Library Thanksgiving Weekend Hours 2017


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The hours below are for the Cedar Rapids branch on the Main Campus. The Iowa City branch will be open their normal hours on Saturday, November 18th and then they will be open Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sat., Nov. 18th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Nov. 19th


Mon., Nov. 20th    –              Tues., Nov. 21st

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Nov. 22nd   –                 Sat., Nov. 25th


Sun., Nov. 26th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Watch for Special Final Friendly Hours!

And remember come to Exam Cram in Cedar Rapids on November 30th in Cedar Rapids!


New Books: Personal Finance 2017


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With the holidays coming up, now is a great time to put some thoughts in your personal finance. Remember time for New Year’s Resolutions is just around the corner. We have more titles than this, but these are from 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.

Credit Repair Kit for Dummies by Steve Bucci, Call Number: 332.7 B918c

Finance Your Business: Secure Funding to Start, Run, and Grow Your Business, Call Number: 658.15 F491

Financial Basics: Money-Management Guide for Students by Susan Knox, Call Number: 332.024 K74f 2016

Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending by Charles R. Geisst, Call Number: 332.8 G313L

Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan, Call Number: 332.024 D126m

The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist, Call Number: 332.401 T974s

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 Children’s Literature 2017


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Using Picture books With Your Class

Teaching Literary Elements with Picture Books: Engaging Standards-Based Lessons and Strategies by Susan Van Zile and Mary Napoli, Call Number: 372.6 V285t
NOTE: This is actually pitched for younger students, but definitely could be used with higher level courses.

Caldecott Winners

Each year the American Library Association awards a prize for the best illustration of a picture book. Runner ups are called Honor Books.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 740.92 S837r 

Honor Books

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 E471d

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 W362f

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 B874L

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 W482t

Newbery Winners

Each year the American Library Association awards a prize for the best contribution to children’s literature, traditionally given to a book at a chapter book level. They also give prizes to runners up called Honor Books.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Call Number: CL 813.6 B262g

Honor Books

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, Call Number: CL 813.6 B915f

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Call Number: CL 813.6 G453i

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Call Number: PB WOL


Other Picture Books Added This Year

Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 A576c

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 B582c

Darwin and the True Story of the Dinosaurs by Luca Novelli, Call Number: CL 576.8

Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World by Dr. Steve Brusatte and Daniel Chester, Call Number: 567.9 B912d

Earth-Friendly Living by Miriam Coleman, Call Number: CL 640 C692e

Elliott’s Guide to Dinosaurs by Elliott Seah, Call Number: CL 567.9 S438e

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 791.43 N713m

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, Call Number: 594 F597g

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani, Call Number: CL 005.102 S255g

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 U561i

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

Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries with 21 Activities and Experiments, Call Numbers CL 540.92 C975o

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

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

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Call Number: 813.6 P635p

Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, Call Number CL Easy Reading 599.36 B845p

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, Call Number: CL 686.2 U561s

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 179.3 B787s

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans, Call Number: CL 781.65 D284s

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

Tiny Stitiches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, Call Number CL Easy Reading 617.4 H784t

The Tree Lady by J. Joseph Hopkins, Call Number: 635.092

Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 362.4 M763t

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey, Call Number: CL 599.809

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot, Call Number: 333.75 M111p

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go! by Claire Eamer, Call Number: CL 363.72 E121w

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada, Call Number CL Easy Reading 813.6 Y192w

When the Slave Esperanca Garcia Wrote a Letter by Sonia Rosa, Call Number: CL 869.3 G216w

When the Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, Call Number: CL 523.7 F812w

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.

Information Literacy Spotting a Fake


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So you’re confronted with a news story set to throw you into a panic:

Or you’ve come across a website you think is perfect to use in a paper in the first hit on the Google list.

So what do you do?

Do you send it to all your friends? Post an angry message? Start a protest?

Assume it’s OK to use for your paper?

Before you do any of that start out by evaluating the website. You’ve probably heard about different evaluation systems like Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

Ask Yourself

But before you get that far you can check a few basic things. Let’s try it for this Peanut Butter Reese’s Cup story I linked to above.

