s Banned Books Week Handbook and press release

2.American Library Association press release

3.      Association of American Publishers press release

4.      Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Banned Books Week Tour

5.      Freedom to Read Foundation Krug-Sponsored Banned Books Week events

6.      National Coalition Against Censorship events

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, and Project Censored. Banned Books Week is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress

More information is available at


Updated Banned Books Week 2014

People often ask us about the books included in our display. The lists below are an annual collection of reports of book banning and attempted book banning from around the country as collected by the American Library Association (ALA). We draw our display books from these annual lists and all time most banned lists. This year Banned Books Week is September 21−27, 2014, please stop by either library branch and check out our displays.

Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2012-2013 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2011-2012 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2004-2005 (PDF)

You can also find them sorted by the most frequently banned books in each decade:

We sometimes get asked about booking banning and book banning in Iowa. The Iowa ACLU provides this list of such cases:

Find additional sources here:

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

How To Open Pages Documents on a PC

Pages is a word processing program than is available on Apple products. If you’ve used Pages to create a document, it isn’t enough to save it on a memory stick or e-mail it as is to get it to successfully print on a Kirkwood computer (or any PC computer). If you try it that way, the latest version of Pages will merely show up as a folder with programming information and no text, but there is a solution, at least for newer versions of Pages.

1. Click on File (there may be some variation in this depending on what version of Pages you are using, but normally Export is under File)

2. Click on Export as or in some versions Export to.

3. Select as a Word document.

4. Save the Word document either to your memory stick or wherever you want on your computer to attach it to an e-mail. (In some cases I’ve had to save it to the desktop and then move it to the memory stick.)

5. Log in to Kirkwood computer, open document from memory stick or download from your e-mail. If you are still having issues, ask at the Reference Desk.

6. There are 2 Mac computers in the Nielsen Hall Allsop Computer Lab. If you are having issues elsewhere, you should be able to open and print any Pages documents there.

NOTE: Do NOT export as a PDF! While normally a PDF is the safest way to make sure a document can open on any computer, something is strange about Pages created PDFs and they usually won’t open on PCs.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Agriculture New Books

Recently at the Cedar Rapids branch of the Kirkwood Community College library we’ve had several books come in that had something to do with Agriculture. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 338.162 S763i Title: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds: Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry Authors: D. Phillip Sponenberg, Jeannette Beranger, and Alison Martin

Call Number: Ref 338.19 I 643 Title: 2013 Iowa Agricultural Statistics

Call Number: 363.19 K956f Title: Food and You: Feeding the World With Modern Agricultural Biotechnology

Call Number: 363.19 N546 Title: Food and You: A Guide to Modern Agricultural Biotechnology

Call Number: 631.417 M189b Title: Building Better Soils for Better Crops (2nd ed.) Authors: Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es

Call Number: 631.45 C755c Title: Conservation in Agriculture: Water Demands, Irrigation, and Drought Adaption Author: Alan S. Theiss

Call Number 631.584 T661o Title: Organic Hobby Farming: A Practical Guide to Earth-Friendly Farming in Any Space Author: Andy Tomolonis

Call Number: 635.048 F741m Title: The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Gardening Author: Jean-Martin Fortier

Call Number: 635.097 E529m Title: Midwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin Author: Katie Elzer-Peters

Call Number: 638.1 R286s Title: A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey Author: E. Readicker-Henderson

Call Number: 638.16 B622r Title: Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey, The Sweet Liquid Gold That Seduced the World Author: Holley Bishop

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


Do You Know?

Kirkwood FallSome quick bullets to remind you of services available –Find more information at:

Most of this text is taken directly from links off of that page, but we have made some edits for clarification and added a note or two.

End of Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Starting this fall, we will no longer give a full refund to students who drop a class and add a class both in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – please remember from now on the refund is 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes.

Allsop Computer Lab — 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall houses 106 PCs and 2 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners. All programs needed for classes are offered on these computers, but not every computer has every program, ask at the help desk if you need a specific program so they can direct you to the right computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is used for students public usage for research and homework. Students may reserve a computer at least one day ahead by calling 398-5606 or coming to the front counter. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. Same policies and guidelines apply as in the computer classrooms.


