New Books: History



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. Today we are looking at history books, books that made history? books that are history?, books about history? These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Find previous posts that list history books here.

About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks by David Rooney, Call Number: 529.709 R777a

Cover of The Affirmative Action PuzzleThe Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today by Melvin I. Urofsky, Call Number: 331.133 U78a

Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age by Amy Klobuchar, Call Number: 343.73 K661a

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Call Number: 277.3 G259b

A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next by Tom Standage, Call Number: 388.09 S785b

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson, Call Number: 977.866 J712b

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.”

Derecho 8/10/20 by Cedar Rapids Gazette, Call Number: 977.762 D431

Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency by Finn Brunton, Call Number: 332.4 B911d

Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michaela Wrong, Call Number: 967.571 W957d

Cover of DerechoEpic Surge: Eastern Iowa’s Unstoppable Flood of 2008 by Cedar Rapids Gazette, Call Number: 977.762 G289e

Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Robert S. Levine, Call Number: 973.8 L665f

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human by Jeremy DeSilva, Call Number: 599.938 F457f

The Gun, The Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley, Call Number: 342 C698g

The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World by Marie Favereau, Call Number: 950.2 F273h

In Her Footsteps: Where Trailblazing Women Changed the World by Lonely Planet, Call Number: 305.409 I352

The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness by Katie Booth, Call Number: 362.428 B725i

Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig, Call Number: 973.923 J678s

Cover of Lady Bird JohnsonLifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne, Call Number: 323.34 D592L

Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee, Call Number: 973.04 L477m

Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth by Jodi Magness, Call Number 933.49 M196m

Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Call Number: 741.5 F421m

MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang by Steven Dudley, Call Number: 364.106 D849m

The Musical Human: A History of Life On Earth by Michael Spitzer, Call Number: 780.9 S761m

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed, Call Number: 394.263 G664o

Ordinary Heroes: A Memoir of 9/11 by Joseph Pfeifer, Call Number: 973.913 P525o

Cover of MoonboundThe Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger, Call Number: 640.92 D771s

Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR by Lisa Napoli, Call Number: 791.44 N216s

Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance by Mia Bay, Call Number: 305.896 B356t

Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, From the Revolution to Reconstruction by Kate Masur, Call Number: 323.119 M424u

The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840 by Akhil Reed Amar, Call Number: 342.73 A485w

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 Finals Hours for Fall 2021



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 until the 14th, with the addition of being open Sat., Dec 11th 11am-4pm. From Dec. 15th on, the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids hours will match until classes start again.

Be sure to include the library in your study plan and test prep, but be aware in Cedar Rapids construction and all the accompanying noise are still continuing.

Sun., Dec. 5th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 6th

            Thurs. Dec. 9th

7:30 am – 12 Midnight

Fri., Dec. 10th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 11th

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Dec. 12th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 13th

7:30 am – 12 Midnight

Tues., Dec. 14th

7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Wed., Dec. 15th

             Fri., Dec. 17th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 18th -–                Sun. Dec. 19th


General Winter Break Hours:

Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Closed Sat. and Sun.

Information Literacy Roundup 2021



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.

New Books: Information Literacy 2021



Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to post from a collection of books recently added to our collection on a particular topic.  In honor of National Information Literacy Awareness Month we have books on information literacy. Look for one the next time you stop by the library. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

And check out previous posts from 2017 and 2018.

Cover of CybersmartCyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals by Bart R. McDonough, Call Number: 005.8 M478c
“In Cyber Smart, author Bart McDonough uses his extensive cybersecurity experience speaking at conferences for the FBI, major financial institutions, and other clients to answer the most common question he hears: “How can I protect myself at home, on a personal level, away from the office?” McDonough knows cybersecurity and online privacy are daunting to the average person so Cyber Smart simplifies online good hygiene with five simple “Brilliance in the Basics” habits anyone can learn. With those habits and his careful debunking of common cybersecurity myths you’ll be able to protect yourself and your family from:

  • Identify theft
  • Compromising your children
  • Lost money
  • Lost access to email and social media accounts”

Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar, Call Number: 323.448 F228h
“Until the 21st century, most of our activities were private by default, public only through effort; today, anything that touches digital space has the potential (and likelihood) to remain somewhere online forever. That means all of the technologies that have made our lives easier, faster, better, and/or more efficient have also simultaneously made it easier to keep an eye on our activities. Or, as we recently learned from reports about Cambridge Analytica, our data might be turned into a propaganda machine against us.”

