“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.


Every Thursday: Story time for pre-school age children is held every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Miss Mandi would love to see you there! 

September 1 - October 31: Drop Your Drawers Campaign!

October 21, 9:30 a.m., - Painting class with Katelyn Griffith. 

October 25, 12:30, - Vickie and Debbie will be making Halloween Lanterns.  Stop in to make one to take home with you!

October 26, 9:00 – 11:00 – Carol Johnson from Lake Cumberland Community Action will be at the library to answer any questions you may have regarding healthcare coverage and to assist with open enrollment.

October 28, 10:00 a.m. – Family Movie!  Stop in to see a free family movie in the community room on the last Saturday of every month!  This month we will show “Captain Underpants”.

Updated: October 14, 2017

-New Arrivals-

Fish – Sally Morgan
Sheep – Hannah Ray
Jack and the Beanstalk – Jasmine Brooke
Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Jasmine Brooke
It’s a Good Thing There Are Bats – Joanne Mattern
Mummy Tombs – E. Merwin
Bees – Sally Morgan

The Chocolate Chase – Geronimo Stilton
The World is Not a Rectangle – Jeanette Winter
Spotlight on Mexico – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on the United States of America – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on Canada – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on China – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on Egypt – Bobbie Kalman
Leafy Sea Dragons – Jill Keppeler
Electric Eels – Theresa Morlock
Sea Horses – Malissa Shofner
Pufferfish – Therese Shea
Beauty and the Beak – Deborah Rose
Abandoned Hospitals – Alix Wood

Young Adult
Release – Patrick Ness

Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King
Don’t Let Go – Harlan Coben
The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney
Blink – K.L. Slater
An Echo of Murder – Anne Perry
Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
Turkey Trot Murder – Leslie Meier
Trace – Archer Mayor
That Night – Alice McDermott
Holly and Ivy – Fern Michaels
To Be Where You Are – Jan Karon
Hunted – James Patterson
Sleep Like a Baby – Charlaine Harris
A Snow Country Christmas – Linda Lael Miller
No Mama I Didn’t Die – Devereaux Bruch
The One True Love of Alice-Ann – Eva Everson
All She Left Behind – Jane Kirpatrick
These Healing Hills – Ann Gabhart
The Space Between Words – Michele Phoenix
The Christmas Blessing – Melody Carlson
Home All Along – Beth Wiseman
Buried Secrets – Rachel Good
My Daughter’s Legacy – Mindy Clark
Justice Buried – Patricia Bradley
The Promise of a Letter – Kathleen Fuller
Crown of Souls – Ronie Kendig
A Nest of Vipers – Andrea Camilleri
Fatal Frost – Karen MacInerney
Two for One – Barry Day
The Saboteur – Andrew Gross
The Freedom Broker – K.J.Howe
Turkey Trot Murder – Leslie Meier
The Witches Tree – M.C. Beaton
Ghost on the Case – Carolyn Hart
Indian Summer – Marcia Willett
Allie and Bea – Catherine Hyde
Rejected Writers Take the Stage – Suzanne Kelman
Hard Rain – B.J. Daniels
The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream – Christina Dodd
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island – Carrie Pagels
This Nettle Danger – William Raine
Red Clark o’Tulluco – Gordon Young
Outlaws of the Brasada – Les Savage
Bandit’s Trail – Will Cook
The Jensen Brand – William Johnstone
Reckoning at Lansing’s Ferry – Lauran Paine
Kentucky Impressions – Adam Jones (Donated in loving memory of Dickie Alexander by Jo Murley)

Updated October 14, 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

October Themes!

Children and Juvenile:Fall, Halloween, Printing letters, Numbers 1-5

Young Adult: Spooky Mysteries!

Authors of the Month:

Children: James Dean (Pete the Cat),

Juvenile/Young Adult: Patrick Ness

Adult: Anna Quindlen

Updated October 7, 2017 



Click on the image below to access ABCmouse.com.

ABCmouse.com: With 5,000+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-7+). From Age of Learning, Inc.

Access e-books by visiting Overdrive

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Browse Our Catalog!

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Calendar of Events 

Program Schedule

Note: All programs are open to the public. If you have any questions, please call us at (270) 864 -2207.

Crafters Club: 4th Monday @ 1:00
Mid-Day Matinee: 3rd Tuesday @ 1:00
Lunch Book Club: 2nd Wednesday @ 12:00
Card Club: Every Wednesday @ 1:00
Story Time: Every Thursday @ 10:00
Bridge Club: Every Thursday @ 1:00
After School Snack: Every Friday @ 3:15


Drop Your Drawers @ The Cumberland County Public Library!



Make your next visit to the Library a brief one, for a good cause, as part of the Cumberland County Public Library’s Drop Your Drawers campaign.

The Library’s goal is to receive 250 pairs of underwear and socks. Drop off packages of new underwear and/or socks for boys and girls, preferably sizes 4-16 for underwear and all sizes of children’s socks, from September 1 – October 31 at the Library. Donations will help replenish supplies of emergency underpants and socks for the Cumberland County Elementary School, Cumberland County Head Start, The Learning Tree, Busy Bees, Sugar and Spice, and Momma Carolyn’s daycare centers and provide direct assistance to the Family Resource and Youth Service Center.

Why underwear?  Simply put: there is a great need. Schools hand out several pairs a month to children who need clean underwear or socks due to accidents at school or issues at home. Because parents often are unable to bring fresh underwear to their children during school hours, children can miss valuable learning time in the classroom without the readily available supply at school.

The library’s collection of Captain Underpants’ children’s books will be on display (and available to check out) during the Drop Your Drawers campaign.  By all means, stay awhile and enjoy the library’s many services. (The Library doesn’t really want you to make your visit brief!) 

Underwear may be dropped off at the Cumberland County Public Library.

*The image of Captain Underpants, a character in a series of popular children’s books, is copyrighted material and used with permission by author, Dav Pilkey and his publisher, Scholastic.


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),Tom Hieneman (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







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