Northumberland Public Library
7204 Northumberland Highway
Heathsville VA 22473
Mission Statement

The Northumberland Public Library serves residents and visitors of all ages in Northumberland County as a center for free access to multi-media information and library materials; to offer instructional, educational, and cultural opportunities; and to engage and partner with community groups and organizations, by offering the use its facilities and through its services, programs, and activities.  We seek to meet the needs of the citizens of Northumberland County by listening to their requests, responding to their interests, and seeking services to match the needs of our citizens.  Library materials and services are available to all patrons, regardless of race, religion, origin, age, sex, economic status, personal or social views. 

CEO/Executive Director Cherie N. Carl
Board Chair Mr. James F. Russell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address 7204 Northumberland Highway
Heathsville, VA 22473
Telephone 804 580-5051
Fax 804 580-5202
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1970
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $325,000.00
Projected Expenses $325,000.00

The Northumberland Public Library serves residents and visitors of all ages in Northumberland County as a center for free access to multi-media information and library materials; to offer instructional, educational, and cultural opportunities; and to engage and partner with community groups and organizations, by offering the use its facilities and through its services, programs, and activities.  We seek to meet the needs of the citizens of Northumberland County by listening to their requests, responding to their interests, and seeking services to match the needs of our citizens.  Library materials and services are available to all patrons, regardless of race, religion, origin, age, sex, economic status, personal or social views. 

1.  Mobile Library initiative launch:  Vehicle assessment, upgrade, personnel hired & trained, venues, routes and community partners established. Start-up materials acquired.
2.  Technology procured and established for community outreach by the Mobile Library/Tech Mobile and additional access for in branch library patrons.
3.  Library website upgraded and launched.
 1.      Enhance visibility and recognition of the library as a critical community resource to meet informational, educational and recreational needs.
2.     Involve community groups, organizations, and expand existing partnerships to promote library services and develop public history programs associated with local history.
3.   Through library administration, conduct ongoing assessment of library collections, facilities, programs and services to ensure responsiveness to the changing needs of the community.
4.     Develop new and maintain existing financial resources to support the continued evolution of the library.
  1. $40,000 for Mobile Library service, maintenance, materials, and data for the citizens of Northumberland County.
  2. $10,000 for eBooks, eAudio, and online databases such as and homework help for students.
  3. $10,000 to replace the carpet throughout the building
  4. $5,000 to replace the outside lights and create a safer environment.
  5. $5,000 to repave the parking lot.

In July of 1969 the Articles of Incorporation for the Northumberland Memorial Library (the name chosen for the Library) were created. On September 8th, a twelve member Board of Directors was elected and in October, a call for book donations appeared in the Northumberland newspaper.

An Open House was held on February 22, 1970 to coincide with George Washington’s birthday. The Library was open for business on March 9, 1970. By April, the Library was open 21 hours a week and it was staffed entirely by volunteers. There were 3,400 books on the shelves including 400 children’s books.  Throughout its early years, the Library was supported solely by private donations. On July 16, 1978, the Library moved from its second story location in Heathsville to the Claughton Building in Lottsburg.

The Library moved once again to the School Board Building in Lottsburg in July 1982.

Procedures began in September 1984 to change the name of the Library to Northumberland Public Library, Inc. and that was accomplished on March 12, 1985. Discussions began on April 3rd to replace the volunteers with a formal organization and the Friends of the Library was created.

A literacy program was established for adult education and in 1987 the program known as Northumberland Adult Basic Education, Inc. supported 25 students that received basic reading instruction or GED preparation. The Library provided 15 tutors and a pilot program for below-grade-level readers in the middle and high school was initiated.

By 1990, it was obvious the Lottsburg location would soon be outgrown and a new Library needed to be built, in a central location. Howard Straughan, Jr. and his sister Cora Straughan Simpson, donated land for the library. Ben R. Humphreys graciously donated an adjoining piece of property, and the Northumberland Board of Supervisors deeded additional land.

The new library was built, and the Dedication of the Northumberland Public Library in its current location was on June 23, 1996.

The library has experienced many changes through the years, including new technology (upgrading to an automated ILS, computer internet stations for the public). Through all the years and changes, the library has maintained its primary focus: to be a center of learning for the community and to provide library services of high quality to all persons who wish to use its services, programs and facilities, regardless of race, religion, origin, age, sex, economic status or personal or social views. 

In 2016, communitycforums assessments was undertaken to determine need and identify options for the library outreach.  As a result of these forums, it was determined the library would benefit from more outreach to the community and a need for access to technology applications and support. In 2017, a Mobile library was procured.  It was updated and outfitted to support the needs of members of Northumberland County.  A primary goal is to provide reliable high speed internet access and technology options to Northumberland citizens.  



