What To Read Over Break 2014

Last year we put together a post of books suggested by library faculty and staff that you might want to read over break. We didn’t double check whether we owned them or not, since we thought you might find them over break at another library. That post quickly soared to being one of our all time most viewed blog posts.

So this year we’re doing it again, but earlier and making sure we own a copy of every book recommended below, so be sure you stop over at the library and stock up before you head out for break. Some books have a copy at both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, others are only at one or the other. Check with a librarian if you have questions and remember you can get most Kirkwood library books delivered to you at any of the centers.

Between semesters is a golden time to do what you don’t have time for during the regular semester, read something that YOU pick! Stumped over what that should be? Check out our selections below.

“I’m recommending the middle four of the Elizabeth Peters series Vicki Bliss. While Peters is better known as the author of the Amelia Peabody sleuth/Egyptologist/Victorian series, I love Vicki Bliss better because of her nemesis Sir John Smythe. Sir John (although that’s not his real name) is a dashing professional art thief. Think of an even more dashing version of Robert Wagner’s character in It Takes a Thief. He is such a great character he makes it worth reading the books for him and his pithy advice alone. Skip the first one because Sir John isn’t introduced until the second, and I haven’t read the last yet, but be sure to check out the middle four; Street of the Five Moons, Silhouette in Scarlet, Trojan Gold, and Night Train to Memphis, all by Elizabeth Peters (Call Numbers: PB 813.54 P481s, 813.54 P481t, and 813.54 P481n).”
-Sarah S. Uthoff, Reference

“I am currently completely and totally absorbed in Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (Call Number: 974.727 L445r ) . Originally, I was introduced to the nonfiction book two years ago in a Creative Writing class at the University of Iowa where we were assigned a single chapter; after reading the chapter, I had to read the rest of the book! LeBlanc spent more than eleven years immersed in the daily lives of a clan of people in a poor neighborhood of the Bronx. The New Yorker said it best:” LeBlanc’s subjects sold drugs, did drugs, committed murder, went to prison, had sex, fell in love, got pregnant, fed their children. They shared ambitions and fears with a writer who was by their side for a decade. The book that resulted is an urban epic focused on Boy George, the successful and brutal young drug dealer of the trial; Jessica, a vibrant teen-age beauty, and one of Boy George’s girlfriends; Cesar, Jessica’s rambunctious younger brother; and Coco, Cesar’s first love. LeBlanc also writes about the social issues—benefits administration, prison systems, public housing, addiction, teen pregnancy—that, in large part, dictate the circumstances she witnessed.” My instructor at UI told us LeBlanc finally called her research quits after spending the day with Boy George and told her something to the effect of “I’m the one in prison, not you. This is pathetic; stop visiting me and get your own life, Adrian.” Random Family will hopefully remind readers “that people in poverty have complicated, meaningful lives—in other words, that the people in the book are, in fact, human beings.”
– Carrie Barker, Circulation

“Check out World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures by Josh Hanagarne (Call Number: 020.92 H233w). This book has a little something for everyone.  It’s the true story of Josh Hanagarne – a 6’7” Morman, strongman,  and librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City’s public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting. When he was six Josh started exhibiting symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome but wasn’t diagnosed until high school. This is the story of the power of family, overcoming disabilities, and wavering faith. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry and it will probably teach you some things you didn’t know.
– Julie Petersen, Reference

 “I recommend T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (Call Number: PB 813.54 G737t). I love anything by Sue Grafton. She writes great mysteries. I have two at home waiting in my to be read pile right now.”
-Shelley Schultz, Technical Services

“I recommend Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (Call Number: PB 813.54 D923g) to anyone.”
– Ryan Strempke-Durgin, Reference

You need to read the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com: How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website Paperback by Nancy Hendrickson (Call Number: 929 H498u) . While I have used the Family Tree Maker program since around 1993/94 and I have been on Ancestry for a very long time, there are still so many parts of Ancestry that I have not become familiar enough with. I am hoping that this book will help me to discover those different areas and show me the benefits from making better use of the online site. While the book covers basic searches to help get you started, it also goes into detail and gives you tips on different areas to search that you might not have thought about. Things like tax records, wills, old city directories. It also has web address links for other sites that Ancestry has, such as Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com), Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com) , Fold3 (www.fold3.com) and describes how each of these can be used for searches.
– Kathy Bopp, Technical Services

