“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.


-March 30, The Cumberland County Public Library, in collaboration with the Cumberland County Extension Office, will be making Fairy Gardens at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30.  Please register for this event at the library as space is limited! (This event is now full.)

-April 6, The Cumberland County Public Library, in collaboration with the Cumberland County Extension Office will begin offering a FREE Gentle (Chair) Yoga class for anyone who would like to participate.  This class is effective for stress relief and relaxation.  Likewise, yoga has been shown to be beneficial to those with various ailments associated with the bones and joints. Class begins at 7:30 a.m. in the community room and will be led by Mrs. Debbie Messenger.  The class is once a week and lasts approximately 1 hour.  Please sign up at the front desk in the library if you are interested! Drop-ins are also welcome! 


Updated:March 24, 2017

-New Arrivals-

I Love Mom – Eric Carle
Robins – Eileen Christelow

Middle School: Get Me Out of Here – James Patterson
I, Funny – James Patterson
Case File – Scott Savage
The Zombie Chasers- John Kloepfer
Crash – Joseph Monninger
Who Was Daniel Boone – Sydelle Kramer
Touching Spirit Bear – Ben Mikaelsen

-Young Adult-
The End of Oz – Danielle Paige

The Devil’s Triangle – Catherine Coulter
The Cutthroat – Clilve Cussler
Without Warning – Joel Rosenberg
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
The Memory of Us – Camille Di Maio
Lilac Girls – Martha Kelly
You – Caroline Kepnes
From World War to Cold War – David Reynolds

-Large Print-
Killer Jam – Karen MacInerney
Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel – Mignon Ballard
Banana Cream Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke
Two Days Gone – Randall Silvis
On Second Thought – Kristan Higgins
The Last Woman Standing – Thelma Adams
The Guests on South Battery – Karen White
The Silver Suitcase – Terrie Todd
The Velvet Hours – Alyson Richman
Showdown – Louis L’Amour
Death Stalks the Rangers – James Griffin


Revised: March 24, 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

March Themes:
Children’s: Letters I-L, Dr. Seuss, Spring, and St. Patrick’s Day
Juvenile/Teen/ Young Adult: For the fun of it!
Adult Author: Michael Palmer


Updated: February 25, 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), & Sherry Riddle (Youth Outreach Coordinator and Part-time Circulation Assistant), and Stevie Willis (Janitor).


1938 to Present

The Cumberland County Public Library was founded in 1938 as a WPA library. Before opening at the current location on Hill Street in October 1967, the library collection was housed in the basement of the courthouse. Jewell Thomas, who was also a founding member of the Cumberland County Literacy Council, served as the librarian from 1956 to 1963. In the mid-1950s, bookmobile services were established under a state initiative designed to provide library resources to rural areas in Kentucky. Ruby D. Lee was the first driver for Cumberland County. The land for the current location was deeded from W. Less McComas in the mid-1960s and Mabel Hayden was selected as the first library director. The original board of trustees included Glee Hume, Hazel Wells, Melba Sewell, Daisy Alexander, and Helen Judd. 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 forty years after the initial construction.



May 25, 2017 through July 27, 2017

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. (Science. Technology. Reading. Engineering. Arts. and Mathematics.) 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

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

*Wednesday, June 14 10:00 a.m. Building a Better World with Kentucky State Senator Max Wise

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

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

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

Adult (Ages 13 - 113+)

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

*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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