Tax Time 2019 for Iowa Taxpayers


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Every year the West Des Moines Public Library does an awesome job putting together a resource on where to find all the information you need about tax forms for both federal and Iowa taxes. The only things that are really different here at Kirkwood is we do NOT carry ANY paper tax forms and do NOT keep masters at either Kirkwood library branch.

If you have a tax form you need from Kirkwood Community College, it will be available on Eaglenet, but before it will show up you’ll have to fill out the consent form saying you agree to them making it available electronically. If you don’t electronically give consent via Eaglenet the tax form will be mailed to you as a paper copy.


General Tax Forms, Iowa and Federal

NOTE:  Neither the IRS nor the State of Iowa has all of their forms out until as late as February – make sure you check that you’re using the correct year’s form!

For 2019 filing (2018 taxes):  Due to the Federal Shutdown and the tax code changes enacted last year, we expect the 2018 tax filing (in 2019) to be significantly delayed, including the creation of less-used forms and instructions.  Please plan accordingly. If what you need isn’t shown, check back soon.

Find links for Iowa and Federal forms, addresses, etc. here:

Or in PDF form here:


  • The Iowa Department of Revenue has done away with the Iowa Short Form. Both individual tax payers and corporations now have to use what was previously referred to as the long form.
  • Direct deposit is no long available for refunds if you file Iowa state paper tax returns. They ARE available if you file electronically.

Also, check the definitions of these basic tax terms:



Kirkwood Accounting student volunteers will again be assisting students, staff, faculty and the community with tax preparation. Assistance will be given for 2018 federal and Iowa tax returns to qualified taxpayers. This is a free service sponsored by the IRS and Kirkwood. Appointments are required. Email or leave a voice message at ext. 4521.

    The hours are:

  • Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kirkwood VITA does NOT complete complicated returns that include self-employment income, extensive tax credits, stock sales, non-resident returns or other tax issues that require major documentation or tax research.

Income Tax Forms for F1 Visa Students

All non-resident F1 visa holders are required to file both 1040NR and the 8843 forms. Even if you did not earn any wages, these forms still must be completed. Click on
and  to download and print the forms.

If you have any questions, please stop by 1154 Linn Hall, for assistance.

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Info to Know Spring 2019



We’re a little late getting this out this year with weather delays and such, but this is a great time to take a breath and make sure you’re taking advantage of everything here at Kirkwood Community College.

Here is a collection of information of things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!


You have to learn to speak the language of college, but you don’t have to start out knowing it. Check out these tips.

Experiment with a different browser to start the school year. It’s helpful to have more than one on your computer, especially when trouble shooting.

What’s Kirkwood’s Student Body like?

Check out some words of advice from the U.S. Department of Education.

Find some books to help you find your footing as a student or graduate.

Want some tools to hack college? Check out these websites.

Get hung up on certain words than/then, effect/affect, insure/assure/ensure? Get the run down here.


Kirkwood has a new app. Find instructions on where to find it.


Learn more about it here: To add a course, if the class has not met yet, students can call One Stop.  For any class that has met, students will need to fill out a form. Get the form from the department’s office and ask them about the particular class. For the first week you just need the instructor’s signature. The following week you also need the Dean’s. For Distance Learning classes in general check this page.

Students may drop classes through Eaglenet until the last day set on the academic calendar each semester. To check for the important dates for any particular class double check here.

Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Kirkwood no longer gives a full refund to students who both drop a class and add a class in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – Kirkwood refunds 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes.
Find Full Refund Policy:


Don’t know who your adviser is? Log in to EagleNet, Eaglenet for Students,and view “My Profile” to see your adviser’s name. Set up an appointment to talk to them about your schedule and your overall path through your program. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 319-398-5540. Find answers to basic questions about class scheduling type issues here. NOTE that important dates listed on the PDF are NOT current.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is never allowed on campus without special written permission.


There is only one ATM available on the Cedar Rapids campus. It’s located near the cafeteria by Student Life and the US Bank campus branch. On the Iowa City campus there is one available next to the One Stop Office.

Book List

There are two ways to get into your list of textbooks you need for all your classes.

To find your list of textbooks
1. Log into Eaglenet
2. Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academic Profile
3. Select term from Drop Down menu and click on Submit
4. Click on “Click here to access Booklist”
5. A second tab will pop up and ask you to log in with your k-number and password
6. This will generate a list for all your classes. They are very brief entries but will give you an abbreviated title, ISBN, and which class it’s for.

