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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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Maximize Your Library Card Free Drop-in Learning Session

Tuesday, July 16, 5-7 p.m.

Maximize Your Library Card Learning Session

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. Also: Learn how to access our newest online resource, Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society's digitized newspapers.

Game for Teens: Breakout Box

Thursday, July 18, 1:30 p.m.

Theme: Lost Letters of Liberty

Breakout Box July 18 Lost Letters of Liberty

Game Concept: The librarian has just returned from a trip to New England with exciting news for the group. While she was visiting a historical inn overlooking Boston Harbor, she stumbled upon an old locked box and a letter written by Abigail Adams, one of the Daughters of Liberty! The inn owner was very intrigued and asked for help to figure out the combination to the lock on the box. Your librarian immediately thought of you and your teammates and asked if she could borrow the box and enlist the help of her group to solve this mystery. The inn owner was so excited to have someone able to help that she agreed and is eagerly awaiting the results of your findings. Work together to solve the mystery of what’s inside the box.

July 30, 6:30 p.m.: Learn about historic Carnegie Libraries with Shana Stuart

Cresco Public Library is a Carnegie Library, built in 1914

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Join Shana Stuart, Director of the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP) at the University of Iowa for a program about Iowa's Carnegie libraries on the 100-year anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's death. Andrew Carnegie, a steel baron-turned philanthropist, funded the construction of many of America's public libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Cresco Public Library, built in 1914. Cresco Public Library is one of just 48 Carnegie libraries in the state of Iowa that is still used as a public library.

Special Book Display: July is National Grilling Month

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Before you fire up the grill, stop by Cresco Public Library and check out our new book display: July is National Grilling Month. Check out any of the books about grilling featured on the display and read the tips posted for a perfect cookout.

Cresco Public Library notes Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Check out any of the items featured on our book & movie display

Moon Landing 50th anniversary poster

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Cresco Public Library celebrates by featuring a special book and movie display. Stop by and check out any of the items shown and read 10 amazing facts about the moon landing that may surprise you. Take space-theme coloring sheets home for the kids along with a flyer explaining how to access the NASA library of space images for free online.     

For One Day Only: Library's Elves on the Shelf Return for Cresco's Ridiculous Days' 'Christmas in July

Children may look for the elves' hiding places in the library Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Find them and win a treat. Wear a Christmas outfit and get your picture taken with the elves

Christmas in July PosterLook Who's Back! Cresco Public Library's Elves on the Shelf, Elfis and Priscilla, will make a special visit Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in conjunction with Cresco's Ridiculous Days' theme, 'Christmas in July.' While you are shopping the sales in Cresco that day, stop by Cresco Public Library and make sure your children search for Elfis and Priscilla. If they find the elves, they should not touch them! Instead, come tell a librarian and we will give them a prize (each child may receive ONE prize that day). The elves will be hiding in different places throughout the day. Also: If children get dressed up in a Christmas outfit, they may get their picture taken with the elves at the library. Come celebrate 'Christmas in July' with us!

Congratulations to Madelyn for Reaching 1,000 Books

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The divine Miss M has reached her goal of reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Congratulations from the Cresco Public Library. Madelyn was encouraged and supported by her mother, Sarah Harthan, her dad and little sister! Let's hear another round of applause for this star!

Master Gardener Webinar takes place Monday, July 15 

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Cresco Public Library is hosting a Master Gardener Webcast Series via Iowa State UniversityExtension. All webcasts count toward Master Gardener Continuing Education hours. The first webcast takes place Monday, July 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Cresco Public Library. The webcast is titled, 'Give Your Garden Wings': Jessie Lowry will share pollinator garden best practices. Learn what to plant and explore the monarch butterfly migration. For more information, visit:

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Upcoming Events
Library's Elves on the Shelf return ONE DAY ONLY for 'Christmas in July' Ridiculous Days Jul 18, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Cresco Public Library
Teen Game: Breakout Box -- Lost Letters of Liberty Jul 18, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Teen Room
Teen Game: Breakout Box -- Totally Radical '80's Time Travel Adventure Jul 25, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Teen Room
Program: Shana Stuart Discusses Iowa's Historic Carnegie Libraries Jul 30, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Master Gardener Webcast: 'Gardening FAQ' Aug 05, 2019 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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