Director's Page

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
May 13, 2020


Library building closed since March 15 - Executive Order No. 104 (2020)
Week 9 of closure

  • Staff: Remote working with virtual service and programming
  • Online library cards since 5/4 we made 99 Temporary Cards with Over 150 Renewals
  • Budgets shifted to digital materials only, ordering, catalog, available
  • Shelving materials in building
  • Facility Manager and Maintenance staff working in building.
  • Plexiglass barriers, masks, disinfecting spray, hand santizer, gloves ordered 
  • Planning for Phased Reopening for the library

Adult Services

Virtual Programs:

4/7 CHPL Virtual Book Club: Next Year in Havana 15
4/29 Virtual Planner Meetup 14
  Learn Python with Coursera 8 people registered
5/5 CHPL Virtual Book Club: The Bookshop on the Corner 15

English as a Second Language launched their virtual programming: Elby Wang coordinating with tutors

4/10 ESL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate) 5
4/13 ESL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate) 4
4/14 ESL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner) 6
4/17 ESL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate) 9
4/20 ESL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate) 4
4/20 ESL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 4
4/21 ESL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner) 6
4/23 ESL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 7
4/24 ESL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate) 9
4/27 ESL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate) 3
4/27 ESL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 5
4/28 ESL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner) 5
4/28 ESL Mini Habits 7
4/30 ESL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 0

All staff are working on various projects and submitting weekly work logs, including:

  • Providing reference help through chplref@chplnj.org Mon-Fri, 9-5
  • We have answered 62 questions from 42 patrons.
  • New virtual events for spring and Adult Summer Reading
  • Revised virtual Adult Summer Reading Program: new program will include prizes that can be redeemed remotely (such as virtual gift cards), expanded dates, expanded options for reading such as counting minutes vs. books and including magazines/newspapers, and expanded activities beyond event attendance to earn points (listening to podcasts, etc.)
  • Creating digital book displays through catalog features and social media
  • Selecting new titles for purchase through OverDrive to expand digital offerings for our community 
  • Promoting helpful information resources to the community (examples = small business, mental health, etc.) through our website and social media
  • Recorded poems during National Poetry Month in April to be shared on social media 
  • Working collaboratively with Suzanne Fox to create virtual content through social media and our website
  • Engaging in a great deal of professional development to learn more about how to serve our patrons remotely

Diversity and Outreach: Ordered chromebooks for staff use at home from NJCH grant funding

 

Youth Services:

 

Virtual Programs (developed, created, filmed and edited)

4/9 Virtual Story Time: Terrific Twos 69 views
4/9 Virtual live Teen Activity Board 9 attendees
4/14 Virtual Story Time: Strega Nona Cook Along Storytime 51 views
4/15 Virtual Craft: Make Shaker Eggs 59 views
4/16 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 81 views
4/21  Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6 30 views
4/21 Teens Speak! Zoom Summit 9 attendees
4/23 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 51 views
4/24 Teen Lunch with Librarians (collaboration with middle schools) 9 attendees
4/25 Teen Dungeons and Dragons 4 attendees
4/28 Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6 31 views
4/30 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 19 views
5/1 Teen Chat n Chew on Instagram Live 19 views
5/1 Zoom Toddler Dance Party 36 attendees
12/11 Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6 18 views
12/11 Kids Dungeons and Dragons 4 attendees
12/12 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 14 views

Upcoming Events:

5/12 Virtual Story Time
5/13 Virtual Teens Cook!
5/14 Virtual Rhyme Time
5/19 Virtual Story Time
5/21 Virtual Rhyme Time
5/26 Virtual Story Time
5/28 Virtual Rhyme Time
5/30 Dungeons and Dragons for Teens
6/20 Virtual Summer Reading Kick-Off with the Sciencetellers!
6/26 Virtual Family Fort Night

 

All staff are working on various projects and submitting weekly work logs, including:

  • Providing two Children’s programs weekly
  • Providing at least one Teen program weekly 
  • Planning new virtual events for spring and summer
  • Converting existing in-person programs to virtual programs (both live and on-demand)
  • Selecting new Children’s and Young Adult titles for purchase OverDrive to expand digital offerings for our community 
  • Creating revised virtual Summer Reading Program
    • All logging of minutes or books is done virtually 
  • Weekly prizes are now all virtual (e-gift cards for teens and online games for kids)
  • Participants can put in virtual raffle tickets for physical prize baskets (awarded at the end of summer)
  • Purchased several copies of e-books for all CHPS Middle and High School Summer Reading titles
  • Planning Summer Teen Volunteer program
  • No formal volunteer application this year
  • Teens will earn credit for video book reviews, helping facilitate virtual programs (if trained),for making CHPL Summer Reading promos using Tik Tok, shelf managing (if trained and following social distancing rules in building)
  • In April, selected and recorded poems during National Poetry Month to be shared on social media 
  • Working collaboratively with Suzanne Fox and Jasmine Riel to create virtual content for the For Kids from Home and For Teens from Home pages of our website
  • Engaging in professional development to learn more about Child Development, Program Development for children, Collection Development and how to serve our patrons during global pandemic
ONLINE CIRC. Jan Feb Mar % from Feb - March April % from March - April
Hoopla eBook 363 319 419 Up 31% 639 Up 52%
Hoopla Audio 754 724 748   873 Up 16%
Hoopla Comics 67 78 110 Up 41% 107  
Hoopla Movies 50 59 84 Up 42% 171 Up 256%
Hoopla Music 61 50 63 Up 26% 49  
Hoopla Television 55 53 66 Up 25% 89 Up 34%
Overdrive eBook 2064 1836 2196 Up 20% 2788 Up 26%
Overdrive Audio 1105 1067 1030   1125  
RB Digital (Magazines) 89 100 188 Up 88% 124  
Total Online Circ 4608 4286 4904   5965 UP 45% Total

Thank you as always, Dr. Meloche!

Welcome Desk and Youth Services Plexiglass


Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
January 2020

Congrats to Dr. Joseph Meloche for Outstanding Administrator of the Year from the
NJ Association of School Librarians (NJASL)


Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
September 2019

Town Council Proclamation for English as a Second Language tutors and librarian coordinator Elby Wang


Laverne Mann, Library Director
Director’s Message

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!

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