New Books: Grant Wood AEA Professional Improvement List


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The Grant Wood AEA offered up this list of books to help instructors professional development. We have them all at the Kirkwood Library Services Cedar Rapids location. Stop by and check them out or you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life by Tom Rath, Call Number: 158.1 R234a

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, Call Number: 153.3 G464b

Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the Workplace by Bob Filipczak, Call Number: 658.3 Z53ge

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

StandOut 2.0: Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work by Marcus Buckingham, Call Number: 650.1 B923s

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek, Call Number: 658.4 S616s

Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Michael S. Malone and Rich Karlgaard, Call Number: 658.1 K185t

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Chris Fussell, David Silverman, Stanley A. McChrystal, and Tantum Collins, Call Number: 658 M124t

The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery by Patrick Lencioni, Call Number: 658.3 L563t

You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith, Call Number: 658.4 G663y

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.


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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.

All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience by Lauren Berger, Call Number: 650.14 B496a

Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease by Yolanda Hadid with Michele Bender, Call Number: 616.9 H129b

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

Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It by Larrie D. Ferreiro, Call Number: 973.3 F383b

Celebrate the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to English Language and Culture in the U.S. by Shelia MacKechnie and Jane Airey O’Connor, Call Number: 428.2 M984c

The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War by Peter Guardino, Call Number: 973.6 G914d

Digital Costume Design and Collaboration: Applications in Academia, Theatre, and Film by Rafael Jaen, Call Number: 792.02 J227d

The Dog Lover Unite: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops by Rachel Rose, Call Number: 363.2 R797d

Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Carolyn M. Trombe, Call Number: 796.357 C712t

Drinking Water: A History (Revised and Updated) by James Salzman, Call Number: 363.6 S186d

The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs by John F. Cogan, Call Number: 361.609 C676h

Higher Learning, Greater Good by Walter W. McMahon, Call Number: 378 M167h

The History of Human Space Flight by Ted Spitzmiller, Call Number: 629.45 S761h

The How Can it Be Gluten Free Cookbook, Call Number: 641.3 H847

How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology (10th ed) by Ron White, Call Number: 004.16 W587h

Homesteading and Settling the Frontier by Alison Morretta, Call Number: ELA 006 M873h

In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony Aveni, Call Number: 523.78 A951i

Iran: A Modern History by Abbas Amanat, Call Number: 955 A484i

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti harrison, Call Number: CL 920.72 H322L

The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson, Call Number: 355.3 R77m
NOTE: The story of the secret U.S. Army unit where they attempted to develop invisibility, walk through walls, and kill by mental process alone. Now a motion picture.

The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes by Carolyne Larrington, Call Number: 293 L334n

On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History by Howard I. Kushner, Call Number: 616.8 K972o

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 363.728 P3240

The Origins and History of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Merrie A. Fidler, Call Number: 796.357 F451o

Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System by Michael Benson, Call Number: 523.2 B474o

Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph, Call Number: 307.72 G568o

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals by Donald R. Prothero, Call Number: 569 P967p

The Promise: A Tragic Accident, A Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship by Rachelle Friedman
NOTE: A friend pushes a bride into a pool at her bridal party and she is paralyzed. She won’t name which friend. This is what happened next.

Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Michael G. Raymer, Call Number: 530.12 R267q

The Qur’an: The Basics by Massimo Campanini, Call Number: 297.1 C186q

Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Call Number: 305.8 L996r
NOTE: The story of a mixed race child growing up in America in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities by Russell Targ, Call number: 133.8 T185r

Sams Teach Yourself Beginning Programming (3rd ed) by Greg Perry and Dean Miller, Call Number: 005.1 P463s

The Science of Sleep: What It Is, How It Works, And Why It Matters by Wallace B. Mendelson, Call Number: 591.5 M537s

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens, Call Number: 782.421 M347s

Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker, Call Number: 153.43 P241s

Symbolic Clothing in Schools: What Should Be Worn and Why by Dianne Gereluk, Call Number; 371.51 G367s

Texas Adoption Activist Edna Gladney by Sherrie S. McLeRoy, Call Number: 361.2G542m
NOTE: The inspiration for the Greer Garson movie Blossoms in the Dust, Gladney lead the fight to stop the abandonment of illegitimate children.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Call Number: 305.896 C652w
NOTE: The story of Reconstruction.

Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career by Lauren Berger, Call Number: 650.14 B496w

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan, Call Number: PB TAN

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero, Call Number: 332.024 S615y

Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate, and Much More by Ari Weinzweig, Call Number: 641.5 W424z

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.

Do You Know About Our ELA Student Support?


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Shelves of ELA books

Kirkwood Cedar Rapid’s ELA section

One of the sections of the collection we’ve focused on this year is the ELA collection. We’ve been working with a couple of the instructors and especially Betsy Baertlein who even helped us track down two different publishers to buy from at a convention. That said it’s a much smaller press output than you would think so we’re always looking to add more. (Betsy recently gave the Kirkwood library a shout out in her article which we appreciate.)

Our books are divided into groups based on Lexile number as divided into levels by the Penguin Readers which seem to be widely used by the ELA classes. In the last year some of the ELA books have been reorganized and some of the books we used to shelve there have been moved to other areas. Previously we’d kept a small selection of higher level books to give upper level ELA students a less overwhelming selection to choose from, but following teacher requests those books have been moved to our normal circulating collection. Depending on their level, these higher level books mostly have been moved to our Popular Fiction or our Young Adult/Children’s Area.

