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Cresco Public Library celebrates Earth Day

Check out items, take a bookmark or coloring sheets from our display

Earth Day Poster

Celebrate Earth Day at Cresco Public Library. Visit our special display and check out any book or movie of interest to you. We have a basket full of perennial wildflower seeds in small baggies; feel free to take a couple of them home to plant.

You may also take a keepsake Earth Day bookmark and coloring sheets for the kids.


  For tips on gardening, recycling, organic foods and more, visit the 'Home and Garden' page on our website at:

Cresco Public Library is demonstration site for Iowa Library for the Blind

For patrons who qualify, Large Print books, audio books and player sent directly to their home

Iowa Library for the Blind

The Cresco Public Library is now a “demonstration site” for the Iowa Library for the Blind. For patrons that qualify, we can help them get large print books and audio books – even a player for the audio books – sent directly to their home. To qualify, a patron needs to be visually impaired, have a physical ailment (like Parkinson’s Disease or MS) or have other reading disabilities.Make an appointment at the library for assistance in filling out the necessary forms for this service and a demonstration on how the player works.

Cresco Public Library Sends Condolences to the French People Upon News of the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

France poster

Cresco Public Library sends condolences to the people of Paris, France upon the news of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Stop by the library to view our special display put up in solidarity with the French people. Learn more about France, its historic architecture and culture by checking out any of the items shown on the display.

Cresco Public Library Annual Used Book Sale

Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27

Book Sale Poster Revised

Get ready! The Friends of the Cresco Public Library Annual Used Book Sale will take place Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27! We are accepting donations of your good quality, used books now until Wednesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. Please bring your donations to the library during regular hours and take them up to the front desk. We ask the books be in like-new or very good condition (no rips, tears, smoke smell, mildew/mold). We do not accept encyclopedia sets, medical reference books, textbooks or Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Proceeds from the Used Book Sale go to pay for the subscriptions to Cresco Public Library's Online Research Resources, which are free for you to use.

Join Arla for Children's Story Hour

April Story Hour

Join Youth Services Librarian Arla for Children's Story Hour during the month of April. Children's Story Hour takes place each Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Children's Department (downstairs). No registration is required; just stop by. We ask parents and caregivers stay with their children throughout Story Hour. Stories, jokes, crafts and FUN await you!

Art in the Afternoon meets Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.

Art in the Afternoon

Reminder of City Ordinance '55:06

The Cresco Public Library would like to offer a friendly reminder of City Ordinance '55:06: At Large Prohibited: It is unlawful for any owner to allow an animal to run at large within the corporate limits of the City. When an owner/keeper walks a dog, the dog must be on a leash and all pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.'

Cresco Public Library's Free Resources

(ask a librarian for more information or assistance if needed)

Gale resource databases are available for searching on many topics from gardening to business, and everything in between. Access authoritative magazine and journal articles, find your next great read, and so much more.

Bridges Logo

Are you someone that prefers to read ebooks or listen to audiobooks? Bridges is our online source for all the ebooks and digital audiobooks that the Cresco Public Library has to offer.

Chilton Library provides authoritative automotive repair information that covers popular vehicles from the last 30 years.

Iowa Drivers Manuel

This driver's manual contains important information for all of Iowa's drivers.


Credo is an easy to use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Offering over three million articles in over one thousand books from over one hundred publishers, gain access to creditable sources from Britannica Encyclopedia, Harvard Medical School Videos and more.

Click on the logo above to access Brainfuse.  To register, create a username and password.

Click on the following link to access the Cresco, IA, newspaper, the Times Plain Dealer:

Access for general web searches.

Check out Cresco Public Library's Facebook Page!

« April 2019 »
Upcoming Events
Friends of the Cresco Public Library Annual Used Book Sale Apr 26, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Friends of the Cresco Public Library Annual Used Book Sale Apr 27, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Apr 30, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group May 03, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon May 07, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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