New Books: July 4th 2021



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Both branches of the Kirkwood Community College Library will be closed for the 4th of July. We normally publish this list in honor of Memorial Day, but we had so many changes going on about then (and we’re still dealing with construction) that it slipped by so we’re sharing them now. In 2020 we didn’t do a list since library materials were unavailable over most of the summer.

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

Find previous posts:

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy) by Rick Atkinson, Call Number: 973.3 A877b

The Civil War from Its Origins to Reconstruction by James S. Pula, Call Number: 973.711 P981c

Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home and At War by Linda Hervieux, Call Number: 940.54 H579f

In the Time of the Revolution: Living the War of American Independence by Alan Axelrod, Call Number: 973.323 A969i

Iowa Valor: A Compilation of Civil War Combat Experiences from Soldiers of the State Distinguished as the Most Patriotic of the Patriotic by Steve Meyer, Call Number: 973.7 M613io

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944 by Cornelius Ryan, Call Number: 940.542 R988L

PTSD and Coping with Trauma Sourcebook (1st ed.), Call Number: 616.852 P858p 2020

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence by Carol Berkin, Call Number: 973.308 B512r

Ropes in the Kitchen: An American Journey Through Generations by Naaman “Jock” Hickey and J.M. Hickey-Johnson, Call Number: 813.6 H628r
NOTE: A collection of family stories that include generations of military service from WWI through Viet Nam.

Signature Wounds: The Untold Story of the Military’s Mental Health Crisis by David Kieran, Call Number: 362.208 K474s

Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke the Confederacy by Donald L. Miller, Call Number: 973.734 M647v

The War That Forged A Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson, Call Number: 973.71 M172w

The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America by T.H. Breen, Call Number: 973.311 B832w

Women in the American Revolution by Sudie Doggett Wike, Call Number: 973.308 W663w

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Kirkwood Librarians Shared With the Communique 2020-2021


The Kirkwood newspaper, the Kirkwood Communique, has given the library a chance to write a column. Check out these articles we shared this past year. With our situation under COVID we didn’t post as many articles as we normally do, but look for us this fall!

***Please note that the URL of the Communique has changed since they have rebranded as Eagle Voice.

Miller, Sue. “Kirkwood Library: Still here for you!” Kirkwood Communique, Eagle Voice, 10 Apr. 2020,, 22 June 2021.

Schellberg, Kate. “Library Homepage Updates.” Kirkwood Communique, Eagle Voice, 1 Oct. 2020,, 13 Oct. 2020.

Schellberg, Kate. “Library Response to Pandemic.” Kirkwood Communique, Eagle Voice, 8 Oct. 2020,, 13 Oct. 2020.

Still want more? Here are the links for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 and 2019-2020.

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Summer Reading – Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.  From Library of Congress About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

See also President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s June 1, 2021 Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021.

For this Summer Reading post I am going to include a variety of books for your LGBTQ Pride Month reading. But please – don’t limit your reading of these books to just one month of the year! I’m including a wide range of titles so hopefully there will be something for everyone!  There will be fiction – new and classic. There will be nonfiction – for those that find that to be great summer reading. There will be a mix of adult and young adult titles from various genres, and there will be some memoir and poetry too!

          Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!

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

Update: The first title on this list was just added to the Kirkwood library as an ebook after the list was posted. It is available to student and staff that have a current k#.

Understanding the Well-being of LGBTQI+ Populations by Charlotte J. Patterson, Martín-Jose Sepúlveda, and Jordyn White, editors. The increase in prevalence and visibility of sexually gender diverse (SGD) populations illuminates the need for greater understanding of the ways in which current laws, systems, and programs affect their well-being. The recommendations of Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations aim to identify opportunities to advance understanding of how individuals experience sexuality and gender and how sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status affect SGD people over the life course.

The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World by Mason Funk, Call Number: 306.76 F982b  Meet the Book of prideleaders and activists on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement, from the 1960’s to the present, through stunning interviews and compelling black and white photographs compiled and presented by OUTWORDS, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the stories of LGBTQ people.

He/she/they-us: Essential Information Vocabulary and Concepts to Help You Become a Better Ally to the Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Your Life by Jessica Soukup, Call Number: 306.76 S721h This book is glue to hold people together through the process of self exploration. It covers basic vocabulary, concepts, challenges and some ways to be a supportive ally. It was written for the layperson not well versed in the terms and language of gender and transition. It attempts to begin to provide some answers for the questions everyone has.

