Memorial Day Weekend 2017


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The staff of both locations of Kirkwood Library Services wish you and yours the best this Memorial Day Weekend, whether it entails fun in the sun, a community Memorial Day service, or both.

Sat., May 27th


Sun., May 28th


Mon., May 29th


Tues., May 30th

Library Resumes

Normal Summer Hours

We’ll see you back here Tuesday, May 30th  at our normal summer time to help you with all your informational and pleasure reading needs.

Normal Summer Hours for Cedar Rapids:

Mon. – Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. – Noon
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

Normal Summer Hours for Iowa City:

Mon.-Thurs.: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. – Noon
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

New Books: Odds and Ends 37



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.

1000 Details for Living Interiors, Call Number: 747 O585

Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Call Number: 303.483 D537a
NOTE: A privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing – fast.

The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power by Joseph Turow, Call Number: 658.834 T956a

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores, Call Number: 591.509 F634a

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton, Call Number: 910.41 F654a

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinksky, Call Number: 362.11 O826b

Best Kept Boy in the World: The Short, Scandalous Life of Denny Fouts, Muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Isherwood by Arthur Vanderbilt, Call Number: 306.74 F782b

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, Call Number: 796.83 R646b

Bombs, Bullets, and Politicians: France’s Response to Terrorism by Christophe Chowanietz, Call Number: 363.325 C552b

The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams, Call Number: 294.3 B916

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

Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey by Todd McCaffrey (her son), Call Number: 813.54 M121d
NOTE: The landmark fantasy writer.

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

Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books by Leonard S. Marcus, Call Number: 070.508 M322g

The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone by David M. Smick, Call Number: 338.973 S639g

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communication, Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohllben, Call Number: 582.16 W846h

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis, Call Number: 306.362 D262i

The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life by Margaret Guroff, Call Number: 303.48 G981m

The Missing JFK Assassination Film: The Mystery Surrounding the Orville Nix Home Movie of November 22, 1963 by Gayle Nix Jackson, Call Number: 364.152 J128m

Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process by Peter Ahlberg, Call Number: 745.4 A285p

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (2nd ed.) by Gregory S. Paul, Call Number: 567.9 P324p

The Science of Stress: Living Under Pressure by Gregory L. Fricchione, Ana Ivkovic, and Albert S. Yeung, Call Number: 155.9 F897s

Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome: A User Guide to Adulthood by Luke Jackson, Call Number: 618.92 J134s

Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Beer, Call Number: 780.9 B415s

The Story of Design: From the Paleolithic to the Present by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Call Number: 745.409 F463s

Talent Development Around the World by Pedro Sanchez-Escobedo, Call Number: 658.3 S253t
NOTE: By our Spring 2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Dr. Pedro Sanchez.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between) by Lauren Graham, Call Number: 791.45 G739t

Ten Restaurants That Changed America by Paul Feedman, Call Number: 647.957 F853t

Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War by Chandra Manning, Call Number: 973.7 M283t

Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the American South by Beth Macy, Call Number: 791.35 M177tv

The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health- from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years by Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis, Call Number: 614.4 T461v

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon, Call Number: 578.4 S595w

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neill, Call Number: 005.7 O586w

The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective by Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Call Number: 371.102 C678w

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.

Database Change Coming July 1st!


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Exciting news! Beginning July 1st, the Kirkwood library will be providing more resources to you, our patron, for less cost. The State Library of Iowa and the Alliance of Academic Libraries in Iowa have negotiated a new contract with the database vendor, Gale, to provide us their “Gold” package. This new package will provide us with even more journals and magazines than we had in the past through EBSCOhost, the previous, State Library preferred vendor.

What this will mean for most faculty and students is that Academic OneFile will be replacing EBSCO’s Academic Search Elite for academic research. Both databases provide peer-reviewed, full text, multi-disciplinary articles, but Academic OneFile provides over 17,000 more journal titles than Academic Search Elite. It is overall a more comprehensive product.

However, the library will continue to subscribe to specialized EBSCO products, in order to provide you with the best available resources. These EBSCO databases are:

CINAHL with full text

Current Biography Illustrated

EBSCO ebooks


Library Literature and Information Science Full text


Science Full text Select

During the summer, the library will be updating its website pages and links in order to provide you with the most current information and available titles from Gale. Please check out the FAQs and other details about the new databases at: Of course, if after July 1st, you find that you do not have access to a resource you use for your courses, please contact the library and we will do our best to provide you with what you need.

