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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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Mighty Howard County Fair is June 26-30

Check out the items featured on our display; read the guide for fair events

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The 126th annual Mighty Howard County Fair takes place this week, Wednesday, June 26-Sunday, June 30. Stop by the air-conditioned Cresco Public Library if you need a break from all of the events and activities at the fairgrounds. While you are here, check out our special county fair book display, located on the small table near the New Books shelf. You  may check out any of the fair-theme books featured on the display and read the guide to events taking place at the Mighty Howard County Fair.

Game for Teens: Breakout Box

Thursday, July 11, 1:30 p.m.

Theme: Wild West

Breakout Box Wild West

WANTED: Teens to come to the next Breakout Box game, 'Wild West', Thursday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m. Play the game. Find the clues. Figure out the Padlock Combinations. Open the Breakout Box before time runs out!

Read With Pride at Cresco Public Library

American Library Association notes June as GLBT Book Month

GLBT Book Month 2019

Libraries are welcoming spaces that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. This is especially evident as the American Library Association marks June as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration where public libraries feature authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Stop by Cresco Public Library and check out any of the books and movies shown on our Read With Pride display during the month of June. You may also take a sheet listing local and regional GLBT organizations and resources with you.

Cresco Public Library is Closed July 4

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Cresco Public Library is closed Thursday, July 4. Have a safe and happy Independence Day.

Crowd meets animals at final Children's Story Hour Event

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Children met a variety of animals at the final Children's Story Hour event, thanks to Wild Times Exotics. Thank you to everyone who attended the Cresco Public Library's annual Children's Summer Reading Program.

Book & Movie Display: June is Great Outdoors Month

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June is National Great Outdoors Month. Visit our special book and movie display and check out anything featured. You may also take a free guide to outdoor activities and tourism in the area provided by the Cresco Shopper.

Art in the Afternoon meets Tuesdays

Art in the Afternoon

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Upcoming Events
REGISTRATION FULL: STEM and the Farms Around Us Youth Event: Cover Crop Monsters: Make a Growing Monster Jul 02, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Cresco Public Library is CLOSED July 4 Jul 04, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Cresco Public Library
REGISTRATION FULL: STEM and the Farms Around Us: Where Does That Come From? & Activity Jul 09, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Teen Game: Breakout Box --Wild West Jul 11, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Teen Room
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