Library Hours in August 2016


Between semesters there are going to be different library open hours during August.

The hours as listed in the chart below are for the Cedar Rapids campus.

The Iowa City campus will continue with their regular 8 am – 8 pm hours Monday through Thursday, and will be open 8 am – 5 pm on Friday. Iowa City will be also be closed Saturday, August 19th.

Both locations will resume normal fall hours on Monday, August 21st.

Sat., Aug. 12th

Sun., Aug. 13th


Mon., Aug. 14th   –

Fri., Aug. 18th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 19th   –

Sun., Aug. 20th


Mon., Aug. 21st

Resume Normal

Fall Semester Hours


New Books: Best School Library Journal Books of 2016


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Every year the School Library Journal lists the best books from the previous year. We’ve added these titles from the list into our collection. They range from picturebooks to serious young adult novels. Is there one that appeals to you? Take a look. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Picture Books

Call Number: Easy Reading 811.6 F656w Title: When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Season Author: Julie Folgliano
The seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 B674W Title: The White Cat and the Monk Author: JoEllen Bogart
A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 I74i Title: I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) Author: Rachel Isadora
Hearing, smelling, seeing, touching, tasting–our five senses allow us to experience the world in so many ways! With our ears we hear the birds sing; with our nose we smell the stinky cheese; with our eyes we see the moon and stars (and sometimes glasses help us see even better!); with our skin we feel the rain (and learn not to touch the hot stove!); and with our tongue we can taste our favorite foods.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 K634w Title: We Found A Hat Author: Jon Klassen
Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . .

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 M297s Title: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read Authors: Curtis Manley and Kate Berube
It’s not easy to teach a cat to read, but one boy tries to anyway.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 M491o Title: 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book Author: Juana Medina
One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten watercress seahorses swim onto the scene – all of the ingredients in one big salad!

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 M828r Title: Rudas Nino’s Horrendous Hermanitas Author: Yuyi Morales
No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Las Hermanitas, Lucha Queens! But what happens when Niño comes after them with a move of his own? Watch the tables turn.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 R987t Title: This Is Not a Picture Book! Author: Sergio Ruzzier
Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 S228j Title: The Journey Author: Francesca Sanna
It explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 W482t Title: They All Saw A Cat Author: Brendan Wenzel
The many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?


Call Number: PB AND Title: Ashes (Seeds of America Trilogy) Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge—but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state.

Call Number: PB BER Title: The Passion of Dolssa: A Novel Author: Julie Berry
Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl who’s been branded a heretic, on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town. When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon them, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

Call Number: PB CHEE Title: The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold) Author: Traci Chee
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

Call Number: PB LUB Title: Character, Driven: A Novel Author: David Lubar
With only one year left of high school, seventeen-year-old Cliff Sparks is desperate to find a girlfriend and “come of age.” But he’s never had much luck with girls. So when he falls for Jillian, a new classmate, at first sight, all he can do is worship her from afar. At the same time, Cliff has to figure out what to do with the rest of his life, since he’s pretty sure his unemployed father plans to kick him out of the house the minute he turns eighteen. Time is running out. Cliff is at the edge, on the verge, dangling―and holding on for dear life.

Call Number: PB ONE Title: Asking For It Author: Louise O’Neill
Emma O’Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It’s the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma’s parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can’t remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, “Easy Emma”–photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma.

Call Number: PB WOL Title: Wolf Hollow Author: Lauren Wolk
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.

Call Number: Children’s Literature 813.6 G862g Title: Garvey’s Choice Author: Nikki Grimes
Poems by a boy who wants to be a poet whose dad wants to be an athlete.

Call Number: 813.6 L735wh Title: When the Sea Turned to Silver Author: Grace Lin
In an oriental land a grandmother tells wonderful stories until she is captured by the Emperor who thinks she can get him something he wants. Can her granddaughter save her?

Call Number: Children’s Literature 813.6 M491j Title: Junana and Lucas Author: Juana Medina
Juana doesn’t like to learn English.

Call Number: 813.6 P416p Title: Pax Author: Sara Pennypacker
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather’s house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn’t where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

Call Number: 940.54 B298s Title: Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb Author: Neal Bascomb
The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler’s very own nuclear bomb. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis’ deadly designs, the task falls to a band of young Norwegian commandos. Armed with little more than skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness, elude a huge manhunt, and execute two dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II. 

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: Booklist Best Books of 2016

Booklist (read it full text in Ebsco) is a magazine all about books. We’ve been adding the books they recommended as the best of 2016. Is there a book here for you?