To go directly to the “second tab” (aka Step 5 above) go to

Book Club

Share your love of books and reading with other student readers. Read what you like. Share your thoughts. Make and take reading recommendations. Each semester we will decide on additional activities and determine if we want to focus on any reading themes. Contact club adviser Julie Petersen,

Book Return – Library

On the Cedar Rapids campus you can return books you’ve checked out in the drop at the circulation desk, the slot right outside the library doors, and the outside bookdrop. You can find the outside bookdrop right here:

At the Iowa City branch return books at the desk and in the library book return box (a large black box) across from the library doors. There is also a book return box available in the parking lot.

You can return books at the office at any of the centers.

Books and Articles The Library Doesn’t Own

The library doesn’t collect textbooks (scroll to textbooks below), but for any other type of book we’ll be glad to try to help you get a copy either by buying it or by borrowing a copy from another library. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.

Bus Passes for Free

The EagleCard Office at the help desk in the Allsop lab in Neilsen Hall, Student Life, Rec Center, and both bookstores can attach free bus stickers to the EagleCards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 7a for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each year before you can ride free. The year runs from August to August. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from the Eaglecard office listed above for use to verify attendance and k number.

If you’re waiting for a Cedar Rapids bus and wonder where it’s at, simply go to Through an interactive map, click on the route number and an arrow will show exactly which street or intersection your bus is at and watch an arrow representing the bus as it moves along down the street. Remember the routes that come to Kirkwood are 7 and 7a.

Here is the map and the route schedule. The routes in use are the ones established July 1, 2017. They haven’t changed this year.


Find the calendars with important dates, which days school will be closed, and final exam schedule here:

Turn in any registration forms by Aug. 31,2018 before the Pell lock date of Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 (Labor Day). Any forms processed after Sept. 3, 2018 will not be counted as Title IV credits for financial aid purposes.


Campus Health Replacement

Mercy has a new outpost next to the Kirkwood Hotel and the Kirkwood administration is working to maintain Kirkwood’s support for student health. Find out more.

The previous campus health department is now closed. Previous services such as the food bank and other basic needs give aways are now done through security. Contact their office for more information: 319-389-1774 or email

Campus Map

In Spring 2018 they updated the campus map so it no longer uses a key and directory, but labels the buildings directly.

Car Service

For only $8 let Automotive Technology perform a full vehicle inspection. They will inspect the condition of the brakes, belts, fluids, and test the battery. It is open to anyone with a vehicle that is not European and no older than 8 years. The service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, from October to May, by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling (319) 398-5479 or e-mailing

Car Troubles

For some car troubles you can ask security for help, for others they can loan you equipment and give advice. Learn more here:
Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends.

Career Services

The Career Services department offers a variety of job seeking skill and career decision-making workshops, as well as individual appointments that are free to Kirkwood students. Career Services assists students in career exploration and job-seeking skills. Some of the job seeking skills help includes resume building and interview coaching. For more information, including dates and times, please visit

Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Adviser above


Kirkwood has a wide range of interests with more than 80 clubs registered with Student Life. Check out the list:

Scroll up to Book Club

Color Printing

Find out about color printing on all campuses in this blog post:

Scroll down to Printing and Print Quota for more printing information.

Computer Lab in Cedar Rapids— 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall is the main lab on the Cedar Rapids campus. It houses 105 PCs and 4 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners, a color printer and a regular printer. All programs needed for classes are offered on the Allsop computer lab 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 correct computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is meant for students doing research and homework. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. The same policies and guidelines apply as in the computer classrooms.

Computer Lab in Iowa City

The Iowa City computer lab is part of the library.

Confidential Counseling Services – It’s FREE

Life can be overwhelming. Roommate issues? Relationship issues? Class/test concerns? Personal issues?  You don’t have to face it alone. Help is right here on campus.  Counselors are available in 108 Iowa Hall, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact us at 319-398-5540 or visit to learn more.

Cost Per Class

The cost per class is actually figured out by credit hour. Find more information:


Your 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 (driver’s license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

  • EagleCard office (Nielsen Hall – Room 131 which is within the Allsop Computer Lab) Phone 319-398-5411, ext. 5680
  • Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)
  • Iowa City Campus Bookstore
  • Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is inside the Allsop Computer Lab and is open the same hours.


EagleCash is money that you put on your EagleCard that you can use in various places around campus rather than carry cash.


EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.


Students can fax for free at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library. Ask at the Circulation desk.

Finance Department for Employees

The Finance Department manages general Kirkwood business including, but not limited to, departmental deposits, Pcard pick up,and payment or reimbursement requests. The Finance office is located at The Kirkwood Center, south of The Hotel at Kirkwood.

