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Current and Upcoming Events

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RESCHEDULED: Gail Kittleson Book Talk

Gail Kittleson rescheduled

The Gail Kittleson Book Talk at Cresco Public Library has been rescheduled: It will now take place Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the library Program Room (downstairs). Iowa author Gail Kittleson will discuss her newest book, 'Kiss Me Once Again.' The theme of the program is 'The Holidays During Wartime.' Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the program. This program is free to attend and the public is welcome to stay immediately following the program to attend the library's weekly Art in the Afternoon session. Bring your own art projects and supplies or use the supplies available at the library. These informal sessions (not classes) meet every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at the library.

Book Display: Learn about December Holidays

December Holidays Display

Stop by Cresco Public Library and browse our newest book display, 'December Holidays.' Read the descriptions of each holiday on the display and check out any of the books shown. Don't forget to check out our Christmas DVD movie display while you're at the library (located on the table across from the front desk, near the DVD shelves).

Children's Story Hour is Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

Story Hour Dec. 12

Join Arla Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. for Children's Story Hour. Theme is: 'A Special Tree.' No registration is required; just come to the library and go downstairs to the Children's Department.

Maximize Your Library Card Learning Session a Success

Cresco Public Library's first-ever Maximize Your Library Card Learning Session was a success. Library staff and tech-savvy volunteers assisted patrons in learning how to utilize the library's many online resources, free to use with their library card. Missed the session? You may pick up a 'Free Online Resources' sheet at the front desk to see a list of all of the resources available to you for FREE using your library card number. Write your library card number and phone number in the spaces provided and refer to the sheet as a handy reference. If you forgot your library card number, just ask a librarian and we will look it up for you. Take advantage of all of the helpful resources available to you at the library.

Elf on the Shelf at Cresco Public Library

Elf on the Shelf Poster 2018

Elfis and Priscilla, our Elves on the Shelf, have returned to Cresco Public Library from the North Pole just in time for the holidays! Children may visit the library every day between Dec. 1-22 and search for the Elves on the Shelf. If they find them, do not touch them, or they will lose their special powers. Instead, tell a librarian and win a prize. The elves will be hiding in a new place every day on the main floor of the library.

Holiday Movie Display

Movie Display 2018

Due to popular demand, Cresco Public Library's holiday and Christmas movie DVD display is up! Check out holiday DVDs for the whole family: We have kids' favorites, classics, cartoons, and more. You may check out up to six DVDs per household, for a one-week checkout. The movie display will remain through the Christmas holiday.

 Book Display: December is Human Rights Month

Human Rights Display

December is Human Rights Month. Read about the origins and purpose of Human Rights Month on the display and check out any of the books shown.

The Wall Street Journal newspaper is now available in digital format for library patrons

Wall Street Journal digital

NEW to Cresco Public Library: You may have heard that we were considering whether or not to keep the print edition of the Wall Street Journal, due to the subscription expense. It turns out that with our new subscription, not only do we get to retain the print edition of the Wall Street Journal, we also get the digital edition of the newspaper, all within our budget. So, you have two ways to keep up with national news here at Cresco Public Library. The print edition will continue to be available at the library. To read the digital edition, bring your device to the library or use our public computers. Go to: and sign in on the upper right. Then, ask any librarian for the login and password information.

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!

« December 2018 »
Upcoming Events
Elf on the Shelf at Cresco Public Library Dec 01, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018 — Cresco Public Library
RESCHEDULED: Book Talk: Gail Kittleson Dec 11, 2018 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Dec 11, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Children's Story Hour Dec 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
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