Between Semester Hours Spring 2019


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Our hours at the Cedar Rapids branch between semesters. Our Iowa City branch will be open their normal summer hours (see list below). Come on by!

Eggbert Checking the Break Calendar

NOTE: All Kirkwood campuses now close at noon on Friday
for the summer from May 17th to August 2nd.

Sat., May 11th    –

       Sun., May 12th


Mon., May 13th
Thurs., May 16th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fri., May 17th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat., May 18th

      Sun., May 19th


Mon., May 20th

Resume Normal Summer Hours

Normal Summer Hours for Cedar Rapids:

Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Fri.  7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Normal Summer Hours for Iowa City:

Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri. 8:00 – – 12:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Kirkwood Library Services will be closed on Saturday and Sunday until Fall Semester at both branches.

New Books: Odds and Ends 55


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.

Cover of 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life: Identifying and Dealing with Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other High-Conflict Personalities by Bill Eddy, Call Number: 158.2 E215f

100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le, Call Number: 641.3 L433o

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s by William I. Hitchcock, Call Number: 973.921 E363h

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, Call Number: 338.7 C315b
NOTE: A life changing blood pressure test propelled the company to the high strata of success, one little problem – the technology didn’t actually work…

Baseball and American Culture: A History by John P. Rossi, Call Number: 796.357 R832b

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.

Born on a Tuesday: A Novel by Elnathan John, Call Number: 893 J654b

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, Call Number: 500 H392b

Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly, Call Number: 791.43 L477p

Building the Greta Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House by Joshua Zeitz, Call Number: 973.923 J679b

Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships by Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg, Call Number: 658.314 C554b

Canids of the World: Wolves, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Coyotes, and Their Relatives by Jose R. Castello, Call Number: 599.77 C348c

Cover of Car WarsCar Wars: The Rise, the Fall, and the Resurgence of the Electric Car by John J. Fialka, Call Number: 338.4 F438c

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift, Call Number: 639.56 S977c

Constitutional Conflicts Between Congress and the President (6th ed.) by Louis Fisher, Call Number: 342.73 F534c

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.

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen, Call Number: 947.086 G392f

Cover of Glow KidsGlow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids — and How to Break the Trance by Nicholas Kardaras, Call Number: 616.858 K182g

Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar, Call Number: 323.448 F228h

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh, Call Number: 978.1 S636h
NOTE: A woman who grew up among the working poor in Kansas during the 1980s and 1990s.

Henrietta Schmerler and the Murder That Put Anthropology on Trial by Gil Schmerler, Call Number: 364.15 S347h

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – And Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — And What that Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge, Call Number: 305.235 T971i

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith, Call Number: 305.242 S655i

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis with Beth Clark, Call Number: 362.73 D262k
NOTE: An 18-year-old senior class president from Nashville, Tennessee, disobeyed her parents, lose all but a handful of her friends, and break up with the love of her life so she could move to Uganda and take on a mission. Today she is in the process of adopting 13 children and has established a ministry which provides food and schooling to over 1200 children.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Call Number: 306.362 D898n

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson, Call Number: 324.6 A535o

Off the Grid: My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an Electric Car by Randy Denmom, Call Number: 917.204 D397o

Cover of 100 Million Years of FoodThe Presidency of Barack Obama, Edited by Julian E. Zelizer, Call Number: 973.932 O12p
NOTE: A first historical assessment.

Return of the King: Lebron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, Call Number: 796.323 J279w

The Wide, Wide World by Elizabeth Wetherell, Call Number: 813.4 W284w
NOTE: America’s first best seller.

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Faculty Survey Spring 2019


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We’d like to extend our warm thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our faculty survey. We think the crunched time frame of the semester, with all the snow days, discouraged participation. We received the lowest amount of responses we’ve ever gotten, only 60. We’d really appreciate more response specifically on the database question so even if you didn’t take the survey we’d appreciated any comments on using EBSCOhost databases versus Gale. We are wondering if there is enough support to keep paying for both systems. If you have only tried EBSCO before, play with Gale when you get the chance. Scroll down to the very bottom of this post to find the database question. We’d still love to get your response and if you want to respond at ANY time we’d appreciate the feedback.

