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Cresco Public Library Community Survey 2019: In order that we might serve you and the community better, please take a few minutes to answer the survey using one of the methods listed below by Friday, Nov. 1. We appreciate your input.

Click on the icon to complete the Cresco Public Library 2019 Community Survey via SurveyMonkey.

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Download the PDF version of the Cresco Public Library 2019 Community Survey to print & bring to the library:

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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.

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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.

The Community History Archives are user friendly, and easy to learn. Browse Howard County newspapers online here:


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:

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To access the Wall Street Journal Digital Edition, go to: and sign in on the upper right corner. Call the library at: 563-547-2540 to access log in information.

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Cresco's Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest is Sept. 19-22

Learn more about Dr. Borlaug by checking out the library's book display

Cresco's annual Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest is coming up Thursday- Sunday, Sept. 19-22. Cresco Public Library celebrates the legacy of Dr. Borlaug, a Cresco native and Nobel Peace Prize winning agronomist (1970) with a special book display. Stop by and check out books about Norman Borlaug (there is even one book just for kids!). Take along a flyer about Dr. Borlaug and the local Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation as well as a flyer about the Northeast Iowa Food Packaging Event. The Food Packaging Event takes place at Crestwood High School Sunday, Sept. 22, where you are welcome to volunteer to help continue Dr. Borlaug's mission to feed the hungry. For further information, visit the Cresco Chamber of Commerce's website calendar at:

Children's Story Hour Begins Wednesday, Sept. 25

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Children's Story Hour returns! Join Arla for this weekly event Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the library Children's Department (downstairs). Stories, jokes, crafts and fun await your children (Story Hour is designed for children preschool-age and younger). Theme for our first Story Hour of the school year is 'Read Me A Story.' We ask parents and caregivers stay with their children through the duration of Story Hour.

Donations Sought for Library's 25th annual Silent Auction

Silent Auction DonationsHelp us celebrate! The 25th annual Cresco Public Library Silent Auction Fundraiser is almost here and we are accepting your donations until Noon on Saturday, Sept. 28. All types of donations are welcome, including monetary gifts (payable to Cresco Public Library); gift certificates, handmade quilts and home decor, holiday-theme items, homemade arts & crafts and new or slightly-used items. The Cresco Public Library Silent Auction begins Monday, Sept. 30 and ends Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit summer library programming. Thank you to the Friends of the Cresco Public Library for organizing the silent auction each year.

Documentary Film Screening Series: 'How We Got To Now'

First showing is 'Clean' on Tuesday, Oct. 15

How We Got To Now Oct. 15

Cresco Public Library presents a film screening in six monthly installments of the documentary 'How We Got To Now' with Steven Johnson. The first installment takes place Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cresco Public Library Program Room (located in the basement of the library). The theme for the first showing is 'Clean.' Learn how clean water has changed our world and the way we live our lives. Popcorn will be served. This event is free of charge. Cresco Public Library is handicap-accessible.

From the DVD: 'Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to discover extraordinary stories behind six remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about, and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered.'

Constitution Week is

Sept. 17-23

Check out any of the items on our special book and movie display

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Sept. 17-23 marks  Constitution Week. Celebrate this event by checking out any of the books or movies featured on our special display, created with help from Becky McCabe of the local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter (DAR). Check downstairs this week for additional children's books and coloring sheets.

Banned Books Week is

Sept. 22-28

Go on a scavenger hunt through the library to search for 'Banned Books' 

Banned Books Week 2019

Go on a scavenger hunt at Cresco Public Library. Banned Books Week begins Sept. 22. This year, we have placed books in our collection that are targeted for censorship throughout the United States on display throughout the library. Go to the stacks and browse. Look for the Banned Books Week books, which will have a special label taped to the front cover. Once you find one, read the reasons why it has been challenged listed on the label (some of the reasons may surprise you!). There are also a number of challenged books located in the library's Teen Room. Enjoy reading free from censorship at Cresco Public Library and check out a 'Banned Book'.

LEGOS Fun takes place Monday, Sept. 23

LEGOS Fun at the Library Sept. 23

Students in grades 1-4 are invited to Cresco Public Library for LEGOS FUN Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. (a no-school day). LEGOS are provided. This event takes place in the library Program Room (downstairs).

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Buzz on over to the library to get a library card today! It’s your ticket to fun and adventure. September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. Stop by Cresco Public Library and ask a librarian about how to sign up for your very own library card. (You must have an ID with you featuring your current address or if you have recently moved to town, your new address, such as a utility bill). Once you have your library card in hand, you may check out our collection of books, movies, audio books, public computers and take advantage of our free online research resources, including our e-Library BRIDGES. 

Children obtaining a library card must be age 6 or older and come to the library with a parent or legal guardian; both must sign the registration card. Kids will enjoy our extensive Children's Library located in the basement of Cresco Public Library. There is a Teen Room on the library's main floor for older children.

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Upcoming Events
September is Library Card Sign Up Month Sep 02, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
LEGOS Fun @ Cresco Public Library Monday, Sept. 23 Sep 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Children's Story Hour: Theme: 'Read Me A Story' Sep 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Cresco Public Library 25th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser Sep 30, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
Children's Story Hour: Theme: 'Story of a Worm' Oct 02, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
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