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100th Birthday Celebration of our Carnegie Library

Postcard of the Cresco Public Library (circa 1950)

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]


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     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!

3.  A much longer, in depth accounting from the local newspapers about the 1914 Carnegie Library (click here) and the Addition to the CPL (click here) can be accessed by using the links.

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!

5.  There is a picture page linked here.  See how many of the 95 old pictures you can identify that relate to the Cresco area.  Click here!

Did You Know Answers

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

CPL Directors Over the Years


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 third Story Hour is:  "Chicken Shakes".  Click here!

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Abby Converse was the Cresco Public Library Director from 1912 to 1948.  Tours will be given of her home (314 2nd Street East) during the library's centennial open house (Friday, November 7th).  Linda Thompson will give 15 to 20 minute tours from noon to 4 p.m.  For more information, click here. click


Friends of the Library

Silent Auction

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!

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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Upcoming Events
Popcorn Oct 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Children's Amphitheatre
Boo! Oct 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Children's Amphitheatre
Friends Nov 05, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Children's Amphitheatre
Centennial Open House With Shana Stuart Nov 07, 2014 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Cresco Public Library
Veteran's Day Nov 11, 2014 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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