We truly appreciate the responses we received and have tried to respond to the feedback. We also included campus location in the survey questions and were able to see that we had a good mix of people from across the different locations of the college.

Summaries from Previous Years

We’d also like to take a moment and thank you for the kind words we got from many of the survey responses. We shared some during Library Week.

Credo Instruct

Our biggest change this year is that we’ve added access to a database of information literacy modules now called Credo Instruct. This purchased system has modules that can be inserted into your Talon class. Students can be assigned to work through modules outside of class. For each course you can decide how much you want to include at the section level within any module, you can use or exclude text, videos, and quizzes. You can use them as an object in Talon. Quiz results can be fed directly into your grade book. It’s entirely up to you which sections you use and which things you don’t.

The major units are:

  • Getting Started With Research
  • Sources of Information
  • Evaluating Information (Including Fake News)
  • Presenting Research and Data
  • Citations and Academic Integrity (Including APA, MLA, Plagiarism)

Instructors are just getting started with this, not many had tried it either by themselves or as an assignment. If you would like more information or help, contact Kate Hess:

Just because we’re offering this flipped classroom model, does NOT mean we aren’t still coming to your class in person. In fact, besides doing an introduction to library resources and information literacy we have a wide variety of library instruction sessions we can tailor to your class! Think of us as you plan your next – hopefully severe weather free – syllabus.

Request Specific Things

People who included their e-mail address in their response were contacted directly about questions and requests, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to find out what we’ve done in response to the survey.

We have added some new books on photography. This fall we’re going to trial several databases due to requests, two on film analysis and one of videos for mental health.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO LET US KNOW if there is material you’re not finding, if something seems confusing, and remember to ASK US FOR A PERSONALIZED LIBGUIDE if you want resources tailored for just your class.

Textbooks on Reserve

There were also some requests to put all textbooks used in the college 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 will be glad to put it on reserve.

The circulation department of both branches of the Kirkwood Library Services has material that has been placed on reserve by instructors for their students.  The instructor 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

     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.

Another option is for instructors to use OER textbooks that have been created to be free online. If you are interested in using OER textbooks in your class, contact Kate Hess

Thanks again

Please remember that if there is something we can do or add to our collection to help your students or you, please ask. We can’t promise to fulfill every request, but we will do our best.

Make sure you check back. Things change in the library and collections are always growing and changing.

Again, thank you for responding to our survey and look for the next one.



Database Question

Which of these statements reflects your comparison of these 2 databases?

  • Academic Search Elite and Academic OneFile are comparable/I haven’t noticed a difference
  • Academic Search Elite (EBSCOhost) is superior
  • Academic OneFile (Gale) is superior
  • I haven’t yet used Academic OneFile (Gale)
  • I haven’t used either database in the past year

Add any comments about why you pick the response you did.


Do you know laptops can now leave the library?



As of this spring, students can now check laptops out of Kirkwood’s Cedar Rapids library. In response to a few requests we’ve changed our policy and students are no longer restricted to only using our laptops within the library. Laptops can be checked out for the day. They must be returned 30 minutes before the library closes. Students must bring their EagleCard and sign a laptop usage agreement.

The Iowa City Kirkwood library will continue with their policy to let students check out laptops for use anywhere on the Iowa City campus for four hours.

These are the same laptops that have been available for check out within the library. Make sure you save any files on a flashdrive, e-mail them to yourself, or upload it to cloud storage because anything saved on the laptop will be wiped once you log out or power off.

Laptop Kit for Library Check-Out

Some Articles to Read

Become a Better Online Teacher

New Iowa City – Kirkwood Campus – Cedar Rapids Bus Route Continues

We just got in a couple of new books I want to make sure everyone on campus knows about. With everything going on at campuses around the country, this provides a thoughtful heads up.

