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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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Treat Yourself Well Workshop with Dr. Julie Hayek

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Julie Hayek, Holistic/Wellness Physician, for a 'Treat Yourself Well Workshop' Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Cresco Public Library. Learn a variety of self-care techniques from Dr. Hayek. This event is free of charge to attend and takes place in the library's downstairs Program Room.

Continue your quest for wellness by visiting our special book and movie display, September is National Self-Care Month.  You may check out any of the items featured. From books about self-help, yoga, massage, gardening and self-esteem, Cresco Public Library showcases many items to help you achieve optimal self-care. Take a list of self-care tips along with you in addition to a copy of 'The Driftless Food Guide' published locally by Inspired Magazine. You may also take an art therapy coloring sheet.

Children's Story Hour Begins Wednesday, Sept. 25

Children's Story Hour Poster Fall 2019

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). Theme for our first Story Hour of the school year is 'Read Me A Story.' We ask parents and caregivers stay with their children through the duration of Story Hour.

Donations Sought for Library's 25th annual Silent Auction

Silent Auction DonationsHelp us celebrate! The 25th annual Cresco Public Library Silent Auction Fundraiser is almost here and we are accepting your donations until Noon on Saturday, Sept. 28. All types of donations are welcome, including monetary gifts (payable to Cresco Public Library); gift certificates, handmade quilts and home decor, holiday-theme items, homemade arts & crafts and new or slightly-used items. The Cresco Public Library Silent Auction begins Monday, Sept. 30 and ends Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit summer library programming. Thank you to the Friends of the Cresco Public Library for organizing the silent auction each year.

Cresco's Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest is Sept. 19-22

Learn more about Dr. Borlaug by checking out the library's book display

Cresco's annual Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest is coming up Thursday- Sunday, Sept. 19-22. Cresco Public Library celebrates the legacy of Dr. Borlaug, a Cresco native and Nobel Peace Prize winning agronomist (1970) with a special book display. Stop by and check out books about Norman Borlaug (there is even one book just for kids!). Take along a flyer about Dr. Borlaug and the local Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation as well as a flyer about the Northeast Iowa Food Packaging Event. The Food Packaging Event takes place at Crestwood High School Sunday, Sept. 22, where you are welcome to volunteer to help continue Dr. Borlaug's mission to feed the hungry. For further information, visit the Cresco Chamber of Commerce's website calendar at:

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Buzz on over to the library to get a library card today! It’s your ticket to fun and adventure. September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. Stop by Cresco Public Library and ask a librarian about how to sign up for your very own library card. (You must have an ID with you featuring your current address or if you have recently moved to town, your new address, such as a utility bill). Once you have your library card in hand, you may check out our collection of books, movies, audio books, public computers and take advantage of our free online research resources, including our e-Library BRIDGES. 

Children obtaining a library card must be age 6 or older and come to the library with a parent or legal guardian; both must sign the registration card. Kids will enjoy our extensive Children's Library located in the basement of Cresco Public Library. There is a Teen Room on the library's main floor for older children.

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Webinar About Book '13 Ways to Kill Your Community'

(What not to do to if you want to enhance your town)

The State Library of Iowa presents a webinar on the book '13 Ways to Kill Your Community' by Doug Griffiths, MBA Thursday, Sept. 19 beginning at 6 p.m. at Cresco Public Library. This webinar is part of the Cresco Public Library Board of Directors training session but is open to the public. This book describes what steps not to take to enhance your community. This webinar may be of particular interest to small business owners, the local Chamber of Commerce, Rural Economic Development and Tourism, the Board of Supervisors and City employees. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend this webinar in the downstairs meeting room at Cresco Public Library. The library is handicap-accessible.

In September we celebrate 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program

Do you have a child or know of someone with a child younger than Kindergarten age? If so, you are welcome to stop by Cresco Public Library and pick up a special 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading journal just for them. This nationwide program encourages fostering a love of reading between parents and their young children. Read at your own pace and mark each title in the reading journal. Each time you reach 100 books, bring the reading journal to the library and your child will receive a fun prize. Reach 500 or 1000 books and get your child's picture taken holding a medal (500 books) or a golden wand and free book (1000 books). We have already had a number of families reach 500 books or 1000 books. Join them in this fun activity and nurture an early love of reading in your child.

LEGOS Fun takes place Monday, Sept. 23

LEGOS Fun at the Library Sept. 23

Students in grades 1-4 are invited to Cresco Public Library for LEGOS FUN Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. (a no-school day). LEGOS are provided. This event takes place in the library Program Room (downstairs).

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« September 2019 »
Upcoming Events
September is Library Card Sign Up Month Sep 02, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
Treat Yourself Well Workshop with Dr. Julie Hayek Sep 17, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Webinar on book '13 Ways to Kill Your Community' Sep 19, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group Sep 20, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
LEGOS Fun @ Cresco Public Library Monday, Sept. 23 Sep 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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