Kirk Alert 2022 UPDATE


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Eggbert Bundled Up Telling You to Take Care of Yourself

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 anything threatens the campus.

Even if you were PREVIOUSLY signed up for Kirk Alert the system changed last 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
  • 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 Register Now) and change or recover your password.

Snow Delay Times

Kirkwood Community College has the option to:

  • start late (10 am)
  • cancel at noon (12 pm)
  • cancel the entire day
  • cancel daytime classes & reopen for the evening (5 pm)

depending on changing 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 information on the weather delay set up.

More Details About Kirk Alert

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. Alerts will be sent to all of the notification types (devices) you pick. This service is available to students, parents, employees, and community members – anyone who might need to know time sensitive 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.

Register for Your Kirk Alerts

1.     For people already part of the Kirkwood system – All employees and students who are issued a or email account are automatically entered into the notification system. This auto enroll process only captures the person’s email address, name, K#, and possibly any secondary email address they may have in Colleague. Cell phone numbers for Text Alerts are not entered and must be entered by the user. To access the user portal they can do the following:
–     Go to the registration portal:
–     First time users will need to select Forgot Your Password? They will be
required to enter their Username which is their official Kirkwood email address (e.g., or
–      They will receive an email (be sure to check your junk folder) from the system which will allow them to create a new password.
–    They can then return to the login in screen and log in to the portal where they will be able to update their personal contact information.
2.     For people who are NOT directly enough connected to the college to have a Kirkwood based e-mail account – Guest and Visitors can opt-in to receive text alerts only by taking the following steps
–     Open a new text message on your mobile phone
–     Enter 81437 in the To: line
–      Type KirkwoodAlert in the message line and hit send
–     You should receive a confirmation message stating they are enrolled in the system
3.     We also utilize the Rave Guardian App which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple Store free of charge. You must have an official Kirkwood email account to register for this feature.

Stay Up To Date

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

  • Winter weather safety plan
    • Create an emergency supply kit for your car
    • Plan extra time for travel
    • Identify alternative travel routes
    • Stay aware of changing road conditions
    • Prepare for power outages
    • Make sure your snow handling equipment is in proper working order
    • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel in your car

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 319-398-7777 for more information.

Be safe and weather wise!

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Banned Books Week 2022



Iowa City Banned Books Display

Once again Kirkwood Library Services is making you aware that other people want to control what you read. They do this by, among other things, Banning Books. We have a collection of books that have been banned around the world up this week. Stop by and check one out and exercise your freedom to read.

Iowa City Bulletin Board Display 2022

After quite a few years of decline this last year the instances of attempts at book banning have gone up by quite a lot. Now not every book is right for every library and everyone makes mistakes in purchases, but this last batch of new book challenges is quite strikingly different. Traditionally most books that are challenged are well-known books. This year they are almost all recent books. Most years objections come from all political persuasions and for a variety of reasons. This last year they pretty much were all based on sexuality in one form or another. This is both disconcerting and ill-advised. The answer is always MORE voices, MORE books not fewer. It’s ill-advised from the challenger’s perspective because any attempt at banning merely gives the books free publicity and MORE people read it. You can ignore a book to death, rarely you can force a publisher to recall a book , BUT you can’t kill a book by challenging it at a library even if you win.

Cedar Rapids Display 2022

Here’s the list of this year’s most frequently challenged books:

  1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
    Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, and because it was considered to have sexually explicit images
  2. Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit
  3. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit
  4. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
    Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted for depictions of abuse and because it was considered to be sexually explicit
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, violence, and because it was thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda
  6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references and use of a derogatory term
  7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and degrading to women
  8. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Banned and challenged because it depicts child sexual abuse and was considered sexually explicit
  9. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
    Reasons: Banned, challenged, relocated, and restricted for providing sexual education and LGBTQIA+ content.
  10. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.

Learn the basics of Banned Books from the ALA:

Check out the Banned Books Week site to learn more:


Trends in who tries to ban books, where, and why:

The Iowa branch of the ACLU has put together a page with book bannings in Iowa:

Banned Books Fahrenheit 451

Book Pulled By Publisher

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Start the Semester Right at the Library



Our library looks different now as we remodel, but the video not only is giving you a tour, most of which is still there, but talks about services. I think it’s still useful and we’ll get another one done as soon as construction is done.

