401 Writing Prompts for Argumentative Writing

It is often difficult for students to come up with great topic ideas for their papers and speeches. I’ve come across different lists at times but I just stumbled on a nice looking list of 401 Writing Prompts for Argumentative Writing on the New York Times website from March 1, 2017. A few of the ideas on the list are:

  • Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic?
  • How Do You Feel About a Computer Grading Your Essay?
  • Should Toys be More Gender-Neutral?
  • How Big of a Problem is Sexting?
  • Do Sports Teams Have a Responsibility to Hold Players to a Standard for their Personal Conduct?
  • Does Reading a Book Count More than more than Listening to One?
  • Are Parent’s Violating their Children’s Privacy when They Share Photos and Videos of Them Online?
  • Is Your Generation Really Post-Racial?
  • How Should Schools Handle Unvaccinated Students?
  • What is More Important: Our Privacy or National Security?

These, and hundreds of other prompts are available through the Learning Section of the New York Times online. 401 Writing Prompts for Argumentative Writing.  A PDF version of the list is also available.

That article also includes a link to 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

EXAM CRAM is Coming!


, , , , , , , ,

Are you stressing out about those final exams and research papers right about now? Well, your Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Library and Tutoring Services are ready to help! On Tuesday, April 25th the first floor of the Library and Tutoring Services (at 2071 Cedar Hall) will once again be hosting a special day of activities for fun, relaxation and study which kicks off that “crunch time” of the semester.

First, let’s get serious! Tutoring services will provide tutors for math, science, accounting and computer skills throughout the day. Librarians will also be available to help with research and citations in the Library, as well as in Tutoring Services. Linn Hall will be the site for human anatomy & physiology and nursing assistance.

Now what about some relaxation? Both Tutoring Services and the Library will have spring crafts and coloring tables, with jig-saw puzzles available in the library. Make your own May basket anytime at  the library and “plant a seed” at Tutoring Services between 11AM and 1PM. The library will provide coffee, tea, lemonade, cookies and bags of popcorn throughout the day. During the morning, tables hosted by counselors’ (from Student Services) and Campus Health will be located at the front of the library, with nursing students providing blood pressure checks. Electric massage chairs will be available all through the finals period and a visit from therapy dogs will happen during activity hour on April 25th with a second visit scheduled at the library on Thursday, May 4th at 11:15AM.

Of course, we can’t forget the very popular student door prizes that are given away for Exam Cram and all you have to do to be eligible is attend this event. Enter at the Library and Tutoring Services to win gift cards and prizes provided by the Café, Bookstore, Eagle Tech, Student Life and the U.S. Bank.

Then once finals begin (May 8th), the library will be providing coffee, tea and lemonade to get you through those late nights! Extended hours are set to begin at the library on Monday, May 1st. Check the library website @ http://www.kirkwood.edu/library for specific times. More information on EXAM CRAM events can be found @ http://www.kirkwood.edu/examcram.

New Books: Odds and Ends 36



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.

Call Number: 070.92 K483s Title: The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen Author: Mark Shaw
NOTE: A journalist, a celebrity, and writing a book on the JFK assassination when she mysteriously died.

Call Number: 305.42 F699f Title: Fight Like a Girl Author: Clementine Ford

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

Call Number: 320.52 H685s Title: Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning of the American Right – A Journey to the Heart of Our Political Divide Author: Arlie Russell Hochschild

Call Number: 362.88 K972a Title: Alligator Candy: A Memoir Author: David Kushner
NOTE: The story of how the author’s older brother rode off on his bike as a teenager and disappeared and how it effected the author’s life.

Call Number: 363 S272r Title: The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter Author: David Sax

Call Number: 364.16 K825c Title: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time Author: Maria Konnikova

Call Number: 364.3 K543a Title: Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing Author: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

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: 530.11 G556t Title: Time Travel: A History Author: James Gleick
NOTE: How time travel entered our culture and influenced how we view time itself.

Call Number: 616.8 S131a Title: Alzheimer’s Disease Decoded: The History, Present, and Future of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Authors: Ronald Sahyouni, Abradhana Verma, and Jefferson Chen

Call Number: 616.89 S447i Tile: Improving Mental Health: Four Secrets in Plain Sight Author: Dr. Lloyd Sederer

Call Number: 617.092 H467h Title: Heimlich’s Maneuvers: My Seventy Years of Lifesaving Innovation Author: Henry J. Heimlich

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

Call Number: 781.66 C834d Title: Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers, and Hillbillies: How America Gave Birth to Rock and Roll Author: James A. Cosby

Call Number: 782.421 M119k Title: Kill ’em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul Author: James McBride

Call Number: 791.43 L668t Title: To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History Author: Lawrence Levy

Call Number: 791.43 L933j Title: George Lucas: A Life Author: Brian Jay Jones
NOTE: The creator of Star Wars.

