Late January Hours 2021



Both locations will be closed this weekend and we’ll have adjusted hours next week. Starting on January 25th we’ll resume our regular hours.

Mon., Jan. 18th

–  Martin Luther King Jr Day

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tues., Jan. 19th 

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Jan. 20th


Thurs., Jan 21st – Fri., Jan. 22nd             

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 23rd – Sun., Jan. 24th   


Mon., Jan. 25th

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Kirk Alert 2021 UPDATE



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.

Even if you were PREVIOUSLY signed up for Kirk Alert the system changed this summer and old accounts were not transferred over. So you have to sign up again. For those of you who never signed up before, here’s your chance! (Note some of the information and text below came from a now changed page on the Kirkwood Community College website. I kept some of the text and updated the information. Some I took from a recent proactive Kirk Alert e-mail.)

Kirk Alert

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.

To Sign up go to:

On the main Kirk Alert page you may get details about signing up (under Opt In) and change or recover your password. Don’t lose the password so you can change settings as necessary.

Snow Delay Times

Kirkwood Community College has the option to start late (10 am), to cancel at noon, to cancel the entire day, or to cancel daytime classes & 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 & sidewalks and need the space empty to efficiently do their jobs.

Check this link for more on the weather delay set up.

More Details About Kirk Alert

Kirkwood Alert is a system 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 to be notified.

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 of them. This service is available to students, parents, community partners–anyone who might need to know crucial information about the college.

If you think there may be 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 local news sources.

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

Stay Up To Date

Update your Kirkwood Alert information to ensure you are receiving notifications. Remember if you had an account previous to this summer, you’ll need to set up a new account.

 If you have any questions or would like assistance in developing your winter weather safety plan, please contact the Kirkwood Office of Public Safety Services at 319-389-1774 for more information.

Be safe and weather wise!

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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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.

What to Read Over the Break?

Are you looking for something to read once classes are over and we’re all on break from school and work for a while?

Here are some of the newest popular books we’ve added to the Kirkwood Library.  Click the title for a link into the catalog where you can get more information and see if the book is currently available for checkout.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, Call Number: Popular Books ACE

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Call Number: Popular Books CAL

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, Call Number: COL

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen, Call Number: Popular Books DES

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Call Number: Popular Books GIL

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, Call Number: Popular Books GYA

Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern, Call Number: Popular Books HAL

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, Call Number: Popular Books LOC

Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Call Number: Popular Books MCB

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell, Call Number: Popular Books OFA

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab, Call Number: Popular Books SCH

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell, Call Number: Popular Books SER

Want some other ideas?  In recent months I’ve created some other lists that might interest you. Check them out!

Looking for some nonfiction?  In November I created 4 weekly posts with several nonfiction titles

Yes,  I know. I know. Memoirs are also nonfiction.  But I created a separate post dedicated to memoirs  That page will also lead you to a larger, more categorized guide devoted to memoirs.

I don’t know if anybody says you can’t read spooky books at this time of year, but if they do, they are wrong!  Here is a list of Spooky Season Reading that was posted back in October.

Kirkwood librarian Sarah Uthoff also recently posted about some of our newest book additions at New Books: Odds and Ends 68

That should give  you plenty to go oh. Happy reading!

Winter Break Between Semester Hours December January 2020

This semester had both library locations on shortened hours to help curb the spread of COVID. We’re heading into our between semester break and we’ll be open our normal break hours. The Iowa City branch has already shortened their hours to 8am-5pm, so both locations should be on the same hours after December 14th. Check back here after the first of the year for more hours information.

Mon., Dec. 14th

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Tues., Dec. 15th

             Fri., Dec. 18th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 19th  –

…………Sun., Dec. 20th


Mon., Dec. 21st    –

………Wed., Dec. 23rd

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thurs., Dec. 24th   –

……Sun., Jan. 3rd


Mon., Jan. 4th   –

……Fri., Jan. 8th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 9th  –

…………Sun., Jan. 10th


Mon., Jan. 11th  –

……Fri., Jan. 15th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 16th……………Sun., Jan. 17th


Be sure to check back after the first of the year for the rest of the January schedule.

No Finals Week Hours

Since there is no official Finals Week this year, the library will NOT be having special hours. We’ll keep with our current hours thru Dec. 14th. Then we’ll start our normal between semesters 8am-5pm, no weekends schedule. Check back for the Dec.-Jan dates.

