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Our NEW Best Sellers Club

bestsellersWould you like to be notified when we receive a new book by the authors you like best?

We’re improving our Best Sellers Club, and now have a very quick and easy online form for you to use to sign up or modify your information!

Just imagine the convenience of getting an email whenever the library gets a new book by one of your favorite authors. And we’re looking into offering optional text message service also, if you’re interested in that too.

It’s simple and it’s free, so why not sign up right now?


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Spring Homeschool Workshop Schedule

science-explosionDear Homeschool Parents,

It is time once again for our spring workshops to begin! This spring we will be focusing on famous scientists and their contribution to the world. As always, I will try VERY HARD to make it fun and to have something hands-on to complete the morning. Please schedule this in and JOIN ME at the Pineville library!

  • Monday, Feb. 9 – 10 a.m. Early Pioneers in Science (Archimedes, Galileo, Pythagoras, Copernicus)
  • Monday, Feb. 23 – 10 a.m. Isaac Newton
  • Monday, March 9 – 10 a.m. Michael Faraday and Johannes Kepler
  • Monday, March 23 – 10 a.m. Albert Einstein
  • Monday, April 6 – 10 a.m. Madame Curie
  • Monday, April 20 – 10 a.m. George Washington Carver
  • Monday, May 4 – 10 a.m. The Manhattan Project (Fineman, Oppenheimer, Frisch)
  • Monday, May 18 – 10 a.m. Scientists who may surprise you!
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Search Books & E-Books/Audio at the same time

We’ve rolled out a new time & effort-saving feature that we hope you will love…

Now, when you search our OPAC (Online Public Card Catalog), you also have easy access to our E-Book & Audio collection. Just look for the OverDrive buttons and tabs…

opac_search_fullIf you click on the OverDrive button – example shown on the far right, above – when you start your search, this will take you directly to the OverDrive E-Book and Audiobook results.

Otherwise, when you perform a search by Keyword, Title, Author, etc… You will be shown results in our library collection first.

opac_catalog_full Catalog Results

   To search the OverDrive E-Book & Audio results for the same search, simply click the OverDrive tab.

opac_overdrive_full OverDrive Results

We hope this search integration will now make it even easier to find the material you are looking for!

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Library Inclement weather policy

In cases of inclement weather, the library will be closed when the schools are forced to close.

After the first day, we will evaluate the road conditions and will reopen as soon as possible, even if the schools remain closed. If we are closed, no overdue fines will be accrued that day.
If you have questions, please contact the Pineville library at 417-223-4489.

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Library State Funding in Jeopardy!

Where your property tax dollar goesIn the 2015 budget proposed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D),  over $1.1 billion in funding is cut to necessary programs across the board. Several line items impact libraries, especially smaller rural libraries with higher poverty levels, such as McDonald County.  If these funds are not restored, the McDonald County Library will take a direct hit of over $40,000.  Our total budget now is just at $300,000 a year, and this would be devastating.  This would directly impact hours of operation at each location, materials, programs, and all other services we provide.

Our library is one of hundreds caught in this partisan political game of tug of war. We are not taking sides or placing blame in this Democrat-Republican political game, but want you to be aware of how these games can potentially affect you as a library patron. We encourage you to research the situation and decide for yourself:

Of course, every state-funded organization will argue that their essential programs shouldn’t be cut. However, we at the library feel our case is among the strongest, since our materials and services are available to everyone, and therefore cuts to our budget will therefore affect everyone in Missouri, not just any one particular group.

You have a right have your voice heard at the governor’s office. So we urge you to ask him to restore the REAL funding, and State Aid for Libraries.

You can phone the Governor’s office
or contact them online here:

Under the “Reason for Contact” section, we recommend choosing: “State Budget (Inquiry/Opinion)”

The U.S. Postal mailing address is:

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
UPDATE – November 12, 2014: We have just learned that the Governor has agreed to release some of the library funds (the yearly state aid amount, though we don’t know about the larger Equalization amount yet) particularly to the poorest of libraries hardest hit by the loss of state funds. This may likely include McDonald county. Your pressure and efforts appear to be working… Thank you!
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FREE eBook and Audiobook downloads

Our Library is part of the Missouri consortium, and partnered with OverDrive to make thousands of eBooks and Audiobooks available for loan to cardholders of the McDonald County Library!

To find eBooks and Audiobooks available for download, search Missouri Libraries 2 Go.

If you’ve never downloaded from this site before, you may find it useful to take the Guided Tour and/or read the Quick Start Guide.

You will need to download some free software to read/listen to these downloads. It is highly recommended to either take the Guided Tour and/or read the Quick Start Guide FIRST, before you download titles. Help is available online if you need it… Give it a try!

Software downloads are available here for: OverDrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions

For product-specific information about your brand & model of eBook reader/tablet, try the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

Kindle users can watch this video to see step-by-step instructions on downloading Library eBooks.

Note: The Missouri Libraries 2 Go service is for our library patrons only. You will be prompted to enter your library card information when you begin your download.
There is a limit of five (5) eBooks/Audiobooks borrowed from the Missouri Libraries 2 Go site per patron.
However, ANYONE may download as many as they please of the thousands of additional free eBook titles from Project Gutenberg.

(The Project Gutenberg eBooks are for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy them, give them away or re-use them under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with these eBooks or online at

When prompted for your library card number, enter your number EX-cluding all the leading zeroes.
For example: If the number on your library card (located underneath the barcode)  is 00091234, then enter 91234 when prompted.
If your library card number is 00123456, then enter 123456 when prompted.

Also see this list of more FREE eBook sources!

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Jesse James Brings Hollywood to the Ozarks

In 1938, the Hollywood movie “Jesse James” was filmed in the Missouri Ozarks. The movie, produced by Twentieth Century Fox and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, and Nancy Kelly, was primarily filmed in McDonald County, and many of its citizens took part in the movie as extras. The film, which was a box office success, was Missouri’s first major contribution to Hollywood filmmaking history. And every August the city of Pineville continues to commemorate its role in the film with its annual “Jesse James Days” celebration.

You can view the Jesse James Movie collection, or browse the entire Missouri Digital Heritage website.

The Jesse James Movie collection includes photographs and memorabilia from the 1938 shooting of the film. These items document the arrival of Hollywood stars and production teams, the filming of the movie in Pineville and elsewhere in McDonald County, and involvement of locals. Included are on- and off-set candid shots of the movie stars.

The Missouri Digital Heritage site (formally “Virtually Missouri”) has more than 6.8 million records, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and more than 50 institutions from across the state. There’s a wealth of fascinating photographs, maps, state records and other historical documents. We are very pleased to be a part of this excellent resource!

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FREE eBook Sources

ebook-128x1281In addition to our Library’s OverDrive collection, you can also download an UNLIMITED amount of FREE eBooks from these sources:

Also, you can find many titles searching under Google Books. We recommend using their Advanced Book Search, and selecting the “Full View Only” option to limit your search to the complete (fulltext) books available.

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