Call Number: 791.43 Y948r Title: Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism Author: Nancy Wang Yuen

Call Number: 792.028 H523h Title: How to be a Working Actor: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television Authors: Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers

Call Number: 809.03 B717p Title: Phantoms on the Bookshelves Author: Jacques Bonnett

Call Number: 910.4 B916L Title: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Author: Bill Bryson
NOTE: A memoir about growing up in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1950s.

Call Number: 940.54 B298s Title: Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb Author: Neal Bascomb

Call Number: 972.94 T734g Title: Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life Author: Philippe Girard
NOTE: From slave to slave owner to revolutionary hero in Hatti.

Call Number: 973.3 P545v Title: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
NOTE: How Washington and Arnold became what we remember them for.

Call Number: 973.8 P857p Title: The Populist Vision Author: Charles Postel

Call Number: 975.7 T577k Title: Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy Author: Stephen Kantrowitz

Call Number: 978.004 B627j Title: Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary Author: Joe Jackson
NOTE: A Native American holy man who survived the Indian Wars and whose writings were adapted into Black Elk Speaks considered the great work of Native American literature.

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: Zuckerberg List


, , ,

Last year Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg came out with a list of 23 books he thought everyone should read. Some of them are new, some of them are older. We’ve collected most of them. Take reading these as a challenge.

23 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Mark Zuckerberg

Call Number: PB LIU Title: The Three-Body Problem Author: Cixin Liu

Call Number: 210 J29v  Title: The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature Author: William James

Call Number: 303.3 N159e Title: The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What It Used To Be Author: Moisés Naím

Call Number: 303.609 F655b Title: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Author: Steven Pinker

Call Number: 306.42 C564r Title: Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge Author: Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Call Number: 327 K618w Title: World Order Author: Henry Kissinger

Call Number: 330 A173w Title: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty Authors: Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Call Number: 330.951 P332d Title: Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower Author: Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Call Number: 333.79 S641e Title: Energy: A Beginner’s Guide Author: Vaclav Smil

Call Number: 339.2 R546r Title: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves Author: Matt Ridley

Call Number: 339.4 C712p Title: Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day Authors: Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven

Call Number: 364.973 A377n  Title: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Author: Michelle Alexander

Call Number: 364.106 V461g Title: Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Crosses the Line Author: Sudhir Venkatesh

Call Number: 384 G384i Title: The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation Author: Jon Gertner

Call Number: 501 D486b Title: The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World Author: David Deutsch

Call Number: 501 K961s  Title: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Author: Thomas S. Kuhn

Call Number: 599.9 H254s  Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Author: Yuval N. Harari

Call Number: 616.079 B623o Title: On Immunity: An Inoculation Author: Eula Biss

Call Number: 658.4 C365c  Title: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Author: Ed Catmull

Call Number: 813.54 O79h Title: Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest Author: Peter Huber

Call Number: 901 I13m Title: The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History – The Classic Islamic History of the World Author: IBN Khaldun

An additional book, Genome by Matt Ridley, was included on the list, but we don’t own it and don’t want to purchase it because it’s 10 years old and about a constantly changing science.

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 35


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.

Call Number: 004.67 P232f Title: The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You Author: Eli Pariser

Call Number: 238.11 B463i Title: Introduction to Christianity Author: Pope Benedict XVI

Call Number: 307.76 H557w Title: What a City Is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement Author: Matt Hern

Call Number: 320.973 R898w Title: The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea Author: Paul Ryan

Call Number: 326 S617s Title: The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition Author: Manisha Sinha

Call Number: 327.73 T473t Title: To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s Foreign Policy Disconnect Author: Mary Thompson-Jones

Call Number: 330.973 C678c Title: Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy Authors: Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong

Call Number: 371.102 H847 Title: How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching Authors: Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPiertro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman

Call Number: 379.2 J965h Title: Have a Little Faith: Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School Authors: Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod

Call Number: 391 H737s Title: Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress Author: Anne Hollander

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: 530 R873s Title: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Author: Carlo Rovelli

Call Number: 539.2 J827s Title: Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation Author: Timothy J. Jorgensen

