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Cresco Public Library Community Survey 2019: In order that we might serve you and the community better, please take a few minutes to answer the survey using one of the methods listed below by Friday, Nov. 1. We appreciate your input.

Click on the icon to complete the Cresco Public Library 2019 Community Survey via SurveyMonkey.

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Download the PDF version of the Cresco Public Library 2019 Community Survey to print & bring to the library:

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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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Cresco Public Library Silent Auction Ending

Friday, October 25th

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The Cresco Public Library 25th annual Silent Auction Fundraiser is on its last week! Stop by the library during regular hours to browse the many beautiful and unique items displayed on the library's main floor. If you see something you like, ask for a bidding number at the front desk. Place your bids until Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Following the silent auction, if you placed a winning bid, a Friend of the Cresco Public Library will call you. You may begin picking up your items AFTER the silent auction ends, starting on Monday, Oct. 28. All proceeds benefit Cresco Public Library programs. As always, thank you for your support and thank you to the Friends of the Cresco Public Library for organizing the Silent Auction each year.

Thank You to Our Friends

Friends Week

Thank you to all our Friends, Volunteers and supporters. We appreciate your efforts as they benefit not only the library but Cresco and its surrounding communities.

Darrin Crow - Storyteller "Morbid Curiousities: An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe"


Join the Cresco Public Library for a night of storytelling, mystery and Edgar Allen Poe's atmospheric stories in the historic Opera House on Tuesday, October 29th from 7 to 8:30 pm. Darrin Crown will perform his readings and interpretations of Edgar Allen Poe's works. This is free, family-friendly and concessions will be available.  

IPTV Donates Backpacks to Cresco Public Library


Cresco Public Library was the recipient of three backpacks of games and books from IPTV. Each backpack has different items.These are now available to check out from the library.

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

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Children's Story Hour returns! Join Arla for this weekly event Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the library 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.

Cresco Public Library and the Northeast Iowa Humane Society Adoption Event November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm


The Cresco Public Library in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Humane Society is holding an adoption event at the library on Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. November is Adopt A Senior Pet month, so we are hoping to help some of these pets find a forever home. The event will be held in the meeting room of the library. Please feel free to come and meet the animals or talk to the Humane Society with any questions you may have.

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Upcoming Events
Cresco Public Library 25th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser Sep 30, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
Storyteller Darrin Crow presents 'Morbid Curiosities: An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe' at Cresco Theatre Oct 29, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Cresco Theatre & Opera House
Children's Story Hour: 'Boo! I Said, Boo!' Oct 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group Nov 01, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Adoption Event Nov 02, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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