“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 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 21, 2017

-New Arrivals-

I Am a Big Brother – Caroline Church
Good Night I Love You – Caroline Church
Ten Tiny Toes – Caroline Church
The Napping House – Audrey Wood
How Do Dinosaurs Sleep – Jane Yolen
The Noisiest Night – Thomas Taylor
Noah’s Ark – Susan Thoms
I Love You So – Marianne Richmond
I Love You Through and Through – Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
Pig Kahuna – Jennifer Sattler
You’re Getting a Baby Brother – Sheila Higginson
Huggy Kissy – Leslie Patricelli
Mommy Loves You – P.K. Hallinan
Smile Pout-Pout Fish – Deborah Diesen
Llama Llama Zippity Zoom – Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Nighty Night – Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Wakey-Wake – Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop – Anna Dewdney
Little Red Riding Hood – Gaby Goldsack
The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Ronne Randall
The Three Little Pigs – Kath Jewitt
The Selfish Crocodile – Faustin Charles
I Love Trains – Philemon Sturges
How do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies – Jane Yolen
I Love You Daddy – Jillian Harker
I Love You Mommy – Jillian Harker
Snuggle Up Sleepy Ones – Claire Freedman
Are Pirates Polite – Corinne Demas
I Spy – Jean Marzollo
Bizzy Mizz Lizzie – David Shannon
What Was the Ice Age – Nico Medina
What Are the Ten Commandments – Yona Zeldis
Who Was Lewis Carroll – Pam Pollack
The Serpent’s Shadow – Rick Riordan
Young Adult
Ringer – Lauren Oliver
Joyride – Guy Adams
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Rick Riordan
Ghost on the Case – Carolyn Hart
Killing Season – Faye Kellerman
Origin – Dan Brown
Merry and Bright – Debbie Macomber
The Witches Tree – M.C. Beaton
The Gift of Christmas Past – Cindy Woodsmall
Fairytale – Danielle Steel
Where We Belong – Lynn Austin
Winter Solstice – Elin Hilderbrand
The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman
Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales
The B-Side
Diana: Seven Days That Shocked the World
Wish Upon
47 Meters Down
Finding Father Christmas
Rock Dog
Girls Trip
Spiderman Homecoming

Updated October 21, 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 



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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.

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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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