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

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson, Call Number: 978.004 B627j

Blood Brother: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, Call Number: 796.83 R646b

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye, Call Number: 973.922 K362t

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry, Call Number: 362.3 B279b

Dodgers: A Novel by Bill Beverly, Call Number: PB BEV

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

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride, Call Number: 782.421 M119k

LaRose by Louise Erdrich, Call Number: 813.6 E669L

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King, Call Number: 759.4 K543m

Millennium: From Religion to Revolution: How Civilization Has Changed Over a Thousand Years by Ian Mortimer, Call Number: 306.4 M888m

My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Novel by Grady Hendrix, Call Number: PB HEN

The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill, Call Number: 813 H467n

Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti, Call Number: 759.13 S782o

The Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax, Call Number: 306.3 S272r

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin, Call Number: 813 J142f

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West, Call Number: 818 W518s

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick, Call Number: 530.11 G556t

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, Call Number: PB HUT

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New Books: Odds and Ends 40


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.

#republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass R. Sunstein, Call number: 303.48 S958r

All About ADHD: A Family Resource for Helping Your Child Succeed with ADHD by Thomas W. Phelan, Call Number: 618.92 P538a

Altamont: The rolling Stones, The Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day by Joel Selvin

The Art of invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin mitnick with Robert Vamosi, Call Number 005.8 M684ai

Becoming Facebook: The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That’s Disrupting the World by Mike Hoefflinger, Call Number: 302.302 H693b

Becoming Legal: Immigration Law and Mixed-Status Families by Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, Call Number: 305.9 G632b

Beyond the Grade: Refining Practices That Boost Student Achievement by Robert Lynn Canady, Carol E. Canady, and Anne Meek, Call Number 371.2 C212b

Can’t Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions by Sharon Begley, Call Number: 616.85 B417c

A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte by Katherine Frank, Call Number: 364 A315c
NOTE: The story of author of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health: A Multicultural Perspective edited by Helda Pinzon-Perez and Miguel A. Perez, Call Number: 610 P661c

Curbing Catastrophe: Natural Hazards and Risk Reduction in the Modern World by Timothy H. Dixon, Call Number: 363.34 D621c

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier, Call Number: 005.8 S359d

Data for the People: How to make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You by Andreas Weigend, Call Number: 303.48 W419d

Deadliest Enemy by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker, Call Number: 614.4 O853d

DNA Technology: Contemporary World Issues (2nd ed.) by David E. Newton, Call Number 660.6 N562d

The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance by Anthony Gottlieb, Call Number: 180 G686d

The Driver in the Driverless Car: how our Technology Choices Will Create the Future by Vivek Wadhwa with Alex Salkever, Call Number: 303.48 W125d

Filling Up: The Psychology of Eating by Justine J. Reel, Call Number: 616.85 R327f

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, Call Number: 363.28 H645f

Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole, Call Number: 080.9 O886h

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by chris Taylor, Call Number: 791.43 T239h

iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age by Bill Gertz, Call Number: 355.3 G384i

Immigration: Examining the Facts by Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman, Call Number: 304.8 E137i

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, Call Number: 302.23 A466i

Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams by Brett H. Mandel, Call Number: 791.43 M2781i

Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why so Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg, Call Number: 428.407  S458L

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Gram, Call Number: PB Gra

My Family’s Corn Farm by Katie Olthoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mc

My Family’s Beef Farm by Katie Olthoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mb

Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social movements in the Internet Age (2nd ed.) by Manuel Castells, Call Number: 302.23 C348n 

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure Edited by Smith Magazine, Call Number: 920.02 N899

Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest by Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum, Call Number: 323.4 B911o

Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City by Amanda C. Burdan, Call Number: 759.13 B949r

Security Mom: My Life Protecting the Home and Homeland by Juliette Kayyem, Call Number: 363.32 K237s

The Social Media Revolution: An Economic Encyclopedia of Friending, Following, Texting, and Connecting by Jarice Hanson, Call Number: 302.23 H251s

South Sudan: A New History for a New Nation by Douglas H. Johnson, Call Number 962.9 J667s

Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story by Wolfgang Bauer, Call Number: 362.88 B344s 

Twin Mythconceptions: False Beliefs, Fables, and Facts About Twins by Nancy L. Segal, Call Number: 306.875 S454t

What’s So Controversial about Genetically Modified Food? by John T. Lang, Call Number: 664 L269w

Why Don’t American Vote?: Causes and Consequences edited by Bridgett A. King and Kathleen Hale, Call Number: 324.973 W629

You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu, Call Number: 322.409 L783y

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New Books: Culture Smart! 2017


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

New Database of Country Information

We also have added a database that gives similar information. Global Road Warrior is a more compact description and can be very useful if you need multiple sources or just want to look online.