The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth by Jo Langford, Call Number: 306.76 L278p Jo Langford offers a complete guide to sexual and social development, safety, and health for LGBTQ youth and those who love and support them. Written from a practical perspective, the author explores the realities of teen sexuality, particularly that of trans teens, and provides guidance and understanding for parents and kids alike. Real Queer America

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen, Call Number: 306.766 A429r A transgender reporter’s narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Iowa City Campus Call Number: 813.54 B181gi Baldwin’s haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself unable to repress his impulses, despite his determination to live the conventional life he envisions for himself.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Call Number: 813.54 E87m 2011 Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, Call Number: 813.54 M452t San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous—unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin. The Kirkwood library has several other books in this “Tales of the City” series

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde, Call Number: 814.54 L867se Edited and with and Introduction by Selected Works of Audre LordeRoxane Gay A definitive selection of prose and poetry from the self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” for a new generation of readers. Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in twentieth-century literature, one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women. Her incisive essays and passionate poetry-alive with sensuality, vulnerability, and rage-remain indelible contributions to intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race studies.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Call Number: Popular Books BEC Graphic Novel memoir. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve. Hearts Invisible Furies

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, Call Number: BOY Adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple who remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country, and much more throughout a long lifetime. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit. 

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Call Number: CAL From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. 

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Call Number: Children’s Literature 813.6 C157k Twelve-year-old Kingston King and the DragonfliesJames is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy–that he thinks he might be gay. “You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay too, do you?”

Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life by Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez,  Call Number: Popular Books: FIT A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the popular pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel, Call Number: Popular Books FRA  When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it’s another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. City We Became

The City We Became by N. K. Jemison, Call Number: Popular Books: JEM Fantasy/Urban Fantasy. Five New Yorkers must come together in order to save their city from destruction in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. Several of the characters in this book are on the LGBTQ spectrum.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, Call Number: Popular Books MAK A dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago during the AIDS crisis and contemporary Paris

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Call Number: Popular Books MCQ As United States President Red White and Royal BlueClaremont kicks off her reelection bid, her son Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Prince Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? 

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, Call Number: Popular Books RIV Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer?

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

Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley, Call Number: 306.766 C752b When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. stonewall reader

The Stonewall Reader by Jason Bauman, ed., Edmund White, writer of foreward, and The New York Public Library, ed , Call Number: 306.766 S881 For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White.

My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Walls, Call Number: 306.87 W137m An advocate and son of same-gender parents recounts his famed address to the Iowa House of Representatives on civil unions, and describes his positive experiences of growing up in an alternative family in spite of prejudice.

James Merrill: Life and Art by Langdon Hammer, Call Number: 811.54 M571h The first biography of one of the most important poets in the second half of the twentieth century, whose life story is unparalleled in its narrative interest. The story of James Merrill (1926-1995) is that of a young man escaping, but inevitably reproducing, the energies and obsessions of glamorous, powerful parents (his father founded Merrill Lynch); of a gay man inventing his identity against a shifting social and sexual backdrop; and of a brilliantly gifted poet testing the redemptive potential of his art.

Gay & Lesbian Poetry in Our Time: An Anthology  by Joan Larkin and Carl Morse, eds., Call Number 811.54 G285 Published in 1988 this collection presents the best gay and lesbian poetry written from 1950 to the present (1988), with some 200 poems by 94 writers. Cutting across class, gender, and color lines like nothing else in American literature, this anthology offers a thoroughly refreshed report and exploration of our deepest social, sexual, political, and spiritual realities.

Indigo by Ellen Bass, available as an ebook to those with a current k# Indigo, the newest collection by Ellen Bass, merges elegy and praise poem in an exploration of life’s complex grey areas. Whether her subject is oysters, high heels, a pork chop, a beloved dog, or a wife’s return to health, Bass pulls us in with exquisite immediacy. How to Write and Autobiographical

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee, Call Number 814.C515h How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend.


New Books Culture Smart Spring 2021



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
  • 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.

Databases of Country Information

We also have added a database that gives similar information. Global Road Warrior is a more compact description of each country and can be very useful if you need multiple sources or just want to look online. We also have a second database from the same company called A to Z World Food.

