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Spotlight On: GALE PowerSearch

Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing our libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information. Gale PowerSearch helps researchers save time through a streamlined common user interface that can be customized to match your skill levels and habits.

Gale PowerSearch features:

  • Downloadable audio versions of articles in MP3 format
  • Language translator in eleven languages including Spanish, French, simplified Chinese and others
  • Readspeaker technology (text-to-speech)
  • Tabbed results for easy source identification
  • User friendly homepage with easy-to-navigate links
  • and much more…

Since GALE PowerSearch is a paid subscription service, it is not normally accessible from outside the library, but we are able to offer you access to it via the McDonald County Library public computers and on our wireless network.

Stop by our library and give it a try
See why this flexible and powerful platform has quickly become a favorite among thousands of libraries!

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Special Sale on used DVD, VHS, Books & more

VHS for sale

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Books for sale

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DVDs for sale

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Available at the Pineville Library…

  • DVD’s … $2
  • VHS … $1
  • Audiobooks … $1
  • Hardcovers … $1
  • Paperbacks … 25 cents
  • Magazines … 25 cents

(a few special titles may be slightly more)

Click on any of the thumbnail photos above to zoom to full size, so you may read the titles available.
First Come, First Served!  Get them before they’re gone.

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Featured Freeware: FrameSize 2

Once again we’re recommending one of our favorite FREE software programs, that you can download directly to your home PC or laptop!

This week’s featured freeware program:  FrameSize 2

If you or someone you know got one of those increasingly popular Digital Photo Frames for Christmas, you’ll love this week’s Featured Freeware… Those frames are very nice, except typically they come in widescreen (16:9) sizes. Which is great for movies, but less great for digital photos which are commonly taken by digital cameras in a non-widescreen format (usually 4:3).  This results in the photo frame having to display the image matted with ugly black bars down the sides, or cropped by losing the top and bottom of the picture, or “smushed / stretched” all out of proportion.

FrameSize is an application that allows you to quickly & easily overcome these limitations and produce high quality images from your digital photographs that are formatted properly and perfectly optimized for your digital photo frame.

You can download it at:  http://www.freewarefiles.com/FrameSize_program_39129.html
And get more information at:  http://www.leansoft.co.uk/framesize/

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Spotlight On: COLOR Laser Prints & Copies

The Pineville and Noel Libraries have excellent photo-quality COLOR Laser printers available for public use.
And the Pineville Library has a very FAST COLOR COPIER that also produces excellent quality photo-copies and enlargements.

These color printers & copiers are great for when you need a last-minute custom Christmas card, or family newsletter, or large copies of a family photo to share with your guests visiting from afar this holiday season.  There are many websites and even some custom downloadable programs for creating these great and colorful items, which you can find online and use on our public computers here at your library! And you may use our special Graphics Computers to scan, resize & touch up your snapshots and even old Polaroids!

Our color printers can print photos and enlargements up to 8 x 10″ – and the color copier in Pineville has the ability to make huge  enlargements, up to 11 x 17″ – and while the results aren’t quite as good as regular photo enlargements made from film negatives, the quality is still surprisingly sharp! And the prices are right…

  • Letter sized (8.5×11″):  Color prints and copies are only 50 cents per page.  B&W are just 10 cents each.
  • Legal sized (8.5×14″):  Color prints and copies are only 60 cents per page.  B&W are just 15 cents each.
  • Tabloid sized (11×17″):  Color copies are only 75 cents per page.  B&W are just 20 cents each.

Note: Printing double-sided pages counts as two copies.  And because of problems in the past with incompatible photo paper, we are not able to use anything but our own regular (high-quality) stock papers in our copiers and printers.  (Sorry, our printers can’t handle your special glossy photo paper.)  But the bright-matte paper we use provides excellent results.

The library staff is always available to help you with your special copying and printing needs. Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Featured Freeware: XnView photo browser

Once again we’re recommending one of our favorite FREE software programs, that you can download directly to your home PC or laptop!

This week’s featured freeware program: XnView 1.97

XnView is a powerful image browser used for viewing, converting, organizing and editing graphical & video files. With the amount of photos we generally take during the holiday season, sorting and finding the best ones can be a chore… And your camera may or may not have come with software that helps. But perhaps its time to try something different that offers many more options? XnView does things like “batch renaming” (changing the filenames of photos from the usual “IMG_1234.jpg” to something more useful such as “2010 Christmas with Aunt Jane 1234.jpg”); or even automatically re-sizing and improving the focus, color, and/or contrast of a group of photos all at once! That “Batch processing” feature is something that is often missing from professional photo software, and once you learn to use it (it’s really very easy) you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Unlike many new programs, this works in virtually ALL versions of Windows, MacOS, Linux, and still more!
You can download it at: http://www.xnview.com/en/download.html
And get more information at:  http://www.xnview.com/en/index.html

XnView is another one of our all-time favorites… Although there are many similar programs out there (some of them we like just because they are open-source) but we’ve been using XnView here at the library on our public & staff computers for most of the past decade, and it has many amazing options we’ve not seen in anything else. It is free of charge for private non-commercial, educational use and non-profit organizations, so you are free to download and use it on your own home, personal computer.

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Noel featured on front page of Yahoo

Noel’s special Christmas postmark is featured on Yahoo! News:
Missouri Town Capitalizes On Name
Watch the 40/29 video here

(For a brief period of time Tuesday morning, it was featured on the main Yahoo! page…
But things move so fast with the Internet, about 15 minutes of “fame” is all you get!)

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