McDonald County Library Temporarily Closes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic


 In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the McDonald County Library is closing beginning 4pm March 17, 2020 until further notice.

The decision was difficult to make.  We care deeply about being available for our community members, recognizing that the Library and its services are invaluable; however we feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time.  Closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived.  We hope that this decision – and similar action being taken by other organizations – will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly.  Follow us on Facebook and check our website for updates.

Patrons still can access the Library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, and downloadable audiobooks, as well as online research and learning tools.

iWrite Celebration!


Introducing: Youth Writing Contest.

Enter in your chance to win.

Deadline is September 30th.

Form: Flash Fiction

Topic: A Unique Perspective of Life in McDonald County

Length: 250 words maximum

Deadline: September 30th, 2019

Submission: Instructions Below

Age/Grade: Entries will be categorized in three brackets: 5th & 6th grade, 7th & 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade

Results: Three winners per bracket will be selected.

Prizes: The winners of each bracket will receive the following prizes:

  • First place – $100
  • Second place – $50
  • Third place – $25
  • Honorable Mention – Certificate

Further information and advice


The McDonald County Historical Society, the McDonald County Library, and the Jane Preservation Society interests lie in

  1. Promoting the art of writing among the youth of McDonald County
  2. Promoting appreciation of the rich history, unique places, and the exciting present of McDonald County


Judges will be looking for writing that is creative, displays excellent conventional writing skills, and entertains the reader while writing about a unique perspective of life in McDonald County.





To be eligible, the entry must be:

  • Written by a McDonald County resident or attend McDonald County Schools
  • Typed-written is preferred but not required
  • By a writer within the age/grade bracket at the time of submission
  • An original piece of work
  • Submitted on or before the due date
  • Formatted according to the submission instructions


Submission Instructions


The first page of the document should be a cover sheet announcing:

  • Contest (iWrite Celebration);
  • Category (5th/6th grade, 7th/8th grade, or 9th-12th grade);
  • Story’s title
  • Author’s name
  • Address
  • Phone number

Because of blind judging requirements, no identifying information except title and page number in the header should appear on succeeding pages.


Entries may be submitted handwritten, but typed is preferred as a Word document, Google doc, or similar format in the following ways:


  • Entries will be picked up at each school’s front office the afternoon of September 30th


  • Via email:, subject line: iWrite Celebration Entry


  • Bring to a McDonald County Library branch location; Pineville, Noel, Southwest City


For questions, please call the McDonald County Library’s Pineville office, (417) 223-4489.