New Books: Personal Finance 2021



Personal Finance DisplayFrom time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic and this time they are on Personal Finance. Sarah Young, Library Services Department Assistant, updated this session as part of a class assignment. Who doesn’t need money advice? Be sure to check this out. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich (Expanded and Updated) by David Bach, Call Number: 332.024 B118a 2016

Budgeting 101: From Getting Out of Debt and Tracking Expenses to Setting Financial Goals and Building Your Savings, Your Essential Guide to Budgeting by Michelle Cagan, Call Number: 332.024 C131b

Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money by Bola Sokunbi, Call Number: 332.024 S683c

Dump Debt and Build Bank: The Everyday Chick’s Guide to Money by Faneisha D.R. Alexander, Call Number: 332.024 A375d

Get Good with Money: 10 Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany Aliche, Call Number: 332.024 A398g

A Latina’s Guide to Money by Eva Macias, Call Number: 332.024 M152L

The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich by David Bach and John David Mann, Call Number: 332.024 B118L

Millennial Money Makeover: Escape Debt, Save for Your Future, and Live the Rich Life Now by Conor Richardson, Call Number: 332.024 R521m

The Money Manual: A Practical Money Guide to Help Succeed on Your Financial Journey by Tonya B. Rapley, Call Number: 332.024 R218m

Our Money Stories: A Six Week No B.S. Holistic Financial Wellness Plan by Eugenie George, Call Number: 332.024 E87o

Personal Finance for Dummies (9th ed.) by Eric Tyson, Call Number: 332.024 T994pe

Personal Finance for Teens by Carol H. Cox, Call Number: 332.024 C877p

The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning: Inside Tips From an Expert by Dan Gallagher, Call Number: 332.024 G162s

Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner (Revised and Updated) by David Bach, Call Number: 332.024 B118sc

Smart Women Finish Rich (20th Anniversary Edition – Expanded and Updated) by David Bach, Call Number: 332.024 B118sm

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

What to Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide by Michelle Singletary, Call Number: 332.024 S617w

Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money management Principes to Live By by Cary Siegel, Call Number: 332.024 S571w 2018

Women and Money: Be Strong, Be Smart, Be Secure by Suze Orman, Call Number: 332.024 O73wm 2018

You Can Stay Home With Your Kids!: 100 Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget by Erin Odom, Call Number: 332.024 O25y

Your Business, Your Family, Their Future: How to Ensure Your Family Enterprise Thrives for Generations by Emily Griffiths-Hamilton, Call Number: 658.152 G855y

Handwrite Your Notes



Although there has been some back and forth in the research (take a look for the long story), in general it’s been shown that if you handwrite notes you remember things better, especially if you can study them before you’re tested over the material. There are two advantages to using paper over a laptop. With a laptop, phone, etc. people try to get down as close as a word for word transcript as possible. Since it’s rarely possible to get word for word writing it out you’re forced to devote part of your brain to summarizing what they’re talking about, identifying key points, prioritizing, and making connections. The second advantage is that you can draw, drawing arrows, charts, or anything as a memory trigger helps create memories.

So try taking notes on paper this semester and see how it goes!

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.

Avoid Eye Strain



Eye of an EggbertThis article by How to Geek addresses a problem that has gotten worse, especially over the last year and half of constant online meetings and projects. Personally I got a second pair of glasses to help (if you do this make sure you get a blue light filter). If you have dry or tired eyes, fatigue, or more frequent headaches (find a full list of possible symptoms in the article linked below), you may well have eye strain.

Things you can do:

  • Enlarge text.
  • Read offline and not just from computer or device screens.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Spelled out it means every 20 minutes take at least a 20 second break by closing your eyes and then look at something at least 20 feet away to change your eye focus.
  • Position your monitor so it is slightly below eye level. That lets your eyelids to automatically stay further down protecting your eyes from drying out. (Not too far down though because that can throw off your neck.)
  • Take longer breaks once or twice a day to clear your mind and give your eyes a chance to focus on something else. In other words, don’t go from reading at your desk to reading on your phone thinking it’s giving your eyes a break.

