Winter Break Hours Iowa City Branch 2018-2019


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Over Winter Break both library locations will offer reduced hours and will close when the campus is closed. These are the Iowa City hours, look for the Cedar Rapids hours in a separate post. Please check that we are open before you make a special trip. Remember our article databases and eBook collections will remain available online 24/7.

Winter Break Hours Cedar Rapids Branch 2018-2019


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Both Kirkwood library locations will offer reduced hours and will close when the campus is closed over Winter Break. These are the Cedar Rapids hours, look for the Iowa City Hours in a separate post. Please check that we are open before you make a special trip. Remember our article databases and eBook collections will remain available online 24/7.

Thurs., Dec. 13th

7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 14th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 15th  –

……………Sun., Dec. 16th


Mon., Dec.17th   –

…………….Fri., Dec. 21st

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 22nd   –

………   …Tues., Jan. 1st


Wed., Jan. 2nd   –

…………   Fri., Jan. 4th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 5th  –

……………Sun., Jan. 6th


Check back for further special hours thru January 14th

A to Z World Food for the Holidays



Looking for new recipes for the holidays? Interested in food, culture, and recipes from around the world?

The library has just added the A to Z World Food database to our collection. The database contains traditional recipes and food culture information for 174 countries. Find recipes for all the courses of the meal, food culture on national and regional cuisine, daily meals, dining etiquette, special occasion foods, and food trivia.

World Food

If you are on campus you should automatically get into the database by clicking on the link above or by selecting that link from our All Kirkwood Databases list through our library homepage.  If you are off campus, it will ask for your k# and password.

What To Read Over Break 2018


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In what has become an annual holiday tradition, we offer once again a list of suggestions of what to read over break this year from Kirkwood Library Services. Find lists from previous years, 2013, 20142015 and 2017.

Some books have a copy at both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, others are only at one or the other. A few we don’t own copies of, but you should be able to find them at a local public library. 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.

This year I want to recommend a classic. I read my first novel by Rex Stout because I was reading a P.G. Wodehouse story that had a character rave about him. I thought, “If Wodehouse thinks he’s good, he must be” and I was right. Stout’s books focus on the character of Nero Wolfe the world’s largest, most eccentric, and greatest detective. His version of John Watson is Archie Goodwin as quick with his brain as with his fists. Wolfe seldom likes to leave the house so he often sends out Archie to act in accordance of “his intelligence guided by his experience.” Wonderful puzzles and plots and magnificent dialogue make all the Nero Wolfe books a pleasure. I limit myself to not reading them often because I hope when I meet that awful day when I reach the end of all he’s written I’ll have let enough time pass so that I will have forgotten enough detail that I can start all over. Most recently I read Might as Well Be Dead, but really you can’t go wrong with any title and I don’t read them in order. The first in the series is Fer-de-Lance.
Sarah Uthoff, Reference Librarian

Bravetart CoverMy recommendation this year is the cookbook BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks (Call Number: 641.86 P252b). For starters, the recipes are delicious. The super fudgy brownies were my favorite, but the red (wine) velvet cake was also a winner for its deep chocolate flavor. Furthermore, Stella highlights the history of iconic treats both store bought and homemade. Did you know that a group of bakers rioted at a speech given by the creator of the graham cracker? I didn’t – until I read this book.
Sarah Young, Office Manager

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Call Number: PB HAN) is historical fiction about two sisters living in France during World War II. This is the story of the two very different sisters and what they each did to survive and to make it through the war. Vianne is raising a child on her own and is forced to take a German soldier into her home, and her younger sister Isabelle joins the Resistance. If you’re like me, you’ll want to have a box of tissues handy.
– Julie Petersen, Reference Librarian

The Changeling by Victor LaValle begins as the story of a young couple having their first baby and all the usual struggles that ensue, which would be quite enough for anyone. So when an evil element enters into the story we see just how deeply the characters have to dig to survive. Great character development and a non-stop story line make this book an outstanding read. And I’m not alone in my excitement! Winner of (so far) three awards: The American Book Award, The World Fantasy Award, The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel.
Kate Hess, Iowa City Library Coordinator

Boys in the Bunkhouse coverI recommend Survivor’s Club by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. It tells the story of what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the German invasion in 1939. The author earned a Ph.D.  from U of I.
– Barbara Oldenburg, Circulation

Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry (Call Number: 362.3 B279b) is the heartbreaking, outrage-producing, yet somewhat hopeful true story that took place right here in Iowa, in the small town of Atalissa.  A group of developmentally disabled men were brought to Iowa from Texas in 1974 to work the worst possible jobs in a turkey processing plant. They earned $65 a month (they never got a raise), and worked and lived in increasing deplorable and increasingly abusive conditions until 2009.  Finally, their plight was brought to the attention of the right people and a massive effort was made to remove the men and get them the medical attention and living conditions they needed and deserved.  This was the All Iowa Reads selection for 2018.
– Julie Petersen, Reference Librarian

The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein (Call Number: 741.5 S587r) -From the Publisher: “Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experiments were far more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy merit badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed. Ken Silverstein re-creates in brilliant detail the months of David’s improbable nuclear quest. His unsanctioned and wholly unsupervised project finally sparked an environmental catastrophe that put his town’s forty thousand residents at risk and caused the EPA to shut down his lab and bury it at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah​.”
-Andres Mauricio Calvopina, Circulation

Radioactive Boy Scout CoverThe Road Back to You:  An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. I like it because it helped me understand my own personality type and why I work well or not with others.
– Shelley Schultz, Technical Services

Ice by Anna Kavan – From WorldCat: “In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organisation [sic]. There is destruction everywhere; great walls of ice overrun the world. Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest for this strange and fragile creature with albino hair. She is, we know, Anna Kavan herself. Acclaimed by Brian Aldiss on its publication in 1967 as the best science fiction book of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has subsequently been recognised [sic] as a major work of literature in its own right.”
Ryan Strempke-Durgin,  Digital Services Librarian

Small Great Things is another Jodi Picoult (Call Number: PB PIC) contemporary novel inspired by real events. In the book, Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse is barred from tending to a newborn baby by the baby’s white supremacist parents. The baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is on duty and briefly alone with him in the nursery. What should she do? What will happen to her as a result of what she does or does not do?  As with most of this author’s books, this will give you a lot to think about.
– Julie Petersen, Reference Librarian

I would like to recommend the memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (Call Number: 616.99 K141w). This inspirational book was not only on the New York Times bestseller list, but also was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2016. Paul, who died at the age of 36 from lung cancer, had just become a neurosurgeon at Stanford University, as well as a young father, when diagnosed. This book describes his journey towards death. Is it sad? Yes, of course. In many ways, it is heartbreaking, but it will also touch you with its beauty and strength. As the author faces his own mortality, he ultimately comes to grips with the question of what makes a life worth living.​
Sue Miller, Reference Librarian

I recommend The Diary by Eileen Goudge. This is a romance journey discovered by two grown daughters from their mother’s diary.
– Barbara Oldenburg, Circulation

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.

Extended Hours for Finals December 2018



In order to serve you better during the lead up to finals, Kirkwood Library Services is offering extended hours at the Cedar Rapids – Main Campus Library. The Iowa City Campus Library will maintain their normal hours. Be sure to include the library in your study plan and test prep.

Sun., Dec. 2nd

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 3rd   –

………….Thurs., Dec. 6th

7:30 am – Midnight

Fri., Dec. 7th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 8th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Dec. 9th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 10th  –

…… Wed., Dec. 12th

7:30 am – Midnight

Thurs., Dec. 13th

7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 14th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat, Dec. 15th   –

……Sun., Dec. 16th


Mon., Dec. 17th

Between Semester Hours Start


Both branches will have reduced hours over winter break. Check back for details at the end of finals.

Kirkwood Library Services Gets a New Mascot!



We recently had a new arrival in the library. Our Baby Eagle is going to be livening things up on our social media and at our events. Today he arrived in the library.









He discovered the library has books.

Baby Eagle on a book shelf

Baby Eagle Discovers We Have Lots of Books







He discovers the DVD section

Baby Eagle on shelf with DVDS

He Discovers Our DVD Section and decides to check out “Sherlock”

He asks for help at our reference desk.

Sarah Uthoff sits at a computer talking to a stuffed baby eagle

Baby Eagle Asks a Reference Question







And in his favorite part so far he shakes “wings” with our director, Arron Wings

Baby Eagle Shakes Wings With Our Director, Arron Wings

Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more of his adventures!

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.

Library Thanksgiving Weekend Hours 2018


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The hours below are for the Cedar Rapids branch on the Main Campus. The Iowa City branch will be open their normal hours on Saturday, November 17th and then they will be open Monday and Tuesday, November 19th and 20th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sat., Nov. 17th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Nov. 18th


Mon., Nov. 19th   –   Tues., Nov. 20th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Nov. 21st   –  Sat., Nov. 24th


Sun., Nov. 25th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Watch for Special Final Friendly Hours!

