“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.
Kid's cookie exchange Saturday December 10, 2016 10:00 - 11:00. Call or sign up before December 8!
Food for fines through December 19 for the local food pantry! Each canned good or small dry good is worth $1.00!
Santa Claus is coming to the library!! Tuesday December 20, 10:00 stop in to get your picture made with Santa and to have some refreshments and fun!
The library will be closed December 13 for professional development!
Updated:December 5, 2016
No Man’s Land – David Baldacci
The Sleeping Beauty Killer – Mary Higgins Clark
Turbo Twenty-Three – Janet Evanovich
Odessa Sea – Clive Cussler
Chaos – Patricia Cornwell
The Mistletoe Secret – Richard Paul Evans
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
Unmentionable – Therese O’Neill
Pretending to Dance – Diane Chamberlain
The Perfect Girl – Gilly Macmillan
The Bookshop on the Corner – Jenny Colgan
The Room with the Second Best View – Virginia Smith
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John and Jack Thorne
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Rick Riordan
Hopeless – Colleen Hoover
Hate List – Jennifer Brown
Dig Too Deep – Amy Allgeyer
The Queen of Kentucky – Alecia Whitaker
Caught in the Crossfire – Anita Alcorn
Shot Down – Jonathan Mary-Todd
Heaven is for Real
Indiana Jones (Series)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
2001: A Space Odyssey
Knute Rockne All American
The Wings of Eagles
They Were Expendable
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Hell or High Water
Kubo and the Two Strings
Revised: December 5, 2016
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 businesslike.
Childrens, juvenile/young adult, and adult books (including large-print)
Local and state newspapers
Public computers and free Wi-Fi
Free paperbacks and magazines
Adult and childrens' programming
County-wide bookmobile service
Juvenile: Baby it's cold outside!
Updated: December 5, 2016
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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 Gary Dicken (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.