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Director's Page


Welcome to the Director’s Page. Here you will find periodic messages from the Library’s Director, Laverne Mann. Check back often for new information.

September 2015


September is Library Card Signup Month

How fitting that Library Card Sign-Up Month kicks off on the first day of school in Cherry Hill!

Thank you to Mayor Cahn (left) and the new school Superintendent, Dr. Meloche (right), for stopping by this morning to show support and to remind all residents to check out CHPL! (Pictured with Library Director, Laverne Mann, center)

During the month of September, all new members will receive a special welcome packet – filled with everything needed to make the most of what CHPL has to offer.


Summer Reading Program

We had amazing participation across all three programs and we're so thrilled you shared part of your summer with us. Special thank you to the Friends of the Library and all of our summer reading sponsors!


511 participants
475,140 minutes read (equivalent to 7,919 books according to NJ State Library)  
77 events
5,964 attendees at events

162 participants
184,440 minutes read (equivalent to 3,074 books according to NJ State Library)

287 participants
2,040 books read


See you at the library,



June and July 2015

Honoring the Greatest Generation 5/20

World War II veterans who reside in Cherry Hill were honored.  Senator James Beach and Mayor Chuck Cahn were guest speakers.  Hosting this event was CHPL, American Legion Post 372 and the Jewish War Veterans Post 126, and was in conjunction with our Veteran’s Oral History Project.

Volunteer Appreciation Presentation 5/28

Presidential Service Awards were presented, Scholarship Winners were honored, as well as the Jr. Friends officers, Teen Activity Board, and adult volunteers for their service during the year.  First year for Meredith Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, to run this event.


Thank you to Art and Mona for attending on behalf of the Board.

Scholarship winners for 2015

Scholarship winnners for 2015

Life at the Edwardian Manor 6/11


Judith Krall-Russo, Historian and lecturer, presented Life in the Edwardian Manor.  Downton Abbey has renewed popular interest in the Edwardian era, when King Edward VII reigned in the United Kingdom.  (75 adults attended)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Big July Events

July 11 Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

(Food trucks and touch-a-truck)

2350! people attended!

July 6 Author Dan Gutman

for My Weird School, The Genius Files, and his Basball Card Adventure series

Full preregistration, Barnes and Noble sold copies of his books


Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 22 – August 22

New members in June – 426 (319 May, 285 April)   Total Active Members 30632
Total circulation Jan- June 
181,880 print and 14,491 digital audiobooks and ebooks



June 22 Jules Thin Crust Pizza , July 14 Whole Hog Fundraiser
August 19   Bertucci’s (East Gate),  September Houlihans
$10 for $10 fundraiser— $360 raised, our goal is $1500!

CHPL Librarians with Drexel Masters in Library and Information Science

See you at the library,


Director's Page May 2015

10 Year Anniversary of CHPL building

Thank you to the Mayor’s Office, CHT Council, CHPL Board of Trustees and all of the CHPL staff for a successful celebration of the 10 years of this library facility.

Mayor, Council celebrate Cherry Hill Library 10th anniversary  

Members of Township Council and I stopped by the Cherry Hill Public Library on Tuesday to celebrate the new building's 10th anniversary, in conjunction with National Library Week 2015. Joined by Council Vice President Sara Lipsett, Council members Brian Bauerle and Melinda Kane, and members of the Library Board of Trustees, I presented Library Director Laverne Mann with a special proclamation celebrating the building's birthday, and the important role the Library plays in our community. Over the last decade, CHPL has flourished into so much more than a building full of books. It's a destination for visitors of all ages, with innovative events and room to explore, relax and learn something new. It's truly the heart of our town! Take a look at the events listed below for a sample of what the Library has to offer in the coming week, and take some time to visit, if you haven't already!  

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Fest

CHPL joined other Cherry Hill Township organizations  under the tent at the Earth Fest on April 25, 2015.

165 people came by to learn about the libraries services, collections and programs—and take great photos at the selfie station!





National Library week food for fines collected two full barrels of food and $141 fines forgiven!

