Cumberland County Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program kicks off on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 5:30 PM. The program will continue each week at 5:30 PM on Monday nights through August 16 with a “Say Goodbye to Summer” Finale planned for Monday, August 23, beginning at 5 PM. For more information and to see the latest episode of The Reading Road Trip, visit the Reading Program page here.
CUMBERLAND RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT FOR SMALL AND RURAL LIBRARIES
$3,000 Grant Will Help the Library Identify Available Resources for Local Residents
Cumberland — Cumberland County Public Library has been selected as one of 300 libraries across the country to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library work with local, area, state and federal partners to identify resources available to Cumberland County residents who need assistance.
“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Lisa Davis. “This grant will allow the library to serve our residents better when they need help. The Help4OurOwn project will bring together in one place as many of the services and resources that can be located with the aid of our partners.”
As part of the grant, Davis took an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. The library will host hybrid conversations with local, area, state and federal agencies, organizations and individuals where the topic will be to identify services and resources available for helping struggling residents regardless of demographic. Once the in-person and virtual conversations are complete, copies of the information gathered will be distributed to the community partners for later use with their constituents and also made available to those with online access.
Davis added, “Because of the pandemic and its resulting shutdowns, many local residents have had a hard time. Even as things improve, the effects of the last year will continue to have an impact. If we can help our patrons find the assistance they need, then our project will be successful.”
If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversations, please contact Lisa Davis at (804) 492-5807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
“Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”
CHANGES AT THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Library Hours: (effective May 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 is still reduced.
- Hand sanitizer is available and should be used before touching 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, and Printing (print from a library computer or print photos or PDFs from your own device)
- Notary Service – 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday – please call to be sure the notary is available.
- Use of a library computer – 30 minutes at a time, may be extended to no more than 1 hour without requiring a health/temp check (for contact tracing). For estimated periods over 1 hour, a health/temp check is required.
- Use of your own laptop or tablet – up to 5 identified stations available, one person per station – no maximum length of time, but health/temp check is required for any person planning to be in the building for more than one hour (for contact tracing)
- Free magazines – in the back entrance as available
- Public Meeting Room – available for groups of 7 or less. Groups larger than 7 may arrange to meet in the open area of the library, as long as the size of the group does not exceed the library’s available capacity.
- Book Sale – available only when no one else is using the meeting room.
- Hybrid classes (in-person and virtual) are being planned for the summer months. See the library website for details on all upcoming classes as well as other activities and events
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. All individuals who sit outside should maintain proper social distancing and refrain from blocking 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 first use hand sanitizer.
- 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 (804) 492-5807 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. Letters, calls or emails will be used to contact you about all overdue materials, as in the past.
- Returned items should be placed in the silver drop box at the back door. Items will be sanitized and quarantined for up to 24 hours 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.
Ready for some summer entertainment? Get books, audiobooks and movies for only 25 cents each! Help us make space in our Book Sale Room and get something to keep you occupied in your leisure time.
Classes, Events and Activities at the Library
Classes, events and activities are once again being planned and offered through the library. Check out our Classes/Events Page here.
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.
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.
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