Call Number: 576.839 C319e Title: Earths of Distant Suns: How We Find Them, Communicate With Them, and Maybe Even Travel There Author: Michael Carroll

Call Number: 609 K361i Title: Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World Author: Pagan Kennedy

Call Number: 612.3 Y947p Title: Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It Author: John Yudkim

Call Number: 618.92 S411a Title: ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic Author: Alan Schwarz

Call Number: 629.13 H789f Title: Forever Flying: Fifty Years of High-Flying Adventures, from Barnstorming in Prop Planes to Dogfighting Germans to Testing Supersonic Jets Author: R.A. “Bob” Hoover

Call Number: 629.407 H758r Title: Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars Author: Nathalia Holt

Call Number: 636.088 D646p Title: Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry Author: Nicholas H. Dodman

Call Number: 638.1 Y546v Title: Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics, and Honeybee Health Authors: Sainath Suryanarayanan and Daniel Lee Kleinman

Call Number: 792.02 K336s Title: Scrappy Little Nobody Author: Anna Kendrick
NOTE: Actress who starred in Pitch Perfect.

Call Number: 941.085 E432 Title: Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family: A Glorious Illustrated History Author: Constance Novis

Call Number: 978.02 C882e Title: The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West Author: Peter Cozzens

Call Number: 979.4 M182a Title: An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe Author: Benjamin Madley

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.

Looking for Biography Spring 2017


, ,

Are you trying to find biographies here at Kirkwood? They aren’t shelved in a single section like in some public libraries, they are filled in the regular run of non-fiction books where they belong. An athlete’s biography is shelved with the sports books, a politician is shelved with history books or social change books, a scientist with the science books, an actor with the movie and television books, etc. Enjoy some of the titles we’ve added this year.

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 940.54 S924s Title: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story Author: Caren Stelson
NOTE: She was 6 years old when she survived the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

Call Number: 070.5 N243c Title: The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst Author: David Nasaw
NOTE: The first true media mogul. “By the 1930s, he controlled the largest publishing empire in the country, including twenty-eight newspapers, the Cosmopolitan Picture Studio, radio stations, and thirteen magazines.”

Call Number: 299.93 H159m Title: Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh’s Mother Author: Bonnie Haldeman
NOTE: The story of a cult leader’s mother.

Call Number: 320.52 S338c Title: Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade Author: Donald T. Critchlow
NOTE: A famous politician and founder of a conservative political movement.

Call Number: 328.581 K828f Title: The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight To Lead Afghanistan into the Future Authors: Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Ghouri
NOTE: Raised in an extremely sexist society, where she was left out to die when she was born because she wasn’t a boy she triumphed over incredible odds and violence to become Afghanistan’s first female Speaker of Parliament.

Call Number: 330.092 W728u Title: Up From The Projects: An Autobiography Author: Walter E. Williams
NOTE: “From his lower middle class beginnings in a mixed but predominantly black neighborhood in West Philadelphia to his department chair at George Mason University, Williams tells an “only in America” story of a life of achievement.” Now he is a nationally syndicated columnist.

Call Number: 332.092 C541f Title: Fearless Fighter: An Autobiography Author: Vera Chirwa
NOTE: “…she became a leading voice compaigning for human rights and civil society in Africa.”

Call Number: 338.7 F699L Title: Ford: The Men and the Machine Author: Robert Lacey
NOTE: A biography of the Ford family as they ruled one of the largest automobile companies in the world for decades.

Call Number: 362.196 S352L Title: A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me: A Memoir Author: Jason Schmidt
NOTE: “Jason’s life with Mark was full of secrets―about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights―people with normal lives―ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason’s home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything.”

Call Number: 363.25 N771s Title: Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator Author: Gary Noesner
NOTE: A hostage negotiator who was involved with many top cases over the last 30 years.

Call Number: 363.41 G729c Title: Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life Author: Fran Grace
NOTE: A leading prohibitionist of the 19th century, Nation was best known for openly attacking saloons and bars and using a hatchet to break up bottles and barrels of liquor. For more information be sure you include the A. in the search.

Call Number: 363.325 K451g Title: The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story Authors: Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann
NOTE: “The astonishing true story of a heroic young woman’s capture and eventual escape from ISIS.”

Call Number: 526.092 F325s Title: Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor Author: Hali Felt
NOTE: In the 1950s when women were usually confined to be secretaries, Marie Tharp turned data readings into beautiful maps of the ocean floor upending scientific consensus and brought about a new era in both geology and oceanography.