  1. Does it seem likely? Does what you already know about the situation (i.e. that Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are so popular they are available in multiple sizes) make sense with this story?
  2. What are other sources saying about it? Do an internet search for the title of the article or the name of the website it’s on.
  3. What is it saying about itself? Check out the homepage of the Breaking News 365 website.
  4. Read the paragraph below where Snopes points out things that should raise a red flag about this story. Look for them.

“Setting aside the fact that the manufacturer of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups has not announced the demise of the product, the article bears some of the hallmarks of fake news: the manufacturer is not named; no location is given for the press conference; no representative of the company is named; a quote purportedly taken from a press conference is not attributed to anyone; and the article is poorly written, featuring inappropriate exclamation marks, missing words, and grammatical mistakes. ”

Next Time

So the next time you are confronted with a story that outrages you, makes you panic, or it’s the only place you see information you want to use in your paper, stop, breathe, read it closely, think about it, and see what other people are saying.

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: Paranormal Happy Halloween!


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Stop by the Cedar Rapids Library to check out our Halloween Display! Our theme is discover a crime or search out the paranormal. We’re sharing the paranormal books below and some true crime. We weeded and updated our paranormal collection this year so we have quite a few new ones. Whether you’re dealing with our “victim” as a crime victim or a ghost, we hope that you come and haunt both our libraries.

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

Special thanks to Kyle Winward of Central College, who had put together and shared a list of paranormal books that included some of these.

Halloween Display

How to Properly Receive Ghosts
Check out other cool historic newspaper from the Library of Congress’ newspaper archive.

Call Number: PB Nes Title: A Monster Calls Author: Patrick Ness, et. al

Call Number: 001.94 C593u Title: Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena (3rd ed) Author: Jerome Clark

Call Number: 001.944 8931b Title: Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend Author: Joshua Blu Buhs

Call Number: 001.944 L922a Title: Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids Authors: Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero

Call Number: 001.944 R333s Title: Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology Author: Brian Regal

Call Number: 130.973 B143p Title: Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture Authors: Christopher D. Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph D. Baker

Call Number: 133.109 A977h Title: A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Seances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters Author: Peter H. Aykroyd, Angela Narth, and Dan Aykroyd

Call Number: 133.129 L477m Title: Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead Author: Adrian Lee

Call Number: 133.4 O984 Title: The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic Author: Owen Davies

Call Number: 299 S915w Title: Witchcraft: A Secret History Author: Michael Streeter

Call Number: 301.21 B971s Title: Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft Author: Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum

Call Number: 345.744 B167s Title: A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience Author: Emerson W Baker

Call Number: 500 R332w Title: Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs: Mysterious Creatures, Lost Worlds, and Amazing Inventions Author: Dr. Gregory L. Reece

Call Number: 530.11 C624b Title: Build Your Own Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel Author: Brian Clegg

Call Number: 576.8 A398 Title: Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Author: Jim Al-Khalili

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: 576.839 W734a Title: All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life Author: Jon Willis

Chalkline DrawingSarah 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 Fall 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. Check out our previous list.

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: ELA 973.917 P448c Title: A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins Author: Penny Colman

Call Number: PB BOR Title: Making my Pitch A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey Author:Ila Jane Borders
NOTE: The story of the first woman pitcher to play in the modern day major league.

Call Number: 070.509 P317a Title: The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist Publisher Author: Alic Arlen and Michael J. Arlen

Call Number: 299.936 H646b Title: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape Authors: Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer
NOTE: Raised in Scientology, she finally made a mistake.

Call Number: 306.3 D515m Title: The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade Author: Charles B. Dew
NOTE: A historian of slavery reflects on the good and the bad of growing up when and where he did in the segregated south.

Call Number: 320.082 S531d Title: Daring To Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening Author: Manal al-Sharif
NOTE: As a teenager Manal was a religious zealot, but after she got an education she started struggling for reform, including a successful push to let women drive in Saudi Arabia.

Call Number: 327.7 C641b Title: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Author: Karen Blumenthal
NOTE: Former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Presidential Candidate.

Call Number: 330.153 S642c Title: Adam Smith Author: Jonathan Conlin
NOTE: The father of the study of economics.

