YALSA Best Books of 2016


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This year we’ve added titles from the YALSA Best Books of 2016. These are more popular books, both fiction and non-fiction. See if there is one you’d love. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Alive by Chandler Baker, Call Number: PB BAK
Stella Cross’s heart is poisoned. After years on the transplant waiting list, she’s running out of hope that she’ll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive. Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred with strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone’s radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi can barely stand to be apart. Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart? After all, the heart never lies…does it?

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, Call Number: PB NIV
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. . . .

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, Call Number: PB BRO
Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don’t know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920s, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Call Number: PB BAR
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

  • A convict with a thirst for revenge.
  • A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
  • A runaway with a privileged past.
  • A spy known as the Wraith.
  • A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
  • A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Call Number: PB YOO
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, Call Number: PB STO
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal, Call Number: 327.7 C641b
As a young girl, Hillary Diane Rodham’s parents told her she could be whatever she wanted–as long as she was willing to work for it. Hillary took those words and ran. In a life on the front row of modern American history, she has always stood out–whether she was a teen campaigning for the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, winning recognition in Life magazine for her pointed words as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College, or working on the Richard Nixon impeachment case as a newly minted lawyer. For all her accomplishments, scrutiny and scandal have followed this complex woman since she stepped into the public eye―from her role as First Lady of Arkansas to First Lady of the United States to becoming the first female U.S. senator from New York to U.S. secretary of state. Despite intense criticism, Hillary has remained committed to public service and dedicated to health-care reform, children’s issues, and women’s rights.

The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu, Call Number: PB MAT
(The Summoner Trilogy)
Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. . . .

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Call Number: PB KAU
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam Gidwitz, CL 813.6 G453i
On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis, Call Number: 306.362 D262i
Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers―who fought for liberty and justice for all―were slave owners? Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy―that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles.

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner and Gareth Hind, Call Number: 952 M663t
When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family—and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls By Lynn Weingarten, Call Number: 952 M663t
They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide. But June doesn’t believe it. June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else—before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, binding them together like thin silk cords. But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this—things would never be the same again. And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrettt Osborne, Call Number: CL 304.809 O816t
American attitudes toward immigrants are paradoxical. On the one hand, we see our country as a haven for the poor and oppressed; anyone, no matter his or her background, can find freedom here and achieve the “American Dream.” On the other hand, depending on prevailing economic conditions, fluctuating feelings about race and ethnicity, and fear of foreign political and labor agitation, we set boundaries and restrictions on who may come to this country and whether they may stay as citizens. This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965.

When by Victoria Laurie, Call Number: PB LAU
Maddie doesn’t have a choice. The forehead of every person she sees is marked by the shadowy digits of their deathdate. Her unique, innate skill often feels more like a curse than a gift, and Maddie grudgingly puts it to use identifying deathdates for the paying customers her mother reels in. It seems like a straightforward way to help support her family-until one client’s young son goes missing on the exact date Maddie has pinpointed, and she gets pulled into a homicide investigation that turns her world upside down. As more young people disappear and are later found murdered, suspicion swirls around Maddie. At once a suspect in the investigation, a target for the murderer, and a partner in a tantalizing dance with a boy who might be connected to it all, could Maddie also hold the key to cracking the case?

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: Collections of Women



In honor of the historic roll out of the Wonder Woman film, check out these other Wonder Women. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: CL 320.082 C777w Title: A Woman in the House (and Senate):How Women Came to the United States Congress Brook Down Barriers, And Changed the Country Author: Ilene Cooper

Call Number: CL 509.2 I247w Title: Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Author: Rachel Ignostofsky

Call Number: CL 920.72 M193w Title: Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History Author: Sam Maggs

Call Number: CL 920.72 S312r Title: Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Author: Kate Schatz

Call Number: CL 920.72 S546b Title: Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World Author: Ann Shen

Call Number: 522.197 S677g Title: The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Author: Dava Sobel

Call Number: 920.72 W131b Title: Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous Author: Marlene Wagman-Geller

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: Odds and Ends 38



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.


The Kid Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews, Call Number: CL 813.54 A565k
NOTE: Iowans Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver are described in this book.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe, Call Number: 500 M968t


As You Wish: The Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden, Call Number: PB ELW
NOTE: Personal note here from Sarah Uthoff. I just LOVE this book. It’s the best making of movie book I’ve ever read about a great movie.


Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom, Call Number: 152.4 B655a

All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration by Kathleen Newland, Elizabeth Collett, Kate Hooper, and Sarah Flamm, Call Number: 325 N549a

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, Call Number: 303.609 P655b

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (Updated 2nd ed.) by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler, Call Number: 153.6 C955

A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, Call Number: 394.12 M449c

Exploring White Privilege by Robert P. Amico, Call Number: 305.8 A516e

Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech, Call Number: 604.82 N557f

Fifty Great Myths of Human Evolution: Understanding Misconceptions About Our Origins by John H. Relethford, Call Number: 599.93 R382f

Five Days in November by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, Call Number: 973.922 H645f
NOTE: The story of the Kennedy Assassination by the Secret Service Agent who jumped on the back of the car.

A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism by John G. Taft, Call Number: 332 F697

Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Gibney, Call Number 306.0973

Genocide: A World History by Norman M. Naimark, Call Number: 364.15 N157

The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to Isis edited by Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, Call Number: 363.325 H673

Hooked Rugs of the Midwest: A Handcrafted History by Mary Collins Barile, Call Number: 746.7 B252h

How to be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned From Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis, Call Number: 809.3 E476h

Julia Child: My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, Call Number: 641.509 C536m

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Call Number: 570.92 J253L
NOTE: Geobiologist talks about how she got started and being a plant scientist. She gives us all the opportunity to become scientists ourselves.

The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over by Jack Schafer and Marvin Karlins, Call Number: 158.2 S296L

Living in Death’s Shadow: Family Experiences of Terminal Care and Irreplaceable Loss by Emily K. Abel, Call Number 616.02

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform by John F. Pfaff, Call Number: 365 P523L

The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer, Call Number: 364.1 L436L

The Princess Diarist: A Sort of Memoir by Carrie Fisher, Call Number: 791.43 F533p

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Round Up The Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca – Bogart, Bergman, and World War II by Aljean Harmetz, Call Number: 791.43 H287r

Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves edited by C. G. Prado

The Sociology of Hypocrisy: An Analysis of Sport and Religion by Stephen G. Wieting, Call Number: 306.483 W652s
NOTE: Local author

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine, Call Number: 155.3 F495t

That’s the Way I Think: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Dyscalculia Explained [3rd ed.] by David Grant, Call Number: 616.85 G761t

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss, Call Number: 155.2 F394t

Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done by Josh Davis, Call Number: 650.1 D262t

The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon, Call Number: 332.109S492u

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone, Call Number: 658.11 S877u

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease by Meredith Wadman, Call Number: 614.4 W123v

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin, Call Number: 305.42 C932w

Yellowstone and the Smithsonian: Centers of Wildlife Conservation by Diane Smith, Call Number: 978.7 S645y

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.

Kirkwood Librarians Shared With the Communique This Year



This year the Kirkwood newspaper, the Kirkwood Communique, gave the library a chance to write a column. Check out these articles we shared.

Popular Book Section Promotes Reading for Pleasure by Kirkwood Librarian Sarah S. Uthoff

Exam Cram Provides Fun and Relaxation by Kirkwood Librarian Sue Miller

Summer Reading Keeps the Mind Sharp by Kirkwood Librarian Julie Petersen

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: Memorial Day 2017


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From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list. Today we are sharing titles that have entered our collection this year that have to do with men and women of our armed forces in honor of Memorial Day, a national day of mourning to honor our war dead and salute our living heroes.

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:

From a Veteran’s Wife:

Picture Books

Call Number: Easy Reading 355.1 K395b Title: Brave Like Me Author: Barbara Kerley

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6H498s Title: Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Author: John Hendrix

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 R253a Title: America’s White Table Author: Margot Theis Raven

Adult Non-Fiction

Call Number: 327.73 T583n Title: The Nightingale’s Song Author: Robert Timberg
NOTE:The lives of five Annapolis graduates – John McCain, James Webb, Oliver North, Robert McFarlane, and John Poindexter – to reveal how the Vietnam War continues to haunt America.

