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Crete Reads!

Special programming accompanies community-wide read

The Crete Reads! program is a community-wide, year-long series of events, activities, and learning opportunities related to the content and themes of one book chosen by public vote from a shortlist of finalists.

The Crete Reads! program is a community-wide, year-long series of events, activities, and learning opportunities related to the content and themes of one book chosen by public vote from a shortlist of finalists. Community members and library patrons are encouraged to read the book and participate in the related programming throughout the year.

Crete Public Library's 2023 Crete Reads! selection process will be announced soon.

There are two main goals for Crete Reads!: 1) encourage reading among people of all ages; and 2) bring the community together through a shared, common experience. Planned events and speakers during the year are centered around themes of the book.

A committee of nine community members determines the parameters of Crete Reads!, as well as the short-list of books that are put to a public vote.

Multiple copies in a variety of formats will be available at the library: regular print, large print, Spanish, AudioBook, eBook, and eAudioBook. If a book club would like multiple copies, contact the library and staff can reserve them.


The 2022 Crete Reads! book selection in 2022 was “This Tender Land," by William Kent Krueger.

  • Krueger was the guest speaker at a dinner and presentation on Oct. 22 Read more... 

The inaugural Crete Reads! book selection in 2021 was "News of the World," by Paulette Jiles. 

  • virtual talk with Dr. Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, about captivity among the Comanche;
  • showing of "The Searchers" with John Wayne and Natalie Wood;
  • speaker Todd Sears, Crete native and former publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, who discussed changes in newspapers through time, public discourse in the book vs today, choice of coverage picked by Captain Kidd vs today, and Kidd’s mission compared with those of journalists.