13 Ideas That Are Transforming the Community College World, Edited by Terry U. O’Banion, Call Number: 378.1 T447

Universities, Pedagogical Encounters, Openness, and Free Speech: Reconfiguring Democratic Education by Nuraan Davids and Yusef Waghid, Call Number: 378.68 D251u

Kanopy Film Database Temporary Change

Due to budget constraints, films from the Kanopy database will not be immediately available for use between Monday, May 13th and Monday, July 1st. Instead all Kanopy film requests will be manually approved for purchase by the library. This means your new film requests could take 24 to 48 hours to be fulfilled. Once purchased by the library you’ll have continued access.We are letting you know now so you can plan ahead, especially if you are teaching summer classes. If you have a list of videos that you want to know this summer, we’ll be glad to purchase titles not available. After July 1st, we will go back to the immediate access model.

Please note that this does not affect films in the Films on Demand database.

Extra Hours

Remember the Cedar Rapids library extends hours between now and the end of Finals.

Also the library reserves an extra classroom week days between now and the end of Finals for student group use. Ask at the reference desk for the room number of the day.

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

We get a lot of questions on copyright, you may want to check out:

Copyright: What Everyone Needs to Know by Neil Weinstock Netanel, Call Number: 346.04 N469c

All Iowa Read – Finalists

Culture Smart Series – Learn about other countries

Earth Day Books

New Popular Books

Odds and Ends 53

Odds and Ends 54

Our Special Display This Month

Eggbert Won Our Mascot Name Vote

Earth Day

Magnet Poetry on the White Board


We Celebrated National Library Week 2019

New History Page in Honor of National Library Week

Exam Cram – Your Kick Off to the Finals Study – Cedar Rapids Library and Tutoring Services – April 25, 2019 – Look for next semester’s!


The library will start its extra long hours for finals starting Sunday, April 28, 2019. Check here for the details.

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

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

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

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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: Culture Smart Spring 2019


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One of the really useful series we have here at Kirkwood is Culture Smart! Each book in the series covers one country in a compact form. Each one includes: local customs and traditions, history, religion, politics, home life, work, play, food and drink, business practices, communication, and dos and don’ts to fit in to the culture. Even if you don’t plan on traveling to the country, these books are also very useful for researching a foreign country or to help you understand someone from there. We have a large selection of these titles so feel free to check for a particular country or to browse, but we just got in a group of brand new ones from the series which I’ve listed below to give you an idea of the span of countries. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Databases of Country Information

We also have added a database that gives similar information. Global Road Warrior is a more compact description and can be very useful if you need multiple sources or just want to look online. We also have a second database from the same company called A to Z World Food.

Recently Published Titles

NOTE: During the course of posting the last two new country information book lists the books were relocated and no longer will be found in the 300s. If you find a title you want in the previous lists linked below, please use the catalog to find the current number or ask a librarian.

Check out these previously shared titles:

And I no sooner published this post than we got in a Rick Steves travel book.

Rick Steves’ Best of Europe by Rick Steves, Call Number: 940 S848r

Recent Country Updates

Austria by Peter Gieler, Call Number: 943.6 G454a 2018

Cover of Culture Smart BhutanBhutan by Karma Choden and Dorji Wangchuck, Call Number: 954.98 C545b

Chile by Caterina Perrone, Call Number: 983 P459c 2018

China by Kathy Flower, Call Number: 951 F644c

Greece by Constantine Buhayer, Call Number: 949.5 B931g

Hong Kong by Clare Vickers and Vickie Chan, Call Number: 951.25 V637h

Hungary by Bruce McLean and Kester Eddy, Call Number: 943.9 M163h

Israel by Jeffery Geri and Marian Lebor, Call Number: 956.94 G369i

Laos by Nada Matas-Runquist, Call Number: 959.4 M415L

Mexico by Russell Maddicks, Call Number: 972 M179m

Morocco by Jillian York, Call Number: 964 Y62

Nicaragua by Russell Maddicks, Call Number: 972.85 M179n

Cover of Culture Smart MoroccoNew Zealand by Sue Butler and Ljiljana Ortolja-Baird, Call Number: 993 B986n

Norway by Linda March, Call Number: 948.1 M315n 2019

Portugal by Sandy Guedes de Queiroz, Call Number: 946.9 O385p

Romania by Debbie Stowe, Call Number: 949.8 S892r

Rwanda by Brian Crawford, Call Number: 967.571 A228cu

South Africa by Isabella Morris, Call Number: 968 M876s

Uzbekistan by Alexey Ulko, Call Number: 958.7 U39u

Zambia by Andrew Loryman, Call Number: 968.94 L878z

Need More?