Both branches of the Kirkwood Community College libraries offer lots of help for students. Get an idea of what all we offer in this tour of the Cedar Rapids/Main Campus branch!

Here are more details and find out even more about what we offer as a library.

Don’t forget about our Iowa City branch!

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1000th Post!


Hitting a Landmark Number

LibBlog, the Kirkwood Community College Library Blog, has just published its 1000th post!

1000th Post CounterLibBlog started back in September of 2008. Since then we publish:

Followers Wanted!

We really appreciate those of you who already read our blog on a regular basis. If you want to follow this blog so you don’t miss a most you can enter your e-mail or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get notice when we publish a new post. We normally aim for 2 posts a week so it isn’t a heavy feed. We currently have 1,599 followers of the blog. If you aren’t following, please do! We just need one more to level up to a round number!

If there is anything you’d like this blog to cover, let us know.

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Bookdrop Update



Cedar Rapids Book DropWe’re rounding out the construction on the library on the Cedar Rapids campus. Part of it is we have a NEW bookdrop has been moved back in place. It’s located on the edge of that parking lot, near Linn Hall. I Drop off any return items in it you might need to return when the library is closed. You can also still return things at the desk when the library is open. The drop box from the lobby has been permanently moved.

The Kirkwood Iowa City library also has a drop box on the parking lot side of the main building.

Bookdrop Location

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Welcome Back to Fall Semester


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Eggbert and Samuel Kirkwood

We hope to see you around the library!

The Cedar Rapids library’s fall hours are:

  • Mon. – Thurs.                7:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Fri.                                 7:30 am –    5:00 pm
  • Sat.                                10:00 am –  4:00 pm
  • Sun.                              3:00 pm –   8:00 pm

The Iowa City library’s fall hours are:

  • Mon. – Thurs.                7:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Fri.                                 7:30 am –    5:00 pm
  • Sat. – Sun.                      Closed

While the library is open you can come in person, chat, text (319-774-6491), or call.

  • Phone (Cedar Rapids):
    319-398-5697 or 319-398-5696
  • Phone (Iowa City):
    319-887-3613 or 319-887-3612

Our online resources are available 24/7.

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Untangling Copyright Links Updated 2022


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These are the links referred to in the Untangling Copyright session I’m co-presenting. We focused on information that would be helpful to our instructors. I’m not going to summarize here or give information about individual pages except for sorting them into categories, but these should be useful links for anyone interested in copyright and how it effects teaching.

Doctrine of First Sale

ALA Copyright for Libraries, First Sale Doctrine:

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization or TEACH Act

Fair Use (May have to close ad that pops up to read page)


  • Q: Can I Stream content or use a DVD from Netflix in my class?

A: Maybe.
Netflix Educational Documentaries
Walsh University
University of Kansas

  • Q: Can I copy (or put on VOD) a DVD from Netflix for classroom use?

A: No. First Sale Doctrine
Is it fair use? (May have to close ad that pops up to read page)

  • Q: Can I provide a link and credentials to students to view a Netflix movie?

A: No.  Netflix Terms of Service 6.2
Public Performance Rights

  • Q: Can I stream videos in the library databases?

A: Yes! Both video databases the library has comes with permission for public performance so you can show them at any time!
Films On Demand

Copyright Extension/Public Domain

  • Cambridge University Press et al v. Patton et al aka the Georgia State Case
    Use of course materials in e-reserve. Original case was an amazingly broad win for Georgia State. Almost none of the materials put on reserve were considered in violation. Major change and shock across system. – Now under appeal.
  • Google Books – Scanning books under copyright, yes considered transformative


  • The more you do to try and ascertain rights
  • The less time you use it
  • The more you restrict who sees it
  • The more transformative the use is
    (for example parody or analysis of ads including examples)
  • Things that have an open license, i.e. you may use this for these purposes
  • Things the library has paid for you to use, as long as it’s behind a password

More Information

Copyright and Images via the APA

Copyright Help from

OER – Open Educational Resources

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Between Semester Break Library Hours


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Between summer and fall semester the library is going to have different hours. Iowa City’s will be the same except they will also open at 8:00 am on Wednesday.

