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Thanks for another great Summer!

Congratulations to everyone who completed the program and got prizes and Freebie Cards!

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This year’s Summer Reading Program once again exceeded all our hopes and expectations… Over 450 signed up this year. And it is all because of our great kids, teens, parents, and adult patrons! THANK YOU for making this another record-setting summer!

Our new Teen program was wildly popular, and we had a final party “Zombie Prom” that was simply amazing! Look for lots of fun “Zombie Prom Portraits” coming soon.

Remember that you have a month to claim your prizes and redeem your rewards! Don’t miss out on all the goodies you’ve earned.

UPDATE: Jim’s Razorback Pizza of Jane, Missouri was chosen as the Teen’s favorite Pizza in our county-wide pizza judging (full article here), and so was served (instead of brains) at our “Zombie Prom.”

Also, congratulations to the winners of our Teen Gaming Tournaments:

Southwest City Points Champions

1st: Ricardo P   31 points   Overall 1st place - won a $20 Walmart Gift Card!
2nd: Arturo      21 points   Winner of $5 in Library Credit*
3rd: Francisco J 18 points   Winner of $5 in Library Credit*

Pineville Points Champions

1st: Steven K    27 points   Overall 2nd place - won a $5 Walmart Gift Card!
2nd: Tony J      20 points   Winner of $5 in Library Credit*
3rd: Makayla S   17 points   Winner of $5 in Library Credit*

* Library Credit is already placed in your McDonald County Library computer account, and can be used for Color or B&W printing/copying, (or even to pay late fees)!

Thanks again to everyone that helped make this an outstanding summer!

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July Board Meeting cancelled

Notice: The Board of Trustee’s meeting scheduled for July 12th is cancelled for lack of a quorum.
The next meeting will be held on August 9th at 4:30 p.m.

Video about Teen Nights

A short 2-minute Public Service Announcement about our new Teen Nights as part of our 2013 Summer Reading ProgramFUN!!!

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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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Property Tax Question

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…

Where your property tax dollar goes

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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.”

Carrie Cline
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
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New Friday Hours

To save money and cut costs, the library will have new hours on FRIDAYS, beginning on January 4th.Alarm-Clock

We will be open from 1 – 6 p.m.