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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 2016

Book It 5K
A 5K run and kids dash was held at the library coordinated by the Cherry Hill Township Recreation Dept. as part of the Mayor’s Wellness Program.
CHPD medal winners at the Book It 5K                                         Kids Dash runners

  • September is National Library Card Sign Up month - any new card signups receive a goodie bag.
  • LEAP (Library Equal Access Program) classes for adults 55 and older with vision impairments.  Training on 4 computers with assistive software and 4 iPads. 
  • English as a Second Language classes for adults starting in September through collaboration with Literacy Volunteers of Camden County (LVCC).  Classes are six weeks, registration handled through LVCC, sessions through June 2017.
  • P/O Kevin Seta of the CHPD, Office of Emergency Management, spoke with staff about how we can be prepared for emergencies personally and for the library.

Summer Reading Program 2016:
The Early Literacy Program (ages 0-4) which encourages parents to read to their child and engage in Pre-Literacy activities saw 215 participants and 56,418 minutes logged. This is equivalent to 940 books according to the NJ State Library! Each child who completed 10 Pre-Literacy activities was rewarded with a free book to add to their home library. 

822 kids registered for our Kids’ Summer Reading Program (ages 5-11) logging 452,155 minutes of reading or being read to (7,536 books). Incentives were given for each 5 hours of reading logged and included free books, passes to local parks and museums and free treats at Rita’s Water Ice, Chipotle, Applebees & Benihana. In addition, Youth Services offered 61 events that had a total of 3,305 people in attendance. Highlights included our NEW Pop-Up Story Times in partnership with the Recreation Department, a Double Dutch demo and lesson with Philly's Jumping Jems, a yoga-infused story time with Story Stretchers, a lesson in Parkour with Movement Lab, and of course our ever popular Backyard Bash that saw attendance of 1,500 people! 

We are happy to report that teen summer reading participation increased by 34% in 2016. There were a total of 218 teens registered for our program. The Friends generously provided the prizes, which included gift cards to Target, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, free books and more. Also this summer, 169 teens attended 21 special teen programs including a Harry Potter Party, teen cooking Demo, game design workshop, and outdoor laser tag. 

This year’s ASRP was a success! 383 adults (a 35% increase in participants from last year’s program!) logged 2,394 books. ASRP isn’t just about reading, though. We offered our patrons a variety of programs that built on the theme of “Exercise your mind. Read!” The most popular were Belly Dance Basics: Totally Hip; Tai Chi; and Typhoid Mary: Dinner Is Served. Adult services offered a total of 29 programs this summer with 407 attendees. Finally, the ASRP grand prize raffles were a big hit. For each book logged, patrons received one entry into the raffles. We had four prizes (2 Fitbits, 1 Kindle Fire HD, and 1 gift certificate for an in-home organic dinner for two from Flavorful Fork, a personal chef service). The Friends of the Library were incredibly generous and made all of the prizes and most of the programs possible.
Backyard Bash : attendance of 1,500 people! 
Republic Bank – Silver Sponsor for CHPL Backyard Bash

Upcoming events

The New Jersey Cranberry-  September 21 at 7 p.m.

Cooking with Cranberries –  September 29 at 7 p.m.

Award-winning investigative reporter and New York Times best-selling author Robert Kolker will discuss his book,
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery – October 17 at 7 p.m.




June  2016

Volunteer Appreciation Presentation
Special trophies to recognize Bryna Thaler and  Rosemary Leach for creating & running Friends Gift Shop
Presidential Service Award winners and Friends Scholarship Winners were also recognized.

Recent events


Friends Flea Market rescheduled to June 18
CHPL hosted the Baker and Taylor TitleTalk Trend- Children’s and Teen Librarians from several states came to hear the latest titles and an author presentation.

EveryLibrary -  Patrick Sweeney  
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Patrick Sweeney discussed the great work the EveryLibrary PAC has been doing nationally and discuss library advocacy that effects our Cherry Hill Public Library. He spoke to staff and Friends members  this afternoon.
EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries.
We are chartered “to promote public, school, and college libraries, including by advocating in support of public funding for libraries and building public awareness of public funding initiatives”.

Our primary work is to support local public libraries when they have a referendum or measure on the ballot. We do this in three ways: by training library staff, trustees, and volunteers to plan and run effective Information Only campaigns; by assisting local Vote Yes committees on planning and executing Get Out the Vote work for their library’s measure; and by speaking directly to the public about the value and relevance of libraries and librarians. Our focus on activating voters on Election Day is unique in the library advocacy ecosystem. 


April 2016

Recent Events:

Greenamyer Sculpture installed March 10, 2016 - Press in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier-Post, and Cherry Hill Sun

NJ Maker Day- March 19, 2016

252 patrons attended!
Garden State Discovery Museum Spin Art: 121
Needlework Guild:17 and Crochet 101:  16
Lego Robotics: 60
All About Sensors: 28
Storytellers: 15
Drones:  25
S4A: 20

CHPL won a Maker Kit for NJ Makers Day from game-changing sponsor PSEG! Each kit has a $500 value for the 2nd annual NJ Makers Day and has decided to award your site with this kit to further enhance and support the experiences of your visitors and participants that day.

The Maker Kit will contains- Makey Makey kits, ProtoSnap, Sparkfun Inventors Kits, and Digital Sandbox kit

Congressman Donald Norcross held both a community meeting and two community office hour lobby tables

Hoopla on 3/17 available to CHPL patrons: digital video, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics
444 patrons, 888 titles so far

See you at the library,


Laverne Mann

Library Director