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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.

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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