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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.
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 There’s a wealth of fascinating photographs, maps, state records and other historical documents.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!
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.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. Those members present were Erlene Gideon, Rachel Abercrombie, Alice Snodgrass, Ann Crowder-Sanders, Sheila Owens, and Carrie Cline.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the April minutes, Sheila made a motion to approve them as written, Ann seconded, and they passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the April statistics
There is a Tech Grant opportunity this summer that would enable us to purchase new laptops with only a 15% local match required. Carrie is going to write a grant proposal for this, due in July.
The Non Fiction Grant books have all been ordered, are being processed through right now, and are on display at each library.
The Equalization Grant is being partially used to redo and improve each of our children’s sections, including the purchase of rugs, manipulatives, and Bruce’s time to help move everything around and get set up in Pineville.
The Summer Reading Program is almost ready to kick off. The first day will be on Saturday, June 1st at the Pineville Community Center. Bruce has been working fast and furiously getting the Freebie Cards set up and to the printer, and thank you posters completed, and other registration forms and schedules ready to go. He also helped us create a 2 minute PSA about the teen program that we can show in each school to generate interest.
We actually received some A&E Funds this year to use on materials.
The Southwest City Library Empire Electric Bill was over $1000 this past month, but it turned out to be a massive billing error on the part of Empire, much to our relief!
Carrie attended another Trustee Webinar concerning By-Laws, and presented a quick rundown of Missouri State Statutes Chapter 182 that specifically governs libraries.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. Those members present were Sheila Owens, Erlene Gideon, Alice Snodgrass, Ann Crowder-Sanders, Rachel Abercrombie, and Carrie Cline. Rick Peck was a visitor for a brief time.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the March minutes, Sheila made a motion to approve them as written, Ann seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the statistics for March.
The Book Sale starts Monday, April 15th.
Our large Obituary database has been hosted by GoDaddy very inexpensively for a long time, but now they are discontinuing this service. To save money, Charlie is going to create a database that we can host locally. He and Bruce have been getting the equipment ready this week.
This morning the entire staff attended an E-reader Petting Zoo and Training, taught by Bruce. It was very informative, and now we feel better prepared to assist our patrons on various devices.
All three libraries, especially Noel and Pineville, are re-doing the children’s spaces as an Equalization project. Neither library has enough room for all of our young patrons, and we are going to make the space larger and more appealing.
Instead of a table of prizes this year, area merchants have agreed to be part of our “Freebie Card,” which children and teens can earn this summer after reading 10 hours. This card is going to be worth a great deal of money, and they can take advantage of every offer on it.
The fixtures in the hallway near the public bathroom have never worked since I arrived in 2001. We have installed a nice little light on the wall which will light the way to the restroom very nicely.
The Non Fiction grant has been received and can be spent this coming week. The appropriate titles will be purchased ASAP, cataloged, and put out on display to check out as many times as possible before the Final Report is due in August.
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.
Roll Call – Alice called the meeting to order at 4:35 p.m. Those members present were Alice Snodgrass, Erlene Gideon, Rachel Abercrombie, Ann Crowder-Sanders, Sheila Owens, and Carrie Cline.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the February minutes, Ann made a motion to approve the minutes, Rachel seconded, and they were approved unanimously.
The February statistics were presented.
Carrie will be attending the fund-raising carnival at the high school on Saturday, March 9th to represent the library at the Book Walk attraction. Thank you to Bruce Arnold for helping to haul the many boxes of free books over to the high school.
Concerning the Summer Reading Program, Carrie has called each school and will have booths at various parent nights and carnivals in March and April to hand out material to families.
Story times have been going well. Yesterday, for the first time ever, there were more participants at Southwest City (25) than at Pineville (20)! Very exciting for Southwest City!
Since receiving the E-reader grant, the five devices are being shipped. Once they are here, we will be having a staff workshop to learn the devices, then various “Petting Zoo” events for patrons at Pineville and Southwest City in April before the Summer Reading Programs begin.
