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Young Adult & Teen Book BINGO

Youth ages 12-21 may participate; get a BINGO, win a prize; enter grand prize drawing

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Teens and young adults ages 12-21 are invited to take part in Teen Summer Book BINGO! Stop by the Teen Room at the library and pick up a BINGO sheet on the display. Browse the books featured on the table for examples of some of the categories featured on the BINGO sheets (you may check out the books if you'd like). Find books in the Teen Room that match the categories on the BINGO card, and read them. Keep track of the titles and authors on the back of the BINGO sheet. When you get a BINGO, bring your sheet to the library so a library staff member can sign it, and claim a prize! Then, go back to the Teen Room and enter your name into the Grand Prize Drawing! When you get all the spaces filled on your BINGO sheet, bring it to the library and show a staff member. You may then enter the Grand Prize Drawing five times! Teen Book Bingo will continue until at least the beginning of the school year, and possibly longer (watch for an end date). We want to make sure teens and young adults have plenty of time to read and get BINGOs! Questions? Ask Teen Librarian Sara, or e-mail her at:

Adventures in Gaming with Bill Sindelar Wednesdays  from 1-4 p.m.

Kids ages 8-12 are invited to participate; play the games Bill offers or bring your own games to share

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New Shelf Arrangement: Find Your Favorite Series More Easily

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New Shelving 2 View our most popular series collections in Adult Fiction by looking on the lower shelves. The series are grouped in alphabetical order by author last name.

Special Book & Movie Display:

Dog Days of Summer

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Stop by the library and browse our newest book and movie display, 'The Dog Days of Summer'.  Included in the display are tips about how to keep your dog safe in the hot weather, and pictures featuring Cresco Public Library staff's dogs. You may check out any of the items shown on the display.

Special Display: July is National Picnic Month

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July is National Picnic Month. Stop by Cresco Public Library and browse our special display highlighting the library's cookbook collection, along with summer-related movies. You may check out anything shown on the display.

Do These Books Deserve a Second Chance?

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Visit our ongoing ‘Second Chance Books’ display. These are books Cresco Public Library is considering deleting from the collection (the library must withdraw 3 percent of its collection every year to maintain state accreditation). Inside each book, you will find a bookmark asking your opinion: Should we keep the book, give it a second chance and then decide whether to keep it, or withdraw it altogether? Mark your opinion in the bookmark. We will compile all answers and decide what to do. This display will showcase a rotating list of books.

Art in the Afternoon: Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m.

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Stop by Cresco Public Library for Art in the Afternoon each Tuesday from 1-3 pm. in the library Program Room (downstairs). All artistic media welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Art in the Afternoon is meant to be an informal drop-in gathering where people discuss ideas and learn from one another. They are NOT classes.

Cresco Public Library's Free Resources

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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.


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!

« July 2018 »
Upcoming Events
Art in the Afternoon Jul 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Jul 31, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group Aug 03, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Aug 07, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Art in the Afternoon Aug 14, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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