We  are always glad to do orientations for classes. This year for various ELA classes we have done everything from library basics to book talks to very basic research.Whether you have a full ELA class or just a few ELA students, the library is here to help.

If you have a totally non-ELA class, we’re always available for orientations for you too. No matter what your subject is we’re always glad to hear suggestions for weeding and purchases from an instructor. Please let the library know if you’re interested.


Info to Know Spring 2018 – Services Available on the Kirkwood campus for students, faculty, and staff. Did you know about all of these?

Participate in the County Wide Reading Event – Linn Area Reads

Tax Information for Iowans

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:


What to Read Over Break – Recommendations about books to try from our library staff

Iowa Books

Self-Improvement Books

Cookbooks and Cooks

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Odds and Ends 42

Odds and Ends 43

Picture Books on Emotional Subjects – Organized by theme if you have to match them to a novel or class assignment if you don’t see what you need, let us know.

Very Short Introduction – Do you know about this great, quick read non-fiction series?

Our Special Display This Month

Popular Fiction


EVENT – Survey

Currently Kirkwood Library Services has two surveys open, one for faculty and one for students. Please check your e-mail to find the links. The more participation, the better we can serve your needs. So help us help you!


Look for reduced hours over break

Want a Specialized LibGuide for an assignment to help your students find stuff?

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Want to schedule time in the library or for us to come into your class?

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What if the library doesn’t have a book you want?

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And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter. And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.

Picture Books on Emotional Subjects Update


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We’ve had a couple of assignments that students have brought in where they needed to find picture books along various themes. Some titles are repeated if they fit under more than one category. Picture books are normally for 3 to 7 year olds or 4 to 7 years olds. These books are available at the Cedar Rapids location, but can be requested to be sent to any center at any time.


  • See also Alcoholism and Technology

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 V217wr Title: The Wretched Stone Author: Chris Van Allsburg (Electronics, Online)

Afraid to Face Challenges

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 Q12f Title: First Grade Jitters Author: Robert Quackenbush


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 362.29 L285w Title: When Someone in the Family Drinks Too Much Author: Richard C. Langsen

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.54 V678i Title: I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So Much Author: Judith Vigna


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 152.47 M899d Title: Don’t Rant and Rave on Wednesday Author: Adolph Moser

Arrogance Punished

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 811.54 S496ye Title: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Author: Dr. Seuss


Call Number: Easy Reading 816.3 S561o Title: Oliver at the Window Author: Elizabeth Shreeve

Call Number: Easy Reading 823.92 K545m Title: Mutt Dog! Author: Stephen Michael King


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 D278o Title: Oliver Button Is a Sissy Author: Tomie dePaola


Call Number: Easy Reading 616.99 G128m Title: My Book for Kids with Cansur [i.e. cancer] Authors: Jason Gaes, Adam Gaes, and Tim Gaes

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 618.92 M982a Title: Angels and Monsters: A Child’s Eye View of Cancer Author: Lisa Murray

Child Abuse

Call Number: CL 613.6 S743y Title: Your Body Belongs To You Author: Cornelia Spelman

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 K64r Title: The Right Touch: A Read Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Authors: Sandra Klevan and Jody Bergsma

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 S553b Title: Because It’s My Body! Author: Joanne Sherman

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 S795m Title: My Body Belongs To Me: A Book About Body Safety Authors: Jill Starishevsky and Angela Padron

Dealing With Old Age and/or Memory Loss

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 D419n Title: Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs Author: Tomie De Paola

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 S654g Title: Grandpa Green Author: Lane Smith


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 155.937 B878w  Title: When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death Authors: Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Tolon Brown

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 155.937 T461i Title: I Miss You: A First Look at Death Author: Pat Thomas

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 306.9 M657g Title: Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying Author: Joyce C. Mills

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 306.9 S782d Title: The Death Book Author: Pernilla Stalfelt

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 618.92 M982a Title: Angels and Monsters: A Child’s Eye View of Cancer Author: Lisa Murray

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 D419n Title: Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs Author: Tomie de Paola

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 R994oL Title: The Old Woman Who Named Things Author: Cynthia Rylant

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 G211n Title: Never Say Goodbye Author: Lea Gillespie Grant

See also Cancer

Disability, Overcoming Disabilities

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 362.409 W782 Title: Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Authors: Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls
(Born with a deformed leg he became a champion athlete)

Call Number: CL 686.2 U561s Title: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille Author: Jen Bryant (Blind)


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 306.89 L295i Title: It’s Not Your Fault Koko Bear Author: Vicki Lansky

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 306.89 M823w Title: When My Parents Forgot How To Be Friends Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 306.89 R212i Title: I Don’t Want to Talk About It Author: Jeanie Franz Ransom

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 816.3 S561o Title: Oliver at the Window Author: Elizabeth Shreeve


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.52 G132m Title: Millions of Cats Author: Wanda Gag

Fear, Facing Fear

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 H465s Title: Some Things Are Scary Authors: Florence Parry Heide and Jules Feiffer

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 M133mi Title: Mirette on the High Wire Author: Emily Arnold McCully