Sat., Aug 13th

                    Sun., Aug. 14th


Mon., Aug. 15th  –

              Tues., Aug. 16th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Aug. 17th

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thurs., Aug. 18th

                Fri., Aug. 19th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 20th  –

           Sun., Aug. 21st


Mon., Aug. 22nd

Begin Fall Hours


The Cedar Rapids library’s fall hours are:

Mon. – Thurs.                7:30 am – 11:00 pm

Fri.                                 7:30 am –    5:00 pm

Sat.                                10:00 am –  4:00 pm

Sun.                              3:00 pm –   8:00 pm


The Iowa City library’s fall hours are:

Mon. – Thurs.                7:30 am – 8:00 pm

Fri.                                 7:30 am –    5:00 pm

Sat. – Sun.                      Closed


Please check before making a special trip.



New Books: Odds and Ends 86


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.

Prisoner by Dennis W. Green, Call Number: PB Gre
NOTE: I don’t normally add fiction to these lists even though we have quite a bit of fiction, too. But this is a story about a character who knows he’s in a multiverse and it sounds good enough from the blurb that this cross between a detective/mystery novel and a sci-fi setting and I just had to add it.

The Seaplane on Final Approach by Rebecca Rukeyser, Call Number: PB RUK
NOTE: University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop graduate.

Cover of Amara's FarmAmara’s Farm by JaNay Brown-Wood, Call Number: CL 630 B881a
NOTE: Amara grows many fruits and vegetables on her farm. Can you identify them all?

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakeable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe, Call Number: CL 510.92 B247n

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Call Number: CL 823.92 G141

Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth About Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride by Jeff Lantos, Call Number: CL 973.331 L296w

Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals by Jill A. Fisher, Call Number: 615.109 F534a

Alek: My Life from Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek, Call Number: 746.92 W437a
NOTE: “Born in Wau, in the southern Sudan, Alek knew only a few years of peace with her family before they were caught up in a ruthless civil war that pitted outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated government, and southern rebels against each other in a brutal conflict that killed nearly two million people. Here is her daring story of fleeing the war on foot and her escape to London, where her rise from young model to supermodel was all the more notable because of Alek’s non-European looks. A probe into the Sudanese conflict and an inside look into the life of a most unique supermodel.”

Cover of Adverse EventsAmerican Made: What Happens To People When Work Disappears by Farah Stockman, Call Number: 331.137 S865a
NOTE: “Shannon, Wally, and John built their lives around their place of work. Shannon, a white single mother, became the first woman to run the dangerous furnaces at the Rexnord manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was proud of producing one of the world’s top brands of steel bearings. Wally, a black man known for his initiative and kindness, was promoted to chairman of efficiency, one of the most coveted posts on the factory floor, and dreamed of starting his own barbecue business one day. John, a white machine operator, came from a multigenerational union family and clashed with a work environment that was increasingly hostile to organized labor. The Rexnord factory had served as one of the economic engines for the surrounding community. When it closed, hundreds of people lost their jobs. What had life been like for Shannon, Wally, and John, before the plant shut down? And what became of them after the jobs moved to Mexico and Texas?”

Arthritis Sourcebook: Provides Basic Consumer Helath Information about the Importance of Healthy Bones and Joints, Statistics and Risk Factors of Arthritis, Common Types of Arthritis and Other Related Medical Conditions, and a General Review of Current Treatment Strategies for Arthritis. Along with Information About the Various Strategies That Can Be used to Reduce Pain and Inflammation Caused by Arthritis, Enhancing Mobility. Functional Independence and Quality of Life, including a Glossary of Terms Related to Arthritis and a Directory of Organizations for Additional Help and Information (6th ed.), Call Number: 616.722 A787 2022

Cover of The Baby on the Fire EscapeBaby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mindy-Baby Problem by Julie Phillips, Call Number: 810.935 P561b
NOTE: “What does a great artist who is also a mother look like? What does it mean to create, not in “a room of one’s own,” but in a domestic space?”

