Cresco Public Library
100th Birthday Celebration of our Carnegie Library
Did you know? The Howard County Fair moved to the city of Cresco in 1866. The first fair in Cresco was held September 28 and 29, 1866. The machinery and stock that year were exhibited on the ground north of J.F. Webster's residence, later the Park Hotel and now the corner where the library stands. At this time Elm Street extended only to the courthouse square and the area north of the library was a grove of scrub oak and hazel brush... [For more interesting facts, see the histories included below]
We are celebrating the 100th birthday of our beautiful Carnegie Library. The majority of the construction on the Cresco Public Library took place in 1914. Work was completed by the end of that year. The official dedication of the building was on February 10, 1915.
1. For those interested in reading a short history of the library, click here.
2. Those interested in reading more on the history of the Cresco Public Library, as told through the local newspaper, click here!
4. Those interested in reading more on the history of the major new addition to the Cresco Public Library, as told through the local newspaper, click here!
6. The Directors of the Cresco Public Library over the years. Click here
7. List of Carnegie Libraries in Iowa. Click here
8. John M. Witt wrote "The Carnegie libraries of Iowa" in 2003. The ISBN is 0-9729219-9-7. In it, he writes about the Carnegie Library in Iowa. Click here
Story Hour will be held every Wednesday from October 1st to December 17th (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.). Arla will have stories, jokes, crafts and fun. See our calendar along the right side of the screen. The theme of the first Story Hour is: "Ready, Get Started and Read". Click here!
The Friends of the Cresco Public Library is sponsoring an "Adult Reading Challenge". It runs from September 1st to November 1st, 2014. You could win an Apple iPad. To enter, patrons are asked to read five books--one book from 5 different categories from all the categories listed. To get the complete set of rules, click here! Those interested should pick up an entry form at the Cresco Public Library. Participants will be expected to write the title of the book, author, and category. The Friends also interested in the format of the book: print, ebook, or audio. They would also like each participants to rate the book on a scale of one star to five stars. And, last but not least, the Friends would like each person to write a brief review of their book. After reading/listening to your chosen books, entry forms can be returned to the library where participants will be entered into the drawing for an iPad. Have Fun and Good Luck.
It is time for the Cresco Public Library Silent Auction to begin. Bidding begins on Monday, September 29th, and ends on November 1st, at noon. Bid often on the many beautiful items generously donated at the Library Friends and fellow patrons. Click here for more details!
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