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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.


Dementia Education Sessions

The Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring two Dementia Education sessions Monday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Nov. 30 from 7-8 p.m. at The Cresco Public Library. The Oct. 26 session is: 'Know the 10 Signs': Learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's and the importance of getting an early diagnosis. The Nov. 30 session is: 'Dementia Conversations': Get tips for having conversations about going to the doctor, when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. A minimum of 10 registrations are required for these programs to occur. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is appreciated. Please call 1-800-272-3900 (Alzheimer's Association) or 563-547-2540 (Cresco Public Library) to register.

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Donate items now for The Cresco Public Library Annual Silent Auction!

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Happening Now:  Start your holiday shopping and support a great cause! The Cresco Public Library Annual Silent Auction fund raiser begins Monday, September 28th! This special event is organized by The Friends of the Cresco Public Library, and features beautiful hand-crafted items from many local library patrons, friends and area businesses. All proceeds from the Silent Auction support The Children's Summer Reading Program at The Cresco Public Library. Bidding ends Friday, Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. (note the date change from the usual Saturday). You may be at the library Friday, Oct. 30 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. to pick up your items, or a member of The Friends of The Cresco Public Library will call you to inform you that you have the winning bid(s).

Items featured at the auction include jewelry, seasonal items for autumn and winter, quilts, book series, framed photographs, sports-related/NFL items, neck scarves, and much more! Remember: You must come to the library in person to place your bids, or have a friend come to the library to bid on your behalf (library staff will not accept bids over the phone). If you would like to donate an item to the library silent auction, stop by during regular library hours (Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.). 

'Art in the Afternoon' Group Meets Tuesdays beginning Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m.



'Art Night' at Cresco Public Library is now 'Art in the Afternoon.' Anyone is welcome to join these informal sessions, hosted by Howard County artist Sue O'Kada, in the library Program Room (downstairs). 'Art in the Afternoon' will meet Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. beginning October 6th. This group is free to attend, and open to artists in any medium. Join this group of art enthusiasts, practice your craft, and learn something new!


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 audiobooks 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 audiobooks. 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 audiobooks & eBooks, visit:



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Cresco Public Library Children's Story Hour begins Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.!


Arla reads a scary story!

Join Arla for Children's Story Hour at Cresco Public Library! Story Hour takes place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 30. Children of all ages are welcome (parents are asked to stay with their children during Story Hour, which lasts from 10-11 a.m.). Story Hour takes place in the Children's Department of The Cresco Public Library (lower level). The schedule for Story Hour is as follows:

Sept. 30: 'Let the Fun Begin'

Oct. 7: 'Fall, Fall, Fall'

Oct. 14: 'It's All Good'

Oct. 21: 'I Love To Read'

Oct. 28: 'Boo!' (Wear Your Halloween Costume)

Nov. 4: 'Friends'

Nov. 11: 'Creepy Crawlers'

Nov. 18: 'Gobble, Gobble'

Nov. 25: No Story Hour scheduled

Dec. 2: 'Pigeon Stories'


Dec. 16: 'Ho-Ho-Ho with Santa!'



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

September is Library Card Sign-up Month


        Library Sign up Month

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 September is Library Card Sign-up Month! To sign up for a library card at The Cresco Public Library, you must have a valid ID (driver's license) and proof of address (such as utility bill). (Make sure to tell us if you have had a library card here in the past; it is possible you are still in our system. If you are currently in our system, we can update it to reflect any changes, but you will not need a new library card).

Children interested in obtaining their own library card must be age 6 or older, and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, as both will need to sign the bottom of the orange registration card. To access our patron computers with free Internet, you must read and sign our Computer Policy (parents must also sign a permission slip for their children).

Once you have your very own Cresco Public Library card, you may use it to check out books, magazines, or movies at the library (DVD limit is six per family; book/magazine limit is 25 per family; exceptions may be made for daycare centers or teachers). You may also use your new library card to access our online card catalog. Sign in with your library card number and phone number, and renew your own materials or place items on hold. You may also sign into our eLibrary, Bridges, with your library card, and check out eBooks and audio books.

Please remember: Library fines are 25 cents **per item** per day. To make sure you don't acquire library fines, call the library at 563-547-2540 or stop by in person to renew your materials, or renew them yourself by signing into the card catalog online. Once your fine total reaches $3, you will be restricted from checking out any more materials or using the computers until the fine is paid and materials returned. Take advantage of all that Cresco Public Library offers you and sign up for a library card during Library Card Sign-up Month in September!




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.

411 Reverse Phone

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.