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 W455s Title: Shy Charles Author: Rosemary Wells

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 A427i Title: I’m Not Scared! Author: Jonathan Allen

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 C282a  Title: Alfie Is Not Afraid Author: Patricia Carlin

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 D281p Title: Pete at the Beach (Pete the Cat) Author: James Dean

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 Q12f Title: First Grade Jitters Author: Robert Quackenbush

See also PTSD

Fire Safety

Call Number: ELA 002 h581d Title: A Day in the Life of a Firefighter Author: Diana Herweck

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 363.37 P398n Title: No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) Authors: Jean E. Pendziwol and Martine Gourbault

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 H294m Title: Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill Author: Jamie Harper

Homelessness, Hunger

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 B868L Title: The Lunch Thief Author: Anne C. Bromley

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 W724c Title: The Can Man Author: Laura E. Williams

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 823.92 K545m Title: Mutt Dog! Author: Stephen Michael King


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 H513c Title: Chester’s Way Author: Kevin Henkes

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 L642t  Title: Tacky the Penguin Authors: Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 D278o Title: Oliver Button Is a Sissy Author: Tomie dePaola

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.54 W455s Title: Shy Charles Author: Rosemary Wells

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 C545e Title: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed Author: Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 M123h Title: Hondo and Fabian Author: Peter McCarty


Call Number: Easy Reading 816.3 S561o Title: Oliver at the Window Author: Elizabeth Shreeve


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 158 C549o Title: On My Way to a Happy Life Authors: Deepak Chopra and Kristina Tracy

Long Distance Relationship

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 S179t Title: Tea With Grandpa Author: Barney Saltzberg

Loss of Community

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 H294i Title: I Like Where I Am Author: Jessica Harper

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 M468w Title: We Are Moving Author: Mercer Mayer

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 U31s Title: A Storm Called Katrina Author: Myron Uhlberg

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 U561b Title: Bad Bye, Good Bye Authors: Deborah Underwood and Jonathan Bean


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 333.75 M111p Title: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Author: Franck Prevot,

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 635.092 S493 Title: The Tree Lady Author: H. Joseph Hopkins


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 R462c Title: Creepy Carrots! Author: Aaron Reynolds


Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 B261s Title: Sam and Dave Dig A Hole Author: Mac Barnett


See also Homelessness

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.54 P274c Title: Coat of Many Colors Authors: Dolly Parton and Judith Sutton

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.54 S381r  Title: Ragtime Tumpie Authors: Alan Schroede and Bernie Fuchs


Call Number: 616.85 A565w Title: Why Are You So Scared?: A Child’s Book About Parents With PTSD Author: Beth Andrews


See Child Abuse


Call Number: 813.6 K969L Title: A Little Book About Safety Authors: Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller

Self-Sacrifice for Others

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 W724c Title: The Can Man Author: Laura E. Williams

Sexual Abuse

See Child Abuse


Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 G670s Title: Smoking Stinks! Author: Kim Gosselin


Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 C678b Title: The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim Authors: Karen and Brian Cohn

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 K969L Title: A Little Book About Safety Authors: Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller


Call Number: CL 359.009 H798w Title: Grace Hopper: Queen of the Computer Code Author: Laurie Wallmark

Call Number: Easy Reading CL 510.92 H798r Title: Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer Author: Fiona Robinson

Call Number: CL 510.92 W214a Title: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine Author: Laurie Wallmark

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 A576c Title: Charlotte the Scientist is Squished Author: Camille Andros
NOTE: Learn the scientific method.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 C794h Title: Hello! Hello! Author: Matthew Cordell
NOTE: A girl disconnects online and reconnects to the outside world.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 Y561u Title: Interstellar Cinderella Author: Deborah Underwood

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 Y121d Title: Doug Unplugged Author: Dan Yaccarino
NOTE: A little robot learns the difference between facts and experience.


Call Number: Easy Reading 355.1 K395b Title: Brave Like Me Author: Barbara Kerley

Call Number: Easy Reading 811.54 S496b Title: The Butter Battle Book Author: Dr. Seuss

Call Number: Easy Reading 940.542 B728L Title: The Little Ships Author: Louise Borden
NOTE: The “little ships” rescue the army at Dunkirk.

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.

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From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species Are Transforming The Planet — and Ourselves by Leslie Anthony, Call Number: 578.62 A628a

Changing Contours of Work: Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy by Stephen Sweet and Peter Meiksins, Call Number: 331.097 S974c

Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon by Marc Eliot, Call Number: 791.43 H588e

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day by America’s Test Kitchen, Call Number: 641.59 C737c

Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intelectual Property Law by Jason Mazzone, Call Number: 346.73 M478c

The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell, Call Number: 305.235 P664r

Dictating to the Mob: The History of the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English by Jurg R. Schwyter, Call Number: 420 S415d
NOTE: The story of how the BBC standardized English.

Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation is Tranforming the Workplace by David Stillman and Jonah Stillman, Call Number: 658.3 S857g

The Health of Nations: The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases by Karen Bartlett, Call Number: 614.4 B289h

A History of Pi by Petr Bockmann, Call Number: 512.924 B397h

How the Best Teachers Differentiate Instruction by Elizabeth Breaux and Monique Boutte Magee, Call Number: 371.39 B828h

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini, Call Number: 305.4 S132i

Integrating + Differentiated Instruction Understanding By Design by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe, Call Number: 371.102 T659i

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

Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys by John O’Brien, Call Number: 305.6 O135k

The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investigating Success by Dr. Daniel Crosby, Call Number: 332.6 C949L

Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success by Suzy Pepper Rollins, Call Number: 372.43 R754L

Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students’ Cultural Strengths by Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull, Call Number: 371.102 F528m

Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students compiled and edited by Rofessor Anders Henriksson, Call Number: 902.07 H518n
NOTE: Humor book based on college student mistakes and misunderstanding.

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney, Call Number 624.5 S757p

Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World by Alec Ryrie, Call Number: 280 R995p

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

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth by Holger Hoock, Call Number: 973.3 H776s

Sickle Cell Disease: The Evil Spirit of Misshapen Hemoglobin by Todd T. Eckdahl, Call Number: 616.152 E191s

The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History by David Enrich, Call Number: 364.16 E595s

Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter by George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John H. Schuh, Elizabeth J. Whitt, and Associates, Call Number: 378.198 K96s

The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives by Michelle Janning, Call Number: 306.85 J345s

A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America (2nd ed) by Jeffrey Glassberg, Call Number: 595.78 G549s

Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses From Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren, Call Number: 523.7 N832s

Teaching Beginner ELLs Using Picture Books by Ana Lado, Call Number: 428.007
NOTE: Suggestions on how to use picture books to work in any class.

Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America: A Life-Size Guide to Every Species by Paul Sterry, Call Number: 598.8 S839w

Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson, Call Number 384 W279t

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

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.

Linn Area Reads 2018


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Each year the Metro Libraries offers a program where they encourage everyone in the county to read the same book. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar RapidsMarion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries, in partnership with Barnes & Noble BooksellersCenter Point Public LibraryCentral City Public LibraryCoggon Public LibraryCole Library (Mt. Vernon)Ely Public LibraryFairfax Public LibraryLisbon Public LibraryNext Page Books, and Springville Public Library.They host events and hope that reading the same book will encourage conversations about reading across the community.


This Year’s Selection


This year’s selection is Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.

Find a copy at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood branch at: PB BMU

Learn more about the Linn Area Reads, including how to sign up for updates.

Check out their events all around Linn County.

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.

Tax Time 2018 for Iowa Taxpayers


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Every year the West Des Moines Public Library does an awesome job putting together a resource on where to find all the information you need about tax forms for both federal and Iowa taxes. The only things that are really different here at Kirkwood is we do NOT carry ANY paper tax forms and do NOT keep masters at either Kirkwood library branch.

If you have a tax form you need from Kirkwood, it will be available on Eaglenet, but before it will show up you’ll have to fill out the consent form saying you agree to them making it available electronically. If you don’t electronically give consent via Eaglenet the tax form will be mailed to you as a paper copy.


General Tax Forms, Iowa and Federal

Find links for Iowa and Federal forms, addresses, etc. here (updated Jan. 2018):

NOTE: Due to Congress changing tax law so close to the deadline not all forms might be available right away. If what you need isn’t shown, check back soon.

Or in PDF form here:


  • The Iowa Department of Revenue has done away with the Iowa Short Form. Both individual tax payers and corporations now have to use what was previously referred to as the long form.
  • Direct deposit is no long available for refunds if you file Iowa state paper tax returns. They ARE available if you file electronically.

Other tips and helpful information for filing Iowa taxes:

Also, check the definitions of these basic tax terms:



Kirkwood Accounting student volunteers will again be assisting students, staff, faculty and the community with tax preparation. Assistance will be given for 2017 federal and Iowa tax returns to qualified taxpayers. This is a free service sponsored by the IRS and Kirkwood. Appointments are required. Email or leave a voice message at ext. 4521.

Kirkwood VITA does NOT complete complicated returns that include self-employment income, extensive tax credits, stock sales, non-resident returns or other tax issues that require major documentation or tax research.

Income Tax Forms for F1 Visa Students

All non-resident F1 visa holders are required to file both 1040NR and the 8843 forms. Even if you did not earn any wages, these forms still must be completed. Click on and  to download and print the forms.

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 42


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.

This time I’ve added some really great children’s books to the list.

Children’s books

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

Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries with 21 Activities and Experiments, by Amy M. O’Quinn Call Numbers CL 540.92 C975o

Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon with Bart Davis, Call Number: CL 813.6 K567t


Adcreep: The Case Against Modern Marketing by Mark Bartholomew, Call Number: 343.73 B287a

Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women by Renee Engeln, Call Number: 306.4 E575b

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

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell, Call Number: 027.04 R992b

The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne, Call Number: 305 P346b

Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money For College, How You Can Too! by Kristina Ellis, Call Number: 378.34 E474c

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

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif, Call Number: 320.082 S531d

Don’t Be a Wife to a Boyfriend: 10 Lessons I Learned When I Was Single by Shonda Brown White, Call Number: 646.7 W588d
NOTE: Purchased at student request.

Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Duide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller, Call Number: 378.1 J673d

Don’t Touch That Doorknob! How Germs Can Zap You and How You Can Zap Back by Jack Brown, Call Number: 616 B878d

The End of Owernship: Personal Property in the Digital Economy by Aarron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, Call Number: 346.04 P471

Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat by Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Call Number: 158.1 O362e

Facts and Fictions in Mental Health by Hal Arkowitz and Scott O. Lilienfeld, Call Number; 362.2 A721f

The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis by Ben S. Bernanke, Call Number: 330.9 F293

Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work by Miranda K. Pennington, Call Number: 814.6 P414g

Good People, Bad Managers: How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions by Samuel A. Culbert, Call Number: 306.3 C967g

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

The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee, Call Number: 940.53 L477h

A History of the United States in Five Crashes: Stock market Meltdowns That Defined a Nation 1907, 1929, 1987, 2008, 2010 by Scott Nations, Call Number: 330.973 N277h

It Takes a Campus: 15 Initiatives to Improve Retention by Kyle Ellis, Call Number: 378.3 E4747i

Literature and the Child (7th ed.) by Lee Galda, Bernice e. Cullinan, and Lawrence R. Sipe, Call Number: 028.5 G149L

The Little Book of Market Myths: How to Profit by Avoiding the Investing Mistakes Everyone Else Makes by Ken Fishers, Call Number: 332.6 F534L

The Little Book of Stock Market Profits: The Best Strategies of All Time Made Even Better by Mitch Zacks, Call Number: 332.63 Z16L

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

Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine by William Rosen, Call Number: 615.7 R813m

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

Mutual Funds for Dummies by Eric Tyson, Call Number: 332.632

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes our Motivations by Dan Ariely, Call Number: 658.3 A698p

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

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore, Call Number: 363.17 M822r

Salted and Cured: Savoring the Culture, Heritage, and Flavor of America’s Preserved Meats by Jeffrey P. Roberts, Call Number: 641.5 R635s

The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir by Dinty W. Moore, Call Number: 808.3 M821s

Tara Revisited: Women, War, and the Plantation Legend by Catherine Clinton, Call Number: 973.7 C641t

Teaching Literary Elements with Picture Books: Engaging Standars-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 the ideas definitely could be used with higher level courses.

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse, Call Number: 305.24 S252v

The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good, Call Number: 306.872 F831w

Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World by Benjamin Reiss, Call Number: 616.8 R378w

Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and the Return of Wild American Wolves by Brenda Peterson, Call Number: 599.773 P485w

The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity by Katherine Marshall, Call Number: 332.1 M368w

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Info to Know Spring 2018


Here is a collection of information of things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!

You have to learn to speak the language of college, but you don’t have to start out knowing it.

Experiment with a different browser to start the school year.

What’s Kirkwood’s Student Body like?

Check out some words of advice from the U.S. Department of Education:

Find some books to help you find your footing as a student or graduate here:

Want some tools to hack college? Check out these websites.


Kirkwood has a new app. Find instructions on where to find it.


Learn more about it here: To add a course, if the class has not met yet, students can call One Stop.  For any class that has met, students will need to fill out a form. Get the form from the department’s office and ask them about the particular class. For the first week you just need the instructor’s signature. The following week you also need the Dean’s. For Distance Learning classes in general check this page.

Students may drop classes through Eaglenet until the last day set on the academic calendar each semester. To check for the important dates for any particular class double check here.

Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Kirkwood no longer gives a full refund to students who both drop a class and add a class in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – Kirkwood refunds 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes. Find Full Refund Policy:


Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name. Set up an appointment to talk to them about your schedule and your overall path through your program. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 319-398-5540. Find answers to basic questions about class scheduling type issues here. NOTE that important dates listed on the PDF are NOT current.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is never allowed on campus without special written permission.


There is only one ATM available on the Cedar Rapids campus. It’s located near the cafeteria by Student Life and the US Bank campus branch. On the Iowa City campus there is one available next to the One Stop Office.

Book List

There are two ways to get into your list of textbooks you need for all your classes.

To find your list of textbooks
1. Log into Eaglenet
2. Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academic Profile
3. Select term from Drop Down menu and click on Submit
4. Click on “Click here to access Booklist”
5. A second tab will pop up and ask you to log in with your k-number and password
6. This will generate a list for all your classes. They are very brief entries but will give you an abbreviated title, ISBN, and which class it’s for.

To go directly to the “second tab” (aka Step 5 above) go to

Books The Library Doesn’t Own

The library doesn’t collect textbooks (scroll to textbooks below), but for any other type of book we’ll be glad to try to help you get a copy either by buying it or by borrowing a copy from another library. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.

Book Club

Share your love of books and reading with other student readers. Read what you like. Share your thoughts. Make and take reading recommendations. Each semester we will decide on additional activities and determine if we want to focus on any reading themes. Contact club advisor Julie Petersen,

Book Return – Library

On the Cedar Rapids campus you can return books you’ve checked out in the drop at the circulation desk, the slot right outside the library doors, and the outside bookdrop. You can find the outside bookdrop right here:

At the Iowa City branch return books at the desk and in the library book return box (a large black box) across from the library doors. There is also a book return box available in the parking lot.

You can return books at the office at any of the centers.

Bus Passes for Free

The EagleCard Office at the help desk in the Allsop lab in Neilsen Hall, Student Life, Rec Center, and both bookstores can attach free bus stickers to the EagleCards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 7a for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each year before you can ride free. The year runs from August to August. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from the Eaglecard office listed above for use to verify attendance and k number.