DIRECTIONS: From Kirkwood Boulevard, use the parking lot south of 76th Ave. (opposite side of The Hotel). Enter the doors to The Kirkwood Center Atrium. Finance is located on the other side of the reception area. For specific questions, please contact at ext. 5555.

Full Time Student Load

You must take 12 or more credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time, except during the summer semester when 9 credit hours is full-time You are considered a full time student if you take the full load both fall and spring semester, taking classes during the summer is optional, but if you do take them you have to take 9 hours to maintain your full-time status.

General Student FAQs

Find some questions the college office gets a lot here:

Get Published

Faculty, staff and students can submit both writing and artwork to the Kirkwood publication, The Cedar Divide.


Check out these cookbooks in library aimed at college students. There are two locations of the Cafe on campus, one on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall and one in the lobby area of Linn Hall. They normally have the same hours. There are also vending machines around campus with a variety of snacks and beverages.

International Students

Find all of the information you need regarding international student support services at  Scroll to the bottom of that page to find the International Events Calendar.  Join in any of the activities or stop by the International Student Office in Linn Hall 1154 for any additional information.

Internet Guidelines

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

  • Accessing the 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.

Kirk Alerts

Sign up for Kirk Alerts to get the latest information about college cancellations, delays, and closures. They can be delivered to you across multiple platforms of your choice. All clears are usually not issued.

Lactation Room

Kirkwood supports new mothers with designated lactation rooms. The ones in Cedar Rapids are in The ones in Cedar Rapids are in Cedar Hall Room 226, Linn Hall Room 2104, and KLIFE Room-404. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

The lactation room in Iowa City is located by the One Stop Office, Iowa City Room – 125C. There is also one at the Linn Regional Center, Room 306.

Late Registration Policy

The last day to register on EagleNet for a class is the day before it starts. Once a class starts, you’ll need faculty and possibly dean signatures to add it. If you have any doubts or questions about your schedule, don’t wait to talk to your adviser – make an appointment today! If an instructor signs a Late Registration form to let you into their class, your next stop is not One Stop. It’s the department office staff, who will process the form. Scroll up to Add-Drop for more information.

Don’t know who your adviser is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your adviser’s name.

Library Textbook Policy

The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve. Textbooks are reserve are for use within the library, but photocopies can be made. Feel free to ask your instructor if they haven’t yet put a copy on reserve.

Lost and Found – Now in the security office, Room 132 Iowa Hall.

Map – Scroll up to campus map

Microsoft Office

Do you know that as a Kirkwood student you’re entitled to a free download of Microsoft 365? This is a stripped down version of Office, but should work for any assignment you get a Kirkwood. Follow the step by step directions. Particularly note the form they want for the e-mail.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students and is offered on several dates prior to the start of the term. During orientation, you’ll work with academic advisers, current students and professional staff members to get ready for your transition to Kirkwood Community College. At orientation students will:

  • meet with academic advisers to learn about your core classes, degree requirements in programs you’re considering and course selections for the semester
  • talk with Kirkwood faculty members about academic expectations learn about student involvement, financial aid, campus technology, community expectations, and other aspects of the social and academic environment at Kirkwood
  • meet and get to know other new students
  • receive your EagleCard (student ID)
  • register for classes.

For more information go to

New Stuff 

Want to be notified when the library gets something new? Sign up or check back at the link.


Notebook and Graph Paper

Sometimes classes will require special paper (printed with a particular design) for assignments. Notebook paper and regular graph paper are the most common of these. You can buy a package at the Bookstore or other retailer, but if you just need a page or two or something really custom you can print your own.

Notary Public 

A notary is sometimes needed for legal documents confirming you’ve proved you are who you say you are. Notaries are available at the bank branch by the cafeteria and around campus. Contact Human Resources for a current list. (Staff members can access this list under KIN.)

Old Class Descriptions

If you need an old class description to show someone whether they would be willing to accept a class or not for some purpose, find it here:

One Stop

The One Stop office manages general student business including, but not limited to, financial aid status, graduation inquiries, transcript requests, course or enrollment verification, diploma ordering or information on deferment. The One Stop office is located at Kirkwood Hall 2nd floor.

    DIRECTIONS: Driving from Kirkwood Boulevard, enter the south entrance to campus and take the first left. Drive toward the buildings and Kirkwood Hall, which is to the north of the parking lots. There is visitor parking in the Blue Permit parking lot. Walking, go to Kirkwood Hall, which is located down the skywalk from the cafeteria in Iowa Hall. Once at the end of the skywalk, the One Stop office is the first office on the right. For specific questions, please contact the One Stop office at 319-398-7600. Be aware at the beginning of the semester the call volume means there are often long waits before they can take your call.

