Help us add color to the library!


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This post was guest written by Sarah Young, Library Services Department Assistant

As anyone who has walked around Main Campus recently has likely noticed, there are some big changes coming to the library. While the end results will be nice, in the meantime, we are left looking at some ugly temporary walls.

Never fear – we have a plan! Sarah Uthoff, one of our librarians, suggested that a mural would add some nice color to the space. Jennifer Cunningham and Ben Jensen from Arts & Humanities suggested that a collaborative painting project would be a fun way to add color and let people across campus get involved (think Chalk the Walk, but with a wall and acrylic paint). Ben and I discussed a plan and artworks, and we will soon be ready to paint!

Beginning July 8th, we will be painting famous artworks and cover our temporary walls one section at a time. If you would like to paint a square, you can sign up at Calendly:

Here’s a preview of a couple of the artworks we’ll be recreating:

Wassily Kandinsky, Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the founding members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Expressionism moved away from depicting the world as it and instead focused on art as a depiction of subjective experience. Kandinsky was especially interested in color and the different energy each color conveyed, which he explored in his 1910 treatise On the Spiritual in Art. These interests led Kandinsky away from representational imagery altogether, and he is credited as being one of the first abstract artists.

Want to learn more about Kandinsky? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:

Keith Haring, Retrospect, 1989

Keith Haring (1958-1990) started as a graffiti artist in the New York city subways and developed a iconography of pop art cartoon-like images including babies, barking dogs, and flying saucers. He was one of the first graffiti artists, along with his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, to gain recognition by the high art market. Haring was interested in breaking down the barriers between “high” and “low” art and opened his Pop Shop in New York City in 1986, so anyone could have a bit of his art affordably. Haring, who was openly gay, also used his artwork as a form of advocacy for issues he cared about, including AIDS awareness and his mural Crack is Whack.

Want to learn more about Keith Haring? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:

Excited about recreating these artworks? Sign up at Calendly:

Summer Reading – More New Books


We’ve recently added more new books to our Popular Reading section. Mostly novels but there are a couple of memoirs and one book of connected short stories. I know I want to add most of these to my “To Be Read” list that keeps growing, and growing, and growing…

             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.

The Whispering House: A Novel by Elizabeth Brooks, Call Number: Popular Books BRO Freya Lyell is struggling to move whispering houseon from her sister Stella’s suicide five years ago. Visiting the bewitching Byrne Hall, only a few miles from the scene of the tragedy, she discovers a portrait of Stella – a portrait she had no idea existed, in a house Stella never set foot in. Or so she thought.

Of Women and Salt: A Novel by Gabriela Garcia, Call Number: Popular Books GAR A daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born

Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Call Number: Popular Books GRE Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that herLibertie purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else. Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi. 

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes, Call Number: Popular Books GRI In her own voice, author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night—and discovered the magic and impact of writing.

Klara and the Sun: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Call Number: Popular Books ISH Klara and the Sun tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. The book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: What does it mean to love? Outlawed

Outlawed: A Novel 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.

Gold Diggers: A Novel by Sanjena Sathian, Call Number: Popular Books SAT An Indian-American magical realist coming of age story, spanning two continents, two coasts, and four epochs, in razor sharp and deeply funny prose, Sathian captures what it is to grow up as a member of a family, of a diaspora, and of the American meritocracy.

Inheritors by Asako Serizawa, Call Number: Popular Books SER Connected Short Stories Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war.

laura deanLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Call Number: Popular Books TAM The day they got together was the best one of Freddy’s life, but nothing’s made sense since. Laura Dean is popular, funny, and SO CUTE … but she can be really thoughtless, even mean. Their on-again, off-again relationship has Freddy’s head spinning — and Freddy’s friends can’t understand why she keeps going back.

The Performance: A Novel by Claire Thomas, Call Number: Popular Books THO One night, three women go to the theater to see a play. Wildfires are burning in the hills outside, but inside the theater it is time for the performance to take over. While the performance unfolds on stage, so does the compelling trajectory that will bring these three women together, changing them all. Deliciously intimate and yet emotionally wide-ranging, The Performance is a novel that both explores the inner lives of women as it underscores the power of art and memory to transform us. crying in h mart

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner, Call Number: Popular Books ZAU In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

Fourth of July Hours 2021


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Eggbert and Flag

Eggbert Saluting

In honor of Independence Day, Kirkwood Library Services will be closed July, 3rd, 4th, and 5th at both branches, but we’ll open again for normal summer hours starting July 6th. We’ll only be closed the one weekday.

In the meantime, check out the Freedom Festival events and consider participating in the national wide movement to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

With construction going on in the Cedar Rapids library location, our hours are different this summer.

Normal Summer Hours for Cedar Rapids:

Starting July 1st thru August 6th

Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

Fri.  7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Normal Summer Hours for Iowa City:

Thru August 6th

Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri. 8:00 – – 12:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Kirkwood Library Services will be closed on Saturday and Sunday until Fall Semester at both branches.

New Books: July 4th 2021



Eggbert and Flag

Eggbert Saluting

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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!

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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!