Cover of None of Your Damn BusinessI Have Nothing to Hide: And 20 Other Myths About Surveillance and Privacy by Heidi Boghosian, Call Number: 363.106 B674i
“Attorney and data privacy expert Heidi Boghosian unpacks widespread myths around the seemingly innocuous nature of surveillance, sets the record straight about what government agencies and corporations do with our personal data, and offers solutions to take back our information. “I Have Nothing to Hide” is both a necessary mass surveillance overview and a reference book. It addresses the misconceptions around tradeoffs between privacy and security, citizen spying, and the ability to design products with privacy protections. Boghosian breaks down misinformation surrounding 21 core myths about data privacy, including:

• “Surveillance makes the nation safer.”
• “No one wants to spy on kids.”
• “Police don’t monitor social media.”
• “Metadata doesn’t reveal much about me.”
• “Congress and the courts protect us from surveillance.”
• “There’s nothing I can do to stop surveillance.”

MLA Guide to Digital Literacy by Ellen C. Carillo, Call Number: 025.042 C277d
“Students face challenges assessing, responding to, and producing information in today’s fast-paced, complex digital landscape. This guide helps students understand why digital literacy is a critically important skill: their education, future careers, and participation in democratic processes rely on it. Hands-on, structured activities give students strategies for evaluating the credibility of sources, detecting fake news, understanding bias, and more. Readings and writing prompts support specific concepts, including how to craft a research question and effectively conduct searches.”

Cover of Win BiglyNone of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age by Lawrence Cappello, Call Number: 323.448 C247m
“Every day, Americans surrender their private information to entities claiming to have their best interests in mind. This trade-off has long been taken for granted, but the extent of its nefariousness has recently become much clearer. As None of Your Damn Business reveals, the problem is not so much that data will be used in ways we don’t want, but rather how willing we have been to have our information used, abused, and sold right back to us. In this startling book, Lawrence Cappello targets moments from the past 130 years of US history when privacy was central to battles over journalistic freedom, national security, surveillance, big data, and reproductive rights. As he makes dismayingly clear, Americans have had numerous opportunities to protect the public good while simultaneously safeguarding our information, and we’ve squandered them every time.”

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data by Carissa Veliz, Call Number: 005.8 V437p
“Governments and hundreds of corporations are spying on you, and everyone you know. They’re not just selling your data. They’re selling the power to influence you and decide for you. Even when you’ve explicitly asked them not to. Reclaiming privacy is the only way we can regain control of our lives and our societies. These governments and corporations have too much power, and their power stems from us–from our data. Privacy is as collective as it is personal, and it’s time to take back control.”

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams, Call Number: 303.342 A217w
“Scott Adams was one of the earliest public figures to predict Donald Trump’s election. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a lucky clown, but Adams – best known as “the guy who created Dilbert” – recognized a level of persuasion you only see once in a generation. We’re hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason, and Trump knew exactly which emotional buttons to push. The point isn’t whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Adams goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting – the same ones Adams saw in Steve Jobs when he invested in Apple decades ago. Win Bigly is a field guide for persuading others in any situation – or resisting the tactics of emotional persuasion when they’re used on you. ”

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 Password Challenged


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So many people do it. You come up with one password and use it over and over again across the web. It’s easy to remember and what’s the big deal? Hackers know people do this and if they steal information from one website, which lists e-mails and passwords they may try them again on another site they’d like to access. Instead of always going with an easy to remember password, it’s a good idea to just plan on writing down your passwords and keep them handy that way so you don’t have to worry about not remembering them. (Although the people behind that password challenged article below wouldn’t recommend it, frankly I think it depends on who would have access to your house.) Or if you can’t write them down, try to make them easy for you to remember & hard for anyone to hack (see stronger passwords article below). While it may not be that big a deal if a site where you use a discussion board of something gets hacked and no important personal information is stolen, if you use the same passwords for different important websites you’ve just handed hackers the keys for accessing your other accounts. So watch what password you use where.

Also, you might just want to up your game on the passwords you do use. Each year data is collected of already compromised data to look for the most commonly used passwords. If you use any of the passwords on this list, change it now in honor of National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Password Challenged

This article talks about that people are divided into two groups, those that worry about passwords and those who don’t. They are concerned about remembering passwords and are more likely to do things like pick easier to remember passwords and saving them in browsers. This can lead to other cybersecurity issues. The article seems to suggest that younger people have less issues with their passwords than older people. But measuring worry and steps taken to prevent loss of passwords doesn’t necessarily mean that those not worried aren’t doing things of more risk just because they don’t worry. Familiarity breeds contempt and you only worry when you realize there might be a problem, not when you don’t. No matter which group you fall into, it never hurts to take some time to access the security of your passwords, when you last changed them, and if you’ve reused them. Change them if you have.