If you’re waiting for a Cedar Rapids bus and wonder where it’s at, simply go to Through an interactive map, click on the route number and an arrow will show exactly which street or intersection your bus is at and watch an arrow representing the bus as it moves along down the street. Remember the routes that come to Kirkwood are 7 and 7a.

Here is the map and the route schedule. It changed July 1, 2017 to these new routes.


Find the calendars with important dates, which days school will be closed, and final exam schedule here:

Campus Health

Campus Health is still open this semester for your low level medical needs, but will be closing. Mercy has a new outpost next to the Kirkwood Hotel and the Kirkwood administration is working to maintain Kirkwood’s support for student health.

Car Service

For only $8 let Automotive Technology perform a full vehicle inspection. They will inspect the condition of the brakes, belts, fluids, and test the battery. It is open to anyone with a vehicle that is not European and no older than 8 years. The service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, from October to May, by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling (319) 398-5479 or e-mailing

Car Troubles

For some car troubles you can ask security for help, for others they can loan you equipment and give advice. Learn more here:
Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends.

Career Services

The Career Services department offers a variety of job seeking skill and career decision-making workshops, as well as individual appointments that are free to Kirkwood students. Career Services assists students in career exploration and job-seeking skills. Some of the job seeking skills help includes resume building and interview coaching. For more information, including dates and times, please visit

Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Advisor above


Kirkwood has a wide range of interests with more than 80 clubs registered with Student Life. Check out the list:

Scroll up to Book Club

Coloring Printing

Find out about color printing on all campuses in this blog post:

Scroll down to Printing and Print Quota for more printing information.

Computer Lab in Cedar Rapids— 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall is the main lab on the Cedar Rapids campus. It houses 106 PCs and 2 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners, and a color printer. All programs needed for classes are offered on these computers, but not every computer has every program, ask at the help desk if you need a specific program so they can direct you to the right computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is used for student public usage for research and homework. Students may reserve a computer at least one day ahead by calling 398-5606 or coming to the front counter. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. The same policies and guidelines apply as in the computer classrooms.

Computer Lab in Iowa City

The Iowa City computer lab is now part of the library.

Confidential Counseling Services – It’s FREE

Life can be overwhelming. Roommate issues? Relationship issues? Class/test concerns? Personal issues?  You don’t have to face it alone. Help is right here on campus.  Counselors are available in 108 Iowa Hall, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact us at 319-398-5540 or visit to learn more.

Cost Per Class

The cost per class is actually figured out by credit hour. Find more information:


Your permanent EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Get it after you register for credit classes. Your Eaglecard is also your LIBRARY CARD. Carry it with you at all times while you are on campus and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches with different departments and you’ll get all of your student benefits. (Library Note: We have some items, such as the laptops, that we only check out if you have your physical card in hand.)

Present a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

  • EagleCard office (Nielsen Hall – Room 131 which is within the Allsop Computer Lab) Phone 319-398-5411, ext. 5680
  • Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)
  • Iowa City Campus Bookstore
  • Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is open the same hours as the Allsop Computer Lab. EagleCards can also be printed at the Rec Center on the Main Campus and at the Iowa City Bookstore.


EagleCash is money that you put on your EagleCard that you can use in various places around campus rather than carry cash.


EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.


Students can fax for free at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library. Ask at the Circulation desk.

Finance Department for Employees

The Finance Department manages general Kirkwood business including, but not limited to, departmental deposits, Pcard pick up, payment or reimbursement requests, and parking stickers. The Finance office is located at The Kirkwood Center, south of The Hotel at Kirkwood.

DIRECTIONS: From Kirkwood Boulevard, use the parking lot south of 76th Ave. (opposite side of The Hotel). Enter the doors to The Kirkwood Center Atrium. Finance is located on the other side of the reception area. For specific questions, please contact Joan Hanna at ext. 5555.

Full Time Student Load

You must take 12 or more credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time, except during the summer semester when 9 credit hours is full-time.

General Student FAQs

Find some questions the college office gets a lot here:

Get Published

Faculty, staff and students can submit both writing and artwork to the Kirkwood publication, The Cedar Divide.


Check out these cookbooks in library aimed at college students. There are two locations of the Cafe on campus, one on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall and one in the lobby area of Linn Hall. They normally have the same hours. There are also vending machines around campus with a variety of snacks and beverages.

International Students

Find all of the information you need regarding international student support services at  Scroll to the bottom of that page to find the International Events Calendar.  Join in any of the activities or stop by the International Student Office in Linn Hall 1154 for any additional information.

Internet Guidelines

Taken from The Policy for Responsible Use of Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College

  • Accessing Internet is a privilege granted for the primary purpose of conducting research, completing class assignments, and gaining familiarity with evolving electronic communications.
  • Users shall not send offensive, threatening, abusive, obscene, or other such messages to anyone who may be using the system.
  • Users shall not use Kirkwood’s computing resources to copy, generate, or transmit obscene files publicly accessible.
  • Each user will be financially responsible for any unauthorized commitments made through Internet.
  • Users must follow the guidelines as outlined in the AA/EEO policy on Hostile Environments including the viewing and/or printing of any material considered to be offensive or obscene.
  • Users shall not engage in invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, violation of copyright laws or any other activity prohibited by these guidelines or by law.
  • Access to the Internet may be denied or revoked at any time.