Call Number: 331.6 S617h Title: How May I Help You?: An Immigrant’s Journey From MBA to Minimum Wage Author: Deepak Singh
NOTE: Even though he has an MBA in India in a small town in Virginia, Singh can only get a minimum wage job at an electronics store. This is how he adapted to his new life.

Call Number: 340.092 K355r Title: Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical Author: Sherie M. Randolph
NOTE: A political activist who was heavily involved in the Black Power and Women’s Rights movements and created new organizations that brought them together.

Call Number: 347.732 S718m Title: My Beloved World Author: Sonia Sotomayor
NOTE: Supreme Court Justice.

Call Number: 355.009 B813h Title: Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy Author: Earl J. Hess

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: 363.32 K237s Title: Security Mom: My Life Protecting the Home and Homeland Author: Juliette Kayyem
NOTE: Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense during the Obama administration who responded to several of the big national security threats during those years while raising a family.

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

Call Number: 364.134 W453L Title: The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader Author: Ida B. Wells
NOTE: Autobiography of noted reformer.

Call Number: 364.152 K741w Title: Waiting To Be Heard: A Memoir Author: Amanda Knox
NOTE: The American who was convicted, acquitted, convicted, and acquitted of the horrific murder of Meredith Kercher her roommate.

Call Number: 371.1 M131t Title: Teacher Man Author: Frank McCourt
NOTE: The memorist that was raised impoverished in Ireland, who struggled to become a teacher.

Call number: 616.85 H737w Title: What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an all-American Teen Author: Kate Fagan
NOTE: A leading college athlete was plagued with mental illness that lead to her suicide.

Call Number: 616.85 L488L Title: Lights On, Rats Out: A Memoir Author: Cree Lefavour
NOTE: Self-punishment (cigarette burns) by a college student.

Call Number: 616.81 S658d Title: The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke Author: Ron Smith
NOTE: A first person account that takes you through suffering a stroke and recovery.

Call Number: 616.89 B197n Title: Nobody’s Child Authors: Marie Balter and Richard Katz
NOTE: Marie Baiter’s courageous story. After spending the first 20 years of her adult life in a mental hospital, she emerged to attend graduate school at Harvard University and to become a champion of the mentally ill.

Call Number: 616.89 J326u Title: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Author: Kay Redfield Jamison
NOTE: Memoir of manic depression, both “medically knowledgeable and beautifully written.”

Call Number: 616.898 B395s Title: Sentence to Life: The Mark Becher Story: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation Author: Joan Becker
Note: Mother of the man who killed the Parkersburg coach and now speaks out for mental health care.

Call Number: 618.92 F874j Title: Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon Authors: Kelley and Thomas French
NOTE: A premature baby lives.

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: 629.45 C415L Title: The Last Man on the Moon Authors: Eugene Cernan and Don Davis

Call Number: 629.45 C712f Title: Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story [Updated Ed.] Author: Michael Collins
NOTE: Collins was one of the first humans on the moon.

Call Number: 629.45 M417s Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Author: Mike Massimino 
NOTE: Mike Massimino served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996 until 2014 and flew in space twice – the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.  Mike became the first human to tweet from space, was the last human to work inside of Hubble, and set a team record with his crewmates for the most cumulative spacewalking time in a single space shuttle mission.  Mike has a recurring role as himself on The Big Bang Theory; appears regularly on late night talk shows, news programs, and documentaries; and is a much sought after inspirational speaker.

Call Number: 629.45 R544s Title: Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space Author: Lynn Sherr

Call Number: 641.509 C536m Title: Julia Child: My Life in France Author: Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
NOTE: The woman who brought French cooking to America and invented the national cooking TV show talks about her time in France when she learned to cook.

Call Number: 779.092 A222i Title: It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Author: Lynsey Addario

Call Number: 782.42 C712n Title: Not Dead Yet: The Memoir Author: Phil Collins
NOTE: Famous drummer from the 1960s on.

Call Number: 782.421 L567L Title: John Author: Cynthia Lennon
NOTE: John Lennon’s first wife talks about their relationship and his early years.