Learn More

For the full story behind these ideas both for checking your symptoms and more information about what you can do, click on this link.

And remember even if you don’t have eye strain, these suggestions can help keep you from developing it.

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 Mural Progress Continues



This post was guest written by Sarah Young, Library Services Department Assistant

The semester has started and the library is once again bustling with activity. It’s not all work, though. Our mural painting project is continuing as well!

Want a fun activity to do with a friend between classes or a creative break in your workday? Sign up on Calendly to come paint with us! No artistic skill required (I promise!)

Lauri and Amanda paint the Kandinsky mural
Lauri Hughs and Amanda Ussery enjoy a painting break at the end of summer.
Progress on the Haring mural
Making progress on the Keith Haring mural! Still spaces left to join the fun.
Eggbert painting
Even Eggbert got in on the action!

Thanks again to all of our mural painters! Looking forward to seeing more people join the fun in the coming weeks.

New Books: Odds and Ends 78


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.

Adolescent Health Sourcebook (5th Edition), Call Number: 616.89 A239 2021

Cover of the AgitatorsThe Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought For Abolition and Women’s Rights by Dorothy Wickenden, Call Number: 973.711 W636a
NOTE: A riveting, provocative, and revelatory history of abolition and women’s rights, told through the story of three women—Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Wright—in the years before, during and after the Civil War.

Alcohol Information for Teens: Health Tips About Alcohol Use, Abuse, and Dependence (5th ed.), Call Number: 613.81 A354 2021

Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America by Kate Washington, Call Number: 649.8 W318a

Anti-System Politics: The Crisis of Market Liberalism in Rich Democracies by Jonathan Hopkin, Call Number: 320.513 H793a

Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther (Updated ed.) by Jeffrey Haas, Call Number: 322.42 H232h

Cover of Already ToastAssume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence by Tanya Selvaratnam, Call Number: 362.829 S469a

A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious by Roya Hakakian, Call Number: 323.623 H155b

Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction by Michelle Nijhuis, Call Number: 591.68 N691b

Children Under Fire: An American Crisis by Woodrow Cox, Call Number: 371.782 C877c

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson, Call Number: 576.5 D728i

The Columnist: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson’s Washington by Donald A. Ritchie, Call Number: 070.092 P361c
NOTE: “Long before Wikileaks and social media, the journalist Drew Pearson exposed to public view information that public officials tried to keep hidden. A self-professed “keyhole peeper”, Pearson devoted himself to revealing what politicians were doing behind closed doors. From 1932 to 1969, his
daily “Washington Merry-Go-Round” column and weekly radio and TV commentary broke secrets, revealed classified information, and passed along rumors based on sources high and low in the federal government, while intelligence agents searched fruitlessly for his sources.”

The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History by Margalit Fox, Call Number: 940.472 F793c
NOTE: “Imprisoned in a remote Turkish POW camp during World War I, having survived a two-month forced march and a terrifying shootout in the desert, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, join forces to bamboozle their iron-fisted captors. To stave off despair and boredom, Jones takes a handmade Ouija board and fakes elaborate séances for his fellow prisoners. Word gets around, and one day an Ottoman official approaches Jones with a query: Could Jones contact the spirit world to find a vast treasure rumored to be buried nearby? Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use the Ouija board—and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception—to build a trap for their captors that will ultimately lead them to freedom.”

Consent: A Memoir by Vanessa Springora, Call Number; 362.882 S769c
NOTE: “Thirty years ago, Vanessa Springora was the teenage muse of one of the country’s most celebrated writers, a footnote in the narrative of a very influential man in the French literary world. At the end of 2019, as women around the world began to speak out, Vanessa, now in her forties and the director of one of France’s leading publishing houses, decided to reclaim her own story, offering her perspective of those events sharply known. Consent is the story of one precocious young girl’s stolen adolescence. Devastating in its honesty, Vanessa’s painstakingly memoir lays bare the cultural attitudes and circumstances that made it possible for a thirteen-year-old girl to become involved with a fifty-year-old man who happened to be a notable writer. As she recalls the events of her childhood and her seduction by one of her country’s most notable writers, Vanessa reflects on the ways in which this disturbing relationship changed and affected her as she grew older.”

Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard Thompson Ford, Call Number: 391.009 F711d

Editing Humanities: The Crispr Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing by Kevin Davies, Call Number: 576.5 D256e

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake, Call Number: 579.5 S544e

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer by Steven Johnson, Call Number: 362.1 J695e

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund, Call Number: 155.904 R821f
NOTE: “In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).”

Cover of Dress CodesFathoms: The World of the Whale by Rebecca Giggs, Call Number: 599.5 G459f

A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum by Jessica McCrory Calarco, Call Number: 378.155 C142f

For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality by Dorthy Sue Cobble, Call Number: 320.082 C654f

Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality by Frank Wilczek, Call Number: 530.01 W667f
NOTE: “One of our great contemporary scientists reveals the ten profound insights that illuminate what everyone should know about the physical world.”

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany by Andrew Maraniss, Call Number: CL 796.48 M311g

Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business by Diana Kapp, Call Number: CL 338.092 M311g

The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education by Lisa M. Meeks and Neera R. Jain, Call Number: Librarian371.9 G946

Girls Who Run the WorldFullfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillis, Call Number: 381.142 M145f

Gladius: The World of the Roman Soldier by Guy De La Bedoyere, Call Number: 355.009 D331g

Hatched: Dispatches from the Backyard Chicken Movement by Gina G. Warren, Call Number: 636.5 W288h

How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith, Call Number: 306.362 S644h

Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire by Tom Zoellner, Call Number: 362.8 Z85i

MLA Handbook – Ninth Edition, Call Number: 808.02 M685 2021
NOTE: MLA has come up with an updated system. There aren’t many differences with the system itself, but they have put back a lot of stuff that was cut out of the 8th edition and backed off a bit on the idea that there are multiple correct ways to cite something correctly based on person citing it, purpose of citing it, and circumstance of citing it.

Cover of FactfulnessNolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home by IIona Bray, Alayna Schroeder, and Marcia Stewart, Call Number: 643.12 B827n 2017

Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution by Nobuko Miyamoto, Call Number: 792.802 M685n
NOTE: “Miyamoto vividly describes her early life in the racialized atmosphere of Hollywood musicals and then her turn toward activism as an Asian American troubadour with the release of A Grain of Sand—considered to be the first Asian American folk album. Her narrative intersects with the stories of Yuri Kochiyama and Grace Lee Boggs, influential in both Asian and Black liberation movements. She tells how her experience of motherhood with an Afro-Asian son, as well as a marriage that intertwined Black and Japanese families and communities, placed her at the nexus of the 1992 Rodney King riots—and how she used art to create interracial solidarity and conciliation.”

A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crimes and What It Means for Justice by David Alan Sklansky, Call Number: 345.73 S628p

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson, Call Number: 323.119 A545s

The Terrorists of Iraq: Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency 2003-2014 (2nd ed.) by Malcolm W. Nance, Call Number: 956.704 N176t

This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan, Call Number: 581.6 P771t

Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World by Elinor Cleghorn, Call Number: 613.042 C624u 2021

Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature by Angus Fletcher, Call Number: 809 F612w

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

How does a textbook get on reserve?



Reserve Section

Reserve Section

What is On Reserve?

In Library Services we have a special section of books. These books are kept behind the desk and usually only checked out for 4 hours and in library use. This is called On Reserve. These are normally books that are needed for a class such as textbooks or optional books they want to have available, but you probably wouldn’t need to purchase. When you check them out you can use them in library, photocopy, or scan them. (FYI – If you haven’t scanned a book before, the basic level result isn’t as helpful as you’d wish.)

