Mural Project Updates


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

It’s been several weeks since Library Services and Arts & Humanities launched our collaborative mural project. Thanks to the staff and students who have participated so far, the library is becoming much more colorful!

There are still plenty of opportunities to join the fun! Sign up to paint at Calendly and watch this space for future updates.

In progress shot of Mural of Kandinsky's Squares with Concentric Circles
After the first day of painting.
Pat Reading from Arts and Humanities paints a portion of Keith Haring's Retrospect
Pat Reading tries his hand at Keith Haring.
Jacki Delaney (Admissions) and Alex Weissenberger (One Stop) paint a square from Keith Haring's Retrospect.
Alex Weissenberger (One Stop) and Jacki Delaney (Admissions) came two days in a row to spend some time together during Alex’s last week at Kirkwood. They said the experience is a lot of fun and would totally recommend it.
Two international students from Tunisia painting the Kandinsky mural
An international student from Tunisia painting a square in the Haring mural
A group of international students from Tunisia taking a break from classes (and the heat) with some painting.
Eggbert, a stuffed animal eagle, paints
Even library mascot Eggbert joined the fun!

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

Books Recommended by Bill Gates



Are you looking for some suggestions of what to read this summer? Bill Gates suggests these books the library owns.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, Call Number: 303.609 P655b
NOTE: “Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’s existence.”

Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil, Call Number: 333.79 S641en
NOTE: “This is a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today’s fossil fuel–driven civilization.”

Cover of "The Fever"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker, Call Number: 303.44 P655e
NOTE: “Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.”

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

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah, Call Number: 614.532 S525f
NOTE: “In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause célèbre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names – and opened their pocketbooks – in hopes of curing the disease. Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, why aren’t we doing more to eradicate one of our oldest foes? And how does a parasitic disease that we’ve known how to prevent for more than a century still infect 500 million people every year, killing nearly 1 million of them?”

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Call Number: 572.86 M953g
NOTE: “Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.”

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Anna Bakke, Call Number: 333.793 I545g
Cover of "The Grid"NOTE: “The grid is an accident of history and of culture, in no way intrinsic to how we produce, deliver and consume electrical power. Yet this is the system the United States ended up with, a jerry-built structure now so rickety and near collapse that a strong wind or a hot day can bring it to a grinding halt. The grid is now under threat from a new source: renewable and variable energy, which puts stress on its logics as much as its components.”

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval N Harari, Call Number: 303.49 H254h
NOTE: “Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but as Harari explains in his trademark style – thorough yet riveting – famine, plague, and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals put together. The average American is 1,000 times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.”

House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox by William H Foege, Ebook link
NOTE: “This is the story of how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded, and scarred millions over centuries of human history, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph of medicine and public health.”

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval N Harari, Call Number: 599.9 H254s
NOTE: “From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution – a number one international best seller – that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human’.”

Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson, Call Number: PB Ste

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain….”

Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air: Making Buildings, Vehicles and Products Efficiently and With Less New Material by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen, Call Number: 620.11 S553s
NOTE: “Materials, transformed from natural resources into the buildings, equipment, vehicles and goods that underpin our remarkable lifestyle, are made with amazing efficiency. But our growing demand is not sustainable. This optimistic and richly-informed book evaluates all the options and explains how we can greatly reduce the amount of material demanded and used in manufacturing, while still meeting everyone’s needs.”

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe, Call Number: CL 500 M968t
NOTE: “Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:

  • food-heating radio boxes (microwaves)
  • tall roads (bridges)
  • computer buildings (datacenters)
  • the shared space house (the International Space Station)
  • the other worlds around the sun (the solar system)
  • the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates)
  • the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table)
  • planes with turning wings (helicopters)
  • boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers)
  • the bags of stuff inside you (cells)”

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane, Call Number: 576.83 L266v
NOTE: “For two and a half billion years, from the very origins of life, single-celled organisms such as bacteria evolved without changing their basic forms. Then, on just one occasion in four billion years, they made the jump to complexity. All complex life, from mushrooms to man, shares puzzling features, such as sex, which are unknown in bacteria. How and why did this radical transformation happen? The answer, Lane argues, lies in energy: All life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a lightning bolt.”