See you at the library,


Director's Page April 2015

Meet a Star Wars Character March 14 and  New Jersey Maker Day March 21

CHPL hosted the first NJ Makers Day event on March 21st, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., along with over 130 partnering locations statewide. The goal of Maker's Day was to offer an all-ages event connecting individuals with libraries, schools, businesses, and independent makerspaces that support making, tinkering, crafting, manufacturing, and STEM-based learning.

NJLA Best Practices In Early Literacy Award

Youth Services has done it again! For the second year in a row we are winners of NJLA's Best Practices in Early Literacy award! This year we won for our Busy Bag program. Our circulating Busy Bags provide simple yet engaging learning activities for toddlers and preschoolers to be checked out and used outside of the library.  They provide parents with structured activities to do with their child while also helping to educate parents about early learning skills that their child should be developing. 

Honor Cherry Hill Vets Event

Perry “Johnny” Levine, Jewish War Veterans, planning this event library staff for May 20 10-12 a.m., Senator Beach , Mayor Cahn to attend. Cherry Hill Township is also promoting the event.

NJLA Library Conference

CHPL staff presenters for these sessions:

Laverne: Best Graphic Novels of 2014 and Stars, Awards, Standards..What is a Good Library
Alia Shields: What can you share?  Nontraditional Library Collections
Michelle Yeager: How to host a library comic con
Andy Woodworth: Conversation Starter: Professionalism on the Edge
Claire Schmieder: Social Media and Professional Development: A Panel Discussion
T.J. Lamanna: Best Video Games of 2014


Director's Report March 2015


 Comicon February 28:  Teen cosplayers, librarians with Captain America, Comic artist vendor

New Personnel

Adult Services Librarian – T.J. Lamanna
T.J. was a Library & Knowledge Manager at the Wilmington (DE) law firm, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor. He is an active NJLA member whose interests include programming languages such as Python and theater direction. He and his fiancée also have pet rabbits as well as foster rabbits until they find homes.

Administrative Coordinator-
Meredith Meyer
Meredith has a BA in Communication Studies, and has worked for the New Jersey Technology Council since 2005 as an Events Manager.    Meredith and her family live here in Cherry Hill.   

10 Year Anniversary of CHPL building

On April 14th, National Library Week (April 12-18) will be the date to celebrate 10 years in this library building.  There are kids and adult  programs, social media, lobby tables with Friends, and giveaways!


Director's Report February 2015

10 years of service:
Nancy Baasch-Schwiezer and Juanita Ringer with Board President Art Simons

Mayor Cahn presenting a proclamation to Sue Tomkiel for 43 years of service to CHPL


Staff Development Day 2015


Annual report 2014

Our departments annual reports show the tremendous activity, service and programs during 2014 at CHPL.
Attendance in the Library (people count)- large growth to 573,046 from 519,402 in 2013 (11% increase)
Our focus on programming has shown big gains in 2014- 620 programs with 13696 attendees – a 36% increase in attendance.  We have offered more technology classes, adult programs, and variety of children and teen programming.

State Aid Increase Petition

NJLA initiative: Increase Per Capita State Aid for NJ Libraries
Current Per Person State Aid to NJ Libraries is Less Than The Cost of a Postage Stamp Since a 43% cut to state aid to libraries in 2010, the State of New Jersey has said to New Jersey Libraries:  Here’s 41 Cents Per Person, Don’t Spend It All In One Place


Please sign this petition to support an increase in Per Capita State Aid for New Jersey's Libraries.  Also please share this petition with your friends and family who also value libraries.

Please sign the petition here:


See you at the library,


Director's Report January 2015

CHPL is preparing our annual report for 2014, an amazing year at the library.  A sneak peak at some of the stats:

Attendance in Library:    573,045
 (compare to 2013: 519,402)
PC Usages: 67,329 
Wifi: 23,268

We ended 2014 with a New Year's Eve Toddler Party and a Teen Harry Potter Yule Ball


10 Year Anniversary of the CHPL Building

During National Library Week (April 12-18), we will be planning some programs, a lobby event, and social media outreach to celebrate 10 years in this library building.   Look for updates soon.


See you at the library,


Laverne Mann

Library Director