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain, Call Number: 155.2 C135b
NOTE: Cain “…em­ploys the same mix of research, storytelling, and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, con­nection, and transcendence.”

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative by Melissa Febos, Call Number: 808.066 F289b
NOTE: “How might we go about capturing on the page the relationships that have formed us? How do we write about our bodies, their desires and traumas? What does it mean for an author’s way of writing, or living, to be dismissed as “navel-gazing”—or else hailed as “so brave, so raw”? And to whom, in the end, do our most intimate stories belong? Drawing on her own path from aspiring writer to acclaimed author and writing professor—via addiction and recovery, sex work and academia—Melissa Febos has created a captivating guide to the writing life, and a brilliantly unusual exploration of subjectivity, privacy, and the power of divulgence.”

Cover of Books Under FireBooks Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books (2nd ed.) by Pat R. Scales, Call Number: 016.098 S281b
NOTE: “In our polarized environment, the censorship and outright banning of children’s books which some deem to be controversial or objectionable remains a major concern for libraries. Intellectual freedom champion Scales returns to the fray with a new edition of her matchless guide, updating the focus to titles published since 2015 which have been the target of challenges. School and public librarians, LIS students, and classroom educators will find the assistance and support they need to defend these challenged books with an informed response while ensuring access to young book lovers. For each of the dozens of titles covered, readers will find:

  • a book summary;
  • a report of the specific challenges; 
  • quotes from reviews, plus a list of awards and accolades; 
  • talking points for discussing the book’s issues and themes; 
  • links to the book’s website, additional resources about the book, and suggested further reading; and 
  • read-alikes that have been challenged for similar reasons.

A Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty, Call Number: 339.2 P636b
NOTE: “It’s easy to be pessimistic about inequality. We know it has increased dramatically in many parts of the world over the past two generations. No one has done more to reveal the problem than Thomas Piketty. Now, in this surprising and powerful new work, Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality.”

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman, Call Number: 909.831 K664b
NOTE: “But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music 500 years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or – weirder still – widely known but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past.”

Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics and How to Cure It by Richard Hasen, Call Number: 320.973 H348c

Child Is the Teacher: A Life of Maria Montessori by Cristina De Stefano, Call Number: 371.392 M781c

Coral Reefs: A Natural History by Charles Sheppard, Call Number: 577.789 S549c

A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It by Alex Riley, Call Number: 616.852 R573c

Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness by Andrew Scull, Call Number: 362.209 S437d

Diversity Regimes: Why Talk Is Not Enough To Fix Racial Inequality at Universities by James M. Thomas, Call Number: 378.198 T458d

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer, Call Number: 808.02 D778d
NOTE: “As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike – not to mention his followers on social media – for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now, he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer’s English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s okay to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.” Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling – though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.” And yes: “Only godless savages eschew the series comma.””

Empire of the Scalpel: The History of Surgery by Ira Rutkow, Call Number: 617 R977e
NOTE: “There are not many events in life that can be as simultaneously life-frightening and life-saving as a surgical operation. Yet, in America, tens-of-millions of major surgical procedures are performed annually but few of us pause to consider the magnitude of these figures because we have such inherent confidence in surgeons. And, despite passionate debates about healthcare and the endless fascination with surgical procedures, most of us have no idea how surgeons came to be because the story of surgery has never been fully told. Now, Empire of the Scalpel elegantly reveals the fascinating history of surgery’s evolution from its earliest roots in Europe through its rise to scientific and social dominance in the United States.”

Going There by Katie Couric, Call Number: 791.45 C859g
NOTE: Couric was one of the best morning show co-hosts ever. Her step into hard news? It didn’t go nearly as well. In this books she tells both her personal and professional story.

Cover of Empire of the ScalpelThe Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets by Thomas Philippon, Call Number: 330.122 P552g
NOTE: “Why are cell-phone plans so much more expensive in the United States than in Europe? It seems a simple question, but the search for an answer took one of the world’s leading economists on an unexpected journey through some of the most hotly debated issues in his field. He reached a surprising conclusion: American markets, once a model for the world, are giving up on healthy competition. In the age of Silicon Valley start-ups and millennial millionaires, he hardly expected this. But the data from his cutting-edge research proved undeniable. In this compelling tale of economic detective work, we follow Thomas Philippon as he works out the facts and consequences of industry concentration, shows how lobbying and campaign contributions have defanged antitrust regulators, and considers what all this means. Philippon argues that many key problems of the American economy are due not to the flaws of capitalism or globalization but to the concentration of corporate power. By lobbying against competition, the biggest firms drive profits higher while depressing wages and limiting opportunities for investment, innovation, and growth. For the sake of ordinary Americans, he concludes, government needs to get back to what it once did best: keeping the playing field level for competition. It’s time to make American markets great―and free―again.”

The Great Upheaval: Higher Education’s Past, Present, and Uncertain Future by Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt, Call Number: 378 L665g
NOTE: “Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt examine higher and postsecondary education to see how it has changed to become what it is today—and how it might be refitted for an uncertain future. Taking a unique historical, cross-industry perspective, Levine and Van Pelt perform a 360-degree survey of American higher education.”

Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts by Silvia Ferrara, Call Number: 411.09 F374g
NOTE: “The L where a tabletop meets the legs, the T between double doors, the D of an armchair’s oval backrest―all around us is an alphabet in things. But how did these shapes make it onto the page, never mind form complex structures such as this sentence? In The Greatest Invention, Silvia Ferrara takes a profound look at how―and how many times―human beings have managed to produce the miracle of written language, traveling back and forth in time and all across the globe to Mesopotamia, Crete, China, Egypt, Central America, Easter Island, and beyond.
With Ferrara as our guide, we examine the enigmas of undeciphered scripts, including famous cases like the Phaistos Disk and the Voynich Manuscript; we touch the knotted, colored strings of the Inca quipu; we study the turtle shells and ox scapulae that bear the earliest Chinese inscriptions; we watch in awe as Sequoyah single-handedly invents a script for the Cherokee language; and we venture to the cutting edge of decipherment, in which high-powered laser scanners bring tears to an engineer’s eye.”

Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient, A Memoir by Theresa Brown, Call Number: 616.994 B881h
NOTE: “Despite her training and years of experience as an oncology and hospice nurse, Brown finds it difficult to navigate the medical maze from the other side of the bed. Why is she so often left in the dark about procedures and treatments? Why is she expected to research her own best treatment options? Why is there so much red tape? At times she’s mad at herself for not speaking up and asking for what she needs but knows that being a “difficult” patient could mean she gets worse care.”

Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions by Michael Moss, Call Number:613.2 M913h
NOTE: “Everyone knows how hard it can be to maintain a healthy diet. But what if some of the decisions we make about what to eat are beyond our control? Is it possible that food is addictive, like drugs or alcohol? And to what extent does the food industry know, or care, about these vulnerabilities? In Hooked, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss sets out to answer these questions – and to find the true peril in our food.”

How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen: Whining, Fighting, Meltdowns, Defiance, and Other Challenges of Childhood by Joanna Faber and Julie King, Call Number: 649.1 F115ho 2021

Hubble Legacy: 30 Years of Discoveries and Images by Jim Bell, Call Number: 522.291 B433h

I Never Thought Of It That Way: A Guide to Building Bridges in Dangerously Divided Times by Monica Guzman, Call Number: 153.6 G993i
NOTE: “Journalist Mónica Guzmán is the loving liberal daughter of Mexican immigrants who voted—twice—for Donald Trump. When the country could no longer see straight across the political divide, Mónica set out to find what was blinding us and discovered the most eye-opening tool we’re not using: our own built-in curiosity. Partisanship is up, trust is down, and our social media feeds make us sure we’re right and everyone else is ignorant (or worse). But avoiding one another is hurting our relationships and our society. In this timely, personal guide, Mónica, the chief storyteller for the national cross-partisan depolarization organization Braver Angels, takes you to the real front lines of a crisis that threatens to grind America to a halt—broken conversations among confounded people. She shows you how to overcome the fear and certainty that surround us to finally do what only seems impossible: understand and even learn from people in your life whose whole worldview is different from or even opposed to yours.”

