“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
-- Oscar Wilde

The library is much more than a place to simply check out books. We consider CCPL to be an agent of community development that seeks to inspire, raise awareness, and educate. By continually expanding and updating our resource collection, organizing free classes and programs, and working alongside other educational, business, and non-profit agencies, we strive to enhance both individual and community well-being.


-Accelerated Reader Tests, the Summer Reading List books, and the 2017-2018 Bluegrass Book Selection are now available at the library!  Stop in to work on your summer reading goals for the next school year!

-May 25, Summer Reading Kickoff with the Kentucky Science Center at 11:00 a.m.!! We are so happy to announce that in addition to all of the exciting programs and activities, we have also partnered with the Cumberland County Board of Education to offer free lunch for all children who participate in the Cumberland County Public Library summer reading activities! 

-May 29, The Cumberland County Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.  We will reopen at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.  We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! 

-May 31, Would you like to go back to school, but you don’t know where to start?  If you are an adult looking to go back to school, Terri Jo Dionne from the Berea College Educational Opportunity Centers will be at the library from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to help you get started.  All assistance is free!  She can help you get started with enrollment for any not for profit school in Kentucky or any not for profit online school in the U.S. whether it is for a certificate program, 2 year degree, or a 4 year degree.  She also offers assistance with financial aid and advising.  If you are interested, please stop by and see what she can do for you!

-June 1, The Story Walk begins!  Stop by for your book mark/map of the story walk and enjoy a cute little story about Tractor Mac!

Updated: May 23, 2017

-New Arrivals-
Let’s Play – Herve Tullet
Baa, Baa, black Sheep – Jane Carbera
Looking For Bongo – Eric Velasquez
Puddle – Hyewon Yum
The Lending Zoo – Frank Asch
Beach Baby – Laurie Elmquist
Around the World – Craig Shuttlewood
The Whale in My Swimming Pool – Joyce Wan
Beep Beep Go to Sleep – Todd Tarpley

Pirate Spacecat Attack – Geronimo Stilton

-Young Adult-
Desert Dark – Sonja Stone

Haunted Heartland – Beth Scott
The Vanderbilt’s – Jerry Patterson
The Girl Who Knew Too Much – Amanda quick
Deadmen Walking – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Daily Life in 18th Century England – Kirstin Olsen
In a Dark Dark Wood – Ruth Ware
Fortune’s Children Fall of the House of Vanderbilt – Arthur Vanderbilt II
For Love & Honor – Jody Hedlund
To the Farthest Shores – Elizabeth Camden
When Tides Turn – Sarah Sundin
The Farmers’ Market Mishap – Wanda Brunstetter
Surrender – Helen Hardt
Testimony – Scott Turow
Same Beach Next Year – Dorothea Benton Frank
Secrets in Summer – Nancy Thayer
Full Wolf Moon – Lincoln Child
Exit Strategy – Steve Hamilton
Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King
G-Men – Stephen Hunter
Sticks and Bones – Carolyn Haines


-Large Print-
Ava’s Place – Emily Cogburn
Marrying Jonah – Amy Lillard
Custom Baked Murder – Liz Mugavero

Fifty Shades Darker
Fortitude Season 1
Keep Quiet

Revised: May 22, 2017

Mission Statement

Of Your Library

The mission of the Cumberland County Public Library is to provide quality programs and services that fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and professional.


What's Available

Childrens, juvenile/young adult, and adult books (including large-print)
Interlibrary loan
Audio books
Local and state newspapers
Public computers and free Wi-Fi
Online databases
Genealogy library
Free paperbacks and magazines
Fax/copy services
Adult and childrens' programming
County-wide bookmobile service

Board Members


Neda Alexander
Fran Smith
Elaine Webb
Tyler Shelton
Sandra Morgan

May Themes:
Children’s: Letters Q-S Derby, Memorial Day, and SUMMER READING!!
Adult Author: Brad Meltzer


Updated:May 4, 2017

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Library Overview

Mission, Staff, and Operating Hours

The Cumberland County Public Library opened its doors at the current location (just off the downtown square on Hill Street) in 1967, thus having served local residents and tourists alike for nearly fifty years. We provide access to print and electronic media, lead multiple book clubs, offer adult and children's programming, have eight public computer workstations as well as free Wi-Fi, host community events including author lectures, book signings, and murdery mystery dinners, feature local artists' work, and proudly house an extensive geneaology collection. Placing a strong emphasis on outreach, we also provide bookmobile service to residents around the county, assist local schools, day cares, adult learning facilities, and nursing homes with literacy and community development campaigns, and work closely with the Cooperative Extension Office on programs throughout the year. All of these services (excluding special events) are offered free of charge to the public. We encourage you to stop by the library today to introduce yourself, check out the resources we have available and sign up for a library card!

The library is open Monday-Friday, 8:50-4:50 and Saturday, 8:50-11:50. Staff members include Paige LaGrange (Director), Terry Staley (Bookmobile librarian), Mandi Wheat (Special Programs Associate), Vickie Staley (Head circulation librarian), Dennis Sells(Part-time Circulation Assistant), & Stevie Willis (Janitor).


1938 to Present

The Cumberland County Public Library was founded in 1938 as a WPA library.  Before opening at its current location on Hill Street in October 1967, the Library housed its collection in the basement of the courthouse.  The land for the new location, which was deeded from Mr. W. Less McComas, was formerly the site of the phone company switchboard (operated by Effie and Cecil Garrett who worked out of the parlor of their home) and was adjacent to Fred and Geneva Lewis’ Barber Shop.  Construction for the library was made possible by State money that was then matched by local patrons and supporters.  The first and only extensive remodeling of the library did not occur until 2008, more than 40 years after the initial construction. 