We often get requests to purchase and put all textbooks or A particular textbook on reserve. 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 are glad to put it on reserve.

How Do Students Use Reserve Books?

The circulation department of both branches of the Kirkwood libraries has material that has been placed on reserve by instructors for their students. Students can ask at the desk to use any book on reserve. They are organized by name of class and then instructor’s name, but having the title or author of the book you want will help us find it faster. You can use them in the library or make copies or scans for your own use for studying.

How Do You Put Books On Reserve?

Instructors may bring the material to the library and fill out a reserve form or print the form online and send it to the library with the book, article, etc. (Please refer to Course Reserve Policy to determine the type of material that is allowed).

The majority of the materials are placed on closed reserve meaning they are for use only in the library. Students may make copies or scans of the required pages.

To find more information and the reserve form, go to the Library Services homepage:

     Click on:  Explore our Help Guide

     Type:  “Faculty” in Lib Guides Search Box

     Click on:  Faculty Services

    Click on:  Explore our Help Guide

     Type:  “Faculty” in “Search Library Website” search box

     Click on:  Faculty Services

     Scroll down to:  “Placing Item on Course Reserve” in the box in the lower left hand corner of the page. See Links for Course Reserve Policy and Library Reserve Form.

While we are focusing on textbooks today, supplemental materials, such as non-text books, articles, etc., also may be placed on hold. Both books in the library’s collection or instructor or department owned books may be placed on reserve this way.

Special Hours Around Labor Day 2021


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Once again we’re almost to a holiday again. As always this means we have slight change in our hours. Also, as you’ll hopefully seen, we have changed our regular hours. The changes are bolded. Hours may change again as the semester goes on. Here is our hours catalog:

Current Regular Hours

Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday    7:30am-11:00pm
  • Friday                         7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday                  10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sunday                       3:00pm-8:00pm
    NOTE: The 10:00am opening on Saturday is a change from our previous hours of opening at 8:30am. If this change is a problem, please let us know.

Iowa City Kirkwood library hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday       7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Friday                          7:30am – 5:00pm

NOTE: No Saturday or Sunday hours, but the Cedar Rapids library will be open answering phone calls, chat, etc.  and, as always, most of our online services are available 24/7.

Labor Day Week Hours

Sat., Sept. 4th

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Sept. 5th


Mon., Sept. 6th


Tues., Sept. 7th

Library Resumes

Normal Fall Hours

How to Find Additional Kirkwood Library Resources Online



This article appears without active  links on the Kirkwood Communique archive. I decided to republish it here with active links. 🙂

Additional Library Resources Online

You are probably familiar with the Kirkwood Library Services website where you find books, ebooks, scholarly journals, and all kinds of databases, but the library has a lot more online than that.

You can request books and articles we don’t own right through the catalog (for purchase or to borrow from another library).

Are you taking full advantage of our resources? Confused about what we have? Click on the chat box to ask a librarian.

Our library mascot Eggbert checks out our list of databases.

Have you taken the time to explore our databases? We have a LOT more than scholarly articles. Brainfuse helps with studying for big tests like the TEAS and ACCUPLACER and other specialized, standardized tests and has online tutorials to learn different computer programs. Naxos lets you stream classical and jazz music. Films on Demand and Kanopy let you stream films and documentaries.

We offer full text access to individual titles like Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times. Take the time to read through our list.

Have you signed up to get notices for our blog? From research and tech tips to lists of new books on different topics to updates on library hours, there’s always something interesting on the blog. Go ahead and sign up to get notifications.

Have you found us on Facebook? Like our Facebook page. We don’t post too much, but we do notify you of all blog posts and the most useful articles we find helping students and around the web.

Have you followed us on Twitter? It’s a bit more active than our Facebook page. Find not only our original tweets, but retweets about books, words, reading, and Kirkwood.

Have you found us on YouTube? The major theme on our YouTube page is citation.