The 2 Books Bill Gates Says You Absolutely Must Read

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.

Best YA Books of 2020


Once a year YALSA (the teenager/young adult part of the American Library Association) asks teens from all over the country to pick the best 10 books of the year. Here’s their list. We own them all and have listed the call numbers.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Call Number: PB KAU

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard, Call Number: PB AVE

Lovely War by Julie Berry, Call Number: PB BER

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansey, Call Number: CL 813.6 M289m

#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil, Call Number: PB MCN

Pumpkinheads: A Graphic Novel by Rainbow Rowell, Call Number: PB ROW

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, Call Number: PB ROW

We Hunt The Flame by by Hafsah Faizal, Call Number: PB FAI

Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Call Number: PB POW

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Call Number: PB ACE

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 Nile Kinnick


Capture1Even though Nile Kinnick was killed in action during World War II, he is still considered one of Iowa’s all time top athletes. His legend has continued and recently Kirkwood added two books about him to our collection. They are available at the Cedar Rapids branch, but can be sent to any Kirkwood location.

Kinnick: The Man and the Legend by D.W. Stump, Call Number 796.33 K559s

The Way of Nile C. Kinnick, Jr.: Insights, Images, and Stories of Iowa’s 1939 Heisman Trophy Winner by Mark D. Wilson, Call Number: 796.332 K559w

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 2021-2022 Academic Calendar Update July 2021

Changes continue to be made to the official academic calendar as things change with both the COVID responses and the domino effect that has had on other functions of the college here is the newest version. Please discard your old calendar and print the version currently posted with a revision date of 7/6/2021, in the bottom right hand corner. Again, we can’t guarantee there won’t be future changes.

To print an updated calendar, click here –

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.

Summer Reading – Science Fiction and Fantasy

I was doing my daily check of Goodreads today and they say it is Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week. I don’t know if anybody else is calling it Sci-Fi & Fantasy week, but I’ll play along.  For this summer reading list, I’ve selected books from our collection that fit the bill.  I’m including a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, young adult and adult, modern and classic.  Hopefully we have something that sounds good to you, but if we don’t, you can try a local public library or we can try to borrow specific  titles for you if you are a Kirkwood student or employee. 

I’ve read some of the newer titles so I think my goal now is to pick up something older. Maybe Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Have you read that one? Do you have a favorite from the list? Another all time favorite sci-fi or fantasy?

        Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!

   Click the title for a catalog link for more information and to see if the book is currently available for  checkout.

The books are listed in publication order from newest to oldest.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Call Number: Popular Books ISH Tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Explores the fundamental question: What does it mean to love? Ring Shout

Ring Shout, or Hunting Ku Kluxes in the End Times by P. Djeli Clark, Call Number: Popular Books CLA A dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, Call Number: Popular Books IFU Young Adult Fantasy Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to Raybearerdestroy? Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

The City We Became by N. K. Jemison, Call Number: Popular Books JEM Urban Fantasy Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city. Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

The Loop by Ben Oliver, Call Number: Popular Books OLI Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Life inside The Loop-the futuristic death row for teens under eighteen-is one long repetitive purgatory. But when news of the encroaching chaos in the outside world reaches the inmates and disorder begins to strike, the prison becomes the least of their worries.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Call Number: Popular Books ROA  The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. Black Sun has been described as a deeply Indigenous and deeply queer epic fantasy.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, Call Number: Popular Books SCH France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries andWater Dancer continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Call Number: Popular Books COA Hist orical Fiction Fantasy Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her — but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

Recursion by Blake Crouch, Call Number: Popular Books CRO Memory makes reality. That’s what NYC cop Barry Sutton is learning, as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. A relentless pageturner and an intricate science-fiction puzzlebox about time, identity, and memory,

