Welcome to the Director’s Page. Here you will find periodic messages from the Library’s Director, Laverne Mann.
CHPL is among New Jersey’s Busiest Libraries
Cherry Hill Public Library: 565,487 visitors
The CHPL is one of the state’s largest municipal libraries at 72,000 square feet. It has 30,187 total registered borrowers (28,785 resident and 1,402 nonresident) and 381,260 books in circulation.
In the state, there are 234 municipal libraries, 45 association libraries, 14 county libraries, and five joint libraries.
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Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
A Common Thread
Community yarn craft project
March 19- May 12
A community Art project celebrating Cherry Hill’s diversity and creativity through yarn craft.
Two big March events:
New Jersey Maker Day
A state-wide celebration of maker culture, with programs on Brushbots, Robotics, Makey Makey.
Demos and crafts on 3D printing, button making, LittleBits, Legos and Snap Circuits.
CHPL Comic con
Panels: Arcade Games, Tumblr Fandom,
Partners: UCEDC – Economic Development offered Starting a Business in NJ 3/22/17
Benihana – Sushi making class
Distributing Dignity at the Cherry Hill Public Library donation box for feminine hygiene products to women in need.
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dance performance
Thursday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. - Volunteer Appreciation Presentation
Donations Needed! CHPL is looking for gently used jewelry of all kinds - bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. Plus, accessories such as scarves, handbags, ties, tie clips. Deadline: April 24
Strategic Plan 2017- 2019 A year of group meetings with professional librarians and staff has culminated in a new Strategic Plan. We used the Aspen Institute Action Guide from the report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. A community survey to comment and suggest will be available in the library, through our enews, and social media channels early in 2017.
Friends Gift Shop closed Monday, January 21.
New Website at Chplnj.org
Easier access to library information, events and services. It is mobile friendly, a major upgrade from our current site. It also has a more simple and streamlined design.
New Vox Audio Enhanced Books
VOX Books are for all children, whether they are already voracious readers or still learning the basics. Studies show that audio-supported reading can significantly improve literacy, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. Audio also adds an entertainment factor. Reading audio-enabled books is effective and fun.
Like everyone else, they encounter more screens than books. And because of new testing standards, reading often seems more like a chore than something to enjoy. VOX can help counter these trends.
February 25 Chocolate Bake-Off Competition Fundraiser
October was Blindness Awareness Month
CHPL now offers computers with built-in technology to assist those experiencing vision loss. There are four PCs in the Library's Computer Lab with magnification and speech software offering assistance in sending emails, reading documents and browsing the internet.
Thank you to NJSL Talking Book & Braille Center and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired for their support of this program.
Laverne Mann - Library Director
The Cherry Hill Public Library is called ‘The Heart of Town’ and we truly want to live up to this standard.
We have created five strategic visions to broaden and enhance the quality of service we provide to patrons. These goals and tactics came out of a year of analysis, discussions, and community surveys.
The Cherry Hill Public Library wants to address the fast pace of change in society and technology. We want the community to use the library for reasons they told us were extremely important: for school reasons, entertainment, a quiet place to work or read, or to use the library computers and wifi.
To reflect the diversity of users in Cherry Hill we continue to evaluate our services, collections and programs. In the Cherry Hill schools, 30% of students are Asian, African American, Hispanic or other racial/ethnic heritage. More than 50 native languages are spoken by students and their families. More than 1700 students are bilingual, and more than 160 students receive ESL services.
Our surveys have found the community extremely satisfied with the staff courtesy and competence. The librarians and library staff are committed to rethinking collections and addressing societal and technological shifts. You will see us building more partnerships and on outreach in Cherry Hill.
The Cherry Hill Public Library has a bright future worth funding, and you belong at the library!