What Do the Other Folks Do?

Here are some lists of common passwords. These are the ones anyone trying a hack will try first, so definitely don’t use them. Especially if one of yours is password – although it slipped to 4th on this list. I personally thought dragon was pretty clever and wished I’d thought of it before I saw it on lists like these. Apparently a lot of other people thought it was clever, too.

To get a UK analysis, including most commonly used categories of passwords, check this next link out.

And a list from 2021 with more information about how they found it, categories of passwords, plus recommendations for password managers which they suggest we use.

NOTE: Some of the text of this post is borrowed from a previous post, but the links are either different of updated.

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.

Local Libraries LIT Author Event: Sloane Crosley


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The Kirkwood Libraries are proud to co-sponsor Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk), a series of events with world-class authors offered by libraries in Johnson County.

Local Libraries LIT will feature The New York Times bestselling essayist and author Sloane Crosley on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. This is the fourth virtual event in the series offered by public libraries in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty, as well as the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Libraries with support from The Tuesday Agency.

Make a reservation here. FREE! (Donations are welcome)

Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. The former was a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and was described as “perfectly, relentlessly funny” by David Sedaris. Her debut novel, The Clasp, was a national bestseller, a New York Times editor’s choice, and it has been optioned for film by Universal Pictures. Sloane’s most recent book of essays, Look Alive Out There, was met with high praise. Steve Martin said of the collection, “Sloane Crosley does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping.”

The goal of Local Libraries LIT is to grow a thriving community which shines with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Open to the public. Reservations for a suggested donation can be made here.

Help Us Finish Our Murals



Mural of “Squares with Concentric Circles” by Wassily Kandinsky (1913)

The end of the year is coming into view, which means we are nearing the end of construction on the library. This means we are also in the final stretch of our library mural project, but we need YOUR help getting it done!

Drop in painting is happening throughout the month of November on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 11:15am-12:20pm. Can’t make it during those times? Email library department assistant Sarah Young or stop by the library.

Mural of “Retrospect” by Keith Haring (1989)

The squares printed on paper still have to painted. Come claim yours today!

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

National Information Literacy Awareness Month



Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality and use the information that they need, is a big part of any library Program. It’s no longer enough to be literate, as in being able to read, but you must be literate in figuring out where you can get information and separating the wheat from the chaff to make sure the information you’ve found is good.

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Information literacy is an important thing no matter what you go on to do in school or life. Some of what information literacy teaches you will help. It used to be a big celebration nationally, trying to spread the word with Presidential and Govenatorial proclamations, downloads, images, and signs. Most of that has quieted down, but we still want to spread the word here at Kirkwood Community College, so during the month of November we’re going to share blog posts about Information Literacy and things you should know, think about, and use in your classes.

Past Posts

This has been a yearly event since 2012 and we keep a directory of past posts. Start with some of my favorite posts ever while you wait for the new ones to drop.

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.

Reader’s Haven Book Club

Do you love to read? 

Do you love to talk about books?

Join Reader’s Haven student book club!

Reader’s Haven is just one of the many clubs on campus. Visit the Student Life Clubs & Organizations page to learn more about other clubs on campus.

Reader’s Haven gets a spot here on the library blog because we meet in the Kirkwood Library – and being the club advisor helps!

Most weeks we talk about books – current reads, recent reads, future reads, giving recommendations, taking recommendations… but every once in a while we pick one book to all read at the same time.

Salt to the SeaOur upcoming group read is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. We will be discussing this book on Thursday, November 4th from 11:15 – 12:10 in the first floor library classroom. We would love to have you join us!

This is historical fiction based on true events. It is written around the January 30, 1945 sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.  The ship was meant to take wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. It’s capacity was about 1,800 passengers but was holding over 10,000 when it was sunk. Much of this story revolves around a fictional (but historically accurate) group of people making their way through many dangers across the countryside to get to the departing ships. Plum Crimson Photo Modern English Classroom PosterYou will want to read this book to find out what happens to each of the characters.

   Posted by Julie Petersen – one of your Kirkwood Librarians