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Judge J.D. McKay, great-great grandson of Cresco's founder, loans family Bible to Howard-Winn Genealogical Society

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Following his presentation at Cresco Public Library during Cresco's 150th Celebration Friday, July 22, the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society presented J.D. McKay with a history of the Beadle family. J.D. McKay presented Cresco Public Library and the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society with a family Bible for extended loan, which contains the birth records of McKay's great-great grandfather, Augustus Beadle, the founder of Cresco. Thank you to Judge J.D. McKay for this honor!

Cresco Founder Augustus Beadle's great-great grandson visits library


Judge J.D. McKay (retired), great-great grandson of Cresco's founder, Augustus Beadle, visits with the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society and the public at Cresco Public Library. He had a few family mementos on display, including a family Bible and a doll belonging to his grandmother dating to 1884, which he described as the 'oldest resident of Cresco you will ever meet.' McKay and his daughter, Amanda, were present at the Cresco 150th Celebration opening ceremony at Beadle Park, and he had the chance to 'meet' someone dressed up as his great-great grandfather during the 'Spirits of the Past' Cemetery Walk at Oak Lawn Cemetery. He concluded  his visit with a ride in the grand parade.


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Kids: Celebrate Cresco 150th Birthday & enter Humane Society of Northeast Iowa Art Contest!

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Calling all kids! Celebrate Cresco's 150th birthday by entering the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) Art Contest! Kids may stop by, pick up the entry forms (featured on a display on the main floor of the library) and draw or color a picture illustrating the description written on the form. There are three entry forms. Don't forget to include your name and age on the entry form! Kids may then return their completed entry forms to the library (entry blanks are also available at Aspenson Real Estate and the Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce office).

Completed entry forms will be scanned and entered on a special HSNEI Art Contest for Cresco's 150th Celebration Facebook page! 'Like' the Facebook page and look for your child's art contest entry or entries. Make sure to 'like' their entries, and invite your family and friends to vote, too! Remember: The earlier your child's drawing is posted, the more chances it has to receive 'likes'! Children may turn in their complete entry forms to the library, Aspenson Real Estate or the Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce, and vote on the Facebook page, until Friday, July 22 at 5 p.m.  On Saturday, July 23, look for the HSNEI booth at the Cresco 150th Celebration, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.! The top three Art Contest entries (the three with the most Facebook 'likes') will be displayed at the booth! Vote for your favorite of the top three by donation (a penny equals one vote). Vote as often as you'd like. The first prize winner will receive a free HSNEI T-shirt and a pet gift basket full of dog or cat goodies and treats. The two runners-up will receive a free HSNEI T-shirt. Look for HSNEI Award of Merit winners, as well! Best of luck and happy drawing!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Children's Summer Reading Program 2016!


Grand prize winner James Kach received a pool party for eight at the Cresco Fitness Center and gift certificates for two large Casey's pizzas! Congratulations, James!

Pictures from: The Magic of Tim Stolba

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Thank you to 'Jilly Foo' for donating these comics, manga and graphic novels to our Teen collection!

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'Adventures in Gaming with Bill Sindelar': Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m.!

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Are you a fan of gaming? Do you know someone who is? Come to Cresco Public Library Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. for a NEW library program, 'Adventures in Gaming with Bill Sindelar.' This event takes place in the library Teen Room but is open to people of all ages. Among the games featured in Bill's collection are such popular titles as Ticket to Ride, Monster Mansion, King of Tokyo, Star Realms, Last Night on Earth, Guilds of Cadwallon and more! Bill is open to game suggestions. The first 'Adventures in Gaming' event was a great success --the kids and Bill had a wonderful time, with one girl asking Bill, 'Can you be my teacher someday?'

Join us for this brand new event!

Used Book Sale raises over $1,000 to fund BRIDGES eBook Library and programming at Cresco Public Library!

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Thanks to your generous support, the Cresco Public Library annual Used Book Sale fund-raising event raised over $1,000 to help fund the library's eBook program, BRIDGES, as well as additional programming at the library!

Thank you to all of those who donated books, and for everyone who attended the sale and purchased books. Thank you also to the Friends of the Cresco Public Library, who organize this fund-raising event each year.

We had a great turnout at this year's used book sale. Please tell your friends to mark their calendars for next April, when we will host the used book sale again. Remember: Cresco Public Library accepts donations of books year-round! If we feel the books you donate are items suitable to add to our collection, we do so; otherwise, we save them for the used book sale.

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Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere

CRESCO –Cresco Public Library is now participating in BRIDGES: Iowa’s eLibrary, offering eBooks and audio books available to download for free anytime, anywhere. Library card holders can check out and download digital media by visiting:

Cresco Public Library members have access to more than 16,500 eBooks and 7,500 audio books. Many titles offer multiple copies for checkout, and users can request to be emailed or automatically check out items when they become available. Digital content is borrowed for a set period of time and titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period- there are no late fees.

Users can browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and access borrowed titles via PC, Mac, and mobile devices with free desktop and mobile apps.

This service is powered by OverDrive, which supports all major computers and devices and is free for patrons with their library card. To get started downloading audio books & eBooks, visit:


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