Shannon will be leaving us at the end of the month for another job. We wish her all the best, and the schedule will be amended to help save the library some additional hours. We might be able to reopen on Friday mornings during the summer.
Carrie attended the Epsilon Sigma Alpha meeting and received the “Diana Award” for achievement.
The April book sale will be during the week of April 15th.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:35 p.m. by Vice President Sheila Owens. Those members present were Sheila Owens, Rachel Abercrombie, Ann Crowder-Sanders, and Carrie Cline. Alice Snodgrass and Erlene Gideon were unable to attend.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the January minutes, Ann made a motion to accept them as written, Rachel seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the January statistics.
The library received the 2013 Summer Reading Program grant for $8400.
The library also received a grant for eReaders for $1115.
The library is partnering with the McDonald County High School library to hold a weekly after-school program for interested students called “Permanent Addictions : Books, Beans & Blogs.” It is gaining in popularity every week, and a great outreach to our area teens.
Carrie presented a letter from Mr. Fitts concerning our sign prohibiting weapons in the library. The board discussed the history of the Conceal and Carry Law and how it pertains to the library, and the effectiveness of such a policy. This matter is tabled until the next meeting, because all board members must be in attendance to amend a policy.
Carrie attended a webinar about Working with your Library Board, and handed out a summary of the items discussed. Carrie’s job and the Board’s job were compared and discussed.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:35 p.m. Those members present were Erlene Gideon, Alice Snodgrass, Sheila Owens, Rachel Abercrombie, Ann Crowder-Sanders, and Carrie Cline.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the minutes from December, Sheila made a motion to approve them as written, Ann seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the December statistics and the 2012 Year-End statistics.
The library will team up with Carol Owens at the High School library to host an after school program each week entitled, “Permanent Addictions : Books, Beans & Blogs.” The ultimate goal is to find teens to volunteer next summer during the Summer Reading Program and to take part in the teen activities we have planned in June and July.
We have trimmed over 14 hours out of the employee schedule per week, which we hope adds up to a substantial cut.
The Friday closings have gone over very well, with very little complaining from patrons. Many patrons expressed their support for the library if we ever try for a tax increase.
Carrie and Wes will attend the Noel Primary Family Technology night at the end of the month to promote our material and programs.
Anna Gibbs was named the McDonald County Library Volunteer of the Year because of her selfless donation of time and skill whenever we need it. She is especially valuable during the book sales.
The McDonald County Library operates almost entirely on your property taxes. The library receives only a tiny fraction (currently 2.53%) of your total bill, almost all of the rest goes to schools. And the library has operated with the same tax levy since it was founded.
However, since then the library has opened two new branches, and with constant inflation the operating costs continue to rise; yet the library continues to get by on the same set amount every year.
Also, the McDonald County Library aggressively pursues state and federal grants, and other outside funding. But even with this occasional extra income it is difficult to balance the budget, and the availability of grants has dramatically decreased in recent years since the economic downturn.
Therefore, the library Board of Trustees is now considering asking voters for an increase in the library tax levy during an upcoming election. If passed, this will result in a SMALL increase in your property taxes. To see how very little an increase this will likely be for you, try this Tax Estimator…
Input your current TOTAL Property Tax in the box below, then hit the Enter key to see the result:
Look on YOUR McDonald County Property Tax Statement/Receipt, and compare it to this sample:
(These estimates are based on the latest figures we have available. They may vary slightly more or less. The official amount will be shown on the ballot during the election of course, and we will update this Tax Estimator to reflect any changes.)
Here is the 2011 McDonald County Property Tax breakdown…
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It’s hard to read, but the library’s small (2.53%) portion is that small sliver second from the right.
Because of the way taxes are apportioned, the percentage of every dollar changes slightly every year,
even though the actual levy amount hasn’t changed.
(Almost every year the library receives an even smaller percentage, because the schools keep getting more.)
The public library is available for the benefit of everyone!
“The library is the only place that you pay property taxes for, where you are allowed to walk into at any time, for any reason, and you are welcome there.”
McDonald County Library Director
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist