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100th Birthday Celebration of our Carnegie Library

East Door Centennial

The Cresco Public Library celebrated its Centennial with an Open House on Friday, November 7th, 2014.  Pictures of this event can be seen by clicking here.  For more information about the history of Cresco Public Library and Carnegie libraries,. click here.

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Pete the Cat visits Cresco Public Library Monday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m.!


We will be rockin' and rollin' at the library with the grooviest blue cat, Pete the Cat! Pete the Cat will visit Cresco Public Library Monday, February 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Children's Department (lower level). Come and enjoy jokes, stories, a craft and a special treat! Be sure to bring your camera to have your picture taken with the coolest cat ever!

Rescheduled:  Iowa Public Television 'Ready for School Library Corner' opens February 15! 


Families may attend 'Peg & Cat Story Time' at 11 a.m.


Iowa Public Television's 'Ready for School Library Corner' will open at Cresco Public Library Monday, February 15!

The new IPTV Ready for School Library Corner will open February 15 with 'Peg & Cat' Story Time at the Cresco Public Library. Families are invited to attend 'Peg & Cat' Story Time at 11 a.m.  

Cresco Public Library Children's Librarian Arla Kafka said, "We are pleased to be one of the 25 Iowa communities chosen in 2015-16."

PBS KIDS DVDs, 'Martha Speaks' Read Aloud books and resources, a colorful banner featuring PBS KIDS characters, a 'Peg & Cat' standing character, a colorful rug and more, all help to create an inviting space for children. 

Online resources include a PBS KIDS Lab, a website with more than 140 games and hands-on activities that help build early math and literacy skills.

"We're pleased to expand these Library Corners to another location in Iowa," said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services at Iowa Public Television. 

The IPTV Library resources are part of Iowa Public Television's Ready for School Initiative which works with Iowa communities to strengthen the math and literacy skills of children ages 2-8. Learn more at

Children read to Certified Therapy Dog


Leif and Knute Rogne read to Certified Therapy Dog Tippy at The Cresco Public Library while  Tippy's owner, Mary Hanson, looks on.

Thank you to all who participated in our annual silent auction!






Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cresco Public Library's annual silent auction fund raiser! The silent auction ended Friday, Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. Thank you to all who donated items and to all who bid on these items, and to the Friends of The Cresco Public Library for organizing this event. 

All proceeds from the silent auction go to the library's Children's Summer Reading Program.


Check out the new clock in the Teen Room!


















RSVP volunteers offer electronic income tax filing

Northeast Iowa RSVP volunteers will provide electronic income tax filing for low-to-middle income taxpayers (any age) and those over age 60. In Howard County, the services will be provided at the Cresco Public Library Wednesday and Thursday during tax season beginning Feb. 3 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 563-203-7681. Services are not available for those who are required to file a Schedule 'C' or 'F' for their business. There is no cost for this service. The RSVP Volunteer Program matches people who are age 55 and older with needs in their community. Volunteers choose where they would like to volunteer and how much time they will spend volunteering. For more information about the RSVP Program, contact Kathy or Kim at the Decorah Public Library at: 563-277-5181 or toll free at: 1-877-806-0623.

'Coffee, Tea & Art' sessions begin

The former 'Art in the Afternoon' sessions are now known as 'Coffee, Tea & Art'. These sessions will take place in the Cresco Public Library Program Room (lower level) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5. Come explore the world of watercolors, acrylics, and chalk art. For those who prefer needle arts, stop by the library on a Tuesday afternoon, or give the library a call at 563-547-2540. We'd love to set up a fabric or needle arts session as well. Sue O'Kada will lead these informal sessions. FREE to attend!

Art in the Afternoon coloring book

Children's Story Hour takes place Wednesdays from Feb. 3-May 11!

Arla reads a scary story!


Children's Story Hour resumes at the Cresco Public Library beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. through Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m.! Join Children's Librarian Arla for stories, jokes, crafts and FUN! No registration is necessary. Story Hour takes place in the Children's Department of the library (lower level). We ask parents and caregivers to stay with their children during Story Hour. The Children's Story Hour schedule is as follows:

Feb. 3: 'Just Kidding'
Feb. 10: 'Love You'
Feb. 17: 'Moos and Meows'
Feb. 24: 'Frozen Noses'
March 2: 'Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!'
March 16: 'Where Are You?'
March 23: 'Hip Hop Down the Bunny Trail'
March 30: 'This or That?'
April 6: 'Creepy Crawlers'
April 13: 'Spring is in the Air'
April 20: 'Friends'
April 27: 'What's Your Story?'
May 4: 'Merry Month of May'
May 11: 'See You Later Alligator'

TRACES' 'Bus-eum' traveling exhibit: 'At Home in the Heartland': See the pictures from its visit to Cresco!




TRACES brought its mobile exhibit 'At Home in the Heartland: How We Got to be ‘Us' to Cresco Monday, Nov. 2 from 4:30-8 p.m. It is housed in a retrofitted school bus, the “Bus-eum.” 

Cresco Public Library Director Carmen Buss said, "The Cresco Public Library is very excited to host the Traces Bus-eum. Admission is free to this traveling exhibit entitled 'At Home in the Heartland.' The Bus-eum is part of a statewide tour focusing on Iowa history and culture."

Over the next 18 months, TRACES will take its exhibit to all 99 Iowa counties on three different tours, showing at diverse venues (schools, libraries, colleges, museums and other institutions) in 42 counties already in fall 2015.  



Cresco Public Library Hours:

New hours as of July 2015:

Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

     Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunday: Closed





Iowa's eLibrary




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:

Bridges takes up where NEIBORS/WILBOR left off.  If you were using NEIBORS/WILBOR, your information has been transferred and you’ll be very familiar with how things work.

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:


Need a ride?: Contact EARL Public Transit in Decorah at:  866-382-4259. Phone hours are open Monday through Friday 5 a.m.-5 p.m. and office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Learning Express

Click on the logo above to access Learning Express.  To register, create a user's name and password.

Times Plain Dealer LogoClick on the button above to access the Cresco, IA, newspaper, the Times Plain Dealer.

Iowa Legal AidClick on the logo above to access Legal Help for Iowans.


Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a 24-hour information & referral and crisis line service. The service is free and confidential.  Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a service of Gunderson Lutheran Health System and the United Way.

Call For Help

Contact them at Great Rivers 2-1-1; PO Box 426; Onalaska, WI 54650; or for assistance call 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 throughout the Tri-State Region (WI, MN & IA)


FAFSAFederal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online for parents and students.  Click here for the most up-to-date information about applying for financial help with college expenses.

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Free Directory Assistance:  this site will help you Find a Business, Find People, Reverse Phone, Reverse Address, and Area & Zip Codes. Click above to find out more information.