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Judge J.D. McKay, great-great grandson of Cresco's founder, loans family Bible to Howard-Winn Genealogical Society

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Following his presentation at Cresco Public Library during Cresco's 150th Celebration Friday, July 22, the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society presented J.D. McKay with a history of the Beadle family. J.D. McKay presented Cresco Public Library and the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society with a family Bible for extended loan, which contains the birth records of McKay's great-great grandfather, Augustus Beadle, the founder of Cresco. Thank you to Judge J.D. McKay for this honor!













Attention: The film screening of 'Poverty, Inc' scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24 has been cancelled.





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ATTENTION: Adventures in Gaming with Bill Sindelar has concluded for the summer. Please keep watch on our website, Facebook or Twitter to find out when this event will resume. Thank you to all who participated in Adventures in Gaming, and thank you to Bill Sindelar for hosting this fun, new program!

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


Grand prize winner James Kach received a pool party for eight at the Cresco Fitness Center and gift certificates for two large Casey's pizzas! Congratulations, James!

Pictures from: The Magic of Tim Stolba

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

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New Teen Books are arriving at Cresco Public Library!

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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.

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. 

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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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