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Updated 11/18/2021

The library will close at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 24, and will be closed until 9 AM on Monday, November 29. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Cumberland County Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program ended, but Checkers and Snoozer will be with us again for the fall to talk about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math)! To see the fall episodes of The Reading Road Trip (beginning in September), visit the Checkers Library TV page here.


Ready for some fall entertainment as it gets colder outside? Get books, audiobooks and movies (as available) 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.


CHANGES AT THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

(effective July 1, 2021)

Library Hours: 

Monday – 9 AM – 7 PM
Tuesday thru Friday – 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday – 10 AM – 2 PM

     NOTE:

  • Hand sanitizer is available and should be used before touching library computers, books or other materials.
  • Masks are required only if one-on-one computer help is needed.

Services Available at the Current Time:

  • Copies, Faxing, Scanning, 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
  • Use of your own device – up to 5 identified stations available, individuals or family groups
  • Free magazines – in the back entrance as available
  • Public Meeting Room – available for reservations. Please see director for details.
  • Book Sale – available only when no one else is using the meeting room.
  • Activities (in-person, hybrid and/or virtual) are being planned for the upcoming months. See the library website for details on all upcoming classes as well as other activities and events

NOTE: Free wifi is available for you to use the Internet (CCPL) without a password – both inside and outside. All individuals who sit outside should 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 when volunteers are present. 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 before they are checked into the system. Any overdue fines will be forgiven as long as the item is returned in good condition AND the overdue item was not needed for a HOLD at the time it was placed in the drop box.

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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