I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir by Harvey Fierstein, Call Number: 813.54 F465i

In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial by Mona Chollet, Call Number:
NOTE: “Centuries after the infamous witch hunts that swept through Europe and America, witches continue to hold a unique fascination for many: as fairy tale villains, practitioners of pagan religion, as well as feminist icons. Witches are both the ultimate victim and the stubborn, elusive rebel. But who were the women who were accused and often killed for witchcraft? What types of women have centuries of terror censored, eliminated, and repressed? Celebrated feminist writer Mona Chollet explores three types of women who were accused of witchcraft and persecuted: the independent woman, since widows and celibates were particularly targeted; the childless woman, since the time of the hunts marked the end of tolerance for those who claimed to control their fertility; and the elderly woman, who has always been an object of at best, pity, and at worst, horror. Examining modern society, Chollet concludes that these women continue to be harassed and oppressed. Rather than being a brief moment in history, the persecution of witches is an example of society’s seemingly eternal misogyny, while women today are direct heirs to those who were hunted down and killed for their thoughts and actions.”

Cover of I Never Thought of It That WayIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, Call Number: 791.45 K144i
NOTE: “Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!”

Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others by David Livingstone Smith, Call Number: 305.568 S645L

Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World by Danielle Friedman, Call Number: 613.704 F911L
NOTE: “For American women today, working out is as accepted as it is expected, fueling a multibillion-dollar fitness industrial complex. But it wasn’t always this way. For much of the twentieth century, sweating was considered unladylike and girls grew up believing physical exertion would cause their uterus to literally fall out. It was only in the sixties that, thanks to a few forward-thinking fitness pioneers, women began to move en masse.”

Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson, Call Number: 577.699 N653L
NOTE: “Inside each rockpool, tucked into one of the infinite crevices of the tidal coastline, lies a rippling, silent, unknowable universe. Below the stillness of the surface course different currents of endless motion – the ebb and flow of the tide, the steady forward propulsion of the passage of time, and the tiny lifetimes of its creatures, all of which coalesce into the grand narrative of evolution.”

Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judith Batalion, Call Number: 940.531 B328L
NOTE: “Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick, taught children, and hid families. Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown.”

A Little History of Art by Charlotte Mullins, Call Number: 709 M959L
NOTE: “Charlotte Mullins brings art to life through the stories of those who created it and, importantly, reframes who is included in the narrative to create a more diverse and exciting landscape of art. She shows how art can help us see the world differently and understand our place in it, how it helps us express ourselves, fuels our creativity and contributes to our overall well-being and positive mental health. Why did our ancestors make art? What did art mean to them and what does their art mean for us today? Why is art even important at all?”

Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act by Orsola de Castro, Call Number: 646.4 C355L

The Making of the Bible: From the First Fragments to Sacred Scripture by Konrad Schmid and Jens Schroter, Call Number: 220.1 S348m

Memory Speaks: On Losing and Reclaiming Language and Self by Julie Sedivy, Call Number: 401.93 S448m
NOTE: “As a child Julie Sedivy left Czechoslovakia for Canada, and English soon took over her life. By early adulthood she spoke Czech rarely and badly, and when her father died unexpectedly, she lost not only a beloved parent but also her firmest point of connection to her native language. As Sedivy realized, more is at stake here than the loss of language: there is also the loss of identity. Language is an important part of adaptation to a new culture, and immigrants everywhere face pressure to assimilate. Recognizing this tension, Sedivy set out to understand the science of language loss and the potential for renewal. In Memory Speaks, she takes on the psychological and social world of multilingualism, exploring the human brain’s capacity to learn―and forget―languages at various stages of life. But while studies of multilingual experience provide resources for the teaching and preservation of languages, Sedivy finds that the challenges facing multilingual people are largely political. Countering the widespread view that linguistic pluralism splinters loyalties and communities, Sedivy argues that the struggle to remain connected to an ancestral language and culture is a site of common ground, as people from all backgrounds can recognize the crucial role of language in forming a sense of self.”