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Call Number: Popular Books FAI Young Adult Fantasy Zafira is the Hunter, WHTF_JKT_2p.indddisguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell, Call Number: Popular Books SER A Zambian debut novel that follows three generations of three families, telling the story of a nation, and of the grand sweep of time. On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the story of a small African nation, told by a swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis. Massacre of Mankind

Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter, Call Number: Popular Books BAX Sequel to War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells’ book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat. He is right. Massacre of  Mankind was published in 2017, War of the Worlds in 1897

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy, & John Jennings, Call Number: Available as an ebook to those with a current k# Dana, a young black writer, can’t explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder–and her progenitor. Her survival, her very existence, depends on it. This searing graphic-novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction classic is a powerfully moving, unflinching look at the violent disturbing effects of slavery on the people it chained together, both black and white–and made kindred in the deepest sense of the word. The graphic novel was Sevenevespublished in 2017, the original work in 1979.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, Call Number: Popular Books STE What would happen if the world were ending? A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Call Number: 823.914 A211h Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together, this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jule Verne, Call Number: 843.8 V531tw When an unidentified “monster” threatens international shipping, French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax and his unflappable assistant Conseil join an expedition organized by the US Navy to hunt down and destroy the menace. After months of fruitless searching, they finally grapple with their quarry, but Aronnax, Conseil, and the brash Canadian harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard in the attack, only to find that the “monster” is actually a futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by a shadowy, mystical, preternaturally imposing man who calls himself Captain Nemo.

New Books Strong Women Leads



Booklist sent out an e-mail lists 4 books with strong women leads. Here are all 4.

Cover of Kiss Me in ParisKiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider, Call Number: PB RID
“Serena Fuentes won’t waste one moment of her whirlwind trip to Paris. She has it all mapped out, right down to the photos she will take, and the last thing she wants is a change in plans. Yet suddenly she’s touring the city with Jean-Luc, a French friend of her sister’s boyfriend. He has to take pictures of his own if he ever hopes to pass his photography class, and his project totally slows Serena down. One minute they’re bickering, the next minute they’re bonding … and soon they’re exploring corners of Paris together that Serena never imagined. Could they also be falling in love?”

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young, Call Number: PB YOU
“The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world, has died of cancer. Overwhelmed and brokenhearted, Raquel can’t even imagine life without her. And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from beyond the grave? In fact, Sasha spent her final weeks planning an elaborate scavenger hunt for the friend she would have to leave behind. When Raquel follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha — and now Raquel — knows.This boy, Elijah, might be just who Raquel needs to help her move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?”

Cover of The Leading Edge of NowThe Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis, Call Number: PB CUR
“Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now that she’s returned, though, the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her father, her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever. People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most? Sexual assault does not define this story, however, just as it does not define Grace. Wry humor and true love emerge as Grace, like many in the #MeToo era, seeks to find her truth, face her truth and speak her truth.”

Me and Me by Alice Kuipers, Call Number: PB KUI
“It’s a perfect day for Lark’s dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark’s birthday. Everything is just right … until they hear screams from the edge of the water. Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them. With that split-second decision, Lark’s world is torn in two, leaving her to cope with the consequences of both choices. She lives two lives, two selves. But which is the right life, and which is the real Lark?”

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.

Help us add color to the library!


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

As anyone who has walked around Main Campus recently has likely noticed, there are some big changes coming to the library. While the end results will be nice, in the meantime, we are left looking at some ugly temporary walls.

Never fear – we have a plan! Sarah Uthoff, one of our librarians, suggested that a mural would add some nice color to the space. Jennifer Cunningham and Ben Jensen from Arts & Humanities suggested that a collaborative painting project would be a fun way to add color and let people across campus get involved (think Chalk the Walk, but with a wall and acrylic paint). Ben and I discussed a plan and artworks, and we will soon be ready to paint!

Beginning July 8th, we will be painting famous artworks and cover our temporary walls one section at a time. If you would like to paint a square, you can sign up at Calendly:

Here’s a preview of a couple of the artworks we’ll be recreating:

Wassily Kandinsky, Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the founding members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Expressionism moved away from depicting the world as it and instead focused on art as a depiction of subjective experience. Kandinsky was especially interested in color and the different energy each color conveyed, which he explored in his 1910 treatise On the Spiritual in Art. These interests led Kandinsky away from representational imagery altogether, and he is credited as being one of the first abstract artists.

