As of the date above, at-home rapid response Covid-19 test kits are still available.
Trustee Position Open
The Board of Trustees for the Cumberland County Public Library is currently looking for an additional board member. The duties and responsibilities for this volunteer position can be found here. The trustee application can be found here. The position is open until filled.
Summer Reading Program began June 1, 2022!
To find out more about the 2022 Summer Reading Program, click here! Log sheets and stickers are available now for those who do not have online access to use Beanstack to record their reading.
Community Events Calendar now available for Cumberland County
Cumberland County now has a calendar of events and activities for residents to check to see what’s going on. There are 12 sub-calendars which feed into the main Cumberland County VA Happenings interface.
- Cumberland County
- The county’s Parks & Recreation Department
- Cumberland County Public Schools
- Cumberland County Elementary School
- Cumberland Middle School
- Cumberland High School
- Cumberland Dukes’ Athletics
- Bear Creek Lake State Park
- 4-H/Cumberland County Extension
- Delma’s Pantry/Cumberland PATH
- Cumberland County Public Library (and its Friends of the Library group)
The 12th calendar is called Community Events and is maintained by the library for community organizations, churches and local groups to share details about their special activities, events, and fundraisers. It is not designed for things that occur regularly each week. Anyone who wants to get their items on the calendar can complete the online event form located here or send an email to the the library with all pertinent event information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the Cumberland County VA Happenings calendar, you can click here or on the picture above to see the posted activities. Be sure to bookmark the calendar while you are there!
Cumberland County Public Library is pleased to be an affiliate with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. County residents now have the option to sign up their children to receive free books through the program. Sent directly to the child at the address on record, books are mailed monthly to registered youngsters from birth to the age of 5.
Cumberland County residents who wish to register their children for the program have several options. They can register online at https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/find-my-program/ using the locality’s affiliate code “VA – Cumberland County” or they can enter their household zip code to locate the program. A registration form can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the left. Residents can also pick up a registration form at the library at 1539 Anderson Highway, Cumberland VA 23040.
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 Changed for US Representative Bob Good VA-05
Lisa Kyle, the Field Director for US Representative Bob Good (VA-05) will be holding mobile office hours at the library on the first Thursday of each month from 9 AM to 11 AM. 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 Lisa during her 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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