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


May 7th, 2020
Using recommendations from Governor Parson, local health department officials, and the Missouri State Library, the McDonald County Library, along with all public libraries in our state, have a preliminary tiered plan for re-opening our libraries. A formal decision to reopen our doors will be made and shared in the near future.
Safety for our staff and for you, our patrons, is of utmost importance. The very nature of a library is built on sharing materials, which is why we must take extreme precautions as we take steps toward opening up our wonderful libraries to the communities that we all care so deeply about.
Over the next couple of weeks library staff will be working at their branch locations to prepare their building for the new normal. Staff will be cleaning, re-shelving books that have been returned in our drop boxes, preparing virtual programming to replace in house programs, preparing a plan to provide curbside delivery and pickup of material, and readying the branches for social distancing when we do open for business again.
Let us assure you that all returned library materials are quarantined for at least three days to ensure that the virus will not be transmitted to staff or patrons. We will continue to quarantine materials for 72 hours before it is checked in and shelved. We will also continue to make allowances during these first stages of reopening by continuing to waive all fines.
We know it is hard to wait for materials, we think so to! That is why we hope that you have been able to stay connected to the library through the use of our free Wi-Fi access in the parking lots of our branches and also by making use of our e-material services. The library has been able to increase our budget for e-books and downloadable audiobooks, available with your library card, through Overdrive (Missouri Libraries 2 Go). Additional free resources can be found using Tumble Books and Ebsco Host, all available through our website
Be on the lookout for information about our upcoming Summer Reading plans as well. It will be different this year, but it promises to keep you and your family reading throughout the summer.
Stay tuned for updates on our reopening plans. Please remember that our libraries are very popular and that we must keep the best health interests of all people at the forefront of our decisions.
Wishing you all the best,
McDonald County Library Staff and Board of Trustees

Library Director, McDonald County Library, Pineville, Missouri

Library Director, McDonald County Library, Pineville, Missouri


The McDonald County Library seeks community-minded and qualified applications for the position of Library Director.  The Library Director manages the daily administrative activities of the library, promotes the library in the community, partners with local agencies and educations facilities, writes and administers grants, maintains facilities, guides personnel, and is responsible for all programming.


The library serves a county population of 23,000.  The main library, built in 1984 and recently renovated, lies in the center of Pineville, just down the street from the elementary school.  There are two branches, one in Noel, opened in the late 1990s, and a new facility in Southwest City opened in 2011.  McDonald County is a rural collection of communities, and features a multicultural and economically diverse population.  The county is located just north of the Northwest Arkansas corridor, and was included in the Metropolitan NWA Region in the latest census because of the close proximity.


Library staff includes several full-time and part-time positions, and the annual operating budget is approximately $300,000.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MLS preferred or other bachelor’s degree with relevant experience considered
  • Professional administrative experience
  • Experience preparing and managing a balanced budget
  • Experience working with current technology and library services
  • Ability to provide quality children, teen and adult library programs
  • Ability to interact positively with community and educational leaders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience writing and administering grants


Salary and Benefits:

Salary will range between $35,000-$40,000, based on education and experience.  Benefits include vacation, holiday pay, and sick leave. Insurance and retirement may be negotiated.


Application Process:

Email or mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional letters of reference that include reference contact information to or McDonald County Library, Attn: William Chamberlain, Bd. President, 808 Bailey Road, Pineville, MO 64856.


The first round of interviews will begin in June 2020.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Posted 5/7/2020






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.