Call Number: 782.421 S769b Title: Born to Run Author: Bruce Springsteen
NOTE: An autobiographical memoir about life in the spotlight.

Call Number: 790.43 F793a Title: Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Author: Michael J. Fox
NOTE: High profile actor from films such as Back to the Future with MLS.

Call Number: 791.43 F533p Title: The Princess Diarist: A Sort of Memoir Author: Carrie Fisher
NOTE: Carrie Fisher’s memoir while she was shooting Star Wars as Princess Leia.

Call Number: 791.43 G934i Title: In the Country We Love: My Family Divided Authors: Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
NOTE: The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country

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

Call Number: 791.43 M337c Title: Cheech Is Not My Real Name…. But Don’t Call me Chong! Author: Cheech Marin
Note: Cheech marin started as a part of a comedy team called Cheech and Chong and went on to a notable comic acting career.

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

Call Number: 791.45 G739t Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between) Author: Lauren Graham
NOTE: The actress from Gilmore Girls tells the story of her life as an actor.

Call Number: 791.45 N739b Title: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Author: Trevor Noah

Call Number: 792 S914h Title: Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep Author: Michael Schulman
NOTE: Famous actress Meryl Streep.

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

Call Number: 792.702 F433b Title: Bossypants Author: Tina Fey
NOTE: Comedian, actress, and writer Tina Fey.

Call Number: 792.702 P743y Title: Yes Please Author: Amy Poehler
NOTE: Comedian from Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation.

Call Number: 794.109 C951q Title: The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion Author: Tim Crothers

Call Number: 796.092 B922L Title: Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed To Say On TV Author: Joe Buck
NOTE: Sports announcer on air and off.

Call Number: 796.334 L793w Title: When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World Authors: Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey

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: 796.357 F911c Title: Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham Authors: Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising
NOTE: The real story behind the character who gave up baseball to become a doctor in the movie Field of Dreams who in real life juggled both baseball and medicine.

Call Number: 796.522 K89i 1999 Title: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Author: Jon Krakauer
NOTE: A survivor account of one of the deadliest days on Mt. Everest.

Call Number: 808.2 R473y Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person Author: Shonda Rhimes
NOTE: Actress who spent a year saying yes.

Call Number: 813.54 M877n Title: North Toward Home Author: Willie Morris
NOTE: Growing up in the South during the Civil Rights movement.

Call Number: 813.6 S561L Title: Little Failure: A Memoir Author: Gary Shteyngart
NOTE: An immigrant comes from Russia to become a famous writer after his mother nicknames him Little Failure..

Call Number: 814.6 P414g Title: A Girl Walks Into A Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work Author: Miranda K. Pennington
NOTE: A woman finds her way in life guided by the books of the Bronte sisters.

Call Number: 818 A584w Title: Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit Author: Linda Wagner-Martin

Call Number: 838 H526n Title: Nicotine Author: Gregor Hens
NOTE: The author recounts his battle with nicotine addiction.

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: 940.53 H148n Title: The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Woman Survived the Holocaust Authors: Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin

Call Number: 940.53 L477h Title: The Hidden Life of Otto Frank Author: Carol Ann Lee
NOTE: The father of Anne Frank.

Call Number: 952 M663t Title: Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamaoto Yoshitsune Author: Pamela S. Turner
NOTE: A leader of the Japanese who became one of the greatest Samurai.

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

Call Number: 956.91 F598h Title: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival Author: Melissa Fleming
NOTE: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel a Syrian refugee

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

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

Call Number: 973.046 A668m Title: My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive Author: Julissa Arce

Call Number: 973.91 H789r Title: Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency Author: Charles Rappleye

Call Number: 973.921 E363b Title: Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission Author: Bret Baier
NOTE: About President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s last 3 days in office as President.

Call Number: 973.932 O121s Title: Michelle Obama: A Life Author: Peter Slevin
NOTE: The former First Lady.

Call Number: 973.922 K362t Title: Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon Author: Larry Tye
NOTE: Brother of President Kennedy, both were assassinated.

Call Number: 977.3 L983m Title: Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% Author: Kari Lydersen

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: Self-Improvement 2017


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Are you interested in Self-Improvement? Looking for self-help books? How people relate to each other? Then whether it’s an assignment or you just want to better yourself. Take a look at these books.

