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New Library is OPEN!

We are thrilled to announce the GRAND OPENING for the Anne Croxdale Memorial Library in Southwest City was held on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 11 A.M. (exactly one year to the date of our groundbreaking).

Photos and videos of the Grand Opening are available on our Facebook page…

The library is now open to the public for regular hours:
Tuesday-Friday  10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday  10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The staff of the McDonald County Library is looking forward to welcoming many new patrons to our latest branch location… If you are already a library patron and use our libraries in Pineville or Noel, then you will NOT need to re-apply for a new library card, as your existing card may be used at all three locations.

If you do not yet have a library card, it is quick and easy to get one of your own! Click here to learn how.

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It’s so easy to get your library card…

Applying for your own library card is quick & simple!

Here’s what you’ll need to know:

If you are a resident of McDonald County, we will need to see a photo ID and something else with your current mailing address printed on it. (A check stub, utility or phone bill, etc…)

We have a very short & simple application card that you need to fill out, and then you’ll be ready to check out your first item!
[See examples of the Adult (16+) and Juvenile (under 16) application cards.]

It will be very helpful and time-saving if you bring the contact information (name, mailing address, and phone number) for your Alternate Contact with you. (This is for Adult applications only). This Alternate Contact must be someone that does not live at the same address as you, whom we may contact in case we need to reach you, and your own contact information has changed due to a move or new phone. A relative or longtime friend who lives nearby is preferred.

Please note: We do require that parents or legal guardians have a valid card with us before juveniles (under the age of 16) may apply for their own cards.

Out-of-county Patrons: If you do not live (or own property) in McDonald County, we have a small fee of $10 that will cover you and every family member in your home for an entire year. 
(We also have a reciprocal agreement with the Newton County libraries, so if you have a valid Newton County Library card, we will waive the $10 fee.)

The McDonald County Library operates solely on the very small amount of property taxes our residents pay each year, and this is why we have these Non-Residence fees, to help operate the library and purchase new items, so every patron fairly shares the cost.

We trust you will enjoy our unique and useful libraries.
We thank you for your patronage, and are looking forward to meeting you soon!

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Featured Freeware: OpenOffice

It has been awhile since we’ve had a Featured Freeware program, so let’s make this one a biggie… After a recent experience dealing with M$ Office (that $280-$500 proprietary software suite) we are particularly happy to offer you a COMPLETELY FREE alternative: version 3.3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

You can download it at:
OpenOffice is also available for Mac OS, & Linux, and in many different languages:

Note: The full Windows installation package is approx. 150MB, so it may take quite a while to download if you have a slow connection. But considering the power and functionality it offers, it is worth your time to try – even if you already have an office application suite!

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Tax Forms and Instructions

Taxes, taxes, taxes… Benjamin Franklin famously said: “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.”

But you can get back some of that excess money the IRS borrowed from you last year… The Pineville library has free paper copies of several of the most common tax forms and instructions. And if we don’t have what you need, here are the links to Federal and State forms you may need:

IRS Federal Forms & Instructions

Missouri State Department of Revenue Forms & Instructions

Arkansas State Department of Finance and Administration Forms & Instructions

Oklahoma State Tax Commission Forms & Instructions

Also, remember that trained volunteers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites offer free tax filing assistance during “tax season.”

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VITA: Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Program offers free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.

Trained volunteers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites offer free tax filing assistance .  This year’s assistance begins February 2nd and continues through April 13th.  Volunteers are available only one day a week, Wednesdays from 1-7 p.m. at the American Legion building located at 103 Beeman Street in Pineville.   Anyone, regardless of age, can use a VITA site for assistance. VITA volunteers help taxpayers prepare basic tax return forms. The general guideline is a limit of $49,000 a year for household income.  There are no scheduled appointments- walk in only.  First come-first served.

When visiting VITA site, bring the following:

  • Photo ID for Caller (and/or spouse, if filing jointly)
  • If married filing jointly, both spouses must attend appointment.
  • Social security cards for every member of the family (if a card is lost, the taxpayer must contact the social security administration to replace card prior to having taxes prepared)
  • W-2s and/or 1099’s from ALL jobs worked in 2009
  • A check from the taxpayer’s checking account or a savings account number for direct deposit (NOTE: The taxpayer can open a bank account or cash card at the tax site for direct deposit if they do not have an existing account.)
  • Interest statements from financial institutions (if applicable)
  • Tuition and student loan information (if applicable)
  • Documentation from daycare provider, if taxpayer paid for child care in 2009
  • Any other income information or IRS notices received
  • Copy of last years tax return
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