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

January 13, 2021

Library Building: Contactless Pickup since 11/27/20
February 1st: opening Monday nights for pickup in addition to Wednesdays until 7 pm
Appointments for copiers and notary on Tues, Thurs 12-4 pm and Wed nights 4- 7 pm

Contactless Pickup Appointments (Nov-Dec) = 2,042

New Personnel:
Teen Librarian - Jasmine Riel

Outreach/Diversity Librarian - Ann Kennedy
Adult Services Librarian- Joshua Greene

Longevity Awards – 1 staff at 10 years, 3 staff at 5 years to be given at our morning circle meeting on January 12

Staff Development Day usually held in February delayed in 2021.

Youth Services Board Report 
11/9/20 - 1/7/2021

In person programs:

11/30 November Kids Leaf Take and Makes 51 participants
11/30 November Teen Book Safe 24 participants
12/1 Bookworm Boxes 32 participants
12/31 New Year's Ever to Go kits 45 participants

Live online programs via Zoom:

11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30  Animal Crossing Open Hours 4,6,7,7, 8 attendees
11/18 SAT vs. ACT 44 attendees
11/28 Dungeons and Dragons for Kids 5 attendees
 
12/3 TAB  8 attendees
12/17 TAB 7 attendees
12/17 Author: Wendy Loggia 22 attendees

Virtual Programs for Kids (On-demand):

11/24, 12/8. 12/22, 1/5  Virtual Story Time 6,7,6, 3 views
11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9  Kids Story Break 7,2,1,3,3 views
11/12, 11/19  Virtual Rhyme Time 10,5 views

Virtual Programs for Teens (On-demand):

11/9 Google Skills for Middle Schoolers: Create a Presentation All About a Topic 4 attendees
11/9 Google Skills for High Schoolers: Organiza Your Time With a Digital Agenda 2 attendees
11/16 Google Skills for Middle Schoolers: Create a Study Schedule to Meet Your Goals

4 attendees

11/16 Google Skills for High Schoolers: Create Quizzes in Google Forms 2 attendees
11/23 Google Skills for Middle Schoolers: Evaluate Credibility of Online Resources 4 attendees
11/23 Google Skills for High Schoolers: Design an Infographic in Google Drawings 2 attendees

Adult Services Board Report (Nov-Dec):

Contactless Pickup Appointments (Nov-Dec) = 2,042
chplref@chplnj.org emails (Nov-Dec) = 144

Date

Title

Attendance

11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

ESOL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate)

12, 15, 9, 12, 9, 15, 16

11/2, 11/5, 11/9, 11/12, 11/16, 11/19, 12/3, 12/7, 12/10, 12/14, 12/17

ESOL Virtual Conversation (Beginner)

3, 5, 7, 10, 4, 7, 5, 2, 8, 3, 8

11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner)

7, 8, 6, 5, 6, 6, 4

11/3, 11/10

Virtual ESOL Book Club: Holes

5, 6

11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

ESOL Virtual Reading & Grammar (Intermediate)

10, 9, 10, 9, 11, 10

11/4

Psychic Medium Virtual Reading

20

11/5, 11/12, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate)

17, 15, 17, 15, 20, 16, 8

11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/22

Needlework Guild Virtual Meetup

6, 7, 7, 7

11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

Virtual ESOL Book Club: The House on Mango Street

7, 6, 5, 6, 6

11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

Virtual ESOL Book Club: Harbor Me

5, 5, 4, 4

12/1

CHPL Virtual Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover

12

12/9

Feminist Book Club: Men Explain Things to Me

14

Staff-created instructional videos for the public:

Title

YouTube Views

Notes

How to access ancestry for libraries

60

as of 1/6/21

Creating A Hoopla account

28

as of 1/6/21

2020 Voter Resources

7

as of 12/7/20 (unlisted)

Searching for books and placing holds using the CHPL catalog

125

as of 1/6/21

Tools for job seekers

24

as of 1/6/21

How to Shop on Amazon

29

as of 1/6/21

Exploring our LGBTQ+ resource guide

13

as of 1/6/21

Introduction to Goodreads

28

as of 1/6/21

Using Axis360 on an Android Device

11

as of 1/6/21

Check out eBooks with Axis360

16

as of 1/6/21

Read eBooks for free with Axis360 on Iphone/iPad

29

as of 1/6/21

Discovering Titles with our Library Catalog

19

as of 1/6/21

How to Renew Items Using the Library Catalog

14

as of 1/6/21

Intro to Consumer Reports Online

9

as of 1/6/21


Cherry Hill Public Library
Director’s Report
November 11, 2020

Library Building: Closed 11/3 at 2 p.m. until 11/18 due to positive employee Covid test
 