Call Number: 338.092 T595k Title: An Iowa Farm Boy on Detour: The Story of Henry B. Tippie Author: Margaret O. Kirk

Call Number: 342.73 B277w Title: Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress 1776 to ISIS Author: David J. Barron

Call Number: 355.008 C978m Title: Muslim American in the Military: Centuries of Service Author: Edward E. Curtis IV

Call Number: 355.009 S278d Title: Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield Author: Jeremy Schahill

Call Number: 355.07 R628g Title: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Author: Mary Roach

Call Number: 362.86 F499t Title: Thank You For Your Service Author: David Finkel

Call Number: 363.325 W951t Title: The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State Author: Lawrence Wright

Call Number: 510.92 L481h Title: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Call Number: 813.54 O13th 2009 Title: The Things They Carried Author: Tim O’Brien

Call Number: 813.6 K637r Title: Redeployment Author: Phil Klay

Call Number: 930.3 C112a Title: August 1914: France, the Great War, and a Month That Changed the World Forever Author: Bruno Cabanes Translator: Stephanie O’Hara

Call Number: 940.3 D888s Title: The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I Author: Lynn Dumenil

Call Number: 940.5 G387v Title: The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End Author: Robert Gerwarth

Call Number: 940.547 W424n Title: No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII Author: Robert Weintraub

Call Number: 951.904 M145b Title: Black Tuesday Over Namsi: B-29S vs MIGS – The Forgotten Air Battle of the Korean War, 23 October 1951 Author: Earl J. McGill

Call Number: 956.704 B688w Title: Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Author: Daniel P. Bolger

Call Number: 956.704 R814v Title: Vipers in the Storm: Diary of a Gulf War Fighter Pilot Author: Keith Rosenkranz

Call Number: 958.1 I724r Title: The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers Authors: Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

Call Number: 958.104 H462s Title: Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front Author: Mary Jennings Hegar

Call Number: 958.104 B612f Title: The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden Author: Mark Bowden

Call Number: 958.104 H358o Title: The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan Author: Michael Hastings

Call Number: 959.704 H392s Title: Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam Author: Amy Shively Hawk

Call Number: 959.704 N576n Title: Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Call Number: 959.704 S498x Title: Xin Loi, Viet Nam: Thirty-One Months of War: A Soldier’s Memoir Author: Al Sever

Call Number: 973.3 P545v Title: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

Call Number: 973.7 P276i Title: An Iowa Solider Writes Home: The Civil War Letters of Union Private Daniel J. Parvin Editor: Phillip A. Hubbart

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.

Memorial Day Weekend 2017


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The staff of both locations of Kirkwood Library Services wish you and yours the best this Memorial Day Weekend, whether it entails fun in the sun, a community Memorial Day service, or both.

Sat., May 27th


Sun., May 28th


Mon., May 29th


Tues., May 30th

Library Resumes

Normal Summer Hours

We’ll see you back here Tuesday, May 30th  at our normal summer time to help you with all your informational and pleasure reading needs.

Normal Summer Hours for Cedar Rapids:

Mon. – Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. – Noon
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

Normal Summer Hours for Iowa City:

Mon.-Thurs.: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. – Noon
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

New Books: Odds and Ends 37



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.

1000 Details for Living Interiors, Call Number: 747 O585

Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Call Number: 303.483 D537a
NOTE: A privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing – fast.

The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power by Joseph Turow, Call Number: 658.834 T956a

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores, Call Number: 591.509 F634a

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton, Call Number: 910.41 F654a

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinksky, Call Number: 362.11 O826b

Best Kept Boy in the World: The Short, Scandalous Life of Denny Fouts, Muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Isherwood by Arthur Vanderbilt, Call Number: 306.74 F782b

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, Call Number: 796.83 R646b

Bombs, Bullets, and Politicians: France’s Response to Terrorism by Christophe Chowanietz, Call Number: 363.325 C552b

The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams, Call Number: 294.3 B916

Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security, and the Internet by Edward Lucas, Call Number: 364.16 L933c

Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey by Todd McCaffrey (her son), Call Number: 813.54 M121d
NOTE: The landmark fantasy writer.