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:

New Books: Culture Smart Spring 2019

Recent Country Updates

China by Indre Balcikonyte-Huang and Kathy Flower, Call Number: 951 B174c 2021

Colombia by Kate Cathey, Call Number 986.1 C363c 2019

Denmark by Mark Salmon, Call Number: 948.9 S172de

Finland by Terttu Leney and Elena Barrett, Call Number: 948.97 L565f 2021

Germany by Barry Tomalin, Call Number: 943 T655g 2021

Ghana by Ian Utley, Call Number: 966.7 U91g 2021

Indonesia by Graham Saunder and Jessica Ginting, Call Number: 959.8 S257i 2020 

Italy by Barry Tomalin, Call Number: 945 T655i 2020

Japan by Paul Norby, Call Number: 952 N825j 2021

Korea by James Hoare, Call Number: 951.9 H679k 2021

Malaysia by Victor King, Call Number: 959.5 K546m 2021

Nepal by Tessa Feller and Alan Mercel-Sanca, Call Number: 954.96 F318n 2021

Peru by John Forrest and Julia Porturas, Call Number: 985.064 F728p 2021

Philippines by Graham and Yvonne Colin-Jones and Jorge Mojarro, Call Number: 959.9 C696p 2021

Russia by Anna King and Grace Cuddihy, Call Number: 947 K521r 2021

Singapore by Angela Milligan and Tricia Voute, Call Number: 959.5 M654s 2019

Spain by Marian Meaney and Belen Aguado Viguer, Call Number: 946 M483 2021

Sri Lanka by Emma Boyle, Call Number: 954.93 B792s 2019

Switzerland by Kendall Hunter, Call Number: 949.4 H945s 2021

Uganda by Ian Clarke, Call Number: 967.61 C598u 2020

Vietnam by Geoffrey Murray, Call Number: 959.7 M982v 2021

Not part of the series, but a similar format book:

A Brief Introduction to Buddhism, Edited by Christopher Partridge and Tim Dowley, Call Number: 294.3 P853b

A Brief Introduction to Islam, Edited by Christopher Partridge, Call Number: 297 B853

A Brief Introduction to Jainism and Sikhism, Edited by Christopher Partridge, Call Number: 294 B853

Not from this series, but a more in depth look at the same type of topics:

China Smart: What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know, A Past and Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, and Language by Larry Herzberg, Call Number: 651 H582c

Need More?

You can also find specific country information in our various databases. You can also check out the open web resources.

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New 2021-2022 Academic Calendar Update May 2021



Changes continue to be made to the official academic calendar as things change with both the COVID responses and the domino effect that has had on other functions of the college here is the newest version. Finals week has been removed for fall 2021. Please discard your old calendar and print the version currently posted with a revision date of May 13, 2021, in the right hand corner. Again, we can’t guarantee there won’t be future changes.

To print an updated calendar, click here –

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Country Information Websites 2021


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Are you looking for information on a country? Although we still have a few reference sets that deal with particular topics (food around the world, music around the world) that might prove useful, the place to find information on individual countries is in the circulating collection in the 900s at the particular number for your country. We have streamlined this section so everything about a country from travel and culture to history are all in one spot. For example, all the books about France can be found at 944.

If you are having trouble locating a country double check its spelling. For example, Colombia the country is spelled differently from cities named after Columbus in the United States – Columbia.

Be sure to do a standard research search as well, but particularly check out these websites.

CIA Factbook

It provides breakdowns for each country. Originally designed to give government employees and officials a quick rundown, it’s now available for everybody.

It covers:

  • Overall Summary
  • Geography
  • People and Society
  • Government
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military and Security
  • Transnational Issues

BBC Country Profiles

  • Get a non-US view on the countries.

Country Reports from the Economist

Encyclopaedia Britannica

World Bank

State Department

Centers for Disease Control 

  • Are there any current medical issues? Do they have issues with drinking water, etc.?

I’d like to thank the Marymount University Library for letting me use their descriptions on a couple of these links. Find their entire LibGuide at:

UPDATED June 15 2021: If you want more library resources, both books and databases, you can find them listed here.

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Summer Reading – New Books, Young Adult


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This is my second Summer Reading post of Summer 2021. This time I’m listing new young adult books that have recently been added to our collection. By recently, I mean as far back at March 2020. The titles we added way back then may have been missed with all the other things going on around us at the time so I want to give them another shout out here.

Like I mentioned last week in the Adult New Books post, I don’t want anybody to think adult and young adult titles should be for different audiences. There are lots of great titles on each list!

Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!

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

Clap When you LandClap When You Land by Elizbeth Acevedo, Call Number: Popular Books ACE In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Lovely War by Julie Berry, Call Number: Popular Books BER A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II. Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Call Number: Popular Books CAL From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Call Number: Popular Books FAI Fantasy. In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, Call Number: Popular Books IFU Fantasy. Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Call Number: Popular Books KAU Adventure Science Fiction. Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.

