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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 Session

The Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring a Dementia Education session Monday, Nov. 30 from 7-8 p.m. at The Cresco Public Library. 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 the program 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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The Library is Closed Nov. 26 & 27. Happy Thanksgiving!


Check out these new non-fiction titles!

New Non-Fiction

Thank you to all who participated in the silent auction!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cresco Public Library's annual silent auction fund raiser! The silent auction ended Friday, Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. Thank you to all who donated items and to all who bid on these items, and to the Friends of The Cresco Public Library for organizing this event. 

If you are the winning bidder, a Friend of The Cresco Public Library will give you a call. Please stop by the library in the next few days to pick up your winning items 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.).

All proceeds from the silent auction go to the library's Children's Summer Reading Program.

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


'Art in the Afternoon': Remember how much fun you had as a child coloring in your coloring book? Join us in participating in the latest craze of Zentangle and Mehndi Designs. It's easy and fun!

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.  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.


Check out the new clock in the Teen Room!





CARE Tree (Communities About Reaching Everyone)

Help make a Christmas a bit brighter for a family in need! Take a gift tag off of the CARE Christmas tree here at the library. Purchase the items on the tag and bring them back to the library unwrapped. Place them under the tree. Your generosity will help make the holiday season happier for Howard County families.

Gina and CARE tree

Peace for Paris: Check out our special display


Cresco Public Library Children's Story Hour is in full swing Wednesdays at 10 a.m.!

Join Arla for stories, songs, crafts and FUN!


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. until Dec. 16. 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:

Nov. 18: 'Gobble, Gobble'

Nov. 25: No Story Hour scheduled

Dec. 2: 'Pigeon Stories'


Dec. 16: 'Ho-Ho-Ho!

TRACES' 'Bus-eum' traveling exhibit: 'At Home in the Heartland': See the pictures from its visit to Cresco!



TRACES brought its mobile exhibit 'At Home in the Heartland: How We Got to be ‘Us' to Cresco Monday, Nov. 2 from 4:30-8 p.m. It is housed in a retrofitted school bus, the “Bus-eum.” 

Cresco Public Library Director Carmen Buss said, "The Cresco Public Library is very excited to host the Traces Bus-eum. Admission is free to this traveling exhibit entitled 'At Home in the Heartland.' The Bus-eum is part of a statewide tour focusing on Iowa history and culture."

Over the next 18 months, TRACES will take its exhibit to all 99 Iowa counties on three different tours, showing at diverse venues (schools, libraries, colleges, museums and other institutions) in 42 counties already in fall 2015.  



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


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:

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.