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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.

  The Cresco 150th birthday celebration takes place July 22-24, 2016! Click the link to join the event's Facebook page and keep up with all of the activities surrounding this special event!

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Author Linda McCann speaks on her book 'Prohibition in Eastern Iowa' and latest project on Civilian Conservation Corps camps

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Iowa author Linda Betsinger McCann spoke about prohibition in Eastern Iowa along with some information about The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps, and the camp at Cresco specifically on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the library Program Room. The CCC was a federal program that functioned  from 1933 to 1942. It began to help young men find work and support their families.


Thank you to all who participated in Teen Read Week!

Thank you to all of the teens who participated in Teen Read Week at Cresco Public Library (we hold Teen Read Week in the spring rather than on the nationally-designated week in October). Among the prize winners are Josie and Addie Sopha, who each won a young adult novel! Prizes include teen books as well as gift certificates from businesses in and around Cresco.

Over 45 children and their parents & caregivers came to see Pete the Cat at Cresco Public Library!




Over 45 children and their parents and caregivers were rockin' and rollin' with Pete the Cat at the Cresco Public Library! After Children's Librarian told jokes with the crowd, the grooviest cat ever showed up! Arla read 'Pete the Cat' stories, and they sang 'Pete the Cat' songs. Afterwards, children had their pictures taken with the coolest cat! Thank you to Pete the Cat for coming to the Cresco Public Library! 

Iowa Public Television Ready for School Corner opens

Iowa Public Television's 'Ready for School Library Corner' is open!  Shane Straka from Iowa Public Television entertained children by reading books during the 'Peg + Cat Story Hour. Children participated in two craft activities, including finding escaped chickens and coloring a race car and giving it a name ('lava-spewing race cars' seemed to be the prevailing trend).  

Regarding the Ready for School Corner, 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




















Cresco Public Library Annual Used Book Sale is April 28-30!

Used Book Sale 2015

The Cresco Public Library annual Used Book Sale fund-raising event will take place Thursday, April 28-Saturday, April 30. Hours are: Thursday: 5-8 p.m (the library closes at 5 p.m., but the south doors and the Program Room will be open for people who want to come to the book sale); Friday, April 29: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. All hardcover books for adults are $1; all paperback books are 50 cents. All hardcover children's books are 50 cents and all paperback children's books are 25 cents. All videos and audios are $1. Saturday is the bag sale, with $2 per bag full of books. Proceeds from the Used Book Sale support children's programming at Cresco Public Library. We accept book donations during regular library hours. Please make sure your donations are in good condition (no smoke smell, mold, stains or torn pages). We DO NOT accept the following books: Encyclopedias, medical textbooks, school textbooks, or Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

Cresco Public Library Celebrates Cresco's 150 Years with Adult & Children's Reading Contest

Adult and Children Reading Contest

Cresco Public Library celebrates Cresco's 150th birthday with an Adult and Children's Reading Contest! For every 150 pages you read, put an entry in the box at the library for drawings to be held in July. Enter your name, phone number, title of book and author's name on the entry form.

The contest runs Feb. 17-July 16. The prizes will be announced at Cresco's 150-Year Celebration on July 23.

Adult Prizes:

First Prize: $75 gift certificate.

Second Prize: $50 gift certificate.

Third prize: $25 gift certificate

Children's Prizes: (Ages until 12)

First Prize: $75 gift basket.

Second Prize: $50 gift basket

Third prize: $25 gift basket

All gift certificates are for Dragonfly Books in Decorah.

The Adult and Children's Reading Contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Discover your inner artist at 'Coffee, Tea & Art' sessions

Paper Tole


The former 'Art in the Afternoon' sessions are now known as 'Coffee, Tea & Art'. These sessions take place in the Cresco Public Library Program Room (lower level). Come explore the world of watercolors, acrylics, and chalk art.   

The new project for Coffee, Tea & Art Group, Paper Tole: A Three-Dimensional Paper Project, is shown in the photo above. Supplies needed: Clear silicone glue, paper, scissors and tweezers.

The Coffee, Tea & Art Group meets Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. in the Cresco Public Library Program Room. Free to attend, although you are asked to please purchase and bring your own supplies if you want to participate in the current art project (shown). Otherwise, you may bring your own supplies and work on an art project of your own, in any medium.

Children's Story Hour takes place Wednesdays until May 11!

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Children's Story Hour takes place 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:

April 27: 'What's Your Story?'
May 4: 'Merry Month of May'
May 11: 'See You Later Alligator'

 BRIDGES: 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:

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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