Parking Permits and Parking and Traffic Tickets

Students are NOT required to get parking permits to park on Kirkwood lots, but are required to follow basic parking rules such as parking in designated areas only. If you get a Kirkwood parking ticket, pay at the Cashier’s Office in One Stop.

Breaking city laws, for example parking in handicap spots without a handicap permit, can get you a regular parking ticket from the city where regular fines apply.

Password Reset

Access this self-service web page to establish or change your K-number password. For more information. You can log on to change your password from any machine that you don’t have to use your Kirkwood ID to log on or off campus.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available from 12pm – 2pm Monday – Friday, Room 3041 Cedar Hall. This is a room number change from the previous room which had only been available on Fridays. You may visit the International Programs office 1154 Linn Hall on the Cedar Rapids Main campus if you have any questions. This service is available to all students.

Printing and Student Print Quota

There are various places around campus where students can print. The two main ones are the library and the computer lab at both campuses. (In Iowa City they are now in the same room.) Both have black and white and color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing for details.

Registered students are given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is a way to ration printing and is NOT real money either from the college or from any fee students pay. It could as easily be known as points or coupons, etc. As students print or copy, 5 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.

AGAIN this is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by either the student or the college. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion of the ration will be given to you as cash. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints.

The balance means balance like a checkbook or savings account, not balance like a credit card. Meaning it isn’t saying that you owe money when it shows a balance, it’s what you have to use yet.

Most students don’t use their entire ration during a semester. If you haven’t used all of yours it will be carried forward to the next semester. At the end of the summer everyone’s balance is wiped out and you start again with $36, but don’t worry about that remember that it isn’t real money.

If you use all $36 during the semester and need more, you CAN put real money on the card and that won’t disappear at the reset. However, it is not refundable. Check out this site find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money ration does), or to dispute a print charge. It’s easy to remember the website it’s the Kirkwood address plus print, so but not that easy to find a link to on the Kirkwood page.

As a student when you print documents, you will see a pop-up that will inform you of the cost of that print job and the remaining balance. Click to confirm that you want to print. If a student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages,  an additional dialogue box  pops up asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

As a student, when you use your k# to login to the copier, you will see your name and your current balance on the display pad.

Recreation Center – Located on campus the recreation has exercise equipment and an indoor track for your workout. They also run exercise classes. Here’s the current list. Find out hours, location, and all they have to offer on their website. It’ open to Kirkwood employees and all for credit students.

Restrooms, Single Occupancy – There are single occupancy restrooms across campus. On the main campus in Cedar Rapids find them at Mansfield Center 3rd Floor Restrooms (across from  the foundation office) Rooms 305 and 309, Benton Hall 3rd Floor Rooms 325 and 326, and Bookstore 1st Floor Rooms 112 and 113. They are also available on the Iowa City campus- Room  125B and Linn Regional Center- South Side (next to KTOS0) Rooms 803 and 805.

Resume – Scroll up to Career Services


Want to get off on the right foot with your roommate? Here are some suggestions. having trouble settling in with your roommate? Scroll up to Confidential Counseling Services above.


Counseling services offers screenings in the fall. This year’s were.

  • Alcohol Screening will be on 10/4/2018
  • Depression Screening will be on 10/11/2018
  • Eating Disorder Screening will be on 10/18/2018

All screenings are from 10:00am-1:00pm in 125 Iowa Hall.

Students can also access the screenings online here:


Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends. Get more information on the array of services they offer.

Student Code of Conduct

Specific rules and regulations Kirkwood students are required to follow and the possible consequences for violation.

Student Email

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. All current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will NOT be sent via postal mail or to a personal e-mail address, but will be sent to your student e-mail.

The format of your Kirkwood student email address is:

If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. 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.

Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. (Library Note: Although we haven’t seen this lately, sometimes students have had issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites opening on campus – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail to send it or even better send it to both.)
Find the IT FAQs for Student email:

Student Handbook

The full set of rules to live by and other useful information is available online.

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your basic tech 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: Log-In Issues, Campus Wireless, EagleCash, EagleNet, Talon, Passwords, Print Quota, and Student e-mail. Contact them directly for questions about any of these and start with them for other basic computer issues. Find their FAQ sheet linked here:

If it’s a Talon question that isn’t related to individual page set up, they will likely refer you to the general Talon help service. Scroll to Talon information below.

