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

July 22, 2020

Library Building opened to public – started Monday, July 13 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. after 17 weeks closed!

        Adding a night: Wednesday 7/22 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and a Saturday 7/25 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

        Phased reopen plan: 50 people maximum, 30 minute limits for patrons

Contactless pickup began  June 22 – July 14: we have completed 1190 contactless pickup appointments.

Book drops opened May 15- quarantine materials 3 days, reshelving items

As of 7/15/20 we currently have 10,663 items checked out

GRANTS:  New Jersey Council for the Humanities awarded  $5000 for Operating Budget
(Costs for PPE, cleaning supplies, plexiglass, revenue loss)

Grow with Google  awarded $2000 to support virtual computer classes

CHPL was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to receive a suffrage youth book sets to libraries across the country.  This generous donation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and highlights the importance of libraries as hubs of civic education and engagement.

Youth Services - 6/8/20 - 7/10/20

Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6
Kids Story Break
6/9, 23 views
6/10, 71 views
6/11, 23 views
6/24, 6 views
6/16, 12 views
6/18, 8 views
6/19, 22 views
7/1, 15 views
6/23, 36 views
7/8, 4 views
6/25, 29 views
 
7/19, 14 views
 
6/15
Virtual Kids Dance Break
5 attendees
6/19
Juneteenth Story Time
9 views
6/20
Virtual Summer Reading Kick-Off with Sciencetellers
75 attendees
6/24
Dungeons and Dragons for Kids
3 attendees
6/25
Teen Summer Reads Chat 'n Chew
12 attendees
6/26
Virtual Family Fort Nite
46 attendees
6/29
Teen Animal Crossing Meetup
4 attendees
7/8
Summer Stories for ages 2-4
13 views
7/10
Teen Film Appreciation Meetup
4 attendees
7/13
Fairy Tale STEM
44 attendees
7/13
Barking Book Buddies
6 kids, 3 dogs/handlers

Coming up!

Every Monday! Animal Crossing Meetup
Every Wednesday! Animal Crossing CHPL Island Open Hours
7/14 Crypto Craft: Floating Loch Ness Monster
7/15 Teens Cook!
7/16 Fairy Tale Escape Room
7/17 Teen Game Night
7/20 Fairy Tale STEM

Some YS staff have returned to work in the building with the remaining department staff scheduled to return in August. We are staffing the Youth Services desk, providing check-out upstairs, reader’s advisory services and computer assistance. We are also shelving all books that come out of quarantine and assisting circulation by pulling holds for Non-Contact Pickup from the Youth Services collections. We spend an hour in the morning and after closing making sure that the department is disinfected by cleaning computers, tabletops, carts and any other high touch surfaces.

We are also in full swing with our Summer Reading programs and our librarians are offering many live online Zoom programs and Teen Meetups in addition to our weekly on-demand story times. We have started a weekly Make and Take bags in the library for children and teens, and have provided the videos to complete those projects on our website or on the library’s Creativebug subscription.  We spend time with patrons on the phone to help log their reading into our Read Squared software and have already started distributing weekly prizes for Teens. The children’s End of Summer prize baskets are on display behind the Youth Services Desk.

Adult Services
Programs (all virtual)
6/10 The Need for Pride 3 attendees (+28 YouTube views as of 7/6)
6/16 Feminist Book Club: Gender and Our Brains 6 attendees
6/18 Meet the Author: Grady Hendrix 24 attendees (+10 YouTube views as of 7/6)
6/22 Consumer Reports: Let's Talk About Digital Privacy and Security 18 attendees
6/23 Needlework Guild 10 attendees
6/26 Adult Story Time (Tierney) 214 YouTube views as of 7/10, 142 Instagram views as of 7/6
7/1 Adult Story Time (Amanda) 15 YouTube views as of 7/10
7/1 Tai Chi 35 attendees
7/7 Cutting the Cable Cord 36 attendees
7/7 CHPL Book Club: Dopesick 6 attendees
7/8 Introduction to NJ Geneaolgy 14 attendees
7/8 Tai Chi 28 attendees

ESL Classes and Book Clubs ongoing.

ONLINE CIRCULATION

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

          May

June

Hoopla eBook

363

319

419

639

630

540

Hoopla Audio

754

724

748

873

857

697

Hoopla Comics

67

78

110

107

129

133

Hoopla Movies

50

59

84

171

104

102

Hoopla Music

61

50

63

49

51

48

Hoopla Television

55

53

66

89

50

47

Overdrive eBook

2064

1836

2196

2788

3420

3360

Overdrive Audio

1105

1067

1030

1125

1322

1378

RB Digital Magazines

89

100

188

124

166

78

Total Online Circ

4608

4286

4904

5965

6729

6383

Since March, we've created 264 Temporary Cards. As of 7/13/20, we no longer create temporary cards for Cherry Hill residents as we create regular library cards that can be picked up in person and expire in 2 years.  The card number is shared with the patron at time of registration as a courtesy to use our e-resources.


