“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 2, You’re invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! The Cat in the Hat will be appearing to celebrate during story hour from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Thursday!
-March 11, The Farmer’s Market will be hosting an open meeting in the community room from 10:00 a.m. until close. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about The Farmer’s Market is invited to attend.
March 21, Are you a writer or do you enjoy writing? If you are a teen, young adult, or adult interested in creative writing and would like the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals to discuss your craft and share ideas with, then join us Tuesday March 21 at 4:00 p.m. for an open forum to discuss the creation of a local writer’s guild hosted by the Cumberland County Public Library. We hope to see you there!
-March 22, The Extension Office will be offering a seed exchange for anyone who would like to drop in and exchange seeds. For more information, contact Chelsea Anderson at (270) 433-7700.
Updated:February 25, 2017
The Life We Bury – Allen Eskens
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
Where the Heart Leads – Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Book of American Martyrs – Joyce Carol Oates
Heartbreak Hotel – Jonathan Kellerman
Amelia and the Captain – Lori Copeland
Most Dangerous Place – James Grippando
Flirtation Walk – Siri Mitchell
The Pattern Artist – Nancy Moser
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
Revised: February25, 2017
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.
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
Children’s: Letters I-L, Dr. Seuss, Spring, and St. Patrick’s Day
Juvenile/Teen/ Young Adult: For the fun of it!
Updated: February 25, 2017
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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.
The Cumberland County Public Library is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Janitor. The ideal candidate will be trustworthy and self-motivated. They should possess an eye for detail and a willingness to perform all of the various cleaning and light maintenance (changing air filters and light bulbs) duties associated with a public institution. A list of expected duties is available at the front desk of the library. Some ladder work may be required. On occasion one may have to lift up to 25 pounds. The work week will consist of approximately 12-16 hours. The potential candidate will be required to submit to a background check before beginning work. If you are interested, please stop by the library to fill out an application. References are required. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have any questions you may contact Paige LaGrange at (270) 864-2207.