You can also find specific country information in our various databases. You can also check out the open web resources in this post.

UPDATED April 29 2019: I added the Rick Steves book.

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 Spring 2019



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., April 28th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., April 29th  –                  Thurs., May 2nd

7:30 am – 12 Midnight

Fri., May 3rd

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., May 4th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., May 5th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., May 6th  –

              Thurs., May 9th

7:30 am – 12 Midnight

Fri., May 10th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., May 11th  –                    ………….Sun. May 12th


Mon., May 13th

Start Between

Semester Hours

Earth Day Roundup 2019


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Blue Sign with Words

Every year Kirkwood Library Services put up a display in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd). We also do a post about new Earth Day related books the library has added over the previous year. These titles are available at the Cedar Rapids branch of Kirkwood Library Services, but you can request them to be sent to any other center. We hope to strive to make every day Earth Day and it’s always a good time to learn more. Check out the round up of books on ecology topics from this year and previous years below.

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New Books: Earth Day 2019



Environmental Wins

It seems like environmentalists never take a win, but here’s a positive story to kick off Earth Day. One of the big pushes for clean energy is wind turbines. Iowa has been a leader in the Wind Energy Industry. Kirkwood has been helping lead the way.

Remember to Recycle

Do you know everything you can recycle just by dropping them in the blue Kirkwood yardies distributed around campus? Check out the information about the program, including a list of what can go in those familiar containers:

Check out these books on ecology related titles that the library has added in the last year. We have them on our Earth Day display in the library. Stop by before the end of April to see it.

Children’s Literature

The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 304.209 R651w

Adult Books

Cover of BuzzAmity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold, Call Number: 363.73 G871a

Antarctica: No Single Country – No Single Sea by Creina Bond and Roy Siegfried, Call Number: 998 B711a

Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North by Mark C. Serreze, Call Number: 577.27 S488b

Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises by Jeremy B.C. Jackson and Steve Chapple, Call Number: 363.7 J132b

Butterflies of the World by Adrian Hoskins, Call Number: 595.789 H826b

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

Car Wars: The Rise, the Fall, and the Resurgence of the Electric Car by John J. Fialka, Call Number: 338.4 F438c

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift, Call Number: 639.56 S977c

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier, Call Number: 658.3 B942c

Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink by Irus Braverman, Call Number: 577.7 B826c

The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 by Kathryn Gillespie, Call Number: 179.3 G478c

Desert Rivers: From Lush Headwaters to Sonoran Sands by Peter Aleshire, Call Number: 979.1 A371d

Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future by Mark Hertsgaard, Call Number: 363.7 H575e

Endangered Species by Jan A. Randall, Call Number: 578.68 R188e

Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes, Call Number: 333.79 R477e
NOTE: Illustrates how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as coal and oil are now making room for natural gas, renewable energy, and nuclear power. Looking back on 5 centuries of progress.

Growing a Sustainable City? The Question of Urban Agriculture by Christina D. Rosan and Hamil Pearsall, Call Number: 630.917 R788g

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston, Call Number: 614.57 P939h
NOTE: Just new copy, not new edition.