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

Check out our previous list of self-improvement books.

Call Number: 153.3 G464b Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

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

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

Call Number: 158 O526s Title: The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success Author: Jeff Olson

Call Number: 158.1 M465h Title: How Successful People Think Author: John C. Maxwell

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

Call Number: 158.1 O362e Title: Extreme you: Step Up, Stand out, Kick Ass, Repeat Author: Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Call Number: 248.4 F831p Title: Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Self Authors: DeVon Franklin 

Call Number: 370.15 G886s Title: School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It Author: Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker

Call Number: 650.1 B666w Title: Why Simple Wins: Escape Complexity Trap and Get To Work That Matters Author: Lisa Bodell

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

Call Number: 650.1 K921i Title: It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace Author: Anne Kreamer

Call Number: 650.101 W365h Title: How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Our Working Life Author: Caroline Webb 

Call Number: 650.1 B964d Title: Designing Your Life: Build a Life That Works For You Authors: Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

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

Call Number: 650.13 P832m Title: Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace Author: Christine Porath

Call Number: 658 T124r Title: Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions Author: Jon Taffer

Call Number: 658.3 A698p Title: Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations Author: Dan Ariely

Call Number: 658.4 P346b Title: Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms Author: Maureen Chiquet

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: 796.01 M962m Title: The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance Author: George Mumford

Call Number: 808.2 R473y Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person Author: Shonda Rhimes

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.

Information Literacy When Toys Attack Your Privacy


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Back in 1984, a boy in a movie bought a cute, fuzzy, little pet that gurgled and made happy noises. However, when he didn’t heed the warning to keep his pet away from bright light, to not get it wet, and to not feed it after Midnight, it unleashed a slew of nasty Gremlins.

Today that story is a little too real. A range of toys now have been built using Bluetooth technology. This is the same technology that is used to run other parts of the Internet of Things and can expose you and kids to dangerous real life gremlins, no matter how cute and cuddly a toy it comes in.

Toys Are Listening

Some toys out and out say they are recording and sending information to people if you read the fine print. According to Joseph Stineberg in Forbes talking specific about a doll called “Hello Barbie”:

“When a child speaks into a microphone on the doll, the doll records the child’s voice and transmits the recording for processing to a cloud-based service called ToyTalk. Once analysis is complete, an appropriate audio response is streamed back to the Doll which then “speaks” to the child….ToyTalk’s terms of service and privacy policy allow it to “share audio recordings with third party vendors who assist us with speech recognition,” and state that “recordings and photos may also be used for research and development purposes, such as to improve speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence algorithms and create better entertainment experiences.”

A normal speak version of this would be that the voice of anyone who speaks in the presence of this doll has given the doll company the rights to record their voice, that those recordings may be kept as long as they want, and can be shared with third parties.

The Hello Barbie is just one of a collection of recording and reporting toys from the ToyTalk company.

Toys Are Talking

These listening toys also “talk” to the child. The “conversation” of these dolls aren’t random. They are designed by the company to encourage a relationship with the child and to talk about things the child is interested in. Surprise! They also talk about what the company that makes them wants to say about certain products that have arrangements with the doll companies.

Jeff John Roberts in Fortune reporting on a claim privacy advocate groups have made to the FTC:

“My Friend Cayla is pre-programmed with dozens of phrases that reference Disney movies and theme parks. For example, Cayla tells children that her favorite movie is Disney’s The Little Mermaid and her favorite song is “Let it Go,” from Disney’s Frozen. “Cayla also tells children she loves going to Disneyland and wants to go to Epcot in Disneyworld,” says the complaint, which says such activity amounts to a deceptive form of product placement.”

Snopes takes a less drastic view of My Friend Cayla, but confirms several of the points about her recording and legal actions taken against the doll.

Things Not Intended

The examples of talking and listening above are deliberately built into the toys, but they also open up other possibilities. Reuben Paul, a child computer prodigy, presented to security experts at The Hauge earlier this year. His demonstration including using a Bluetooth enabled bear and a Raspberry Pi to harvest phone numbers from audience members and use them to hack into the bear turning functions on and off remotely and using it to record audio.