Want to learn more about Kandinsky? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:

Keith Haring, Retrospect, 1989

Keith Haring (1958-1990) started as a graffiti artist in the New York city subways and developed a iconography of pop art cartoon-like images including babies, barking dogs, and flying saucers. He was one of the first graffiti artists, along with his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, to gain recognition by the high art market. Haring was interested in breaking down the barriers between “high” and “low” art and opened his Pop Shop in New York City in 1986, so anyone could have a bit of his art affordably. Haring, who was openly gay, also used his artwork as a form of advocacy for issues he cared about, including AIDS awareness and his mural Crack is Whack.

Want to learn more about Keith Haring? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:

Excited about recreating these artworks? Sign up at Calendly:

Summer Reading – More New Books


We’ve recently added more new books to our Popular Reading section. Mostly novels but there are a couple of memoirs and one book of connected short stories. I know I want to add most of these to my “To Be Read” list that keeps growing, and growing, and growing…

             Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!

Click the title for a catalog link for more information and to see if the book is currently available for checkout.

The Whispering House: A Novel by Elizabeth Brooks, Call Number: Popular Books BRO Freya Lyell is struggling to move whispering houseon from her sister Stella’s suicide five years ago. Visiting the bewitching Byrne Hall, only a few miles from the scene of the tragedy, she discovers a portrait of Stella – a portrait she had no idea existed, in a house Stella never set foot in. Or so she thought.

Of Women and Salt: A Novel by Gabriela Garcia, Call Number: Popular Books GAR A daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born

Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Call Number: Popular Books GRE Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that herLibertie purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else. Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi. 

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes, Call Number: Popular Books GRI In her own voice, author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night—and discovered the magic and impact of writing.

Klara and the Sun: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Call Number: Popular Books ISH Klara and the Sun tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. The book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: What does it mean to love? Outlawed

Outlawed: A Novel by Anna North, Call Number: Popular Books NOR The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.

Gold Diggers: A Novel by Sanjena Sathian, Call Number: Popular Books SAT An Indian-American magical realist coming of age story, spanning two continents, two coasts, and four epochs, in razor sharp and deeply funny prose, Sathian captures what it is to grow up as a member of a family, of a diaspora, and of the American meritocracy.

Inheritors by Asako Serizawa, Call Number: Popular Books SER Connected Short Stories Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war.

laura deanLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Call Number: Popular Books TAM The day they got together was the best one of Freddy’s life, but nothing’s made sense since. Laura Dean is popular, funny, and SO CUTE … but she can be really thoughtless, even mean. Their on-again, off-again relationship has Freddy’s head spinning — and Freddy’s friends can’t understand why she keeps going back.

The Performance: A Novel by Claire Thomas, Call Number: Popular Books THO One night, three women go to the theater to see a play. Wildfires are burning in the hills outside, but inside the theater it is time for the performance to take over. While the performance unfolds on stage, so does the compelling trajectory that will bring these three women together, changing them all. Deliciously intimate and yet emotionally wide-ranging, The Performance is a novel that both explores the inner lives of women as it underscores the power of art and memory to transform us. crying in h mart

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner, Call Number: Popular Books ZAU In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

Fourth of July Hours 2021


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Eggbert and Flag

Eggbert Saluting

In honor of Independence Day, Kirkwood Library Services will be closed July, 3rd, 4th, and 5th at both branches, but we’ll open again for normal summer hours starting July 6th. We’ll only be closed the one weekday.

In the meantime, check out the Freedom Festival events and consider participating in the national wide movement to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

With construction going on in the Cedar Rapids library location, our hours are different this summer.

Normal Summer Hours for Cedar Rapids:

Starting July 1st thru August 6th

Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

Fri.  7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Normal Summer Hours for Iowa City:

Thru August 6th

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.