“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.
Letters of interest for the opening of Special Programs Associate are due November 1, 2016. If you are interested in applying please see the "Opening" section below.
Updated:October 17, 2016
This is Where It Ends – Marieke Nijkamp
Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning – Chris Colfer
Killing the Rising Sun – Bill O’Reilly
The Angels Share – J.R. Ward
The Lords of Salem – Rob Zombie
Last to Die – Arlene Hunt
Crimson Death – Laurell Hamilton
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Order to Kill – Vince Flynn
Triple Crown – Felix Francis
The Art of Disappearing – Ivy Pochoda
The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare
Little White Lies – Lesley Lokko
Another Day Another Day – Sarah Rayner
The Age of Hope – David Bergen
Knowing Me Knowing You – Brian Finnegan
Between Breaths – Elizabeth Vargas
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
I Hate Myselfie – Shane Dawson
The Penny Jumper – James Grippando
Hillary – D.W. Buffa
The Game You Played – Anni Taylor
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
The Trail of Danger – William Raine
The Trail West – William Johnstone
The Slick Iron Trail – Bradford Scott
Six Gun Crossroads – Lauran Paine
A Bullet for the Utah Kid – T.T. Flynn
Vulture’s Gold – Lee Wells
The Devoted – Suzanne Fisher
The Selfless Act – Wanda Brunstetter
Twilight Blueberry Barrens – Colleen Coble
From This Day Forward – Lauraine Snelling
No Way Up – Mary Connealy
A Tapestry of Secrets – Sarah Thomas
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus – Beth Moore
British Manor Murder – Leslie Meier
When Death Draws Near – Carrie Parks
An Obvious Fact – Craig Johnson
Christmas Caramel Murder – Joanne Fluke
Pushing Up Daisies – M.C. Beaton
A Heart Most Certain – Melissa Jagears
A Tapestry of Love – Tracie Peterson
With All My Heart – Karen Witemeyer
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Updated: October 26, 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
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Juvenile Theme for September: Outside of Ordinary...
Updated: October 7, 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), Barbara Booher (Childrens' Outreach Coordinator and Librarian), 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 caring, positive, service-oriented, and well organized candidate for the position of Part-time Special Programs Associate. The special programs associate is responsible for planning and offering programs to children (from birth) and senior citizens, maintaining the children’s area of the library, and various general frontline tasks. An understanding of the likes and dislikes of children and seniors is necessary. Familiarity with young children’s literature is preferred. Regular use of office equipment is required. The appropriate candidate will be well organized and have the capacity to plan and carry out programs that not only entertain, but educate early readers and seniors. This position reports to the Director of the library. A high school diploma/GED is required. Candidates must submit to a background check before hire. The closing date for receiving letters of interest is November 1, 2016. If you are interested, please send a letter of interest, which should include at least 3 professional references, expressing why you want to work in this position, your experiences working with children and seniors, your vision for the position, and explain why you are the best candidate to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Cumberland County Public Library Attn: Paige LaGrange P.O. Box 440 Burkesville, KY 42717 .