Student Print Quota – Scroll up to Printing and Print Quota

Study Abroad

YOU can study Abroad.  Kirkwood offers over 15 different short-term study abroad programs each year and there are programs for everyone.  The programs and applications are found here at  You are also welcome to stop by Linn Hall 1154 to speak with a Study Abroad Advisor if you have any questions.  Scholarships for study abroad are available.


Talon is a suite of online tools that facilitate online classes. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Talon. Most online courses operate fully within Talon or at least use it as a frame or portal to get you to the materials you need and to turn in assignments.

If your instructor told you to use or find something and you don’t know where it is (a handout, an article, a place to turn something in), check your Talon page for that class first.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. You can check with the student helpdesk, but you may be directed to the help line through Talon which is available 24/7 at 1-877-478-7074. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor.

Textbooks –Scroll up to Book List of Textbooks to find out which books you’ll need and to Library Textbook Policy for information about what’s available in the library.

Tutoring – It’s FREE!
Free tutoring is available to every student taking a class for credit. Stop by 2071 Cedar Hall or call 319-398-5425 to speak to someone in Learning Services.


Tuition cost is set per credit hour, but varies by Iowa resident, non-resident, and international categories.

Vending Machine Issues

If a vending machine takes your money or if you have another vending machine issue, in Cedar Rapids report to Student Life on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall across from the bank by the cafeteria. In Iowa City report it at the One Stop office. Find out more about the vending machines by the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library here and the rest of them on campus by checking with Student Life.


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

Veterans in Iowa City are eligible for all benefits but they do not have a lounge.


Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Withdrawn From Class By Instructor

If you have a  Deregistration or Administrative Withdraw from a class for non-attendence, here’s what you do.

Work Study

To get work study position around campus, start at One Stop and make sure you qualify for Work Study. Then you can apply for specific jobs currently open around campus.

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.

Looking for Biography 2019



Are you trying to find biographies here at Kirkwood? They aren’t shelved in a single section like in some public libraries, they are filled in the regular run of non-fiction books where they belong. An athlete’s biography is shelved with the sports books, a politician is shelved with history books or social change books, a scientist with the science books, an actor with the movie and television books, etc. Enjoy some of the titles we’ve added this year. Check out our previous lists:

There are also specialized lists for example Sport Stars or Movie Stars and Directors.

Becoming by Michelle Obama, Call Number: 973.932 O121b
NOTE: Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

Cover of The Girl Who Escaped IsisBrothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple, Call Number: 956.91 H673b
NOTE: A young man comes of age during the Syrian War.

Churchchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts, Call Number: 941.084

A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande, Call Number: 305.868 G751d
NOTE: An undocumented emigrant as a child Reyna followed her parents who had previously moved to LA. Things weren’t a great as she hoped, but eventually became a college student and published author.

Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet by D. H. Dilbect, Call Number: 973.809D737d
NOTE: One of the leading African-American rights activists before and after the Civil War.

The Girl Who Escaped Isis: This Is My Story by Farida Khalaf, Call Number: 956.704 K451g
NOTE: A year captured and enslaved when Isis attacked her village, she eventually was able to escape with 5 other girls.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh, Call Number: 97.1 S636h
NOTE: A woman who grew up among the working poor in Kansas during the 1980s and 1990s.

Cover of The Kevin ShowThe Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle With Mental Illness by Mary Pilon, Call Number: 616.89 H177p
NOTE: An Olympic athlete is living with the delusion that he is living out his own reality TV show and follows instructions from “The Director” an unreal voice who tells him to do dangerous and destructive scenes for the sake of “the show.”

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford, Call Number: 364.15 K711f
NOTE: Knight was one of the 3 women who were taken as part the Cleveland kidnappings. This is her story of survival.

In Pieces by Sally Field, Call Number: 791.43 F456i
NOTE: The actress who has portrayed several iconic female characters of the 20th century and gone on to other deeper acting roles tells her life story.

In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham, Call Number: 959.904 B966i
NOTE: A gripping account of the kidnapping of American Missionaries and their year of terror in the Philippine Jungle.

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson, Call Number: 610.73 W337L
NOTE: The story of a nurse’s life and of the hospital where she worked.

Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight, Call Number: 364.15 K711L
NOTE: What is the kidnap victim done since her release.

Racing to the Finish: My Story by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with Ryan McGee, Call Number: 796.72E127r
NOTE: One of the great NASCAR drivers, Earnhardt was also concerned about the effects of repeated race related concussions. He talks both about what the sport is like and his concerns to raise awareness about the issues behind concussions.