Although the library’s grand opening in 1967 was a welcome and inevitably integral addition to the educational landscape in Cumberland County, residents were not void of library services in the preceding years.  Bookmobile services began in Kentucky in 1954, following a parade of vehicles at the State Fair when Governor Lawrence Wetherby presented bookmobiles that were stocked with books to each county in Kentucky as a part of the Kentucky Bookmobile Project.  Ruby D. Lee was the driver/librarian of the first bookmobile in Cumberland County.

The original board of trustees included Glee Hume, Hazel Wells, Melba Sewell, Daisy Alexander, and Helen Judd. According to the records of the public library directories from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the following tables illustrate all of the library directors and bookmobile drivers for the Cumberland County Public Library from 1948 until present day. (Note: Some dates are denoted with a question mark because there is either conflicting information or a lack of clarity regarding actual start/stop dates. The information here was given according to KDLA records.)

Cumberland County Public Library Directors 1948 – 2017

1948 – 1953(?)

Nannie Wells

1953 – 1957

Eunice Hicks

1957(?) – 1963(?)

Jewell Thomas

1963 – 1999

Mabel Hayden

1999 – 2010

Richard Alexander

2010 – 2016

Liza Turner

2016 – Present

Paige D. LaGrange

Cumberland County Public Library Bookmobile Drivers 1954 - 2017 

1954 – 1957(?)

Ruby D. Lee

1957(?) – 1962

Jewell Thomas

1962 - 1996

Mary Ruth Murley

(?) - 1999

Alvin Garner

1999 – 2000

Dianna Martin

2000 – 2001

Lida Smith

2001 – Present

Terry Staley




May 25, 2017 through July 27, 2017

Click Here for Printable Summer Reading Registration Form

We are very excited about our Summer Reading plans!  The theme for Summer Reading this year is “Build a Better World” and we are working very hard to build programs that address this idea on various levels including (but not limited to) S.T.R.E.A.M.S. (Science. Technology. Reading. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics. and Social Science.) oriented programs for all ages! We are also thrilled to be collaborating with the Cumberland County School District to offer free lunch to the children that participate in the Summer Reading activities this year!

This year we will offer two Summer Reading programs each week for the children, as well as various challenges and contests for our teen, young adult, and adult patrons.   

For the kids:  We would love to see EVERYONE (birth – 6th grade) at 11:00 a.m. on May 25th for our Summer Reading kickoff which will feature a science festival put on by the Kentucky Science Center of Louisville, KY. 

In general, on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Miss Mandi will focus on elementary and early middle grade age children and will offer activities and challenges that appeal to this age group.  Miss Mandi will continue to focus on children from birth to pre-school on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. with stories, music, and activities. Both groups will recieve free lunch at the Summer Reading programs.

For Teens, Young Adults, and Adults:  Starting in May, be on the lookout for Summer Reading Challenges, Fun Programs, Art Contests, Prize Drawings, and Writing Contests! These will be announced in our article in the Cumberland County News, on our website, here, and on Facebook @cumberlandcountylibrary.org!

We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer!

Visiting Speakers and Special Programs (more to come):


*Throughout the month of June the Cumberland County Public Library in collaboration with the Cumberland County Health Coalition will be offering a Story Walk through Burkesville.


* Thursday, May 25 11:00 a.m.Kentucky Science Center Science Festival

*Wednesday, May 31 10:00 Debbie Messenger and Mrs. Di Cumberland County Extension Office present "A Healthy Me!"

*Thursday, June 1 10:00 a.m. Scrubby Bear and Mr. Molar

*Wednesday & Thursday, June 7 & 8 10:00 a.m. Three Little Pigs Building Challenge

*Wednesday, June 14 10:00 a.m. The Impossible Patriotism Project with Kentucky State Senator Max Wise

Thursday, June 15 10:00 a.m. The Impossible Patriotism Project (Special Guest Pending)

*Wednesday, June 21 10:00 a.m. Chris Mason of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

*Thursday, June 22 10:00 a.m. Sylvia Braber puppet show Morris and Dorris the Venus Flytraps

*Wednesday & Thursday, June 28 & 29 10:00 a.m. Gardening with Mrs. Wanda Gilbert from the Cumberland County Conservation District

*Wednesday & Thursday, July 5 & 6 10:00 a.m. Jimmi Hendrix: Sounds like a Rainbow Musical Art Challenge withPaint or Sidewalk Chalk (weather permitting)

*Wednesday & Thursday, July 12 & 13 10:00 a.m. Officer Long and Ranger

*Wednesday, July 19 10:00 a.m. Free Building Day!

*Friday, July 21 10:00 a.m. Barry Mitchell SmileMaker Show!

Adult (Ages 13 - 113+)

*May 25 - July 27, Adult Summer Reading Packets

*May 25 - June 2, Adult Coloring Contest (prizes for the winners in age groups 13-16, 17-20, and 21+)

*June 7 - July 21, Reader of the Week Drawing every Friday

*June 5 - June 30, Essay Contest (prizes for the winners in age groups 13-16, 17-20, and 21+)

*July 3 - July 27, Recycled Art Contest (prizes for the winners in age groups 13-16, 17-20, and 21+)

*Wednesday, June 7 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. (Drop-In) Green Cleaning

*Friday, June 16 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Don Curtis, Author

*Tuesday, June 20 10:00 a.m. (Event) Spices and Herbs Around the World

*Wednesday, July 12 12:30 - 2:00 (Drop-In) Summer Veggie Kabobs

*Tuesday, July 25 10:00 (Event) Recycled Art: Rug Making with Sylvia Braber




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