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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Learn how to obtain your very own library card at Cresco Public Library, and take advantage of our many services, FREE of charge. Visit our special display, which features a theme from the movie 'The Incredibles' and includes an example of all that you can check out at the library: Books, movies, and audio books. You may check out anything shown on the display. Also, you may participate in our display by writing down an answer to 'My library is incredible because...' . We will tape the answer sheets to the display. If you have questions about getting a library card, or are uncertain whether you already have a library card with us, just ask at the front desk.

Daughters of the American Revolution present Constitution Week display

Constitution Week pic

The Hannah Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presents a special display at Cresco Public Library during Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23, 2018). Stop by the library and check out the books and movies shown on the display.

Children's Story Hour with Arla Wednesdays Sept. 26-Dec. 19

Story Hour Poster

Children's Story Hour with Arla is back! Children preschool-age and younger are invited to this weekly event at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Children's Department (lower level) of Cresco Public Library. Join Youth Services Librarian Arla for stories, jokes, crafts and FUN! Theme for the Sept. 26 Story Hour is: 'Reading is Big Fun!' There is no registration for Story Hour, but we ask parents and caregivers stay with their children throughout Story Hour.

1000 Books Before Kingergarten @ Cresco Public Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Cresco Public Library invites families with children ages 5 and under to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is a free program. A keepsake journal is available at the library to track your reading, or download a free App at: 

Books that count: Books read at story time; books read more than once; books from home, the library and other libraries; books on CD; books read by any family member, teacher, etc., and books read on an iPad or eReader. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide program that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book per night, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in three years. Help your child get ready for school! Instill in your child a lifelong love of reading.

NEW patron computers are now available for you to use

New Computer Poster

Program: 'Wildflowers Along the Appalachian Trail' with Jennifer Matt Sept. 18

Wildflowers poster

Special Book & Movie Display: Welcome Back to School

Back to School Poster

Quality donated items accepted now for Cresco Public Library annual Silent Auction

Silent Auction Poster

Cresco Public Library is accepting your quality donated items now for our annual Silent Auction fund-raising event. Please drop off the items during regular library hours (Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.). Items will be accepted until 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 (anything received after that date will be kept for next year's silent auction). Popular items in past auctions have included seasonal home decor (Halloween, Thanksgiving, autumn, winter, Christmas); quilted crocheted and stitched items, table runners, quilts, afghans, blankets, gift baskets (with themes such as new baby, favorite sports team, a boy's basket or girl's basket, etc). Handmade jewelry or scarves are popular, as are framed prints or paintings on canvas. Other items selling well in previous auctions include children's book sets, adult book sets (boxed), and gift certificates donated by area businesses. The Friends of the Cresco Public Library organize the Silent Auction every year. This year, the auction takes place Oct. 1-27. Stop by during regular library hours and ask for a bid number at the front desk. Place your bids on the many beautiful and unique items displayed on the main floor of the library. Proceeds from the Cresco Public Library Silent Auction go to the funding of quality entertainers for the Children's Summer Reading Program, held each summer at the library, and event that regularly draws in hundreds of children and their parents for the entertainment and encourages book check-out and a lifelong love of reading.

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!

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Upcoming Events
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group Sep 21, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Sep 25, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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