Call Number: 540 G614f Title: Follow the Chemistry: Lure, Lore, and Life Author: Goh Lai Yoong (autobiography)
NOTE: A chemist describes her experiences in learning to be a chemist and becoming a chemistry researcher and professor over 60 years.

Call Number: 576.509 V465L Title: A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life Author: J. Craig Venter
NOTE: Memoir of the man who decoded the human genome in 2001.

Call Number: 579.209 S167j Title: Jonas Salk: A Life Author: Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
NOTE: Created the polio vaccine, co-developed the first influenza vaccine and through the Salk Institute worked on trying to develop a treatment or a vaccine for AIDS.

Call Number: 616.399 G895d Title: Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism Author: Nadine Grzeskowiak
NOTE: A nurse’s experience with Celiac Disease (a food allergy).

Call Number: 616.858 S378s Title: Sybil: The True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Separate Personalities Author: Flora Rheta Schreiber
NOTE: About a woman with split personalities.

Call Number: 616.89 B588h Title: Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living With the Voices in my Head Author: Claire Bien
NOTE: Bien describes living with Schizophrenifrom disorder.

Call Number: 616.99 P334d Title: Laughing at My Nightmare Author: Shane Burcase
NOTE: The story of a young man who has has spinal muscular atrophy and is confined to a wheelchair, but started a blog about the humor and strangeness of his life.

Call Number: 629.13 S458p Title: Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix Author: Erin Seideman
NOTE: Seidman is part of the 5-6% of the population of aviation who are women. She recounts her stories as a woman in the “man’s world” of aviation.

Call Number: 629.13 W954m Title: The Wright Brothers Author: David McCullough
NOTE: The biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright who created and flew the first airplane creating the entire field of aviation.

Call Number: 779.092 M282h Title: Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Author: Sally Mann
NOTE: A memoir/family history from photographer Sally Mann, including alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and a murder-suicide.

Call Number: 791.43 V291i Title: Instant Mom Author: Nia Vardalos
NOTE: Biography of the woman behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Call Number: 791.43 W583w Title: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame Author: Mara Wilson
NOTE: A biography of the former child star from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Call Number: 791.45 N333y Title: Yes, My Accent Is Real And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You Author: Kunal Nayyar
NOTE: The biography of the actor who plays Raj on Big Bang Theory.

Call Number: 791.45 R628b Title: Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour Author: Amy Robach
NOTE: Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach’s memoir of her battle with breast cancer.

Call Number: 796.3 B396d Title: My Side Author: David Beckham (autobiography)
NOTE: The autobiography of soccer star David Beckham.

Call Number: 796.357 R621c Title: The Closer: My Story Author: Mariano Rivera (autobiography)
NOTE: Autobiography of Mariano Rivera from his humble beginnings in Panama to success with the New York Yankees.

Call Number: 796.357 R662sj Title: Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life Author: J. Christopher Schutz
NOTE: Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first profesonal African-American baseball player in the then all white major leagues.

Call Number: 782.421 L723w Title: What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography Author: Alan Light
NOTE: Biography of soul singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone, including her struggles with mental illness.

Call Number: 782.42 M167b Title: Beatles vs. Stones Author: John McMillian
NOTE: Multi-person biography of the two biggest musical groups of the 1960s.

Call Number: 791.45 G779r Title: The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction Author: Linda Gray
NOTE: The story of Dallas star Linda Gray who  grew up with her alcoholic father, faced an abusive marriage, and dealt with Hollywood’s sexism and ageism.

Call Number: 791.45 M296b Title: Becoming Maria: A Memoir Author: Sonia Manzano
NOTE: Memoir of Sesame Street‘s Maria focusing on her troubled youth with an alcoholic father.

Call Number: 791.45 M847m Title: The Monkey on My Back: A Memoir Author: Debbi Morgan
NOTE: Memoir of the All My Children star and her family’s history of domestic abuse.

Call Number: 791.45 J543b Title: Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs Author: Ken Jennings
NOTE: Ken Jennings’ rise from computer programmer to the biggest Jeopardy champion of all time.

Call Number: 792.02 B792g Title: Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Author: Kristen Johnston
NOTE: Best known for her role on Third Rock from the Sun, Johnston talks about battling alcoholism.

Call Number: 792.02 F948h Title: Happy Chaos: From Punking to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between Author: Soleil Moon Frye
NOTE: Best known for playing Punky Brewster on the TV show.

Call Number: 792.702 C624s Title: So, Anyway… Author: John Cleese (autobiography)
NOTE: Autobiography of the Monty Python actor/comedian.