(NJ Libraries still: NJ State 25% capacity for libraries order. CHPL 30 minute time limit)

 

Library Staff Halloween Photo

Door Counts-
October: 7936
Average 317 people per day

 

September: 8248

August: 7846

 

Contactless pickup appointments: 218

chplref emails: 27 

  • Fundraisers: Scarecrow contest and Psychic Medium (Zoom), Pop Up book sale

Youth Services Board Report 
10/9/20 - 11/6/20

In person programs:

10/1 September Pumpkin craft Take and Makes for kids 51 participants
10/1 September Teen craft Take and Makes 41 participants
10/22 Pop Up Story Time outside 16 participants

Live online programs via Zoom:

10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 Animal Crossing Open Hours 5, 6, 7, 6 attendees
10/24 Dungeons and Dragons for Teens 3 attendees
10/28 Dungeons and Dragons for Kids 5 attendees

School visits:

10/14 Trinity Prep School: 2nd & 3rd grades 7 attendees
10/16 Trinity Prep School: 4th grade 7 attendees

Virtual Programs for Kids (On-demand):

10/13, 10/20, 11/3 Virtual Story Time 4, 13, 3, views
10/14, 10/21, 11/4 Kids Story Break 12,11,5 views
10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 Virtual Rhyme Time 8,8,2,1 views
10/26, 10/28, 10/30 Halloween Story Break

2,3,2 views

Virtual Programs for Teens (On-demand):

11/2 Google Skills for Middle Schoolers: Design a Poster About You 2 attendees
11/2 Google Skills for High Schoolers: Create a Study Schedule to Meet Your Goals 1 attendee

Bookworm boxes will continue in November and December, however the November distribution of the boxes has been put on hold until the library re-opens on 11/18.

The Google Skills classes will continue with one offering per week through November 28th. It is part of a Grow with Google grant that will award CHPL $1,000 after successful implementation of the classes.

Adult Services Board Report:

Date Title Attendance
10/1, 10/5, 10/8, 10/15, 10/19, 10/22, 10/26, 10/29 ESOL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 7, 6, 8, 7, 4, 8, 3, 7
10/2, 10/9, 10/12, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate) 17, 17, 5, 20, 21, 21
10/5, 10/19, 10/26 ESOL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate) 12, 12, 13
10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner) 7, 5, 7, 7
10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 Virtual ESOL Book Club: Holes 4, 4, 5, 6
10/6 CHPL Virtual Book Club: The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara 10
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 ESOL Virtual Reading & Grammar (Intermediate) 10, 9, 12, 11
10/13, 10/27 Needlework Guild Virtual Meetup 7, 7
10/20 Virtual Halloween: A Haunted History 45
10/21 VIRTUAL: "The White Coat Diaries" - A Conversation with Author Madi Sinha 27

 

Staff are currently working on the following duties daily:

  • Staffing the Reference Desk 
  • Making contactless pickup appointments
  • Planning programs
  • Ordering new materials
  • Managing existing collections and weeding as needed
  • Answering patron questions by phone, in person, and email
  • Cleaning all public computers and shared spaces as they are used by patrons

Our popular ESL (English as a Second Language) program has undergone a name change. In order to reflect the lived experiences of our learners, many of whom speak multiple languages, our program is rebranded ESOL - "English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Beginning 11/3, staff continued their work remotely as a result of the library closure. Projects include preparations for the 2021 Seed Library (which will offer flowers for the first time this year) to be launched in February, ongoing ESOL classes, and newly released instructional videos for the public on the following topics:

  • Tools for Job Seekers
  • Placing Holds in the Online Catalog
  • Shopping on Amazon

ONLINE CIRCULATION

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

          May

June July August September October

Hoopla eBook

363

319

419

639

630

540 451 417 387 326

Hoopla Audio

754

724

748

873

857

697 676 696 631 590

Hoopla Comics

67

78

110

107

129

133 122 112 85 59

Hoopla Movies

50

59

84

171

104

102 82 76 73 63

Hoopla Music

61

50

63

49

51

48 49 43 37 29

Hoopla Television

55

53

66

89

50

47 64 48 60 44

Overdrive eBook

2064

1836

2196

2788

3420

3360 3322 2895 2836 2228

Overdrive Audio

1105

1067

1030

1125

1322

1378 1546 1315 1203 1137

RB Digital Magazines

89

100

188

124

166

78 88 134 109           

Total Online Circ

4608

4286

4904

5965

6729

6383
 
6400
 
5736
 
5421 4476
 
 

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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