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Cresco Public Library Annual Silent Auction Oct. 1-27

Proceeds to Children's Summer Reading Program

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Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift for a loved one? Look no further than Cresco Public Library’s annual Silent Auction fund-raiser. Organized by the Friends of the Cresco Public Library, proceeds from this annual event go to funding the entertainers for the popular Children’s Summer Reading Program at Cresco Public Library. Beginning Oct. 1, stop by Cresco Public Library and browse the many beautiful and unique items on display throughout the main floor of the library. You may ask for a bidding number at the front desk. Place your bids on as many items as you would like. The Silent Auction continues until Oct. 27. Stop by and take part in this popular event, and support children’s programming at Cresco Public Library.

Join Arla for Children's Story Hour Wednesday, Oct. 17

Story Hour Oct 17

Children's Story Hour with Arla takes place each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children preschool-age and younger are invited to this event 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 Oct. 17 Story Hour is: 'Silly Stories.' There is no registration for Story Hour, but we ask parents and caregivers stay with their children throughout Story Hour.

Cresco Public Library takes part in Teal Pumpkin Project Halloween week

Teal Pumpkin Project Poster

October Display: Check out a scary movie

Kids: Take a Halloween coloring sheet and enter coloring contest

Scary Movie and Laura photo

Are you looking for a scary, spooky movie to watch for Halloween? Cresco Public Library features its scary movies on a special display in October. Stop by and browse the movies, which will be located on the top of the movie shelves where the newest movies are usually located. (The new movies will be moved one shelf below and will be easy to locate). Also: Children may take a Halloween coloring sheet located at the front desk and enter our Halloween Coloring Contest! Sheets are listed with recommendations for ages 5 and older or ages 4 and under. Color your picture and return it to the library. We will notify prize winners. Make sure you stop by Cresco Public Library on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31 to trick-or-treat!

EXTENDED until Oct. 20: Teen Read Week 2018 'It's Written in the Stars: READ

Teen Read Week Poster 2018

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.

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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