Life in the Cold: An Introduction to Winter Ecology (4th ed.) by Peter J. marchand, Call Number: 578.42 m315L

Living Green: Your Questions Answered by Amy Hackney Blackwell, Call Number: 640 H123L

Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change by Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Call Number: 616.9 P527L

Cover of Car WarsNature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments (3rd ed.) by Ruth Wilson, Call Number; 372.35 W752n

Off the Grid: My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an Electric Car by Randy Denmom, Call Number: 917.204 D397o

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers by Andrew Mefferd, Call Number: 631.581 M495o

Peak Plastic: The Rise or Fall of Our Synthetic World by Jack Buffington, Call Number: 363.738 B929p

The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark, Call Number: 363.6 C592p

The Psychology of Climate Change by Geoffrey Beattie and Laura McGuire, Call Number: 155.9 B369p

Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System by Beth Porter, Call Number: 363.72 P844r

Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century by Bruce Usher, Call Number: 333.794 U851r

Return of the Wolf: Conflict and Coexistence by Paula Wild, Call Number: 599.773 W668r

Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly, Call Number: 579.8 S554s

Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes, Edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen, Call Number: 746.92 S529s

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

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein, Call Number: 363.738 K644t

This is the Way the World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves, and Hurricanes Are Converging on America by Jeff Nesbit, Call Number: 363.7 N458t

Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future by Daniel Sperling, Call Number: 388.342 S749th

Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food by Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak, Call Number: 664 R768t

Cover of Your Water FootprintUnderstanding Animal Behavior by Rory Putman, Call Number: 591.5 P988u

Wear No Evil: How to Change the World With Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan, Call Number: 746.92 E115w

What We Know About Climate Change (Updated Edition) by Kerry Emanuel, Call Number: 363.738 E531w

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It by Paul Gipe, Call Number: 621.31 G514w

Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products by Stephen Leahy, Call Number: 333.91 L434y

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New Popular Reading Books in the Library


Did you know the Kirkwood library has a collection of popular books?  We can’t purchase all the best sellers, but we try to obtain a variety of newer books across a range of genres, including adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and more.  Some of our recent additions are listed here.  Most are shelved in the Popular Reading section but some can be found in other locations in the library. Click the title to see more information from our catalog.

Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Shelf Location: Popular – GRE

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring for the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

by Anne Frank & Ari Folman

Shelf Location: Popular – FRA

Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of The Diary and includes extensive quotation directly from the definitive edition. It remains faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic work of Holocaust literature.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Shelf Location: Popular – NUN

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Shelf Location: Main Library Circulating – 792.7 H126L

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Shelf Location: Children’s Literature – 813.6 M491m

Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal –  Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Shelf Location: Popular – DRA

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton–a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written novel, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before–not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal–but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Shelf Location: Popular – BRA

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN’S PRIZE – A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Shelf Location: Popular – THO

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Shelf Location: Children’s Literature 813.6 W341p

2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner –  Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Shelf Location: Popular – ZUM

Five women. One question. What is a woman for? In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn ward

Shelf Location: Main Library Circulating – 813.6 W259si

Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult 

Shelf Location: Popular – PIC

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

There, There by Tommy Orange

Shelf Location: Popular – ORA

Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).


To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel by Harper Lee & Fred Fordham (adapter and illustrator)

Shelf Location: Popular – LEE

A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.

Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.

New History Page in Honor of National Library Week



Balloons for National Library Week

Celebrating National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week we just went live with a timeline history of the Kirkwood Community College Library Services. Take a look!

What changes has the library had while you’ve been at Kirkwood? Check back for updates!

2015  – Started Twitter Account and blog based newsletter

  • Library starts annual faculty survey
  • Library adds Kanopy (a video streaming database) and the literature module of the JSTOR database

2016 – Library provides access to four ebook databases – (EBSCOhost ebooks, Gale Virtual Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica, DSM-5)

  • The library develops a unit on plagiarism to drop in Talon
  • Library starts offering a Print From Your Own Device printing station
  • Library adds Films on Demand as a second video streaming database
  • The Cedar Rapids library is open 84 hours a week
  • The library hold 44,185 volumes

2017 – After a change with the State Library contract, the library adds the Gale suite of databases.

2018 – The library purchases Credo information literacy lessons to work with Talon.

  • Library spearheads a second student feedback survey
  • Cedar Rapids library gets a stuffed baby eagle to become the library mascot

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