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Maximize Your Library Card FREE Drop-in Learning Session Tuesday, March 26, 5-7 p.m.

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Learn how to use the library's online resources, FREE to you when you sign in with your Cresco Public Library card. If you have an electronic device, bring it along or use one of the library's public computers. Library staff members and tech-savvy volunteers will be on hand to assist you during this informal, drop-in learning session

Celebrate Women's History Month at Cresco Public Library

Check out a book on our display; keep a special commemorative bookmark

Take a coloring sheet for the kids; view timeline of women's rights

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Cresco Public Library's Women's History Month display is now up. Stop by and browse the display's many features, including a Timeline of Women's Rights, a list of things women were not allowed to do at various points throughout the 20th Century (some of these items may surprise you); take a special Women's History Month bookmark to keep; take a Women's History Month coloring sheet or two for the kids; read about three famous Cresco women.

READO Adult Winter Bingo Contest ends March 30; Grand Prize Drawing is April 1

READO is coming to an end

READO, Cresco Public Library's Adult Winter Reading BINGO game, is coming to an end Saturday, March 30. Make sure you bring in your READOS (Bingos); you still have time to enter the Grand Prize Drawing. In the meantime, we will have two drawings (one on Monday, March 18 and another on Monday, March 25). The GRAND PRIZE DRAWING takes place Monday, April 1. The grand prize for READO includes a book tote bag, a coffee mug, a gift certificate to Fat T's Cafe, a gift certificate to Dough & Joe Bakery, two movies passes from the Cresco Theatre and $20 in Chamber Bucks. Thank you to these businesses for your support of the library and its programming.

Library Program: 'Our Neighbors, The Amish'

Friday, April 12 at Cresco United Methodist Church

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Don and Dianne Kramer of Dyersville, Iowa present a special program titled, 'Our Neighbors, The Amish.' Hosted by Cresco Public Library, the program takes place at the Cresco United Methodist Church (next door to the library) Friday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is a free community event and Amish snacks are provided. Learn about the Amish people, their lifestyle and beliefs. The Kramers welcome comments, questions and Amish anecdotes from the audience. Class topics include: Population Growth, Key Beliefs, The Ordnung, Language, Rumspringa, Believer's Baptism, Marriage, Homes, Children, Schools, Social Gatherings, Occupations, Church, Clothing, Health & Healing and Funerals & Burial.

Program: Introduction to Seed Savers Exchange

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange is located at: 3074 North Winn Rd, Decorah, Iowa. They connect thousands of home gardeners, farmers, and others through the world's largest seed exchange, open to all. Seed Savers collects, stores, and regenerates the seeds of thousands of rare, heirloom, and open-pollinated varieties at Heritage Farm headquarters—as well as back up the collection at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault—in essence saving seeds of these varieties so that they do not disappear. They distribute select varieties from the collection through their catalog and website, and the Seed Exchange. For more information, visit their website at:

Join Arla for Children's Story Hour

Children's Story Hour March

Join Youth Services Librarian Arla for Children's Story Hour during the month of March. 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!

Book & Movie Display: March is Music in our Schools Month

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It's Music in Our Schools Month at Cresco Public Library. Stop by and view our special book and movie display: Read a list spotlighting the music programs in our local schools and browse the school calendars provided to see upcoming music concerts you may attend. Learn about the scientifically-proven benefits of music education. You may check out any of the books or movie-musicals featured on the display.

Preregistration Required: Iowa Author Gail Kittleson Presents Memoir & Art Workshop Saturday, April 6

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PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED: Saturday, April, 6, join Iowa author Gail Kittleson for a Memoir & Art Workshop at Cresco Public Library from 12:30-2:30 p.m. This event is limited to 12 participants. To register, contact the library by calling: 563-547-2540 or stop by.

Writing and artistic activities will help participants gain an understanding of memoir and hone skills they can use in writing their own stories. Whether you want to gift your treasured memories to family and friends or seek publication, here’s a chance to jump start the process.

Using a variety of activities, participants will gain understanding of memoir and leave with several skills they can use in writing their own stories.

Cresco Public Library's Free Resources

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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.

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!

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Upcoming Events
READO! Adult Winter Reading BINGO Game Jan 02, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
Women's History Month Interactive Book & Movie Display Mar 01, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
Program: Introduction to Seed Savers Exchange Mar 19, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Children's Story Hour Mar 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Art in the Afternoon Mar 26, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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