The specific products that the Kirkwood libraries will gain with the Gale’s “GOLD” package are:

*Academic OneFile (with InfoTrac Collections)       

*Books & Authors

*Business Insights Essentials

*Chiltons Library (for auto repair)

*Credo Reference

*Educator’s Reference Complete

*General OneFile (with InfoTrac Collections)

*Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module

*Health Reference Center Academic

*Informe Academico (Spanish language)

*Transparent Language Online

Kirkwood Closed Early Fridays Through July 2017


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The entire Kirkwood Community College system (Main Campus, Iowa City, All Centers inclusive) will be closing on Fridays at noon from now through Friday, July 28, 2017. Both library branches will be included in this closing so until July 28th we’ll now be closed from noon on Friday until 7:30 am Monday morning in Cedar Rapids and until 8:00 am Monday morning in Iowa City. Our online resources will remain available 24/7.  Please include this in your planning. Check out the official word with some more details from Kirkwood.

Starting August 4th we’ll return to our normal Friday library hours (7:30 am – 5:00 pm Cedar Rapids and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Iowa City). Weekend hours will return starting August 26th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this schedule change.

Hours Between Semesters May 2017

The hours in the chart below are for the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Library, the Iowa City Kirkwood Library will be open 8 am – 8 pm Mon., May 15th -Thurs., May 18th.  The rest of the hours below are the same.

Sat., May 13th    –
Sun., May 14th


Mon., May 15th
Thurs., May 18th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fri., May 19th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat., May 20th –                     Sun., May 21st


Mon., May 22nd

Resume Normal Summer Hours


Do You Know About Our Quiet Study Floor?


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Are you someone who needs quiet to study? Or do you know someone who does? Check out the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library’s quiet study floor.

Second Floor of the Cedar Rapids Library

Second Floor of the Cedar Rapids Library

Located on the second floor of the library, the entire area is meant for studying by yourself in quiet. We ask that cell phones are put on silent mode and that if you are studying with someone and need to talk, please use the group study rooms or use a table on the first floor where it’s fine to be a little louder.

Especially look for the study carrels around the outer edge behind the book shelves (on the opposite end from the stairs). Carrels are tables with large sides to block out other people and other distractions.

When the group study rooms aren’t in use by groups, individuals may also use them. – BE AWARE that groups still get priority and you may be bumped if any group of two or more people need the space. The further you locate yourself from these rooms the quieter the space will be.

Not everyone’s definition of quiet will be the same and some soft noise like paper shuffling etc. are permitted. If you feel that noise is distractingly loud or goes on for more than a couple of minutes, please notify the reference desk either in person or using the chat on the library homepage. Giving as exact directions as possible helps us try figure out who is causing the problem. If they have quieted down before we get there, we won’t approach them unless we get a second complaint.

Some of the second floor study carrels to help you isolate yourself for quiet study

Some of the second floor study carrels to help you isolate yourself for quiet study

Lots of people don’t know about flashdrives and using them on campus.

Students often don’t know the academic words you think they know, check out this study about words you should help define in your assignments.

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

Earth Day

Emotional Picturebooks Update for 2017 – for when you need to tie a children’s book to an emotion or a theme in a novel

New Books: Odds and Ends 33

New Books: Odds and Ends 34

New Books: Odds and Ends 35

New Books: Odds and Ends 36

Our Special Display This Month

Women’s History Month (March)

Poetry Month (April)

Earth Day (April 22nd, but check out the display the week before and the week after)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)

May the Fourth Be With You – Sci Fi (May 4th, but check out the display the week before and the week after)

Event – Special Events

Exam Cram – Library Services and Tutoring Services combine their efforts to get your finals studying, tests, and projects off on the right foot. Stop by both the library and tutoring services on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Watch for the return of therapy dogs on May 4, 2017 at 11:15 am.


In the lead up to and during Finals Week the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library will be having extended hours. Both library locations will offer coffee, hot tea, etc. See post for more details

Research Tips

How do you get research help?

Keep track of your flashdrives! And what to do if you lose them.

401 Writing Prompts

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

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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.

