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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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Family Game Day: Monday, June 24, 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Family Game Day June 24

Join us for a free Drop-in Session Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. It's Family Game Day! (Children age 9 and under must be accompanied by an older family member or guardian).

Teens Complete Breakout Box Game and Meet Puppy

Next game is Thursday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Teen Room

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Congratulations to these teens, who once again Broke Out of the Breakout Box. The theme for this week's game was 'Every Puppy Needs A Pal' and the participants enjoyed two surprises: They met a stuffed bulldog named 'Bull' and learned about how this special toy came into the life of library patron Abby as a gift from her grandmother. Then, the teens met a real puppy, Pearl! Thanks to Logan and family for bringing Pearl to the library to meet with everyone.

Read With Pride at Cresco Public Library

American Library Association notes June as GLBT Book Month

GLBT Book Month 2019

Libraries are welcoming spaces that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. This is especially evident as the American Library Association marks June as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration where public libraries feature authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Stop by Cresco Public Library and check out any of the books and movies shown on our Read With Pride display during the month of June. You may also take a sheet listing local and regional GLBT organizations and resources with you.

Cresco Public Library's Children's Summer Reading Program:

A Safari with Live Snakes & Animals

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Children are invited to take part in Cresco Public Library's Children's FINAL entertainment event for the  Summer Reading Program! All entertainment events take place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Cresco First United Methodist Church basement (located next door to Cresco Public Library). These events are FREE to attend. The Wednesday, June 26 is 'A Safari with Live Snakes and Animals' After the program, stop by Cresco Public Library to check out books in the Children's Department (lower level). Children may especially enjoy checking out books related to the day's entertainment event. Register for prizes throughout the month of June.

Book & Movie Display: June is Great Outdoors Month

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June is National Great Outdoors Month. Visit our special book and movie display and check out anything featured. You may also take a free guide to outdoor activities and tourism in the area provided by the Cresco Shopper.

Kids Dance and Sing with Beal's One Man Band

Kids have fun with Beals One Man Band

Kids had a great time dancing and singing during Beal's One Man Band performance during the Children's Summer Reading Program.

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Upcoming Events
Family Game Day (Morning Session) Jun 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library
Family Game Day (Afternoon Session) Jun 24, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM — Cresco Public Library
REGISTRATION FULL: STEM and the Farms Around Us Youth Event: 'Is It Alive? Make Some Dirt!' Jun 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
Children's Summer Reading Program: A Safari with Live Snakes & Animals Jun 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco United Methodist Church Basement
REGISTRATION FULL: STEM and the Farms Around Us Youth Event: Cover Crop Monsters: Make a Growing Monster Jul 02, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Children's Department
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