The Story of My Life (The Restored Ed.) by Helen Keller, Call Number: 362.4 K29s
NOTE: Helen Keller overcame being both blind and deaf to get an education and to take a prominent place in American culture.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, Call number: 364.66 h666s
NOTE: An Oprah book club selection – The author was wrongly convicted of murder, but found a way to improve life in prison for himself and others until he was eventually freed.

The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones, Call Number: 641.59 J777t
NOTE: The legendary editor who shaped the cookbook field in the United States from Julia Child on.

The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes, Call Number: 973.932 O12wo

New Books: Presidents Day 2019


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From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list. Today we are sharing titles that have entered our collection this year that have to do with Presidents in honor of Washington’s Birthday, the official name of the holiday.

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Also, check out our posts from Presidents Day 2013, and Presidents Day 2015 , and Presidents Day 2017, especially where did Presidents Day come from and is it all the fault of a cat?

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, Call Number: 973.933 T871w

First Ladies and American Women: In Politics and at Home by Jill Abraham Hummer, Call Number: 320.082 H925f

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, Call Number: 363.28 H645f

The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader by Fred I. Greenstein, Call Number: 973.921 G815h

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte, Call Number: 973.916 H789w

In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick, Call Number: 973.3 W318p

The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, Call Number: 973.92 G443p

Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (FDR 1882-1940) by James MacGregor Burns, Call Number: 973.917 R781bu

We Have Not a Government: The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution by George William Van Cleve, Call Number: 342.73 V222w

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baier, Call Number: 973.921 E363b

Through Five Administrations: Reminiscences of Colonel William H. Crook, Body-Guard to President Lincoln, Compiled and Edited By Margarita Spalding Gerry, Call Number: 973.7 C948t

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur by Scott S. Greenberger, Call Number: 973.84 G798u

Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West, Call Number: 973.9 W518u
NOTE: Chief Usher of the White House from 1941-1969.

And enjoy some extra information from the archives about George Washington, whose birthday is the approximated each year as the holiday (it moves to stay on Monday).

And FYI if you ever get asked about the holiday:

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New Books: Odds and Ends 52



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.

Popular Books

Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Call Number: PB FOR

The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel by Elizabeth Leiknes, Call Number: PB LEI

Nonfiction Books

Cover of The Addiction SolutionThe Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence On Opioids and Other Drugs by Lloyd I. Sederer, Call Number: 362.29 S447a

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse, Call Number: 364.164 H587s

Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna by Edith Sheffer, Call Number: 618.92 S542a

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Pataki, Call Number: PB PAT
NOTE: “Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night. When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison had lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come.”

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World by Joshua B. Freeman, Call Number: 338.6 F855b

Blind Justice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions by Mark Godsey, Call Number: 345.73 G589b

Blood and Ivy: The 1849 Murder that Scandalized Harvard by Paul Collins, Call Number: 364.152 C712B
NOTE: “On November 23rd of 1849, in the heart of Boston, one of the city’s richest men simply vanished. Dr. George Parkman, a Brahmin who owned much of Boston’s West End, was last seen that afternoon visiting his alma mater, Harvard Medical School. Police scoured city tenements and the harbor, and offered hefty rewards as leads put the elusive Dr. Parkman at sea or hiding in Manhattan. But one Harvard janitor held a much darker suspicion: that their ruthless benefactor had never left the Medical School building alive….it became a landmark case in the use of medical forensics and the meaning of reasonable doubt.”

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson, Call Number: 364.134 T994b

Cover of BuzzBuzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hansen, Call Number: 595.79 H251b

Careers in Media and Communication by Stephanie A. Smith, Call Number: 302.23 S661c

Corridor Rising: A Decade of Reinvestment Following the 2008 Floods, Call Number: 977.7 C825

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee, Call Number: 808.08 P995d

Essential Type: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding and Using Fonts by Tony Seddon, Call Number: 686.224 S447e

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell, Call Number: 973.709 O182f

Cover of George Washington Carver in his own wordsGeorge Washington Carver: In His Own Words (2nd ed.), Edited by Gary R. Kremer, Call Number: 630.92 C331kr

Guide to Financial Markets: Why They Exist and How They Work by Marc Levinson, Call Number: 332.64 L665g

Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why by Dean Burnett, Call Number: 612.82 B964h

In the Field: Life and Work in Cultural Anthropology by George Gmelch and Sharon Bohn Gmelch, Call Number: 306.072 G569i

Inc.: Start a Successful Business – Expert Advice To Take Your Startup From Idea to Empire by Colleen DeBaise, Call Number: 658.1 D286s

The Internet Trap: Five Costs of Living Online by Ashesh Mukherjee, Call Number: 302.23 M953i
NOTE: “Whether we are checking emails, following friends on Facebook and Twitter, catching up on gossip from TMZ, planning holidays on TripAdvisor, arranging dates on, watching videos on Youtube, or simply browsing for deals on Amazon, the internet pervades our professional and personal environments. The internet has revolutionized our lives, but at what cost? Mukherjee uses the latest research in consumer psychology to highlight five hidden costs of living online: too many temptations, too much information, too much customization, too many comparisons, and too little privacy.”