PLEASE NOTE: These hours are correct according to our current information. If college policy alters as the COVID-19 situation changes they may also change. Please check before making a special trip.

New Books: Odds and Ends 68


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.

20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson, Call Number 748.2 J134t

Balance is B.S.: How to Have A Work.Life.Blend by Tamara Loehr, Call Number: 650.13 L825b

The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School by Ed Boland, Call Number: 973.11 B687b

Cover of Becoming Dr. SeussBecoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones, Call Number: 813.52 S496b

Bossed Up: A Grown Woman’s Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together by Emilie Aries, Call Number: 650.108 A698b

China: A 5,000-Year Odyssey by Tan Chung, Call Number: 951 C559c

Depression Sourcebook (5th ed.), Call Number: 616.852 D424 2020

Economics in Two Lessons: Why Markets Work So Well, and Why they Can Fail So Badly by John Quiggin, Call Number: 330.122 Q65e

Cover of Bossed UpEndocrine and Metabolic Disorders Sourcebook (4th ed.), Call Number: 616.4 E566 2020

The Enigma of Clarence Thomas by Corey Robin, Call Number: 347.732 T455r

Essential Great Britain: Fodor’s Travel, Call Number: 941 A569f

First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas, Call Number: 347.732 O188t

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright, Call Number: 614.49 W951g

Getting Out: Youth Gangs, Violence, and Positive Change by Keith Morton, Call Number: 364.4 M889g

Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants by Jacob Shell, Call Number: 599.67 S544g

Global Terrorism (4th ed.) by James M. Lutz and Brenda J. Lutz, Call Number: 363.325 L975g

Cover of Get Well SoonA Guide to the United States Constitution (4th ed.) by Erin Ackerman and Benjamin Ginsberg, Call Number: 342.73 G493g

Heirs of the Founders: Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, The Second Generation of American Giants by H.W. Brands, Call Number: 973.5 B819h

Hotbox: Inside Catering the Food World’s Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, Call Number: 642.4 L479h

Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Dr. Jeremy Brown, Call Number: 614.518 B878i

The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines by Chaim M. Rosenberg, Call Number: 338.763 R813.3i

Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook (8th ed.), Edited and Revised by Cyndi Giorgis, Call Number: 372.452 T788r 2019

Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You! by Marley Dias, Call Number: 305.23 D541m
NOTE: The story of the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks.

Modern Egypt: What Everyone Needs to Know by Bruce K. Rutherford and jeannie L. Sowers, Call Number: 962.05 R975m

Cover of International Harvester Oxford Beginner’s Chinese Dictionary, Call Number: ELA DICT CHI

The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris by Mark Honigsbaum, Call Number: 614.49 H773p

PTSD and Coping with Trauma Sourcebook (1st ed.), Call Number: 616.852 P858p 2020

PTSD and Coping with Trauma Information for Teens (1st ed.), Call Number: 616.852 P858 2020

The Pursuit of Parenthood: Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants by Margaret Marsh and Wanda Ronner, Call Number: 618.178 M366p 2019

Radio: Making Wave with Sound by Alasdair Pinkerton, Call Number: 621.384 P655r

Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correction on College Campuses by Michael S. Roth, Call Number: 378.01 R845s

Cover of Study With MeSchool Choice Around the World…and The Lessons We Can Learn, Edited by Pauline Dixon and Steve Humble, Call Number: 379.111 S372s

Spectacular Flops: Game-Changing Technologies That Failed by Michael Brain Schiffer, Call Number: 509 S333s

The State and Politics in Japan by Ian Neary, Call Number: 320.952 n354s

Study with Me: Effective Bullet Journaling Techniques, Habits, and Hacks to be Successful, Productive, and Organized by Jasmine Shao and Alyssa Jagan, Call Number: 371.302 S528s

Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas by Jeffery Ostler, Call Number: 973.049 O855s

Cover of Surviving GenocideThat Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph, Call Number: 338.04 R194t

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future by Jon Gertner, Call Number: 559.82 G384i

The War of 1812 in the West: From Fort Detroit to New Orleans by David Kirkpatrick, Call Number: 973.523 K597w

Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, Call Number: 591.39 N282w

Writer’s Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (99th annual edition), Call Number: 808.02 W956 2020

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 2020


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December 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.

