“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!

September 27, 12:00 p.m. - Adult make it and take it! Suncatchers are the craft this month.

September 1 – October 13: Sign up to participate in the painting class being offered at the library by guest presenter Katelyn Griffith.  The cost is $25 to cover the expense of the supplies that will be used. The class will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21.

Coming in October - Hitchcock on Hill Street: Make plans to attend an outdoor showing of Alfred Hitchock's "Rear Window" starring James Stewart on Friday, October 13th at the Library. Cider, hot chocolate, and popcorn will be provided.

Fall Break Activities for Elementary and Middle Grade Patrons:
Tuesday October 3, 1:00 p.m. – Stop in for the Mid-day Matinee!  We will show a family friendly movie, free to anyone that stops in!
Friday October 6, 1:00 p.m. – Free Form Friday!  Stop in to enjoy different board games, card games, and fun STEAM activities!

Updated: September 23, 2017

-New Arrivals-

Spiders Are Not Insects – Allan Fowler
These Birds Can’t Fly – Allan Fowler
Please Don’t Feed the Bears – Allan Fowler
Remarkable Reptiles – Allan Fowler
It’s a Good Thing There Are Snakes – Lisa Herrington
It’s a Good Thing There are Bees – Lisa Herrington
Incredible Insects – Lisa Herrington
Freaky Fish – Lisa Herrington
What’s the Difference: Turtles and Tortoises – Lisa Herrington
Ghost Cat – Eve Bunting
In the Middle of Fall – Kevin Henkes
Sam the Most Scaredy Cat Kid in the Whole World – Mo Willems
Haunted Amusement Parks – Rachel Cantor
Ghostly Towns – Joyce Markovics
Creaky Castles – Jessica Rudolph
Poop’s Many Uses – Ellen Lawrence
Poop Detectives – Ellen Lawrence
Chickens – Hannah Ray
Goats – Sally Morgan
Ducks – Sally Morgan

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Dr. Hugh Roome
Henry Ford – Wil Mara
Simone Biles – Joanne Mattern
Martin Luther King Jr. – Dr. Hugh Roome
Toys and Games Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Communication Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Travel Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Food and Farming Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Community Helpers Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on Brazil – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on India – Bobbie Kalman

Young Adult
Hawkwing’s Journey – Erin Hunter
Wild Bird – Wenderlin Van Draanen
War Cross – Marie Lu
Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet – Reed Coleman
Enigma – Catherine Coulter
Secrets in Death – J.D. Robb
Enemy of the State – Kyle Mills
The Romanov ransom – Clive Cussler
Dark Legacy – Christine Feehan
Proof of Life – J.A. Jance
The Importance of Being Urnest – Sandra Balzo
A Face to Die – Andrea Kane
A Legacy of Spies – John Le Carre
The Unquiet Grave – Sharyn McCrumb
A Time to Stand – Robert Whitlow
These Healing Hills – Ann Gabhart
Bringing Maggie Home – Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Column of Fire - Ken Follett
Cherished Mercy – Tracie Peterson
A Stranger in the House – Shari Lapena
American desperado – Jon Roberts
The Bluegrass Conspiracy – Sally Denton
The Informant – Kurt Eichenwald

Large Print
Naomi’s Hope – Jan Drexler
A Love So True – Melissa Jagears
Egypt’s Sister – Angela Hunt

All Governments Lie
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
All Eyez on Me
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rough Night
The White Princess
Megan Leavy
Wonder Woman

Updated September 23, 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

September Themes!

Children and Juvenile: Letters X - Z and Fall!

Young Adult: School is in!

Authors of the Month: Karma Wilson, Dav Pilkey, Clive Cussler

Updated September 2, 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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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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