Receive “Amnesty” @ your Kirkwood Library


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Picture1 It’s the end of the semester and Kirkwood Library Services (Cedar Rapids and Iowa City locations) is celebrating by giving you a pass and offering you a pardon. Return all overdue materials from Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 12th and your library fines will be forgiven. So gather up all those forgotten books and visit us at the library. Items can be returned at the main campus or any branch to qualify.

Note: We cannot waive fines assessed for overdue items already returned. No fines previously paid will be refunded. Fees for lost items are not included.

Extended Hours for Spring 2017


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In order to serve you better during the lead up to finals, Kirkwood Library Services is offering extended hours at the Cedar Rapids – Main Campus Library, see the chart below. The Iowa City Campus Library will maintain their normal hours.

Between May 8th and the 12th Cedar Rapids library will be offering FREE coffee, hot tea, and lemonade. The Iowa City library will be offering FREE coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa. Both locations will be on a first come first served basis (supplies limited).  So be sure to include the library in your study plan and test prep.

Sun., April 30th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mon., May 1st  – Thurs., May 4th

7:30 am – Midnight

Fri., May 5th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., May 6th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., May 7th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., May 8th – Thurs., May 11th

7:30 am – Midnight

Fri., May 12th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat, May 13th  – Sun., May 14th


Mon., May 15th

Between Semester Hours Start


Earth Day Books 2017


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Do you know everything you can recycle just by dropping them in the blue Kirkwood yardies distributed around campus? Check out the information about the program, including a list of what can go in those familiar containers:

Check out these books on ecology related titles that the library has added in the last year. We have them on our Earth Day display in the library. Stop by before the end of April to see it.

Call Number: 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: 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: 304.2 B262t Title: Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge? Authors: Anthony D. Barnosky and Elizabeth A. Hadly

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

Call Number: 304.2 M123m Title: The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy Author: Michael McCarthy

Call Number: 333.7 N426b Title: Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise Authors: Gaylord Nelson, Susan Campbell and Paul Wozniak

Call Number: 333.8 H468o Title: Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy Authors: Richard Heinberg and David Fridley

Call Number: 333.91 S399w Title: Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World Author: Judith D Schwartz
NOTE: One of the big fights of this century will most likely be over water rights.

Call Number: 333.917 P639r Title: Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change Authors: Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey

Call Number: 333.95 L313g Title: Grizzlies Grizzled Old Men: A Tribute to Those Who Fought To Save the Great Bear Author: Mike Lapinski

Call Number: 333.8 H468o Title: Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy Authors: Richard Heinberg and David Fridley

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: 363.738 F585a Title: Atmosphere of Hope Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis Author: Tim Flannery

Call Number: 363.738 H381f Title: Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment Author: Wenonah Hauter

Call Number: 582.16 W846h Title: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, Discoveries from a Secret World Author: Peter Wohllben

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

Call Number: 582.16 E592t Title: Trees: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Structure Author: Roland Ennos

Call Number: 591.509 F634a Title: American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains Author: Dan Flores

Call Number: 591.56 B711w Title: Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom Author: Dr. Carin Bondar

Call Number: 591.56 S128b Title: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel Author: Carl Safina

Call Number: 598 A182g Title: The Genius of Birds Author: Jennifer Ackerman
NOTE: This is research about the intelligence and activities of birds around the world.

Call Number: 613.1 L817h Title: Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet Author: Alan H. Lockwood, MD

Call Number: 616.9 K127o Title: One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance Author: Laura Kahn

Call Number: 621.31 L989e Title: Electricity from Wave and Tide: An Introduction to Marine Energy Author: Paul A. Lynn
NOTE: About tidal power.

Call Number: 621.45 B832w Title: Wind Power Generation Author: Paul Breeze

Call Number: 621.47 B832s Title: Solar Power Generation Author: Paul Breeze

Call Number: 635 R286a Title: Reader’s Digest Quintessential Guide to Gardening: An A to Z of Flowers, Friends, Herbs, and Vegetables Author: Reader’s Digest Association

Call Number: 635.9 M369g Title: The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual Author: Roger Marshall

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

Call Number: 638.5 B627g Title: Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects Authors: Scott Hoffman Black, Brianna Borders, Candace Fallon, Eric Lee-Mader, and Matthew Shepherd

Call Number: 978.7 S645y Title: Yellowstone and the Smithsonian: Centers of Wildlife Conservation Author: Diane Smith

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.

401 Writing Prompts for Argumentative Writing

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

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

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

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