And remember to plan on coming to the EXAM CRAM on November 29th.

Do You Know About Using our LibGuides?


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Screen Shot of LibGuide Example

Citation LibGuide

LibGuides are a platform where the library can gather and share resources. They allow us to collect resources on a particular topic or for a particular assignment for student use whether they are books, articles, ebooks, videos, websites, etc. Find more information on how to work with the library to create a LibGuide for a subject or assignment for your class. We also have a collection of LibGuides we make for the general population that get a lot of use.

The LibGuides that get the most use are:

Citation Guides (APA/MLA)

What Are Scholarly Journal Articles?

Web Resources Evaluation

Open Textbooks, OER & Other Open or Free Resources for Faculty

Library Hours

Distance Learning

Print from Your Own Device (PYOD)

Faculty Services

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Take a minute and take a look.


We have a few of extra things to mention this month.

The library reserves an extra classroom around the Cedar Rapids campus for additional groups space during finals week or the week before. Ask at the reference desk for more information.

Info to Know – Do you know about all these services around campus?

Kirkwood Library Faculty Survey Results from Spring 2018

Kirkwood Librarians publish in The Communique

How To Craft an Effective Syllabus via Chronicle of Higher Education (full text available through the library)

What College is Like for First Generation Students via Chronicle of Higher Education (full text available through the library)

Google Images Should Now Show Credit (open web article)

Small Studies Show Students Retain More Detail Reading Print Over Digital (click through to the studies Kirkwood databases provide access to the full text)

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:

I Heart Books!

Cookbooks and Food Books

Information Literacy 2018

Looking for Biography

Odds and Ends 50

Paranormal Happy Halloween 2018

Self-Improvement Fall 2018

Student Life Part 4

Our Special Display This Month

Nonfiction November

Event – Special Event

All Kirkwood Reads

Where all of Kirkwood gets a chance to read one book to think and talk about together.

Exam Cram –

Our annual kick-off to the intensive study for finals season will be
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 8am-9pm


Thanksgiving Break –

Both library branches will be:

  • Closed Sunday (Nov. 18, 2018)
  • Open 8am-5pm Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 19-20)
  • Closed Wednesday thru Saturday (Nov. 21-24)
  • Cedar Rapids only will be open Sunday (Nov. 25) 3pm-8pm

Research Tips

Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Britannica List Tell Me Why

Banned Books Preview

Copyright Update – Can I Use This?

MLA Citation Handout Updates Fall 2018

Information Literacy Bad Historic Twitter Feeds

Information Literacy Private Browsing

Information Literacy Tracking Down a Study

Tech Tips

Kirkwood Slash Gives Helpful Links

OER Search Tool

OER at Kirkwood: Survey results & Looking ahead

Want a Specialized LibGuide for an assignment to help your students find stuff?

Click Here

Want to schedule time in the library or for us to come into your class?

Click Here

What if the library doesn’t have a book you want?

Click Here

And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter. And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.

New Books: Cookbooks and Food Books


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November is the month for food to shine! People who don’t cook the rest of the year start and those who do pull out old family recipes or shiny new ones to help celebrate Thanksgiving. Check out these cookbooks and food books we’ve added to the collection this year.

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

Cookbooks and Food Books

The Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family by Elizabeth Coblentz with Kevin Williams, Call Number: 641.5 C656a

Cover of A Cook's Tour of IowaBetty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook from Scratch, Call Number: 641.5 C938b

A Cook’s Tour of Iowa by Susan Puckett, Call Number: 641.5 P977c

The Dorm Room Diet: The 8-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works by Daphne Oz, Call Number: 613 D991d

Esquire Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need, Edited by Ryan D’Agostino, Call Number: 641.597 E141

Hungry Girl: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories by Lisa Lillien, Call Number: 641.5 L729h

Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World by Lisa Lillien, Call Number: 641.5 L729ha

Cover of The Tenth MuseHungry Girl: Supermarket Survival Aisle by Aisle by Lisa Lillien, Call Number: 640.73 L729h

Magic Bean: The Rise of Soy in America by Matthew Roth, Call Number: 633.3 R845m

New Recipes from Quilt Country: More Food and Folkways from the Amish and Mennonites by Marcia Adams, Call Number: 641.5 A215n

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.

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 Roundup


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November is here and that ends National Information Literacy Awareness Month, but information literacy and tech literacy are things to work on for everyone all year. Please revisit our posts.

What is Information Literacy?

Things to Think and Know About

Keep calm, think it through and we’ll be back with more helpful tips next year!

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.