Call Number: 792.80s D424t Title: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Authors: Michaela Deprince and Elaine Deprince
NOTE: Memoir of Michaela’s journey from being in orphan Sierra Leone to star ballerina.

Call Number: 796.357 J132g Title: Say It Ain’t So, Joe!: The True Story of Shoeless Joe Jackson (Revised and Updated ed.) Author: Donald Gropman
NOTE: The story of one of the greatest baseball players of all time, implicated in the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” cheating scandal.

Call Number: 796.357 K881L Title: Sandy Koufax Author: Jane Leavy
NOTE: The biography of the great Dodgers pitcher.

Call Number: 796.357 M292L Title: The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood Author: Jane Leavy
NOTE: The biography of the famous New York Yankee’s career, alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife.

Call Number: 796.42 F275f Title: Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness Author: Suzy Favor Hamilton
NOTE: Famed Olympic track star and struggles with bipolar disorder.

Call Number: 813.52 L847t Title: Jack London: A Writer’s Fight for a Better America Author: Cecelia Tichi
NOTE: Biography of the author of Call of the Wild.

Call Number: 813.6 A582h Title: Hyena Author: Jude Angellini
NOTE: Autobiographical essays from one of the most popular radio personalities on Sirius XM from factory town near Detroit to Los Angeles.

Call Number: 818.409 S559c Title: The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography Author: Elaine Showalter
NOTE: Author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

Call Number: 910.4 K372s Title: Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer Author: Geoffrey Kent
NOTE: Biography of the founder of the luxury travel company Abercrombie and Kent.

Call Number: 940.531 E243m Title: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, And the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Author: Robert M. Edsel
NOTE: The story of a group of art historians, museum director, and curators try to save art works from the Nazis.

Call Number: 956.77 S161b Title: Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam Authors: Zainab Salbi and Laurie Becklund (autobiography)
NOTE: Zainab Slbi grew up in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and she describes what it was like to live under a dictator even when you were on his good side.

Call Number: 956.91 C555c Title: Come, Tell me How You Live Author: Agatha Christie
NOTE: Writing as Agatha Christie Mallowan, her legal name after her second marriage, Christie shares Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East.

Call Number: 966 A837b Title: Born to Rule (autobiography) Author: Tah Asongwed
NOTE: Story of the ruler of the AFrican country of Mandzan.

Call Number: 973.924 N736b Title: Being Nixon: A Man Divided Author: Evan Thomas
NOTE: The story of America’s 37th President who resigned after the Watergate Scandal.

Call Number: 973.51 M182k Title: James Madison: A Biography Author: Ralph Ketcham
NOTE: The story of America’s 4th President and considered the Father of the Constitution.

Call Number: 976.4 D265t Title: Three Road to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis Author: William C. Davis
NOTE: The story of three men, frontiersmen and fighters, who fought for the Texas army at the Alamo. Remember the Alamo!

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.

Keep Track of Your Flashdrives


, , , ,

By far the most common thing in our lost and found is lost flashdrives. It’s all too easy to be printing something out and then be so concentrated on the paper copy that you forget to grab your flashdrive and in some cases even forget to log off of the computer. We get roughly half a dozen flashdrives / memory sticks / thumb drives every day. Around ninety percent of them are either Kirkwood design or, even more commonly, black. Flashdrives

Make It Easy To Find

We urge you to take a minute right now and create a word document called This Belongs To, put in your contact information, and save it to your flashdrive. In order to speed its return if you lose it and someone finds it. Adding something unique like a wrist band, lanyard, or key chain also speeds identification.

If You Lose a Flashdrive

If a flashdrive is turned into the Cedar Rapids library we turn it over to the library lost and found located at the Circulation Desk, phone number 398-5696. Students return to the library asking for these more than any other lost item so we hold them here a week. After that we turn them over to the main campus lost and found located at 230 Iowa Hall, phone number 398-5578 (they answer as student life, just ask for lost and found).

If a flashdrive is turned into the Iowa City library it is kept at the main desk, phone number 887-3613.

Bring a Flashdrive With You

It’s important to bring a flashdrive with you to the library any time you come to work on something because KIRKWOOD COMPUTERS WIPE CLEAN AS SOON AS YOU LOG OUT. Things you save on them disappear and will NOT be there the next time you come in.

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 34



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.

Call Number: CL 629.409 A365L Title: Look to the Stars Author: Buzz Aldrin

Call Number: PB Hoo Title: Bottomland: A Novel Author: Michelle Hoover
NOTE: All Iowa Reads title this year.

