“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.


August 21: Stop in anytime on August 21st for cosmic refreshments to commemorate the solar eclipse!  NASA approved glasses will be available on a first come first serve basis!  (Please limit one pair per person, you must be present to receive the glasses.) 

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! 

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

Updated: August 19, 2017

-New Arrivals-

The Moon Shines Down – Margaret Wise Brown

Wings of Fire: Winter Turning, Moon Rising – Tui Sutherland
Scooby Doo Mystery of the Mist Monster – Matthew Manning
Scooby Doo Legend of the Gator Man – Laurie Sutton
Scooby Doo Curse of the Stage Fright – Steve Korte

Young Adult
Rise of the Isle of the Lost – Melissa De La Cruz
Loved – P.C. Cast

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Everyone is Brave – Chris Cleave
Baddie-Winkle’s Guide to Life – Baddiewinkle
No Limits – John Maxwell
Patient H.M. – Luke Dittrich
Shaken – Tim Tebow
The Almost Sisters – Joshilyn Jackson
Mrs. Fletcher – Tom Perrotta
Devil’s Cut – J.R.Ward
The Break Down – B.A. Paris

Updated August 19, 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

August Themes!

Children and Juvenile: Back to School and letters T-X and the eclipse!

Young Adult: Book Series

Authors of the Month: David Shannon, Luanne Rice

Updated August 19, 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),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



New Outreach Vehicle

Coming to an organization near you!


The Cumberland County Public Library is pleased to present our new outreach vehicle!  The outreach vehicle will be used, primarily, to support the growing number of outreach programs that the library is offering to various community organizations in Cumberland County.  It will also be used to support the various transportation needs that are required to allow the library and the staff to operate effectively and efficiently in our service to the community.  Wherever you see this vehicle, you will know that the library is there. Feel free to stop and say "hello" or ask about anything that is going on at the Cumberland County Public Library.  We love hearing from you!

Many have asked if we are replacing the bookmobile with the car.  The answer is no. The outreach vehicle is not replacing the bookmobile, rather it is complementing and expanding the outreach capabilities of the library. Ms. Terry will still be making her usual rounds throughout the county in the bookmobile.

Our library is very active both within and outside of the confines of the building.  The new vehicle will not only provide consistent and reliable transportation to our outreach sites, but will also offer a visual reminder that we are out and about working to fulfill our mission of service to the members of our community.  As it says on the car and the bookmobile, “We bring the world to you.”

If you are interested in having the Cumberland County Public Library offer programs at your site, please contact Paige LaGrange or Mandi Wheat at (270) 864-2207.





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