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Updated 2/25/2021

March Take & Make Bags

Get a start on St. Patrick’s Day by decorating your own leprechaun mask!

The March Take & Make Bags are now ready for pickup! An email has already been mailed to those who have registered about picking them up. They will be available during business hours until Monday, March 8, at 7 PM. Beginning Tuesday, March 9, any remaining bags will be given to individuals on the waiting list.



Mobile Office Hours for US Representative Bob Good VA-05

Dale Sturdifen, the Field Director for US Representative Bob Good (VA-05) will be holding mobile office hours at the library on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 AM to 12 PM. Community residents who wish to discuss policy or have issues that require Rep. Good’s assistance should plan to visit the library and talk with Dale during his monthly visits.


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 through the end of February.


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.


Changes at the Cumberland County Public Library

New Library Hours: (effective March 1, 2021)

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 strongly 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)
  • Notary Service – NEW
  • Use of a library computer – 30 minutes at a time, may be extended to 1 hour
  • Use of your own laptop or tablet – 5 stations, one person per station – 1 hour maximum, no extensions
  • Free magazines are available in the back entrance.

NOTE: Individuals wishing to use cell phones 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.
  • Patrons will need their library cards to check out materials. Replacement cards are available for $0.50 each.
  • All items added to the catalog system for the last several months 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, from our after-hours digital access lockers, or at curbside. Please call if you want to meet us at the back door or want to use the lockers.
  • 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 1 day 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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