CEO Statement The Northumberland Public Library is an essential part of our county.  In this remote area, there are limited services and businesses.  We provide access to essential services via technology and within our building for access to news, popular culture, best sellers, literacy, meeting space, copy center, scanning, faxing services, computer center, eBooks, and free WiFi and assitance with technology applications and software.  These are just some of the services we provide that cannot be obtained anywhere else in our county.  
Board Chair Statement Becoming the President of the Board of Trustees is a culmination of my great love and dedication to the Northumberland Public Library.  The people, the books, the culture, and the intellectual stimulation are some of the great qualities of this library.  It is challenging in a remote area to stay up to date, and our public library continually seeks to do same with great success.  We love our public library!
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Northumberland County
Serving the 12,200 residents of Northumberland County.  Includes the towns of Callao, Lottsburg, Heathsville, Burgess, Wicomico Church and Reedville.  Zip codes:  22539, 22432, 22473, 22511, and 22435.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James F. Russell
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Toni Allison Northumberland County Court System
Mr. Bill Armstrong Retired
Mr. Richard Becker Community Volunteer
Ms. Bryna Brennan Retired
Mrs. Cherie Carl Library Director
Mr. Bruce Craig Retired
Mr. Keith Dobson Dobson & Evans, CPA
Mr. Phillip Gainous Retired
Ms. Queen Jordan Retired
Mr. Jim Landrum Retired
Ms. Rebecca Minor Heathsville United Methodist Church
Mr. Garfield Parker Retired
Ms. Diana Russell Retired
Mr. James F. Russell Retired
Mr. Tommy Tomlin County Board of Supervisors
Ms. Holly Wargo Northumberland Public Schools
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Cherie N. Carl
Experience Master of Science in Library Science from Catholic University in Washington, DC.  BA in History and Political Science from Lynchburg College.  Enrolled in a graduate certificate program in Public History at the University of Richmond's School of Professional and Continuing Studies.  A resident of Northumberland County.  Previously a career and academic coach for Reynolds Community College, Dean of Learning Resources and College Advancement at Rappahannock Community College, librarian at Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University.  
Former CEOs
Alice Cooper Jan 2013 - May 2017
Michele Dotson July 2011 - Jan 2013
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2018
Northumberland Public Schools
Northumberland YMCA
Historic Heathsville, Inc. 
Henderson United Methodist Church/Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Gleamers and Blenders
Description The Mobile Library began service in October 2017.  We provide books, wifi and technology services and assistance to the citizens of Northumberland County, outside of our bricks and mortar facility in Heathsville.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Budget $35,000.00
Short Term Success Increase in library cards, library attendance, and program participation will increase by 5% each month over that month in previous year.
Long Term Success After one year of service:  Number of people with library cards will increase by 10%.  Participation in Summer Reading Program will increase by 10%.  Number of people using library services will increase by 10%.
Summer Reading program for children, to promote reading and learning through the summer.  This is also a collaboration with the local YMCA.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $2,500.00
Long Term Success Mitigate the summer reading slide.  Record the number of books read by children through the summer.  School and YMCA collaboration.
The library's outreach program to Northumberland County schools.  We facilitate learning and collaborate with teachers, staff and administration to support the curriculum and learning outcomes. We provide homework help and purchase materials in collaboration with student and teacher needs.  We also collaborate with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $5,000.00
Description Each month, a Virginia author presents a free program in our meeting room.  This free program provides access to citizens to modern day authors.
Population Served Adults
Budget $500.00
Description Arts Alive! features the artists of our area.  We  have a reception on the second Friday evening of the month sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
Population Served Adults
Budget $4,000.00
Short Term Success Attendance and Artist participation.  Attendance at the reception.
Long Term Success Arts Alive! serves the community and artists of the region as well as the patrons of the arts.  Goals are to more clearly support the local artists and also to provide a wider reach of participation outside Northumberland County, to further establish our county's artistic and cultural reputation, and to promote tourism to the area.  Partnership and collaboration with the Friends of Library who sponsor the artist reception.
CEO/ED/Board Comments Internet access is of poor quality in some areas of this county regardless of socioeconomic status.   Providing Technology services and assistance is an opportunity for us to support our community and it's needs.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $325,000.00
Projected Expenses $325,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$190,856$185,213$182,027
Individual Contributions$86,451$11,060$122,187
Investment Income, Net of Losses$65,075($8,002)$8,239
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$59,980$45,549
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$263,611$239,997$237,116
Administration Expense$57,635$49,376$50,699
Fundraising Expense$2,931$3,134$3,592
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.420.951.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%82%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,101,235$967,920$983,885
Current Assets$134,185$133,362$120,520
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,523$4,978$6,705
Total Net Assets$1,099,712$962,942$977,180
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities88.1126.7917.97
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments The Northumberland Public Library does not presently have an endowment.  We are looking at strategies for providing a stable financial future for the library.  We have launched a Mobile Tech Library for outreach in 2017.