Call Number: 153 V222s Title: Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal Author: Erik Vance

Call Number: 153.8 B472g Title: Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day Author: Sam Bennett

Call Number: 174.96 J391e Title: The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future Author: Sheila Jasanoff

Call Number: 302.23 H489m Title: Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and Transformation of American Politics Author: Nicole Hemmer

Call Number: 305.242 O935 Title: Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes Editors: George Yancy, Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, and Susan Hadley

Call Number: 305.43 R475w Title: Women and Leadership Author: Deborah L. Rhode

Call Number: 305.5 L4445s Title: A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century Author: Paul Le Blanc

Call Number: 305.8 T367s Title: Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families Author: Lori L. Tharps

Call Number: 305.9 M135c Title: Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis Author: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

Call Number: 333.91 N562g Title: The Global Water Crisis Author: David E. Newton

Call Number: 338.4 G984h Title: How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, An Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight Author: Julian Guthrie

Call Number: 338.7 C874c Title: Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor Author: Jefferson Cowie

Call Number: 340.092 K355r Title: Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical Author: Sherie M. Randolph

Call Number: 355 D177L Title: Legions of Rome: The Definitive History of Every Imperial Roman Emperor Author: Stephen Dando-Collins

Call Number: 355.609 H643w Title: Warriors of the Steepe: A Military History of Central Asia 500 B.C. to 1700 A.D. Author: Erk Hildinger

Call Number: 358.8 L339r Title: The Realization of Star Trek Technologies: The Science, Not Fiction, Behind Brain Implants, Plasma Shields, Quantum Computing, and More Author: Mark E. Lasbury

Call Number: 362.1 G671d Title: Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us Authors: Sara E. Gorman, PhD and Jack M. Gorman, MD

Call Number: 364.024 S552e Title: Exploring and Understanding Careers in Criminal Justice: A Comprehensive Guide Authors: Matthew J. Sheridan and Raymond R. Rainville

Call Number: 364.15 L365r Title: The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America Author: Barry Latzer

Call Number: 364.153 L973u Title: Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape Author: Jessica Luther

Call Number: 388.3 L767d Title: Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead Authors: Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Call Number: 391.4 B499w Title: Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us Author: Rachelle Bergstein

Call Number: 397.1 S359s Title: School Choice: The End of Public Education? Author: Mercedes K. Schneider

Call Number: 427.973 K198s Title: Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk A Visual Guide Author: Josh Katz

Call Number: 500.11 C624b Title: Build Your Own Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel Author: Brian Clegg

Call Number: 595.78 M358r Title: Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Butterfly Delight (new ed) Author: Peter Marren
NOTE: A cultural history of butterflies.

Call Number: 626.99 K141w Title: When Breath Becomes Air Author: Paul Kalanithi

Call Number: 629.13 W954w Title: The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane Author: Russell Freedman
NOTE: With many original photographs by Wilbur and Orville Wright

Call Number: 629.8 J823r Title: Robots Author: John Jordan

Call Number: 636.8 T891L Title: The Lion in the Living Room: How Housecats Tamed Us and Took Over the World Author: Abigail Tucker

Call Number: 650.1 B777f Title: Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict Author: Heather Boushey

Call Number: 658.1 P152w Title: The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide (4th ed) Author: Peri Pakroo

Call Number: 658.15 M154h Title: How to Write a Business Plan Author: Mike P. McKeever

Call Number: 658.3 L244w Title: When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work Authors: Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

Call Number: 659.1 W959a Title: The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble To Get Inside Our Heads Author: Tim Wu

Call Number: 791.45 W768g Title: Oprah Winfrey: A Biography [2nd ed] Author: Helen S. Garson

Call Number: 796.334 W243f Title: Forward:A Memoir Author: Abby Wambach
NOTE: Wambach is a top soccer player and equal rights advocate.

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

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

Call Number: 973.91 R781g Title: Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill Author: Mark Lee Gardner

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.

Spring Break Library Hours 2017


, , ,

Both branches of the Kirkwood Community College Library will have special hours over Spring Break. Please check that we are open before you make a special trip. Our article databases and eBook collections will remain available online 24/7.

The hours below are for the Cedar Rapids branch. The Iowa City branch will be open 8-5 M-F over spring break. They will be open their normal hours Sat., March 11th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, but closed Sat., March 18, 2017.

Sat., March 11th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., March 12th


Mon., March 13th –  Fri., March 17th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., March 18th


Sun., March 19th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mon., March 20th

Resume Normal Hours