Permanent EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Get it after you register for credit classes. Your Eaglecard is also your LIBRARY CARD. Carry it with you at all times while you are on campus and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches with different departments and you’ll get all of your student benefits. (Library Note: We have some items, such as the laptops, that we only check out if you have your physical card in hand.)

Present a government-issued photo ID (drivers license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

·       EagleCard office (104 Iowa Hall, main campus) Phone # 319-398-5680

·       Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)

·       Iowa City Campus Bookstore

·       Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is open in 104 Iowa Hall Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. EagleCards can also be printed at the Rec Center on the Main Campus and at the Iowa City Bookstore. The EagleCard Office and Rec Center can attach free bus stickers to the cards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 11 for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each semester before you can ride free. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from one of the locations listed above for use at the bookstore to verify attendance and k number, but excess financial aid funds are never actually loaded on the card.

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your login questions. Conveniently located in the Allsop Computer Lab,131 Nielsen Hall. Call them at 319-398-7624 or 1-800-634-6581. Among the IT services are:

  • Campus Wireless-Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.
  • EagleCash-The EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Use EagleCash to check your balance or deposit money on your Eaglecard.
  • EagleNet-EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.
  • eLearning- A suite of online tools that facilitate e-learning using Angel servers. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Angel. Most online courses take advantage of the organization and interaction the software delivers to create a positive and supported learning environment. (See More Below)
  • Password Reset – Access this self-service web page to establish or reset the password for your K-number login. (See More Below)
  • Print Quota-Registered students will be given a free $36 print/copy ration per semester.  As students print or copy, five cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. Access this page to check your current balance. (See More Below)
  • Student Email-The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will not be sent via postal mail, but will be sent to your student e-mail. The format of your Kirkwood student email address is: (Example: If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. (See More Below)

College Email Address

Kirkwood Community College email addresses are of the form [name] Current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. Upon graduation or transfer to another institution, student email accounts are deactivated (the following August 31st). Any saved documents and/or emails will not be accessible after that date. (Library Note: We’ve discovered that sometimes students have issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail for it.)


The eLearning system a Kirkwood is powered by Angel Learning - a suite of online tools that facilitate e-learning. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Angel. Most online courses take advantage of the organization and interaction the software delivers to create a positive and supported learning environment.

New to ANGEL?

Don’t worry. You will find the interface easy to use. Take a little time to make sure your computer and Internet browser are set up for ANGEL. The built in browser check on the login page will assist you. Visit the Student Tutorial page for tips and tricks and the tutorials section for a collection of how-to videos and documentation. (Library Note: Often the first thing we suggest for people having ANGEL problems is trying a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. Try that first.)

Need Help?

  1. The eLearning Helpdesk is available to assist with any technical problems. Staff are available Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm and Friday 7am-5pm. You can email or call 1-800-505-5221 :: 319-398-7621. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor. ;-)

Internet Guidelines

Taken from The Policy for Responsible Use of Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College

· Accessing Internet is a privilege granted for the primary purpose of conducting research, completing class assignments, and gaining familiarity with evolving electronic communications.

· Users shall not send offensive, threatening, abusive, obscene, or other such messages to anyone who may be using the system.

· Users shall not use Kirkwood’s computing resources to copy, generate, or transmit obscene files publicly accessible.

· Each user will be financially responsible for any unauthorized commitments made through Internet.

· Users must follow the guidelines as outlined in the AA/EEO policy on Hostile Environments including the viewing and/or printing of any material considered to be offensive or obscene.

· Users shall not engage in invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, violation of copyright laws or any other activity prohibited by these guidelines or by law.

· Access to the Internet may be denied or revoked at any time.

Universal K-Number Passwords:

Change my Password:

Forgot or set up my password:

Student Print Quota

Registered students will be given a free $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester. NOTE:  This is NOT from any real money fee and is instead a ration system to help control the amount of printing. This is NOT real money. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion will be returned to you. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints. It will roll over, so if you don’t spend any of your print ration fall semester, spring semester you will have $72 and so on. Any accumulated print ration will be wiped out at the start of fall semester when everyone is reset to $36 in play money as a ration again. As students print or copy, five cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. At the end of each semester any unused play money will roll over until you get to the end of summer semester where it will be wiped clean and you’ll start the fall with $36 in play money again. The amount is expressed as dollars and cents because if you run out of ration, you can add real money to your account. Unlike print ration dollars any real money you add to your account will not be wiped out in the fall. The amount left in this account is referred to across the system using the correct accounting term of BALANCE. Do NOT panic. This is the balance you HAVE in the account, NOT an amount owed.

