Cumberland County Public Library


Updated 1/23/2021

The Board of Trustees and the staff of Cumberland County Public Library are saddened to hear of the passing of Nellie Glenn, a longtime library employee who retired in 2017 with 25 years of service to the residents of Cumberland County. Nellie was a familiar face to many in the community and will be missed greatly by her friends and family.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday January 26th, with viewing at Shorter Funeral Home in Farmville from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and the funeral service held at Center Presbyterian Church in Cumberland at 2:00 PM.

Temporary Change in Hours:

As of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the library’s hours will be as follows:

  • Monday – 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Tuesday – 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday – 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Thursday – 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday – 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturday – 10 AM – 2 PM

These hours will be in effect until further notice.

At the present time, the AARP Tax-Aide Program will not be returning for the 2021 year, due to risks associated with not being able to be socially distant while preparing returns. If the current pandemic situation improves so that restrictions are lifted and the tax season is extended as it was last year, then the Tax-Aide volunteers MAY decide to return to do tax preparation later this year. In case this is not possible, those who need to get their taxes done should seek out a qualified tax professional. Any updates to this information will be posted here or on our Facebook page.


A “Debt” Repaid

Several years ago, John Wheeler’s daughter Karla Williams bought him Ancestry DNA for a Christmas gift. There is no way that Karla could ever have imagined the results that John received.  Originally from St Louis, Missouri, John joined the Air Force after he completed his Aerospace Engineering education. Subsequently, he completed his Master’s Degree in Astronautical Engineering and later came to Virginia as a duty station where he reached the rank of Colonel. Now retired after 27 years in the USAF, John and his wife Phyllis (recently retired from Fairfax County Public Schools) currently reside in Prince William County, Virginia. As far as John knew, his family was from Missouri; but his Ancestry results showed a direct link to Central Virginia and namely to the Wheeler’s of Cumberland and Buckingham Counties.

With this in mind, Karla began to help her dad look for information and she reached out to the Cumberland County Public Library for more information. The library actually had a copy of an out-of-print book entitled Trails West: Genealogy of the Wheeler Family of Buckingham and Cumberland County, Virginia by Roy Wheeler. Library Director Lisa Davis was able to find information about John Wheeler’s great-grandfather Thomas David Wheeler listed in the book as well as details about several previous generations. It turns out that Thomas’ father William Henry Wheeler, Sr., was born in Cumberland County around 1803 to Samuel and Polly Osborne Wheeler. He married his wife Elizabeth around 1829 in Buckingham County and settled down in Cumberland County to raise his family.

However, sometime after the 1850 Federal Census, William Henry Wheeler packed up his entire family and migrated to Randolph County, Missouri, where he received a land grant signed by President James Buchanan in 1857. According to his father Samuel’s will dated May 30, 1850, William Henry owed his father $350 which was to be subtracted from the inheritance he would receive at his father’s death. That information along with other details from the federal census, marriage records, Cumberland County Historical Society materials, etc. was sent to Karla with an invitation for her and/or her father to visit whenever they were in the area.

While we can’t be sure after all that time, we could always wonder if Henry borrowed the money to move west and…. if that debt was completely paid when his father’s estate was settled. But now we can definitely say that the Wheelers have returned both to Virginia and to Cumberland County from Missouri and that “debt” has been paid in a different form. On Wednesday, December 2, 2020 John and Phyllis Wheeler stopped at the Cumberland County Public Library on a return trip from visiting their son in Tampa, Florida. They spent time looking over the physical materials that Lisa had gathered in the search and the three discussed Ancestry search results in an attempt to figure out more information about other ancestors from Cumberland and Buckingham Counties.

Before leaving, John presented a check to the library as a token of thanks for assistance in researching his family tree.

The amount? $350.

Let us help you Stuff Your Stockings!

The 2020 Stuff Your Stockings raffle is ready at the Cumberland County Public Library! We have 20 items in our display case including an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, 3 purses (2 Anne Klein and 1 Kim Rogers), and 16 different gift cards for you to take a chance on. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 and are available until Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 1:30 PM during our Holiday Open House. Stop by during business hours to see the items and buy your tickets. All proceeds benefit the library. Thanks for your support!

NOTE: Anyone who is interested in the gift cards (which are easily mailed if you win), but cannot get to the library for any reason can visit our Facebook page ( to make a donation using the Donate button and then private message the library with your name, address, phone number and which items you want to take a chance on. Staff will verify your donation, write up your tickets and drop them in the correct containers. If you win, we’ll call you before mailing your cards. Donating through Facebook does not cost the library, since we are a non-profit organization.

The Cumberland County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service received several boxes of new children’s books through the Families Learning Together program sponsored by The Molina Foundation. Linda Eanes, Cumberland County’s Extension Agent, gave the library an opportunity to pick out books to add to our collection. Below, Constance Carter, staff member, and Deanna Lacy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, look at the books the library received. We are so excited to add these books and graphic novels to our collections!



Changes at the Cumberland County Public Library

New Library Hours:

Monday – 9 AM – 7 PM

Tuesday thru Friday – 9 AM – 6 PM

Saturday – 10 AM – 2 PM

  • Because of social distancing needs, the number of people allowed in the building has been reduced.
  • Hand sanitizer is available and should be used before touching any library computers, books or other materials.
  • Masks are encouraged in the building, but are required only if one-on-one computer help is needed.

Services Available at the Current Time:

  • Copies
  • Faxing
  • Printing (from a computer or your own device)
  • Use of a library computer – 30 minutes at a time, may be extended to 1 hour
  • Free magazines are available in the back entrance.

NOTE: Individuals wishing to use their own devices for internet are not permitted to sit inside the building. They may sit outside on the porch/patio or parking lot and use the internet (CCPL or CCPL-5) without a password. Please maintain proper social distancing and do NOT block any of the doors with chairs or power cords.

Obtaining and Returning Library Materials:

  • Browsing of the shelves for DVDs, books & audiobooks is allowed as long as patrons use hand sanitizer first.
  • All items added to the catalog system since July 2020 can be seen on the library’s website under “What’s New”.
  • Items you want may be placed on HOLD using the online catalog or through email or phone.
  • After you have been notified that your items are ready, they can be picked up inside the building or at curbside (please call if you want to meet us at the back door).
  • Renewals can be handled through the library’s online catalog and by phone or email. Calls will still be made about all overdue materials and letters sent, as in the past.
  • Returned items should be placed in the silver drop box at the back door. Items will be sanitized/quarantined for 3 days before they are checked into the system. Fines will be voided as long as the item was not already more than 2 days overdue at the time it was placed in the drop box.


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