Information Literacy You Need More Than a Name


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A Rose By Any Other Name

On the internet you are often known by a name and/or an icon. Normally, even if someone is functioning under a banner not their own, you expect people to choose a unique name and build up the reputation from scratch.

That’s not true for everyone though. Some people choose names of real people who carry weight or follow George Orwell’s recommendation and choose words that create positive and impressive images to create a name borrowing on someone else’s weight. This is the same as the way people use quote magnets to make quotations sound more impressive.

A round about example was Betty White. A Twitter account started in her name and she didn’t know anything about it. Valerie Bertinelli tweeted out that it wasn’t an official account and that people shouldn’t follow it. Turns out that some of White’s publicity staff had started it in her name and just not bothered to tell her. Or was that just a joke Betty played on Valerie? Either way it just shows you often don’t know who you are really talking to online. (Her Twitter feed is still up, but rarely used.)

Frankly Anne Frank

During the 2016 election and afterward there was suddenly a new strident voice on Twitter calling out political missteps and mistakes by Republicans and leading many charges of Twitter users against them. How did this group gain such authority? Why they used Anne Frank’s name of course! They certainly showed up in my Twitter feed and I found it odd that the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam would have such active and loud opinions on American politics. I was right, it would have been odd, but in THIS case that’s not what was happening. It was another organization using Anne Frank’s name. So explains this Atlantic article from April 2017:

“The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, known until about a year ago as the Anne Frank Center USA, is a small organization of about nine staffers. It is independent from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which memorializes Anne’s hiding place, and is not connected at all to the Anne Frank Fonds, the Swiss organization that owns the rights to Anne’s diary. Before Goldstein officially became executive director in June 2016, the center was an obscure educational organization with a tiny storefront museum in New York City that few visited. And though the organization claims it was founded by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, in 1959, the organization’s own historical documentation and people who were part of its founding say it was actually started in 1977, and Otto Frank had no direct involvement.”

(Since the story was originally published, they dug up some paperwork that indicated Otto Frank – Anne’s father – may actually have had knowledge of the organization setting up, but people who worked with Otto Frank near the end of his life and the people who actually did the organizing in the late 1970s and the people who ran the organization prior to 2016 do not remember any such connection. See the article for more information on both sides of the issue.)

The article goes on to explain that until 2016 the organization really hadn’t been political at all. However, in 2016 the organization got a new board chair, a new executive director, AND a new combative social media system policy. It became the outspoken voice and began acting as a self-proclaimed “authority on anti-Semitism and American politics.”

And It Worked

And trading on Anne Frank’s name – and who doesn’t know and respect who Anne Frank was – they established a voice for their organization. They established it more quickly and solidly than they could in any other way simply by using someone else’s name.

And So It Goes

To finish the story Goldstein abruptly stepped down to become a rabbi in Fall 2017. Anne Frank Center still has a Twitter feed, but has returned to its previous focus on Anne Frank, Jewish History, and positive steps you can take to make the world a better place.

Stop and Think and Dig

So the next time you see someone online saying things that don’t feel right, don’t just assume it’s a heretofore unknown part of their personality, look into who it is that is actually doing the talking.

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 Month Spot the Troll


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Not everyone online is your friend. Some people aren’t just there to have fun. They are there to trick you and attack you. These people are called Trolls.

Learn to Find the Trolls

This website is good for helping you learn what to look for in identifying trolls. Online trolls try to manipulate your opinions and actions. However, the site’s mock-ups don’t really convey everything you’d see in a real feed, so don’t feel bad if you miss a few. It’s really reading the WHYS the quiz gives that help you learn about trolls and how to avoid them.

No Haters

Another thing to caution you against. People are more aware of trolls now, but just because there ARE trolls, doesn’t mean everyone who has a different opinion than you IS a troll. Some people can genuinely have a different opinion. Some people shake off every criticism with “haters going to hate.” But that really isn’t true. While some people really are haters, attacking people for stupid or wrong reasons, there are other people whose negative comments really ARE worth consideration. Sometimes they are right and you are the one who is wrong or misinformed. Sometimes they are wrong. Sometimes both parties are partly right and partly wrong.

It’s too easy to just throw anything you don’t 100% agree with in a big pile, labeled hate and ignore it. The most important piece of information literacy you can have is remembering to stop and think. Don’t just automatically assume people you agree with are right and that anyone who disagrees is wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Any one instance might be one of those times.

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.