When the students print documents, they will see a pop-up that will inform them of the cost of that print job and their remaining balance. At that point they will confirm that they want to print it. If the student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages, they will see an additional dialogue box asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

When the students use their k# to login to the copier, they will see their name and their current balance on the display pad.

To find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money does), or to dispute a print charge, go to:

Lactation Room

A designated lactation room is now open in Cedar Hall, room 226. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. Campus Health is to be used as a backup location only. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.


Be sure to check out all the resources on campus including the Veterans Lounge.

New Books: Odds and Ends 10

From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 004.738 C456 Title: Ch@nge: 19 Key Essay on How Internet is Changing Our Lives

Call Number: 005.133 C122s Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days Author: Rogers Cadenhead

Call Number: 153.758 P455i Title: In Your Face: The New Science of Human Attraction Author: David Perrett

Call Number: 302.2 L493a Title: The Art of the Explanation: Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand Author: Lee Lefever

Call Number: 302.23 S587m Title: Media Literacy: Keys to Interpreting Media Messages (4th ed.) Authors: Art Silverblatt, Andrew Smith, Don Miller, Julie Smith, and Nikold Brown

Call Number: 305 D618 Title: Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality Editor: David Cay Johnson

Call Number: 305.32 V889 Title: Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement Author: Rob A. Okun

Call Number: 324.623 T348m Title: The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 Author: Lisa Tetrault

Call Number: 327.12 G816n Title: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Author: Glen Greenwald

Call Number: 332.024 R183t 2013 Title: The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness Author: Dave Ramsey

Call Number: 338.278 C635s Title: Stones of Contention: A History of Africa’s Diamonds Author: Todd Cleveland

Call Number: 358.12 Z12s Title: Steel Wind: Colonel Georg Bruchmuller and the Birth of Modern Artillery Author: David T. Zabecki

Call Number: 364.152 N169m Title: The Murder Mystique: Female Killers and Popular Culture Authors: Laurie Nalepa and Richard Pfefferman

Call Number: 378.166 C737 Title: COMPASS test study guide : test prep secrets for the COMPASS (Copyright 2013)

Call Number: 391.43 K853h Title: The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging Authors: Anna C. Korteweg and Gokce Yurdakul

Call Number: 577.44 T148 Title: The Tallgrass Prairie Reader Editor: John T. Price

Call Number: 613.2 M913s Title: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us Author: Michael Moss

Call Number: 615.945 B725e Title: Eating Dangerously: Why the Government Can’t Keep Your Food Safe…And How You Can Authors: Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown

Call Number: 616.994 C899c Title: Cancer Virus: The Story of Epstein-Barr Virus Authors: Dorothy H. Crawford, Alan Rickinson, and Ingolfur Johannessen

Call Number: 636.8 M596g Title: Get to Know Your Cat Breeds: Over 40 Best-Known Breeds Author: Gabriele Metz

Call Number: 650.109 M678 Title: Mistakes I made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong Editor: Jessica Bacal

Call Number: 650.14 P742t Title: 201 Killer Cover Letters (3rd ed.) Authors: Sandra Podesta and Andrea Paxton

Call Number: 658.409 M357t Title: Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders Author: L. David Marquet

Call Number: 658.56 P649e Title: The Experience Economy Authors: B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore

Call Number: 791.43 B685f Title: The Films of Boris Karloff Authors: Richard Bojarski and Kenneth Beals

Call Number: 791.43 D411r Title: Risky Business: Rock in Film Authors: Serge Denisoff & William D. Romanowski

Call Number: 796.089 L294s Title: A Spectacular Leap: Black Women Athletes in the Twentieth-Century America Author: Jennifer H. Lansbury

Call Number: 796.089 O942o Title: Out of Bounds: Racism and the Black Athlete Editor: Lori Latrice Martin

Call Number: 798.4 M818r Title: Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack Author: Katherine C. Mooney

Call Number: 838.912 Z974p Title: The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World Author: George Prochink

Call Number: 940.542 M179w Title: Weapons for Victory: The Hiroshima Decision Author: Robert James Maddox

Call Number: 973.732 T911t Title: That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Authors: Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum


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