Kirk Alerts

Sign up for Kirk Alerts to get the latest information about college cancellations, delays, and closures. They can be delivered to you across multiple platforms of your choice. All clears are usually not issued.

Lactation Room

Kirkwood supports new mothers with designated lactation rooms. The ones in Cedar Rapids are in Cedar Hall Room 226 and Linn Hall Room 2104. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. Campus Health is to be used as a backup location only. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

The lactation room in Iowa City is located by the One Stop Office.

Late Registration Policy

The last day to register on EagleNet for a class is the day before it starts. Once a class starts, you’ll need faculty and possibly dean signatures to add it. If you have any doubts or questions about your schedule, don’t wait to talk to your advisor – make an appointment today! If an instructor signs a Late Registration form to let you into their class, your next stop is not One Stop. It’s the department office staff, who will process the form. Scroll up to Add-Drop for more information.

Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name.

Library Textbook Policy

The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve. Feel free to ask your instructor if they haven’t yet put a copy on reserve.

Microsoft Office

Do you know that as a Kirkwood student you’re entitled to a free download of Microsoft 365? This is a stripped down version of Office, but should work for any assignment you get a Kirkwood. Follow the step by step directions. Particularly note the form they want for the e-mail.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students and offered on several dates prior to the start of the term. During orientation, you’ll work with academic advisors, current students and professional staff members to get ready for your transition to Kirkwood Community College. At orientation students will:

  • meet with academic advisors to learn about your core classes, degree requirements in programs you’re considering and course selections for the semester
  • talk with Kirkwood faculty members about academic expectations learn about student involvement, financial aid, campus technology, community expectations, and other aspects of the social and academic environment at Kirkwood,
  • meet and get to know other new students,
  • receive your EagleCard (student ID),
  • register for classes.

For more information go to

New Stuff 

Want to be notified when the library gets something new? Sign up or check back at the link.

Notebook and Graph Paper

Sometimes classes will require special paper (printed with a particular design) for assignments. Notebook paper and regular graph paper are the most common of these. You can buy a package at the Bookstore or other retailer, but if you just need a page or two or something really custom you can print your own.

Old Class Descriptions

If you need an old class description to show someone whether they would be willing to accept a class or not for some purpose, find it here:

One Stop

The One Stop office manages general student business including, but not limited to, financial aid status, graduation inquiries, transcript requests, course or enrollment verification, diploma ordering or information on deferment. The One Stop office is located at Kirkwood Hall 2nd floor.

    DIRECTIONS: Driving from Kirkwood Boulevard, enter the south entrance to campus and take the first left. Drive toward the buildings and Kirkwood Hall, which is to the north of the parking lots. There is visitor parking in the Blue Permit parking lot. Walking, go to Kirkwood Hall, which is located down the skywalk from the cafeteria in Iowa Hall. Once at the end of the skywalk, the One Stop office is the first office on the right. For specific questions, please contact the One Stop office at 319-398-7600.

Parking Permits and Parking and Traffic Tickets

Students are NOT required to get parking permits to park on Kirkwood lots, but are required to follow basic parking rules such as parking in designated areas only. If you get a Kirkwood parking ticket, pay at the Cashier’s Office in One Stop.

Breaking city laws, for example parking in handicap spots without a handicap permit, can get you a regular parking ticket from the city where regular fines apply.

Password Reset

Access this self-service web page to establish or change your K-number password. For more information. You can log on to change your password from any machine that you don’t have to use your Kirkwood ID to log into on or off campus.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available from 12pm – 2pm Monday – Friday, room 3047 Cedar Hall. This is a room number change from the previous room which had only been available on Fridays. You may visit the International Programs office 1154 Linn Hall on the Cedar Rapids Main campus if you have any questions. This service is available to all students.

Printing and Student Print Quota

There are various places around campus where students can print. The two main ones are the library and the computer lab at both campuses. Both have black and white and color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing.

Registered students are given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is a way to ration printing and is NOT real money either from the college or from any fee students pay. It could as easily be known as points or coupons, etc. As students print or copy, 5 cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. Access this page to check your current balance.

AGAIN this is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by either the student or the college. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion of the ration will be given to you as cash. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints.

The balance means balance like a checkbook or savings account, not balance like a credit card. Meaning it isn’t saying that you owe money when it shows a balance, it’s what you have to use yet.

Most students don’t use their entire ration during a semester. If you haven’t used all of yours it will be carried forward to the next semester. At the end of the summer everyone’s balance is wiped out and you start again with $36, but don’t worry about that remember that it isn’t real money.

If you would use all $36 during the semester and need more, you CAN put real money on the card and that won’t disappear at the reset. However, it is not refundable.

As a student when you print documents, you will see a pop-up that will inform you of the cost of that print job and the remaining balance. Click to confirm that you want to print it. If a student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages,  an additional dialogue box  pops up asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

When as a student, you use your k# to login to the copier, you will see your name and your current balance on the display pad.

Check out this site find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money ration does), or to dispute a print charge. It’s easy to remember the website it’s the Kirkwood address plus print, so but not that easy to find a link to.