Recently Published Titles

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

Check out these previously shared titles:

 Call Number: 954 G857i 2016 Title: India Author: Becky Stephen

Call Number: 941.5 S424i 2016 Title: Ireland Author: John Scotney

Call Number: 945 A131i 2016 Title: Italy Author: Barry Tomalin

Call Number: 946 M483s 2016 Title: Spain Authors: Marian Meaney and Belen Aguado Viguer

Call Number: 949.4 M467s 2016 Title: Switzerland Author: Kendall Hunter

Call Number: 950 S215m Title: Mongolia Author: Alan Sanders

Call Number: 951.9 H679c 2012 Title: Korea Author: James Hoare

Call Number: 952.05 N825j 2017 Title: Japan Author: Paul Norby

Call Number: 966.7 U91g Title: Ghana Author: Ian Utley

Call Number: 967.62 B282k 2017 Title: Kenya Author: Jane Barsby 

Call Number: 971 L554c 2016 Title: Canada Author: Diane Lemieux

Call Number: 972.91 M135cu Title: Cuba Authors: Mandy Macdonald and Russell Maddicks

Call Number: 994 P413a Title: Australia Authors: Barry Penney and Gina Teague

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Books & Authors – New Database


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Earlier this year, the State Library of Iowa put out a call for bids on behalf of all public and academic libraries in Iowa for a package of databases to get us the best value for good, usable products, and to enhance vendor competition in our State. As of July 1, 2017, libraries in Iowa started offering the winning package of databases to our users and citizens of the state.

One of the many new products offered is called Books & Authors.

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian’s favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.

Through the use of expertly written and arranged content and a dynamic, cutting edge user interface, Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun! By leveraging their entire award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, patrons and students alike can be sure that their next big read comes with a BIG recommendation.

If you’re a Kirkwood student or employee, you can get to this great new product by clicking on this Books & Authors link and if you use another Iowa library, check out their website to find the link.

Top Science Books of 2016 from the Smithsonian


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This year we purchased the top science books of 2016 as listed by The Smithsonian. Is there one that interests you?

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Top Science Books of 2016 from the Smithsonian

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Call Number: 572.86 M953g

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory by Dava Sobel, Call Number: 522.197 S677g

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach, Call Number: 355.07 R628g

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

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong, Call Number: 579.17 Y55i

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 Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker, Call Number: 636.8 T891L 

Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation by Timothy J. Jorgensen, Call Number:

The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age by David Biello, Call Number: 304.2 B587

Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox, Call Number 572 W667v

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New Books: Odds and Ends 39


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 First-Year Experience Cookbook edited by Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan, Call Number: Librarian Collection 025.567 F527f
NOTE: First-year students face many challenges in adjusting to university life, including making the most of the university library. Librarians are constantly addressing student misconceptions about libraries and locating information, and have been working hard to reach first-year students and create high-impact practices in student retention. This is a series of innovative approaches to teaching and assessing information literacy skills during a student’s first year. Featuring more than 60 practical, easy-to-implement “recipes” to create lessons and experiences, this book compiles lessons and techniques for you to adapt, repurpose, and implement.

50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know by Florian Heine and Brad Finger, Call Number: 770.92 H468f

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces by Susie Hodge, Call Number: 759.94 H688a

Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media by Nickie D. Phillips, Call Number: 362.883 P562b

The Brain: What Everyone Needs to Know by Gary L. Wenk, Call Number: 612.8 W475b

A Brief History of Entrepreneurship: The Pioneers, Profiteers, and Racketeers Who Shaped Our World by Joe Carlen, Call Number: 338.04 C278b

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes, Call Number 613.2 T222c

Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham by Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising, Call Number: 796.357 P911c

Co-Sleeping: Parents, Children, Musical Beds by Susan D. Stewart, Call Number: 392.1 S851c

The Complete Guide to Internet Privacy, Anonymity and Security by Matthew Bailey, Call Number: 005.8 B155c

Design: The Whole Story edited by Elizabeth Wilhide, Call Number: 745.209 D457

Ever Seen A Fat Fox?: Human Obesity Explored by Mike Gibney, Call Number: 306.4 J258e 

Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age by John A. Jakle and Keith A Sculle, Call Number: 647.957 J212f

The Geek Handbook: Practical Skills and Advice for the Likable Modern Geek by Alex Langley, Call Number: 818 L283g

