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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:

Wall Street Journal digital

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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Blank Park Zoo Visits November 8th at 1 p.m.


Blank Park Zoo is coming on Friday, November 8th at 1 p.m. in the Cresco Methodist Church. They will be bringing some animals for children and adults alike to meet and learn about. Please feel free to come and see the animals, ask questions and be involved! This event is sponsored by the Cresco Public Library Youth Services.

Congratulations, Selena on Reading 500 Books!

Selena Read 500 Books!

Please help us celebrate! Cresco Public Library is very proud of Princess Selena, who read 500 books in the national 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. Well done, Selena!

Children's Story Hour Meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m.


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

Library Closed November 11th for Veteran's Day

Library Closed Nov. 11th for Veteran's Day

While we will be closed Monday, November 11th for Veteran's Day, we will reopen with our usual schedule of 9 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12th.

November 11, 2019 Veteran's Day


The staff at Cresco Public Library would like to say Thank You to all veterans who've served. We appreciate your service. Have a safe Veteran's Day.

National Young Reader's Week, November 11th - 16th

Young Readers Week

Help Cresco Public Library support and encourage young readers. We have a variety of resources available to help readers of all kinds, not just books! Feel free to stop in, bring your young readers to find out what we have to offer them. Happy reading!

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Upcoming Events
Story Hour - Friends on November 13th at 10 a.m. Nov 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group Nov 15, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Story Hour - Read It To Me Again! on November 20th at 10 a.m. Nov 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Story Hour - TURKEYS! on November 27th at 10 a.m. Nov 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Library Closed Nov. 28-29th for Thanksgiving Nov 28, 2019 - Nov 29, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
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