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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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Laney Reaches 500 Books Before Kindergarten

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Laney Kay Lickteig (aka: Lady Bug) has reached a gigantic milestone on her personal goal of reading.  Laney has reached 500 Books on her way to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Her mom, Jodi Lickteig is a big fan of reading. Laney also has her little sister's encouragement. A high five to Mom, Dad, Sissy and Laney! The Lickteig family enjoys the national program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Do you have a child under Kindergarten age? If so, you may take part in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Cresco Public Library. Stop by the library and pick up a workbook at the front desk. For each book you read to your child, mark the title and author down in the workbook. Every time you reach 100 books, come back to the library and we will stamp your book and give your child a prize!  1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program to encourage a love of reading in children below Kindergarten age.

Share Your Memories of Historic Cresco Public Library

for the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project

Pick up a 'Carnegie Memories' sheet at the display across from the front desk or access the form online

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Thank you to everyone who attended Shana Stuart's presentation about the University of Iowa's Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project. Even if you didn't get to attend, you may still lend your voice to the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project: The year 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's death. The Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project seeks your memories of historic Carnegie libraries (such as Cresco Public Library). You may stop by the library and pick up a 'Carnegie Memories' sheet at the special display table across from the circulation desk. Fill it out and return it to Cresco Public Library. Or go online to the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project website at: to fill out the form (please include at least your birth year on the form).The Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project seeks your reminiscences on the library building, librarians, library resources offered and other memories of your choosing. Be a part of history and share your memories of the beautiful, historic Cresco Public Library.

Special Book and Movie Display: Back To School

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It's almost time for the new school year to begin. Stop by and check out any of the books and movies shown on our newest display. We wish all students, faculty and staff at our area schools the best of luck in the coming year.

Library Offers Maximize Your Library Card Learning Sessions

Maximize Your Library Card Learning Sessions

Mark your calendars now and take advantage of the option to attend one of two 'Maximize Your Library Card' free drop-in tech help sessions this month: Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Discover how you can access Cresco Public Library's free online resources via our website homepage, including e-Library, BRIDGES; Brainfuse, Transparent Languages Online and more. NEW: Members of the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society will be available at each session to teach you how to access the digitized Howard County newspapers online. Learn how to do your family genealogy research from the comfort of your home.

New Teen and Young Adult Books Now Available for Checkout

Cresco Public Library strives to feature the latest, cutting-edge and most talked-about teen and Young Adult novels in its collection. Currently, the newest teen and YA books are featured on display in the library Teen Room, located on the main floor and to the left at Cresco Public Library.

Art in the Afternoon meets Tuesdays

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 (some supplies will be available at the event). 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.

Book & Movie Display: August is International Peace Month

August is International Peace Month

August is International Peace Month. Visit Cresco Public Library and check out any of the books and movies on our newest display. Each book on the display contains a flyer listing examples of how you can be a peacemaker in your own community. You may also take peace-theme coloring sheets for the kids.

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Upcoming Events
Maximize Your Library Card Drop-in Learning Session Aug 20, 2019 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Cresco Public Library
Maximize Your Library Card Drop-in Learning Session Aug 24, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Cresco Public Library
Cresco Public Library is Closed in Observance of Labor Day Sep 02, 2019 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM — Cresco Public Library
September is Library Card Sign Up Month Sep 02, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019 — Cresco Public Library
Howard County Dementia Caregiver Support Group Sep 06, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM — Cresco Public Library Program Room
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