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott, Call Number: 973.917 B435f

Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books by Leonard S. Marcus, Call Number: 070.508 M322g

The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone by David M. Smick, Call Number: 338.973 S639g

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communication, Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohllben, Call Number: 582.16 W846h

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis, Call Number: 306.362 D262i

The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life by Margaret Guroff, Call Number: 303.48 G981m

The Missing JFK Assassination Film: The Mystery Surrounding the Orville Nix Home Movie of November 22, 1963 by Gayle Nix Jackson, Call Number: 364.152 J128m

Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process by Peter Ahlberg, Call Number: 745.4 A285p

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (2nd ed.) by Gregory S. Paul, Call Number: 567.9 P324p

The Science of Stress: Living Under Pressure by Gregory L. Fricchione, Ana Ivkovic, and Albert S. Yeung, Call Number: 155.9 F897s

Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome: A User Guide to Adulthood by Luke Jackson, Call Number: 618.92 J134s

Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Beer, Call Number: 780.9 B415s

The Story of Design: From the Paleolithic to the Present by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Call Number: 745.409 F463s

Talent Development Around the World by Pedro Sanchez-Escobedo, Call Number: 658.3 S253t
NOTE: By our Spring 2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Dr. Pedro Sanchez.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between) by Lauren Graham, Call Number: 791.45 G739t

Ten Restaurants That Changed America by Paul Feedman, Call Number: 647.957 F853t

Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War by Chandra Manning, Call Number: 973.7 M283t

Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the American South by Beth Macy, Call Number: 791.35 M177tv

The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health- from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years by Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis, Call Number: 614.4 T461v

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon, Call Number: 578.4 S595w

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neill, Call Number: 005.7 O586w

The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective by Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Call Number: 371.102 C678w

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.

Database Change Coming July 1st!


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Exciting news! Beginning July 1st, the Kirkwood library will be providing more resources to you, our patron, for less cost. The State Library of Iowa and the Alliance of Academic Libraries in Iowa have negotiated a new contract with the database vendor, Gale, to provide us their “Gold” package. This new package will provide us with even more journals and magazines than we had in the past through EBSCOhost, the previous, State Library preferred vendor.

What this will mean for most faculty and students is that Academic OneFile will be replacing EBSCO’s Academic Search Elite for academic research. Both databases provide peer-reviewed, full text, multi-disciplinary articles, but Academic OneFile provides over 17,000 more journal titles than Academic Search Elite. It is overall a more comprehensive product.

However, the library will continue to subscribe to specialized EBSCO products, in order to provide you with the best available resources. These EBSCO databases are:

CINAHL with full text

Current Biography Illustrated

EBSCO ebooks


Library Literature and Information Science Full text


Science Full text Select

During the summer, the library will be updating its website pages and links in order to provide you with the most current information and available titles from Gale. Please check out the FAQs and other details about the new databases at: http://guides.kirkwood.edu/onefile. Of course, if after July 1st, you find that you do not have access to a resource you use for your courses, please contact the library and we will do our best to provide you with what you need.

The specific products that the Kirkwood libraries will gain with the Gale’s “GOLD” package are:

*Academic OneFile (with InfoTrac Collections)       

*Books & Authors

*Business Insights Essentials

*Chiltons Library (for auto repair)

*Credo Reference

*Educator’s Reference Complete

*General OneFile (with InfoTrac Collections)

*Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module

*Health Reference Center Academic

*Informe Academico (Spanish language)

*Transparent Language Online

Kirkwood Closed Early Fridays Through July 2017


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The entire Kirkwood Community College system (Main Campus, Iowa City, All Centers inclusive) will be closing on Fridays at noon from now through Friday, July 28, 2017. Both library branches will be included in this closing so until July 28th we’ll now be closed from noon on Friday until 7:30 am Monday morning in Cedar Rapids and until 8:00 am Monday morning in Iowa City. Our online resources will remain available 24/7.  Please include this in your planning. Check out the official word with some more details from Kirkwood.

Starting August 4th we’ll return to our normal Friday library hours (7:30 am – 5:00 pm Cedar Rapids and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Iowa City). Weekend hours will return starting August 26th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this schedule change.

Hours Between Semesters May 2017

The hours in the chart below are for the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Library, the Iowa City Kirkwood Library will be open 8 am – 8 pm Mon., May 15th -Thurs., May 18th.  The rest of the hours below are the same.

Sat., May 13th    –
Sun., May 14th


Mon., May 15th
Thurs., May 18th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fri., May 19th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat., May 20th –                     Sun., May 21st


Mon., May 22nd

Resume Normal Summer Hours