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Maximize Your Library Card Free Learning Session

 Drop-in Sessions: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Maximize Your Library Card Session 2

Did you know you can use your Cresco Public Library card for more than just checking out books, movies and magazines? Come to Cresco Public Library's FREE learning session Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5-7 p.m. and learn all of the benefits of your library card. (If you have your own device, please bring it with you to the session). These are informal social sessions where we can learn from each other; they are not classes. Discover how to access the Cresco Public Library card catalog online, how to use our e-Library, BRIDGES, where you can download e-Books and audio books free of charge and learn to use our free online resources listed on the bottom of our website homepage: Do you want to learn a new language? Sign into Transparent Languages Online with your library card! Are you puzzling over how to repair your car? Use your library card to sign into the Gale Chilton Library online! Are you interested in continuing your education? Use your library card to access Learning Express Library 3.0. Writing a research paper? Use your library card to sign into Gale Pages Iowa and access authoritative magazine and journal articles.

Back by Popular Demand: READO! Adult Winter Reading BINGO Game

January 2-March 31

READO Poster 2019

Back by popular demand: READO! (Adult Winter Reading BINGO game). Stop by Cresco Public Library beginning Jan. 2 and pick up a READO! sheet. Find books that match each category listed (e-Books and audio books count, too!). When you get a BINGO, come to the library and bring your READO! card to show a librarian. The librarian will initial your BINGO and you may enter the grand prize drawing.

First Meeting of Howard County Community Hospice Book Discussion Group

Monday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Hospice Book Group Revised

Howard County Community Hospice hosts its debut Book Discussion Group Monday, Jan. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Cresco Public Library Program Room. The book featured for the discussion is 'Final Gifts' by Maggie Callanan. Limited copies of the book are available at Cresco Public Library at the beginning of January. Contact Cresco Public Library at 563-547-2540 for more information.

RESCHEDULED: Pencil Drawing Class with Artist Sue O'Kada

Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Revised Date Pencil Drawing Class

The reschedule date for the Pencil Drawing Class with local artist Sue O'Kada is Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This class takes place in the library Program Room (downstairs) and is free to attend (all drawing supplies will be provided). Cresco Public Library is handicap-accessible.

LEGOS @ Your Library: Monday, Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m.

Children K-4th grade welcome

LEGOS Jan. 21

January Children's Story Hour with Arla

Story Time Jan. 23

 Children's Story Hour for Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. the theme is: 'Pajama Party.' Story Hour takes place each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Stories, jokes, crafts and fun await you!

January is National Mentoring Month

January Mentoring Month

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa teams with Cresco Public Library to showcase information on how you and/or your entire family can mentor young people and make a difference. Stop by Cresco Public Library and browse the display, which includes information on how to get involved with mentoring and you may also check out any of the books shown, which highlight role models and inspirational leaders. Youth Mentoring at Helping Services strives to connect youth with a caring adult who can help them aspire, achieve and develop to their fullest potential. Currently in Howard County, there have been five matches and six youth still waiting for a mentor. For more information on how you can mentor a youth in Howard County, contact Kathy at: or call (563) 387-1720.

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.

Learning Express 3.0

Click on the logo above to access Learning Express.  To register, create a user's name 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!

« January 2019 »
Upcoming Events
READO! Adult Winter Reading BINGO Game Jan 02, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
LEGOS @ Your Library Jan 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Hospice Book Group Jan. 21 Jan 21, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Jan 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Pencil Drawing Class with Sue O'Kada Jan 22, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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