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

Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Call Number: Popular Books POW  a feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Call Number: Popular Books REY Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, Call Number: Popular Books ROW Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain, won the war, even fell in love. So where’s the happily ever after? His best friend recommends a change of scenery, and now Simon and Penny and Baz are in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez, Call Number: Popular Books SAN In this story inspired by real–and current–events, the plight at our southern border is brought to life. We Are Not From Here

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, Call Number: Popular Books SCH France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Together, Apart by various authors, Call Number: Popular Books TOG A collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today’s most popular YA authors. Once Upon Eid   

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Call Number: Popular Books ZOB From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. 

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, Call Number: Children’s Litererature 297.36 O583 Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!

What You’ll Find in Our Library Online 2021

Eggbert the stuffed eagle using online resources

We hope you learned last year that a lot of library services are available online. With the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library under construction until December 2021 we thought it would be a good time to revisit just what we offer online. We ARE still open you just have to follow the fenced path from the parking lot into the temporary door for the library. Follow the signs.

Here is what you can find/use online: 

  • Website – All of the following links are available on our library homepage. If you are having trouble finding this page you can also go to the Kirkwood Community College homepage, click library at the bottom, and then the box that says “Library Resources
  • On the homepage (link above) use the Search box to find books; both physical books you can come in and get and ebooks that you can access from home. (This is the library catalog.)
  • You can search ONLY for ebooks.
  • Find articles – This is an A to Z list of different databases (99 different collections of full text peer reviewed or scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers). Read the descriptions to see what we have available.
    We may have a specialized database that fits your project, but the two general databases we recommend as a starting place for a general search or for scholarly/peer reviewed sources are:
    Academic Search Elite
    Academic One File
    Ask our librarians (ways to contact us below) if you are having trouble finding what you want or if you want advice on the best ways to use any of the databases.
  • News Articles (newspapers)
  • Take a tour of the physical space of the Cedar Rapids branch of the library.
  • Citation help for APA & MLA.
  • Find lists of specific sources. (Instructors can request we create one for a particular assignment or a broader category.)
  • Need longer help? Make a reference appointment. We can have a meeting online or in person, please note which way you want it.
  • We’re also still offering orientations about the library in general or on your specific topic or assignment. We can do them either in person or online.

Contact us

  • Instant messaging (chat):

    Wherever you see “Ask a Librarian” on the library website, you can chat with a Kirkwood librarian.

  • Phone (Note that if the library is closed or super busy you’ll be asked to leave a voice mail and we’ll call you back):

    Cedar Rapids (or any location): 319-398-5697

    Iowa City: 319-887-3613

  • Texting:

    Chat with a librarian by sending a text message to: 319-774-6491

  • Email:

    Email questions to:

  • Find library related FAQs

Social Media

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New Books: Odds and Ends 76


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.

Cover of The Address BookThe Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask, Call Number: 388.1 M397a

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff, Call Number: 306.3 Z93a

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor, Call Number: 813.54 T244a
NOTE: This is the last so far in Taylor’s incredibly versatile Logan series. [The books says it’s the last, but other books in the series have said that, too.] The one of them you might remember is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel by Sahar Mustafah, Cal Number: PB MUS

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson, Call Number: 365.974 T472b

Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century by Tera W. Hunter, Call Number: 390.25 H947b

A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women From Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaVaris B. Hill, Call Number: 305.48 H645b

Cover of "Bound in Wedlock"Children of the Land: A Memoir by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Call Number: 634.137 H557c
NOTE: “When Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was five years old and his family was preparing to cross the border between Mexico and the United States, he suffered temporary, stress-induced blindness. Castillo regained his vision, but quickly understood that he had to move into a threshold of invisibility before settling in California with his parents and siblings. Thus began a new life of hiding in plain sight and of paying extraordinarily careful attention at all times for fear of being truly seen. Before Castillo was one of the most celebrated poets of a generation, he was a boy who perfected his English in the hopes that he might never seem extraordinary.”

The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations by Robert Livingston, Call Number: 305.8 L787c

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne, Call Number: 320.546 P346d

The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexican Border and Beyond by John Washington, Call Number: 325.73 W318d

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women – and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura, Call Number: 610.92 N713d

Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles — and All of Us by Rana Foroohar, Call Number: 384.33 F727d

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin, Call Number: 323.119 S714d

Found: A Novel by Joseph Bruchac, Call Number: PB BRU

Freedom Roots: Histories from the Caribbean by Laurent Dubois and Richard Lee Turits, Call Number: 972.9 D815f

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century by William A. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen, Call Number 323.119 D218f

Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines by Victoria Reyes, Call Number: 303.482 R457g

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of An American Family by Robert Kolker, Call Number: 616.898 K813h
NOTE: The Galvin family had 12 children – 6 of them were ultimately diagnosed with schizophrenia and 6 of them had to deal with that.