“I have chosen the book Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand, since it will becoming out as a movie on December 25th, with Angelina Jolie as director. I think it is always best to read the book, before seeing the movie! The book is about Olympian, Louie Zamperini, whose plane is shot down over the Pacific during WWII with two other crewmen. He survives on a raft for 47 days, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner of war camp. The book also describes his struggle to “survive” after the war is over and he tries to return to civilian life.”
– Sue Miller, Reference

“I pick American sniper : the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice (Call Number: 956.704 K99a). The story of a true American hero.”
– Steve Sickels, Reference

Every Day by David Levithan (co-author of Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist & Will Grayson, Will Grayson) (Call Number: 813.6 L666e) is the first-person day-by-day chronicle of a person who wakes up every single day of his or her life in a different body. This is one of those realistic but other-worldly stories where we connect with a  character that seems utterly different from us in every way. Levithan, never losing sight of his compassion or humor, skillfully shares a story you won’t soon forget.”
-Kate Hess, Library Coordinator, Iowa City Campus

“I’ll go with a book that is already in the Kirkwood library – both print and eBook: Necessary courage: Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the struggle against slavery by Lowell J Soike (Call number: 326.809 S683n ). I was fascinated to learn there was a great deal of Underground Railroad activity in Iowa, particularly in southern Iowa where I grew up. Many Iowans risked their lives and livelihoods to hide slaves and help them escape to safety. A number of Iowa settlers who sympathized with the antislavery movement settled specifically in southern Iowa to help slaves coming over the border. They also helped stem the spread of slavery into states further west. Many personal stories make the history come alive. Very inspiring!”
Glenda S Davis-Driggs, Reference

“For our sports fans I would recommend Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (Call number: PB 813.6 F299f)  , and for our zombie lovers I would recommend The Infects by Sean Beaudoin (Call number: PB 813.6 B373i) .”
Jennifer Bishop, Reference

For more suggestions, be sure to check out our New Books posts which come out regularly or look for previous posts 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.

Thanksgiving Break Hours 2014

In honor of Thanksgiving, Kirkwood Library Services will be having special hours around the break. The hours in the table below are for the Cedar Rapids – Main Campus Library, the Iowa City Library hours will be the same with a few exceptions. Iowa City will be open their normal Saturday hours (11 am – 4 pm) on Saturday, November 23rd and 8:00 am – 5:00pm both Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th.  Iowa City will NOT be open Sunday, November 30th.

Sat., Nov. 22nd

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Nov. 23rd
Mon., Nov. 24th


Tues., Nov. 25th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Nov. 26th -
Sat., Nov. 29th


Sun., Nov. 30th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Watch for Special Final Friendly Hours Coming Soon!

And remember to plan on coming to the EXAM CRAM on December 2nd.

A quick guide to eBooks at Kirkwood

ebsco_ebooksAn extraordinary thing happened here at Kirkwood last year, and with little fanfare. Very quietly, practically overnight, the number of books available to Kirkwood students, staff and faculty very nearly TRIPLED! How could this be? Through the Library’s subscription to a collection of ebooks numbering over 100,000 titles. Have you made use of this ebook collection yet? If not, here’s what you need to know about EBSCOhost eBooks:

  • Ebooks are available any time, on almost any computer or other device with an internet connection and some kind of browser
  • Although whole books may not be saved or printed, sections of books can be saved and printed as PDF documents
  • Ebooks may be downloaded for offline reading to computers, mobile devices and ebook readers. This often requires the download of Adobe Digital Editions, so is easier done through your personal computer
  • Ebooks may be searched through WorldCat, or directly through EBSCOhost eBooks

When it comes to downloading, there are lots of “if’s” and “but’s”! Rest assured your librarians have created a site to guide you through the most common considerations. And when in doubt, just ask a librarian!