Gender Medicine: The Groundbreaking New Science of Gender- and Sex-Related Diagnosis and Treatment by Marek Glezerman, Call Number: 362.108 G558g

The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost by Donna Freitas, Call Number: 004.67 F866h

The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat by Stephan J. Guyenet, Call Number: 616.85 G988h

If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body by James Hamblin, Call Number: 613 H199i

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

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

Love For Sale: Pop Music in America by David Hajdu, Call Number: 781.64 H154L

A Plague on All Our Houses: Medial Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS by Bruce J. Hillman, Call Number: 614.5 H654p

Silent Partners: Human Subjects and Research Ethics by Rebecca Dresser, Call Number: 174.2 D773s

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino, Call Number: 629.45 M417s

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto, Call Number: 617.6 O915t

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J. Sharfstein, Call Number: 979.5 S531t

The Traveler’s Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists by Neil F. Comins, Call Number: 616.9 C733t

Understanding Social Anxiety: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Family, and Friends by Vera Sonja Maass, Call Number: 616.85 M111u

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

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie by Noah Isenberg, Call Number: 791.43 I78w

Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White Collar Criminal by Eugene Soltes, Call Number: 364.16 S691w

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper, Call Number: 413.02 S783w

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Change in doi


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In case you missed it there was a change in dois for journal articles during March 2017.

What’s a doi

A doi is a digital object identifier. Basically it’s a way to standardize a connection to a unique article. Searching for a doi will bring up the same article, and articles that reference it, across platforms, in different databases. Operated by a company called CrossRef they were a series of numbers.

doi: 10.1111/j.1744-618X.2006.00025.x

What’s the Change?

As of March 2017 they’ve changed the doi to a link. The first part refers to their website, a short abbreviation of the journal title replaces the numbers that were corresponding to that name, and the end of the doi number is the same. Some will have the first section of the url be just Others will have That looks different to you, but not to the doi system. Use whichever version you find in the citation information of your article.

It must be in the format in the example above. The url of the article doesn’t count. Even though this will get you to the same link, it isn’t the doi.

How Do We Handle This? APA

At least for now APA is fine with you using either style. Some databases have retrofitted articles that were issued with the numbers only doi with the new link format. Other databases have so far retained the numbers only version on previously published journal articles. Watch for both kinds when you are trying to identify the doi. For more details.

How Do We Handle This? MLA

So far MLA has not addressed this change. In accordance to their 8th edition laissez faire attitude and lack of focus on dois, they may not. Until and if they do check with each individual instructor how they want to see them handled and if they want them included.

According to the MLA Stylebook (8th ed.) p. 48:

We therefore recommend the inclusion of URLs in the works-cited list, but if your instructor prefers that you not include them, follow his or her directions.

The publisher of a work on the Web can change its URL at any time. If your source offers URLs that it says are stable (sometimes called permalinks), use them in your entry….Some publisher assign DOIs or digital object indentifiers to their online publications. A DOI remains attached to a source even if the URL changes. When possible, citing a DOI is preferable to citing a URL. [emphasis theirs]

NOTE: Link shortening services like tinyurl or bitly do not count as permalinks and should NOT be used.

Thank you to librarian Julie Petersen for finding the APA blog link.

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New Books: Alex Award 2017


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These are the 2017 winners of the Alex Award. The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing.

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Arena by Holly Jennings, Call Number: PB JEN
The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death. Every kill is broadcast to millions. Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart, Call Number PB HAR
Hannah Hart, wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen, is stirring up tales from her past with a collection of narrative essays about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame.

Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus, Call Number: PB Ruf
Punk’s not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of Rob and Nat Rufus—identical twin brothers with spiked hair, black leather jackets, and the most kick-ass record collection in Appalachia. To them, school (and pretty much everything else) sucks. But what can you expect when you’re the only punks in town? When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, and they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town. But their plans are cut short when Rob is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has already progressed to Stage Four. Not only are his dreams of punk rock stardom completely shredded, there is a very real threat that this is one battle that can’t be won.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Cal Number: PB MCG
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford, Call Number: 791.43 G934i
After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko: A Novel by Scott Stambach, Call Number: PB STA
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. Until Polina arrives. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. Soon, he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now, Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.

Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst, Call Number: PB DUR
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales, Call Number: PB GON
In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization—the Regional Office—and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation.At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack.

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution’s Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life’s Biggest Problems by Matt Simon, Call Number: 578.4 S595w
On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber’s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators. These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.

And additional title Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North is a graphic novel and was not added to our collection.

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