Cherry Hill Public Library
Director’s Report

June 10, 2020

Library building closed since March 15 - Executive Order No. 104 (2020) 

  • Book drops opened May 15- quarantine materials 3 days, reshelving items
    • 16,164 items checked out. We have been checking in 500 items a week on average
    • 160 temporary cards made since March closing 
  • Preparing contactless pickup plans- May be week of  June 15, 2020
  • Governor Murphy- Libraries Stage 2 of opening – “sometime after July 6th”
    • Phased reopening plan 

*NJLA Innovative Program Award winner – CHPL Beth Cackowski for Young Entrepreneurs program

Created a Video for CHPL 5th graders Move Up on behalf of the library
Working on FY21 Budget

Adult Services

May was: Mental Health Awareness Month AND Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Each staff member highlighted a different self care technique (yoga, embroidery, playing music, etc.) and shared photos and information to celebrate in May for mental health awareness. We significantly expanded our existing Mental Health Resource Guide - https://chplnj.org/mentalhealth and shared information on related topics via social media throughout May. Staff created booklists and virtual displays shared on social media and as rotators on our online catalog of digital books: "Mental Health Reads" and "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month."

 

Adult Story Time

Staff are selecting and recording read-aloud short stories for "Adult Story Time" - a new story will be shared every Friday evening at 6 p.m., June 26 - Aug 7. The first Adult Story Time film we shared in March currently has 180+ views, so we are eager to continue.

 

Collection Development

Staff have worked collaboratively to expand our digital offerings through OverDrive. In additional to the usual quality titles and bestsellers, we have responded to the needs of our community by adding mental health and self-care titles, books on grief, caregiving, LGBTQ+ titles for Pride Month (June), books by and about black Americans as well as anti-racism titles in the wake of protests following the murder of George Floyd.

 

Adult Programs (Virtual)

All ESL classes continue to meet online and will do so for the foreseeable future.

Learn Python with Coursera - 7-week course total = 35

 

Alene Brennan Health Series:

5/13 Less Pharm More Table 27
5/20 Health in a Hurry 33
5/27 Natural Migraine Relief 23
5/14 Meet the Authors: Amy Meyerson & Angie Kim 26 attended live (28 Youtube views by 6/3)
5/26 Needlework Guild 9
5/26 Family Meditation Time 22 total (12 families)
5/29 Popup Romance Book Talk 36
6/1 Special Concert Preview: "Jews To My Ears" with Sarah Baumgarten 278 total views by 6/3
6/2 CHPL Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere 11

Upcoming Events:

6/9 Needlework Guild
6/10 The Need for Pride
6/16 Feminist Book Club: Gender and Our Brains
6/18 Meet the Author: Grady Hendrix
6/22 Consumer Reports: Let's Talk Digital Privacy and Security
6/23 Needlework Guild
July 4 Week Tai Chi Series

 

Adult Summer Reading Program Pre-registration has begun! - 79

Virtual reference (May 14 - June 1): 25 questions answered from 15 patrons.

 

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.
  • 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

Diversity and Outreach:

  • Applied for $10k in funding from NJCH COVID-19 General Operating Grant
  • Applied for $2k in funding from Grow with Google to support virtual computer classes
  • Created virtual Pride at the Library 2020

Youth Services: 5/9/20 - 5/31/20

Virtual Programs (developed, created, filmed and edited)

5/12 Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6 36 views
5/13 Virtual Teens Cook 5 attendees
5/14 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 35 views
5/15 Teen Lunch with Librarians (collaboration with middle schools) 36 attendees
5/19 Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6 22 views
5/21 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 36 views
5/26 Virtual Story Time for ages 3-6 16 views
5/26 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 51 views
5/26 Virtual Story Break: Terrific Twos 9 views
5/27 Virtual Kids Dance Break 11 attendees
5/28 Virtual Story Break, Grades K-3

13 views

5/30 Virtual Story Time: Rhyme Time 10 views
5/30 Teens Dungeons and Dragons 6 attendees
6/1 Thank A First Responder 18
6/2 Virtual Story Time  
6/3 Virtual Rainbow Story Time  
6/3 Virtual Kids Story Break  
6/4 Virtual Rhyme Time  

Upcoming Events:

6/9 Virtual Kids Dance Break
6/10 Virtual Summer Reading Kick-Off with Sciencetellers
6/16  Virtual Family Fort Night

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

  • Going into the building to check in materials from the book drop, put books in quarantine, remove books from quarantine and shelving books
  • Providing three Children’s programs weekly
  • Providing at least one Teen program, school collaboration or interactive Instagram post weekly 
  • Meeting weekly via Zoom
  • Converting existing in-person programs to virtual programs (both live and on-demand)
  • Selecting new Children’s and Young Adult titles for purchase through OverDrive to expand digital offerings for our community 
  • Creating revised virtual Summer Reading Program
  • Planning new virtual events for summer
  • Working with public schools to ensure availability of required summer reading books
  • Created Summer Reading promo video that was sent to schools
  • Planning Summer Teen Volunteer program
  • Working collaboratively with PR 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 CIRCULATION

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

          May

Hoopla eBook

363

319

419

639

630

Hoopla Audio

754

724

748

873

857

Hoopla Comics

67

78

110

107

129

Hoopla Movies

50

59

84

171

104

Hoopla Music

61

50

63

49

51

Hoopla Television

55

53

66

89

50

Overdrive eBook

2064

1836

2196

2788

3420

Overdrive Audio

1105

1067

1030

1125

1322

RB Digital Magazines

89

100

188

124

166

Total Online Circ

4608

4286

4904

5965

6729


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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