Resume – Scroll up to Career Services


Want to get off on the right foot with your roommate? Here are some suggestions.


Counseling services offers screenings in the fall.

  • Alcohol Screening will be on 10/4/2018
  • Depression Screening will be on 10/11/2018
  • Eating Disorder Screening will be on 10/18/2018

All screenings are from 10:00am-1:00pm in 125 Iowa Hall.

Students can also access the screenings online here:


Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends. Get more information on the array of services they offer.

Student Code of Conduct

Specific rules and regulations Kirkwood students are required to follow and the possible consequences for violation.

Student Email

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. All current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will NOT be sent via postal mail or to a personal e-mail address, but will be sent to your student e-mail.

The format of your Kirkwood student email address is:

If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. Upon graduation or transfer to another institution, student email accounts are deactivated (the following August 31st). Any saved documents and/or emails will not be accessible after that date.

Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. (Library Note: Although we haven’t seen this lately, sometimes students have had issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites opening on campus – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail to send it or even better send it to both.)
Find the IT FAQs for Student email:

Student Handbook

The full set of rules to live by and other useful information is available online.

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your login questions. Conveniently located in the Allsop Computer Lab – 131 Nielsen Hall. Call them at 319-398-7624 or 1-800-634-6581. Among the IT services are: Campus Wireless, EagleCash, EagleNet, Talon, Passwords, Print Quota, and Student e-mail. Contact them directly for questions about any of these and start with them for other basic computer issues. Find their FAQ sheet linked here:

If it’s a Talon question that isn’t related to individual page set up, they will likely refer you to the general Talon help service. Scroll to Talon information below.

Student Print Quota – Scroll up to Printing and Print Quota

Study Abroad

YOU can study Abroad.  Kirkwood offers over 15 different short-term study abroad programs each year and there are programs for everyone.  The programs and applications are found here at  You are also welcome to stop by Linn Hall 1154 to speak with a Study Abroad Advisor if you have any questions.  Scholarships for study abroad are available.


Talon is a suite of online tools that facilitate online classes. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Talon. Most online courses operate fully within Talon or at least use it as a frame or portal to get you to the materials you need and to turn in assignments.

If your instructor told you to use or find something and you don’t know where it is (a handout, an article, a place to turn something in), check your Talon page for that class first.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. You can check with the student helpdesk, but you may be directed to the help line through Talon which is available 24/7 at 1-877-478-7074. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor.

Textbooks –Scroll up to Book List of Textbooks to find out which books you’ll need and to Library Textbook Policy for information about what’s available in the library.

Tutoring – It’s FREE!
Free tutoring is available to every student taking a class for credit. Stop by 2071 Cedar Hall or call 319-398-5425 to speak to someone in Learning Services.


Tuition cost is set per credit hour, but varies by Iowa resident, non-resident, and international categories.

Vending Machine Issues

If a vending machine takes your money or if you have another vending machine issue, in Cedar Rapids report to Student Life on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall across from the bank by the cafeteria. In Iowa City report it at the One Stop office. Find out more about the vending machines by the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library here and the rest of them on campus by checking with Student Life.


Be sure to check out all the resources on the Cedar Rapids campus including the Veterans Lounge.

Veterans in Iowa City are eligible for all benefits but they do not have a lounge.


Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Withdrawn From Class By Instructor

If you have a  Deregistration or Administrative Withdraw from a class for non-attendence, here’s what you do.

Work Study

To get work study position around campus, start at One Stop and make sure you qualify for Work Study. Then you can apply for specific jobs currently open around campus.

UPDATED March 9 2018: They have extended the Prayer Room hours and changed the room.

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New Books: Iowa


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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. These books all have a connection to Iowa, including Iowa history, Iowa culture, and Iowa authors. Look for one of these titles 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.

Check out previous lists of Iowa books from 2014 and 2016.

Call Number: 289.73 N798h 2015 Title: A History of the Amish (3rd edition) Author: Steven M. Nolt

Call Number: 320.473 M739w Title: Why States Matter: An Introduction to State Politics (2nd ed.) Authors: Gary F. Moncrief and Peverill Squire

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

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

Call Number: 363.7 N669n Title: Nature’s allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World Author: Larry A. Nielsen
NOTE: One of them is Iowan Ding Darling.

Call Number: 364.152 J273m Title: The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery Author: Bill James

Call Number: 394.12 M 449c Title: A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More Author: Darcy Dougherty Maulsby

Call Number: 595.78 A277m Title: Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, A Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution Author: Anurag Agrawal

Call Number: 615.3 R796m Title: Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness Author: Lisa M. Rose

Call Number: 788.9 W855f Title: Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend Author: Brendan Wolfe

Call Number: 791.43 M271i Title: Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams Author: Brett H. Mandel

Call Number: 813.52 K168a Title: Andersonville Author: MacKinlay Kantor

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

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: 973.7 P276i Title: An Iowa Solider Writes Home: The Civil War Letters of Union Private Daniel J. Parvin Editor: Phillip A. Hubbart

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

Call Number: 973.916 H789w Title: Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times Author: Kenneth Whyte
NOTE: The story of the only President born in Iowa, so far.

Call Number: 977.7B168s Title: The Sacred Cause of Union: Iowa in the Civil War Author: Thomas R. Baker

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