New Books: Odds and Ends 11

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: PB H Title: Death on Demand (Book #1 of Series) Author: Carolyn G. Hart

Call Number: 006.76 F312w Title: Writing for the Web Author: Lynda Felder

Call Number: 070.195 G234w Title: We Interrupt This Broadcast: the events that stopped our lives– from the Hindenburg explosion to the Virginia Tech shooting Author: Joe Garner
Note: Hear the actual broadcasts of the major historic news events (includes 3 CDs).

Call Number: 302.224 C622g Title: The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing Author: Ewan Clayton

Call Number: 338.47 R928g Title: A Good African Story: How a Small Company Built a Global Coffee Brand Author: Andrew Rugasira

Call Number: 428.2 C594g Title: The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English Author: Roy Peter Clark

Call Number: 428.2 S912b Title: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Author: Jane Straus

Call Number: 610.7 R228c Title: Cultural Competence in Caring for Muslim Patients Editor: G. Hussein Rassool

Call Number: 610.3 C841r Title: Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Medical Dictionary Author: Elaine Costello

Call Number: 617.6 C559f Title: Fundamentals of Color: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry (2nd ed.) Authors: Stephen J. Chu, Alessandra Devigus, Rade D. Paravina, and Adama J. Mieleszko

Call Number: 618.2 B398 Title: Becoming a Midwife (2nd ed.) Editors: Rosemary Mander and Valerie Fleming

Call Number: 645.4 H659h Title: History of Furniture: A Global View Author: Mark Hinchman

Call Number: 650.1 J668t Title: 32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business Author: Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Call Number: 658.3 Z53ge Title: Generations At Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers, GenXers, and Gen Yers in the Workplace Authors: Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, and Bob Filipczak

Call Number: 658.301 D372 Title: Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency Author: Tom DeMarco

Call Number: 658.4 F492b Title: How To Write a Business Plan Author: Brian Finch

Call Number: 658.872 P677s Title:  A Social Strategy: How We Profit From Social Media Author: Mikolaj Jan Piskorski

Call Number: 658.4 S616s Title: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action Author: Simon Sinek

Call Number: 659.132 S535c Title: Copywriting: Successful writing for design, advertising, and marketing Author: Mark Shaw

Call Number: 728.086 G646g Title: Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture Editor: Bryan Bell

Call Number: 728.095 P885m Title: The Modern Thai House: Innovative Design in Tropical Asia Author: Robert Powell

Call Number: 729.095 T121J Title: Japan Style Authors: Geeta Mehta and Kimi Tada

Call Number: 745.089 H415r Title: Remix: Decorating With Culture, Objects, and Soul Authors: Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason

Call Number: 747 C862n Title: Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style Author: Sibella Court

Call Number: 808.06 G799w Title: Writing Science in Plain English Author: Anne E. Greene

Call Number: 808.066 U87t Title: Technical Writing in the Workplace Author: Harvey Ussach
Note: Covers everything from cover letters to thank you notes, from business letters to oral presentations.

Call Number: 808.51 N428is Title: iSpeak (2010 ed.) Author: Paul E. Nelson

Call Number: 940.3 W927 Title: The World War I Reader: Primary and Secondary Sources Editor: Michael S. Neiberg

Call Number: 940.544 N322a Title: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima: A Reasonable and Just Decision Author: Montaniel S. Navarro


It’s time for Exam Cram @ your library

On Tuesday, December 2nd, your Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library will be holding its first “Exam Cram” event from 8AM until 9PM. There will be a variety of activities being held on the library’s first floor to help students with their papers and finals, as well as special activities for stress relief and fun. Oh, and let’s not forget the coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn!

While several of the day’s events are still being planned, we will have tutors here all day to help with students’ writing, math and basic computer questions. Our special guests will be Keith Reins, head of the writing center, from 10AM until 12PM and Gina Larson, English faculty, from 7 – 9PM in the evening. Pam Hamilton, developmental math instructor will be here between 2:30 and 5:30 that afternoon.

Now for the fun, we will have board games and puzzles in the library classroom when you feel like taking a break. AND thanks to Kristi Murdock, Animal Health Technology, we will have a visit from Therapy Dogs International from 1 – 1:30PM (and possibly a surprise visit that morning from her own dog, Ziva). A yoga class, provided by the rec center, is scheduled for 12:30 – 1:15PM in the library classroom. All movements will be done standing or with a chair, so come as you are! Campus Health is providing ten finals survival kits, which we will be raffling off, and it is free to enter! Samivest

Updates to the day’s activities will be posted here and on the library’s Facebook page, so check back often and plan to visit your Kirkwood library on December 2nd!