If you’re having trouble understanding something about MLA or APA this is a good place to start. We’re in the process on working on some new videos. What would you like to know more about?

So while we’re always glad to see your smiling faces here in the library, make sure you’re using all the resources we have on line. To access these resources and more visit

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.

Welcome Back, Fall 2021


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We’re glad to welcome you back to the library! It’s been a long strange year and this semester we’ll all still have to remain flexible. Expect there to be changes to a lot of things both around the main campus and around Library Services as the semester goes on.

Normal Access

This fall we are no longer taking k-numbers at the door. A lot of our “not moved for construction” furniture is back and you are allowed to have more than one person per table again. The drinking fountains are back to working and we’re back up to our regular number of computers, although one table remains with only 3 and several machines are in the study carrels so there are still social distanced options. Our reserve section is available again where you can check out books your instructors put on hold to study in the library or to make photocopies. Our study rooms upstairs are normally designated for groups to give a group of people who knows they’ll be talking a place to go without disturbing other students. For the last year we’ve had them for single use only for social distancing and Zoom class access and now you can use them whichever way you feel safest. Although this might not be your best option either way (see construction).


Construction is continuing at the Cedar Rapids campus library location and is expected to continue through December 2021. Here are the details. With construction right outside our doors, quiet study is not going to be available during a lot of days and sometimes evenings. We sometimes hear/feel construction all the way back in the farthest back room of the library so if you have a choice of somewhere else you can study, consider it.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to Zoom or work with a small group one option is the rooms next to the Educational Resource Center in the Cedar Hall first floor hallway. The rooms can be used by either a single person or by small groups. Signage on the doors has not been updated. There are 4 rooms available when not in use by faculty. The rooms are kept locked, but they will happily unlock one. Ask at the Social Sciences Office for them to unlock one for you. The Social Sciences Office (1088 CH) is around the corner, also on the first floor.

The Cedar Rapids physical library remains open, but you have to follow the fenced wall of arrows around the edge of the construction to get in. Fly along with our mascot Eggbert to follow the path.


  • To get to Cedar Hall you need to go through or around the bookstore hallway and around to the far side.
  • To get to Nielsen Hall, follow the same route to Cedar Hall and then keep going. Walk around Cedar Hall and on up to the top of the hill. The computer lab/where to get EagleCards is on the bottom floor of Nielsen.
  • To get to Kirkwood Hall/One-Stop follow the cement path around the far side of the construction away from the library and on up the hill. One-Stop is most of the second floor.

Here is our map post (for a bigger, dynamic online view). The blue broken line paths show the ways to get around the construction. The pinstriped section is the area under construction.

Construction Map

Library Hours

Library hours in both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are changing slightly this year. I see further possible changes so it’s always a good idea to confirm current hours before you make a special trip. Scroll down to Hours on the homepage to get a current list for both libraries or contact us any of the ways listed below. Current changes are bolded below.

Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30am-11:00pm
  • Friday                       7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday                  10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sunday                      3:00pm-8:00pm
    NOTE: The 10:00am opening on Saturday is a change from our previous hours of opening at 8:30am. If this change is a problem, please let us know.

Iowa City Kirkwood library hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Friday                     7:30am – 5:00pm

NOTE: No Saturday or Sunday hours, but the Cedar Rapids library will be open answering phone calls, chat, etc.  and, as always, most of our online services are available 24/7.

Find Us Online

As always we have a lot of stuff available 24/7 online and a lot of ways for you to find us.


You can contact us by:
• Text (319-774-6491)
• E-mail
• Call Cedar Rapids at 319-398-5697
Call Iowa City at 319-887-3613
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.

Feeling a Little Lost?



We’ve been meeting a lot of people who are lost and coming to the library. People have been looking for the bookstore, Cedar Hall, and One Stop in Kirkwood Hall. Here’s the get around construction and get where you want map.

Construction Map

Scroll down under the text on this page and find more information and a full size map.

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.