Life on Mars: What To Know Before We Go by David A. Weintraub, Call Number: 523.43 W424L

Cover of The Internet TrapLock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture by Clayton E. Cramer, Call Number: 683.4 C889L

Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist by Stephen Kurkjian, Call Number: 364.16 K968m

Millennials and the Moments That Made Us: A Cultural History of the U.S. from 1982-Present by Shaun Scott, Call Number: 305.209 S429m

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter (Essays) by Scaachi Koul, Call Number:813.6 K881o

Pandora’s Box: A History of the First World War by Jorn Leonhard, Call Number: 940.3 L584p

The Power of Framing: Creating the Language of Leadership by Gail T. Fairhurst, Call Number: 658.4 F171
NOTE: Defining the meaning of a situation to gain control of it.

Practical English Usage (Fully Revised 4th ed.) by Michael Swan, Call Number: ELA 428.2 S972p

Psychology in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to What Works by Marc Smith and Jonathan Firth, Call Number: 370.15 S655p

Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us by Will Stohr, Call Number: 155.2 S886

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson, Call Number: 599.5 P995s

A Student Guide to Study Abroad by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, Allan Goodman, and Sir Cyril Taylor, Call Number: 370.116 B486s

Superbugs: An Arms Race Against Bacteria by William Hall, Anthony McDonnell, and Jim O’Neill, Call Number: 616.9 H181s

Superhero Ethics: 10 Comic Book Heroes, 10 Ways to Save the World, Which One Do We Need Most Now? by Travis Smith, Call Number 741.509 S662s

Cover of Super-BugsTwenty Years of Life: Why the Poor Die Earlier and How to Challenge Inequality by Suzanne Bohan, Call Number: 362.5 B676t

Undocumented by John Moore, Call Number: 304.873 M822u

Using Picture Books to Enhance Children’s Social and Emotional Literacy: Creative Activities and Programs for Parents and Professionals by Susan Elswick, Call Number: 372.133 E499u

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet, Call Number: 305.409 B261v

Weather: A Concise Introduction by Gregory Hakim and Jerome Patoux, Call Number: 551.5 H155w

Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes, Call Number: 940.53

You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, and Other Mixed Messages (Essays) by Carina Chocano, Call Number: 305.42 C545Y

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New Books: Holocaust 2019



The Thaler Fund donates money for books about the Holocaust to the Kirkwood Community College Library, other local libraries, and brings in speakers for public events.  This is a local fund managed by the Temple Judah of Cedar Rapids. According to their website the Thaler fund was created and endowed by Dr. David and Joan Thaler: “to keep alive the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust and to combat the propaganda of those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened by supporting a continuing course of study about the Holocaust at Coe College, Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood Community College.” The fund also brings Yom Hashoah speakers to Cedar Rapids each year. We don’t have any from there this year yet, but I want to go ahead and recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day by posting this now.

On Topic But Not From Thaler

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell, Call Number: 027.04 R992b

From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler’s Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation by Steve Ross, Call Number: 940.53 R826f

From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps by Odd Nansen, Call Number: 940.53 N188f

The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Anne Lee, Call Number: 940.53 L477h

The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees, Call Number: 940.53 R328h

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis, Call Number: 956.94 G661i

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn Beer

The Rise of Fascism: History, Documents, and Key Questions by Patrick G. Zander, Call Number: 320.53 Z27r

The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers, Call Number: 833.912 S454s

Survivors Club: The Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very young Prisoner of Auschwitz, Call Number: CL 940.53 B736s

Triumph Over Destiny by Peladija Woodson-Diers, Call Number: 940.53 W898t
NOTE: A self-published story of how a German family is driven by war to Olewein, Iowa.

Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes, Call Number: 940.53

Related Topics

Scorch’s Earth: Stalin’s Reign of Terror by Jorg Baberowski, Call Number: 947.084 B113s

The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell, Call Number: 940.53 R964t

Find Lists From Previous Years

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New Books: A Very Short Introduction Series Update Spring 2019



Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to point people’s attention to particular series that have good basic information on a particular sort of topic. This time we’re pointing out the A Very Short Introduction series from Oxford Press. They cross a broad gamut of topics, but all are short, concise, and give the most important things you need to know on that topic. These are just a scattering of what we’ve gotten lately. Look for one the next time you have a new topic to explore.

Find our first list in this post and this one from last year.

Cover of Branding a Very Short IntroductionBranding: A Very Short Introduction by Robert Jones, Call Number: 658.8 J788b

Heredity: A Very Short Introduction by John Waller, Call Number: 575.1 W198h

The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Klenerman, Call Number: 616.07 K648i

Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Freeden, Call Number: 320.51 F853L

Logic: A Very Short Introduction by Graham Priest, Call Number: 160 P949L

Music: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook, Call Number: 780

Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction by Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Call Number: 364.106 A635o

Pain: A Very Short Introduction by Rob Boddice, Call Number: 616 B666p

Populism: A Very Short Introduction by Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Call Number: 320.56 M943p

Poverty: A Very Short Introduction by Philip N. Jefferson, Call Number: 339.46 J456p

Cover of Weather A Very Short IntroductionUtilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction by Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, Call Number: 171 L431u

Veterinary Science: A Very Short Introduction by James Yeates, Call Number: 636.089 Y41v

Viruses: A Very Short Introduction by Dorothy H. Crawford, Call Number: 616.91 C899v

Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cronk, Call Number: 843.5 V935

Weather: A Very Short Introduction by Storm Dunlop, Call Number: 551.6 D922w

Zionism: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Stanislawski, Call Number: 320.54 S786z

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.

Snow Storm and the Rest of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend



Due to the storm both the Kirkwood Community College libraries will be closed Saturday, January 18th at both locations.

Since MLK Day fell a little differently this year, our hours are different. At this point these are the hours for the rest of the weekend. In Cedar Rapids we’re going to be open normal hours Sunday. We will have reduced hours on Mon., Jan., 21, 2019 with the library opening after the college program and closing at 5pm.

Please double check before you make a special trip. You can double check by Kirk Alert, checking with our news partners, or calling 319-398-5697 for Cedar Rapids or 319-887-3613 for Iowa City.

Cedar Rapids Hours

Sat., Jan. 19th


Sun., Jan. 20th

  3:00pm – 8:00pm

Mon., Jan. 21st

10:00am – 5:00pm

Tues., Jan. 22nd

Library Resumes

Normal Spring Hours

Iowa City

The Iowa City campus library will also be closed Saturday, but will maintain normal hours all weekend.


Sign Up for Kirk Alert UPDATED


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Whether it’s for winter blizzards and ice storms or summer tornadoes, the best way to keep up to date on campus closing or other dangers is through Kirk Alert. So if you haven’t yet, be sure to  sign up to receive Kirk Alerts and get a warning if dangerous weather threatens the campus. The rest of this post is information available on the Kirkwood Community College website. – SSU

Kirkwood Alert is an alert system that allows Kirkwood to contact you during an emergency by sending text messages to your:

  • email account (school, work, home, other)
  • cell phone or pager
  • smartphone and handheld device

While Kirkwood Alert is a free service, your wireless carrier may charge you a fee to receive messages on your cellphone. Please read the FAQs for more information.

To Sign up if you are not on the Kirkwood network go to:

Snow Delay Times

Kirkwood Community College has the option to start late (10 am), to cancel the entire day, or to cancel daytime classes and reopen for the evening depending on changing weather conditions. If we have a late start please don’t come to the campus until shortly before 10 am because staff use the time to clear parking lots and sidewalks and need the space empty to efficiently do their jobs.

More Details About Kirk Alert

Kirkwood Alert is a software application used to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your:

  • email
  • text
  • voice

In the event of an emergency such as a tornado or other critical situation, Kirkwood will be able to send important alerts and updates right to your cell phone or mobile device. We will also be using Kirkwood Alert for school closing notifications.  All you have to do is sign up for a Kirkwood Alert account.

Each person may sign up for a Kirkwood Alert account. You can add multiple devices to a Kirkwood Alert account. Alerts will be sent to all devices listed in your Kirkwood Alert account. This service is available to students, parents, community partners–anyone who might need to know crucial information about the college.

If you are some place during an emergency, please also check normal sources of news and information in addition to waiting for a Kirk Alert.

Weather and any other campus closing emergencies will still be released to the various news sources. Here’s the list where we send the information.

You may sign up now, update your contacts, or check out what the most recent Kirk Alerts have been.

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.