UPDATES: An extra therapy dog visit with Ziva and friend is planned for 10AM.

A portable massage chair will be available for students in the library classroom.

Finals survival kits will include, candy, gum, drink, snack mix, etc.

Tutoring services will provide help in their lab with computer classes using Microsoft 2013.

Information Literacy Copyright

InfoLiteracy During the month of October we have been doing posts relating to National Information Literacy Awareness Month and how you can increase your information literacy. This is our last Information Literacy post of this year. We hope you have enjoyed them. Leave a comment if you have a question or suggestion for a topic for next October. In today’s post, we’re taking a brief look at copyright.

Copyright is a complicated subject so this is just going to skim the surface, but I think the basic facts will be helpful. It’s such a complicated subject that most such summaries include a sentence like, this is NOT legal advice and I am NOT a lawyer, contact a lawyer for further information (so there’s mine). Copyright is, at its most basic, a right to copy. It was designed to encourage production of new ideas and writings by making sure people could make enough money off their work to keep them producing more. Copyright is also designed to expire (although laws keep pushing that date farther and farther away) so that the general population could build on and expand on those previously created works building new things and creations for the good of society. For example, Walt Disney Productions can take out of copyright fairytales like Snow White collected by the Brothers Grimm and make the movie Snow White or Seth Grahame-Smith can take the out of copyright novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and make Pride and Prejudice with Zombies.

Anytime you make a copy of a work still under copyright protection, without permission or without falling within fair use guidelines, you have violated the laws governing copyright. Some things to keep in mind as a student:

  • Not everything you copy or manipulate for a class is considered fair use (otherwise known as OK to do) because you are a student.
  • That fact that it’s technically easy to use someone else’s work (to download, copy, manipulate, paste in a paper or a PowerPoint, etc.), doesn’t mean it’s legal to do so.
  • There are places where people post stuff that they want you to copy, so you can use them without asking permission, for example Creative Commons. You can find creative commons photos by searching Photo Pin.
  • Even when you are using something with permission, most people require a photo credit or a citation giving credit that you are using their work in your project.
  • You may think it’s OK to do something because you get away with breaking copyright law once, but if you are caught the consequences can be a cease-and-desist order, a fine, or even a lawsuit. The fact that you had done it many times before without getting in trouble won’t help your case.
  • When you sign up for some program or website (like Facebook or Pinterest) you are often asked to click agree on something called Terms and Conditions. When you click agree make sure you understand that you are agreeing to abide to stricter measures on copyright and giving up control of your work among other things. It’s a good idea to actually read them before clicking.
  • When you buy a program, etc. it often comes with the license, and license restrictions are often much, much stricter than copyright. By agreeing to the license you are agreeing to follow these stricter rules, but again make sure you know what they are before you agree to them.

Learn more about copyright for students with this handout from Iowa Area Education Agencies:

See past Kirkwood related blog posts on:

Also find books on copyright in the collection around 346 and many more are available as e-books through the catalog.

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.



Information Literacy Older Americans Online

During the rest of October we will be doing posts relating to National Information Literacy Awareness Month and how you can increase your information literacy. In today’s post were looking at how to be smart about passwords. InfoLiteracy

There is a saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the saying proves false when it comes to older Americans and Internet use. While they still lag behind the numbers of the general population, the percent of older Americans who reported they went online once a week jumped up 6% from last year to a new record of 59%. Once seniors start going online they tend to be very active. Smart phones hold the least interest from them, but cell phones are widely used. Social media doesn’t hold a big appeal, but reading devices like tablets and e-readers hold more interest (probably because they are light to hold and they can easily adjust text size).

There are two main groups of seniors, one who is more affluent and better educated and one less affluent and educated. The more affluent the more likely they are to go online regularly and use things like social media. Older adults who don’t get involved online tend to have three reasons; physical challenges to using technology, skeptical attitudes about the benefits of technology, and difficulties learning to use new technologies.

Read more about it in this report from the Pew Foundation:


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.



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