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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.


Congratulations to James, the grand prize winner at the Children's Summer Reading Program! James won a pool party for eight at the Cresco Fitness Center, and a $20 gift certificate for pizza and pop from Casey's! Congratulations James!

  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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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Children's Summer Reading Program 2016!

Pictures from: The Magic of Tim Stolba

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160-200 People Attend Kickoff to Children's Summer Reading Program: RAD ZOO!

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June is GLBT Book Month: Browse our Read With Pride Display

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

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




















Thank you to 'Jilly Foo' for donating these comics, manga and graphic novels to our Teen collection!

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'Adventures in Gaming with Bill Sindelar': Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m.!

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Bill Sindelar

Are you a fan of gaming? Do you know someone who is? Come to Cresco Public Library Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. for a NEW library program, 'Adventures in Gaming with Bill Sindelar.' This event takes place in the library Teen Room but is open to people of all ages. Among the games featured in Bill's collection are such popular titles as Ticket to Ride, Monster Mansion, King of Tokyo, Star Realms, Last Night on Earth, Guilds of Cadwallon and more! Bill is open to game suggestions. The first 'Adventures in Gaming' event was a great success --the kids and Bill had a wonderful time, with one girl asking Bill, 'Can you be my teacher someday?'

Join us for this brand new event!

Schoolchildren tour Cresco Public Library!

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Area schoolchildren recently toured Cresco Public Library! They learned all about the Summer Reading Program, visited the Children's Department, looked at videos, learned about the card catalog, and also were told about how to get permission to use the library's patron computers and how to sign up for a library card! Thank you to Children's Librarian Arla for leading the tours. We hope to see the children back at the library soon!

Used Book Sale raises over $1,000 to fund BRIDGES eBook Library and programming at Cresco Public Library!

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Thanks to your generous support, the Cresco Public Library annual Used Book Sale fund-raising event raised over $1,000 to help fund the library's eBook program, BRIDGES, as well as additional programming at the library!

Thank you to all of those who donated books, and for everyone who attended the sale and purchased books. Thank you also to the Friends of the Cresco Public Library, who organize this fund-raising event each year.

We had a great turnout at this year's used book sale. Please tell your friends to mark their calendars for next April, when we will host the used book sale again. Remember: Cresco Public Library accepts donations of books year-round! If we feel the books you donate are items suitable to add to our collection, we do so; otherwise, we save them for the used book sale.

Cresco Public Library celebrates Cresco's 150th Birthday 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

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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.

 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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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.