How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine…for Now by Stanislas Dehaene, Call Number: 153.15 D322h

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz, Call Number: 636.7 H816i

Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty by Maurice Chammah, Call Number: 364.66 C448L

Minor Feelings: A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition by Cathy Park Hong, Call Number: 305.488 H772m
NOTE: “Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.”

Cover of "Inside of a Dog"Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hall Roberts, Call Number: 324.973 B468n

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier, Call Number: 770 F911n

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, Call Number: PB LOC

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, Call Number: 311.398 B888n

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro, Call Number: 823.914 I795n

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, Call Number: 297.36 O583

Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas by Jonathan P. Eburne, Call Number: 001.9 E169o

Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life by Scott Grafton, Call Number: 153 G737p

Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar by Brad Tolinski and Alan Di Perna, Call Number: 787.87 T649p

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison by Jason Hardy, Call Number: 364.62 H269s

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future by James Shapiro, Call Number: 822.33 D100s

Shit, Actually: The Definitive 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West, Call Number: PB WES

Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It by Terry Allen Kupers, Call Number: 365.644 K967s

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison, Call Number: 813.54 M882so

Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America by Julie DiCaro, Call Number: 796.082 D545s

Sports Injuries Information for Teens: Health Tips About Acute, Traumatic, and Chronic Injuries in Adolescent Athletes (5th ed.), Call Number: 617.102 S764S 2021

Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen, Call Number: 347.732 C678s

The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It by Robert B. Reich, Call Number: 322.3 R347s

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum, Call Number: 321.9 A648t

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, Call Number: 363.179 A366v 2019

What Does Injustice Have to Do With Me?: Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice by David Nurenberg, Call Number: 361.207 N974w

What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren, Call Number: 636.708 W287w

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui, Call Number: 797.21 T882w

Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work by Jeff Schwartz, Call Number: 658.312 S399w

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch, Call Number: 364.152 M974y

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Summer Reading – New Books, Adult

I’m planning a few posts this summer (I’m calling it Summer now) dedicated to reading for the fun of it. Of course fun reading doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody so I’ll try to cover different things for different tastes. 

My first post is going to cover some of the newest popular books we’ve added to our collection.  We haven’t been able to set up displays or do much to promote these since March 2020 so I have quite a few I want to list. So many, in fact, that I will list adult titles in this post, and young adult next week. But please dont think “adult” books are for one audience and “young adult” for another. There are a lot of great books in each category so be sure to check out both lists!

                Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!

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Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, Call Number: Popular Books AKH Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque adventure — at its heart, it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Call Number: Popular Books ALA A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Call Number: Popular Books BEN Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing

Even as We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Call Number: Popular Books CLA  WWII and Native American fiction. This story asks the reader to consider the tropes of American imprisonment and our role as both prisoners and imprisoners

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

Second Sight by Aoife Clifford, Call Number: Popular Books CLI Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest law case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni, Call Number: Popular Books DUG Born with ocular albinism, small-town eye doctor Sam Hill must finally face a past tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Call Number: Popular Books FER Translated from Italian. This novel is about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood

The Guest List by Lucy Foley, Call Number: Popular Books FOL The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body…Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, Call Number: Popular Books GYA Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama

Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern, Call Number: Popular Books HAL Now in a full-length book, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic story of a refugee family who fled the civil war in Syria to make a new life in AmericaCity We Became

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, Call Number: Popular Books JEM Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five

The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Call Number: Popular Books KO Set in New York and China, an examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, Call Number: Popular Books LOC A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas. An exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America

No One is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood, Call Number: Popular Books LOC Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection

Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Call Number: Popular Books MCB In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon shuffles into the courtyard of a housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. This story brings to life the people affected by the shooting

Beauty of your FaceThe Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah Call Number: Popular Books MUS A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut

The Cheffe: A Cook’s Novel by Marie NDiaye, Call Number: Popular Books NDI an elegant, hypnotic new novel about a legendary French female chef–the facts her life, the nearly ineffable qualities of her cooking, and the obsessive, sometimes destructive desire for purity of taste and experience that shaped her lifeOutlawed

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

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell, Call Number: Popular Books OFA Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner 2020 Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child

Black SunBlack Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Call Number: Popular Books ROA The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpwell, Call Number: Popular Books SER A Zambian debut novel that follows three generations of three families, telling the story of a nation, and of the grand sweep of time On Earth

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, Call Number: Popular Books VUO a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. The letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam. The story of people caught between disparate worlds. How can we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are.