In this Guardian article, Paul is quoted as describing some of the dangers associated with these capabilities:

“They could be used to steal private information such as passwords, as remote surveillance to spy on kids, or employ GPS to find out where a person is, he said. More chillingly, a toy could say “meet me at this location and I will pick you up”, Reuben said.”

Not Just Toys

These Bluetooth toys seem especially dangerous because they are aimed at children, but adult “toys” and conveniences have the same capabilities as well. Anything hooked up by Bluetooth could be used to take video or photos if you have a camera, track locations, websites used, media played, etc. Information you consider private may be transmitted to a company or hackers might use the information to find out a great time to rob your home. Some examples are in this second Forbes article by the same Steinberg quoted above.

It’s Up To You, But Realize You Are Making a Choice

It may be that you feel the convenience or the cool factor is easily worth the risks and that’s a valid decision, but be aware that the risks exist and that you are taking them. Also, remember to live by the politicians rule and assume every camera and microphone is live.

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: Information Literacy 2017



Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to post from time to time a collection of books recently added to our collection on a particular topic.  In honor of National Information Literacy Awareness Month we have books on information literacy. Look for one the next time you stop by the library. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Cover The Happiness EffectCall Number: 004.67 F866h Title: The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost Author: Donna Freitas

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

Call Number: 005.8 P347p Title: Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family Authors: Theresa M. Payton and Theodore Claypoole,

Call Number: 005.8 B155c Title: The Complete Guide to Internet Privacy, Anonymity and Security (Fully Updated and Revised for 2015) Author: Matthew Bailey

Call Number: 005.8 P347p Title: Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending your Rights, and Protecting Your Family Authors: Theresa M. Payton and Theodore Claypoole Cover of Privacy in the Age of Big Data

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

Call Number: 005.8 M684ai Title: 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 Authors: Kevin Mitnick with Robert Vamosi

Call Number: 028.707 T253 Title: Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts Editors: Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub

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

Call Number: 152.44 R774s Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author: Jon Ronson

Call Number: 153.4 L666f Title: A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Author: Daniel J. Levitin

Call Number: 153.4 M152r Title: Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age Author: Lee McIntyre

Call Number: 153.4 N724m Title: Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking Author: Richard E. Nisbett

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

Call Number: 302.23 B967s Title: Social Media Author: Kelli S. Burns

Call Number: 302.23 S678 Title: Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves Editor: C.G. Prado

Call Number: 302.23 V174p Title: Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth Authors: Patti M. Valkenburg and Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

Call Number: 303.48 P888r Title: The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom Authors: Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski

Call Number: 303.48 Q12g Title: Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition Author: Jack Linchuan Qiu

Call Number: 303.48 W419d Title: Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You Author: Andreas Weigend

Call Number: 323.042 H685d Title: Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics Authors: Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Eisnsten

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

Call Number: 323.44 P961a Title: Privacy in the Modern Age: the Search for Solutions Editors: Marc Rotenberg, Julia Horwitz, and Jeramie Scott

Call Number: 343.73 B287a Title: Adcreep: The Case Against Modern Marketing Author: Mark Bartholomew

Cover of Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property LawCall Number: 346.73 M478c Title: Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law Author: Jason Mazzone

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

Call Number: 364.16 G635f Title: Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World  Author: Marc Goodman

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

Call Number: 371.3 B493v Title: Visual Leap: A Step-by-Step Guide to Visual Learning for Teachers and Students Author: Jesse Berg

Call Number: 974.8 H468t Title: Thinking About Video Games: Interviews With the Experts Author: David S. Heineman

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.

Information Literacy Awareness Month 2017


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Each October our thoughts turn to National Information Literacy Awareness Month. Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality and use the information that they need, is a big part of any library program. It’s no longer enough to be literate, as in being able to read, but you must be literate in figuring out where you can get the information you need and separating the wheat from the chaff to make sure what you’ve found is good.

Read a brief history and the purpose of National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Find previous posts and Iowa’s proclamation on National Information Literacy Awareness Month here:

Watch for a series of blog posts that will come out this month giving you a leg up with information literacy.

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.