The Mind and the Moon: My Brother’s Story, The Science of Our Brains, and the Search for our Psyches by Daniel Bergner, Call Number: 616.89 B499m
NOTE: “In the early 1960s, JFK declared that science would take us to the Moon. He also declared that science would make the “remote reaches of the mind accessible” and cure psychiatric illness with breakthrough medications. We were walking on the Moon within the decade. But today, psychiatric cures continue to elude us—as does the mind itself. Why is it that we still don’t understand how the mind works? What is the difference between the mind and the brain? And given all that we still don’t know, how can we make insightful, transformative choices about our psychiatric conditions?”

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How To Take It Back by Oliver Bullough, Call Number: 364.168 B938m
NOTE: “From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia to Bond-villain lairs in London and Manhattan, something has gone wrong. Kleptocracies, governments run by corrupt leaders who prosper at the expense of their people, are on the rise. Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn’t much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice. And then some bankers had a bright idea. Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland – the secret country of the lawless, stateless super-rich. Learn how the institutions of Europe and the US have become money-laundering operations, attacking the foundations of many of the world’s most stable countries. Meet the kleptocrats. Meet their awful children. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back.”

Mothering By Degrees: Single Mothers and the Pursuit of Postsecondary Education by Jillian M. Duquaine-Watson, Call Number: 378.008 D946m
NOTE: “Jillian Duquaine-Watson shows how single mothers pursuing college degrees must navigate a difficult course as they attempt to reconcile their identities as single moms, college students, and in many cases, employees. They also negotiate a balance between what they think a good mother should be, and what society is telling them, and how that affects their choices to go to college, and whether to stay in college or not. ”

Cover of MoneylandNothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia by Peter Pomerantsev, Call Number: 306.094 P785n
NOTE: Personal memoir and modern day history of politics in Russia.

The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, Call Number: 791.457 F529o
NOTE: “Receptionist Pam Beesly and accountant Angela Martin had very little in common when they toiled together at Scranton’s Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. But, in reality, the two bonded in their very first days on set and, over the nine seasons of the series’ run, built a friendship that transcended the show and continues to this day. Sharing everything from what it was like in the early days as the show struggled to gain traction, to walking their first red carpet—plus exclusive stories on the making of milestone episodes and how their lives changed when they became moms—The Office BFFs is full of the same warm and friendly tone Jenna and Angela have brought to their Office Ladies podcast.”

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit, Call Number: 828.912 O79s
NOTE: “In the spring of 1936, a writer planted roses.” So be-gins Rebecca Solnit’s new book, a reflection on George Orwell’s passionate gardening and the way that his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, illuminates his other commitments as a writer and antifascist, and on the intertwined politics of nature and power.”

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor, Call Number: 973.049 T239o

Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes, Call Number: 292.211 H424p
NOTE: “The tellers of Greek myths – historically men – have routinely sidelined the female characters. When they do take a larger role, women are often portrayed as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil – like Pandora, the woman of eternal scorn and damnation whose curiosity is tasked with causing all the world’s suffering and wickedness when she opened that forbidden box. But, as Natalie Haynes reveals, in ancient Greek myths there was no box. It was a jar . . . which is far more likely to tip over. In Pandora’s Jar, the broadcaster, writer, stand-up comedian, and passionate classicist turns the tables, putting the women of the Greek myths on an equal footing with the men. With wit, humor, and savvy, Haynes revolutionizes our understanding of epic poems, stories, and plays, resurrecting them from a woman’s perspective and tracing the origins of their mythic female characters. She looks at women such as Jocasta, Oedipus’ mother-turned-lover-and-wife (turned Freudian sticking point), at once the cleverest person in the story and yet often unnoticed. She considers Helen of Troy, whose marriage to Paris “caused” the Trojan war – a somewhat uneven response to her decision to leave her husband for another man. She demonstrates how the vilified Medea was like an ancient Beyonce – getting her revenge on the man who hurt and betrayed her, if by extreme measures. And she turns her eye to Medusa, the original monstered woman, whose stare turned men to stone, but who wasn’t always a monster, and had her hair turned to snakes as punishment for being raped. Pandora’s Jar brings nuance and care to the millennia-old myths and legends and asks the question: Why are we so quick to villainize these women in the first place – and so eager to accept the stories we’ve been told?”

Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood by Michele Goodwin, Call Number: 342.085 G657p

Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States by Samantha Seeley, Call Number: 304.809 S452r

Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth by Elizabeth Williamson, Call Number: 371.782 W729s
NOTE: “On December 14, 2012, a gunman killed twenty first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Ten years later, Sandy Hook has become a foundational story of how false conspiracy narratives and malicious misinformation have gained traction in society. The Sandy Hook families, led by the father of the youngest victim, refused to accept this. Sandy Hook is the story of their battle to preserve their loved ones’ legacies even in the face of threats to their own lives. Through exhaustive reporting, narrative storytelling, and intimate portraits, Sandy Hook is the definitive book on one of the most shocking cultural ruptures of the internet era.”

Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy by Amy Gajda, Call Number: 342.73 G145s

Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Senses by Jackie Higgins, Call Number: 573.87 H636s

Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation by Cathy O’Neil, Call Number: 152.44 O586s
NOTE: “Shame is a powerful and sometimes useful tool: When we publicly shame corrupt politicians, abusive celebrities, or predatory corporations, we reinforce values of fairness and justice. But as Cathy O’Neil argues in this revelatory book, shaming has taken a new and dangerous turn. It is increasingly being weaponized—used as a way to shift responsibility for social problems from institutions to individuals. Shaming children for not being able to afford school lunches or adults for not being able to find work lets us off the hook as a society. After all, why pay higher taxes to fund programs for people who are fundamentally unworthy?”

The Social Lives of Animals by Ashley Ward, Call Number: 591.782 W256s
NOTE: “Biologist Ashley Ward takes us on a wild tour across the globe as he searches for a more accurate picture of how animals build societies….Ward shows that the social impulses we’ve long thought separated humans from other animals might actually be our strongest connection to them.”

Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction by David George Haskell, Call Number: 591.594 H349s
NOTE: “We live on a planet alive with song, music, and speech. David Haskell explores how these wonders came to be. In rain forests shimmering with insect sound and swamps pulsing with frog calls we learn about evolution’s creative powers. From birds in the Rocky Mountains and on the streets of Paris, we discover how animals learn their songs and adapt to new environments. Below the waves, we hear our kinship to beings as different as snapping shrimp, toadfish, and whales. In the startlingly divergent sonic vibes of the animals of different continents, we experience the legacies of plate tectonics, the deep history of animal groups and their movements around the world, and the quirks of aesthetic evolution.”

Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence by Amy B. Zegart, Call Number: 327.12 Z44s
NOTE: “Spying has never been more ubiquitous―or less understood. The world is drowning in spy movies, TV shows, and novels, but universities offer more courses on rock and roll than on the CIA and there are more congressional experts on powdered milk than espionage. This crisis in intelligence education is distorting public opinion, fueling conspiracy theories, and hurting intelligence policy. In Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, Amy Zegart separates fact from fiction as she offers an engaging and enlightening account of the past, present, and future of American espionage as it faces a revolution driven by digital technology.”

Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online, Edited by Tamara Girardi and Abigail G. Scheg, Call Number: 808.042 T396

Through a Native Lens: American Indian Photography by Nicole Dawn Strathman, Call Number: 770.899 S899t
NOTE: During the second half of the 19th century Native American photographs not only became the subjects of photographers, but they also took photos themselves documenting life in their tribes.

Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age by Brad Smith, Call Number: 303.483 S643t
NOTE: “Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself. While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation.”

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, Call Number: 306.362 N878t

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba, Call Number: 649.7 B726u

Cover of UnselfieUnconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn, Call Number: 649.1 K79u

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud, Call Number: 741.5 M127u

We the Interwoven, Edited by Andrea Wilson, Call Number: 920.009 W361r v. 2

Will by Will Smith, Call Number: 791.43 S663w

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.

Bonus Saturday Extra Hours


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As new students for this fall know, there have been student orientations for the college going on several times a week this summer. In order to work with student’s schedules one orientation is going to be Saturday, August 6th. Since staff will be coming in to work the event the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library will be open from 9am-Noon that Saturday.

If you’re looking for a quiet (non-construction noisy) time in the library or want a chance to get things printed off before the semester starts this is it!

Visit us:

Saturday, August 6, 2022 9am-12pm Cedar Rapids Campus

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.