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
October 2019

Mission and Vision Statement – approval by Board  About Us: https://chplnj.org/about_us

Book It 5K, Walk and Kids Dash – Mayor’s Wellness Day – donations and proceeds

Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi tour & Staff of Free Library of Philadelphia tour

Adult Services programs: Sept - Oct

9/10 An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein 130
9/16 The Flyboys of Princeton 48
9/17 Origins of the British Invasion 49
9/18 Feminist Book Club: The Apology 15
9/19 Coffee & Conversation: The Mt. Holly, Lumberton & Medford Railroad 15
9/21 An Afternoon of Classical Guitar 73
9/23 Chasing Cosby 70
9/26 Genealogy & DNA Testing 29
10/3 Coffee & Conversation: Medicare Options 20
10/3 OBOCH: Darnell's Camden & Ours 36
10/6 OBOCH: Trumpet Chics/PACE performance 42
10/7 OBOCH: Who am I? Who Are You? A Talk on Intersectionality & Privilege 14

Upcoming events:

10/17 Broadway Book Club - Registration Full, facilitated by Carole Roskoph & Suzanne Fox
10/19, 10/23, 10/29 OBOCH: Book Discussions
10/19 Cold Weather Company - local CH indie band, registration currently at 98
Returning 10/21 Citizenship Preparation Series
10/21 OBOCH: Langston Habanero - Cuba and the Writing of Langston Hughes (Rutgers-Camden professor/grant humanities scholar Dr. Keith Green)
10/22 The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts - author Gil Gaul
10/25 OBOCH: Cathedral Kitchen
10/28 Evanston's Living History: documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker
10/30 OBOCH: The Prevalance of Poverty (Jeff Wilhelms, returning speaker)

Highlights

  • CreativeBug launch, to be featured at Nov. Coffee and Conversation
  • Wireless printing
  • ESL classes full for fall, ongoing success of ESL Book Clubs and American Like Me
  • Planned expansion of Veterans Oral History Project into Cherry Hill Oral History Project

Library Outreach

9/16 Cherry Hill Senior Festival, CH Township 229
9/21 Book It 5k, Friendship Grove 67
9/24 Minute with Meloche to promote One Book On Cherry Hill  

 

Little Mentors-Scratch program

Youth Services programs: Sept – Oct

9/10 Story Time 16
9/10 Delicious Reads 18
9/11 Story Time 21
9/11 Little Listeners 16
9/11 Teens Cook 8
9/11 Rosa Back to School Night, 6th Grade 16
9/12 Teens Write 3
9/12 Rhyme Time (2 sessions) 54
9/13 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 15
9/14 Once Upon A Saturday 8
9/16 Books with Beaks 10
9/17 Little Listeners 29
9/17 Story Time 21
9/17 Rosa Back to School Night, 7-8th Grade 30
9/18 Story Time 20
9/18 Little Listeners 32
9/18 Youth Yoga 7
9/19 Rhyme Time (2 sessions) 54
9/19 New Teen Volunteer Training 13
9/19 TAB Meeting 8
9/19 West Back To School Night 39
9/21 Book-It 5k: Sand Art 48
9/21 Kaleidoscope Meetup 6
9/22 Modular Origami 13
9/23 People in Your Neighborhood Story Time: Veterinarian  39
9/24 Little Listeners 34
9/24 Story Time 15
9/24 Jr. Chef 9
9/25 Story Time 27
9/25 Little Listeners 33
9/25 Little Mentors Scratch 22
9/26 Rhyme Time (2 sessions) 59
9/28 Yoga Story Stretchers 15
9/28 Kitchen Science 14
9/29 Legos Free Build 54
9/30 Night Owls 19
10/2 Temple Emanuel Fall Story Time 16
10/2 STEM Time 19
10/3 Kpop Meetup 3
10/4 Explore on the Floor 72
10/5 Just Right Story Time 7
10/7 Homeschool  Hangout 5
10/7 Barking Book Buddies 25
10/8 Little Listeners/Story Time (2 sessions) 41
10/9 TAB Meeting 8
10/10 Rhyme Time (2 sessions) 52
10/12 Star Wars Reads Day 46
Take and Make: Apple 200
Community Art Project: Back to School 76
STEM Kits 45
STEM Activity Table 73
Chess, Checkers & Games 14

Upcoming Featured Events:

10/24 Teens Craft: Satisfying Art
10/29 Prepping for the Zombie Apocalypse (Open to Teens & Adults)
10/31 Trick or Treat in the Library
10/31 Slightly Spooky Movie
11/2 FAFSA Workshop for Students
11/6 Sensory Story Time with Nemours Dupont Pediatric Therapists
11/11 Homeschool Hangout
11/13 Be a Research Scientist with PA Society for Biomedical Research
11/22 People in your Neighbordhood Story Time with WPHL17 Newscasters
11/26 World Explorers Story Time in French and (NEW) Russian!
11/26 History is Served: Colonial Food

Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
September 2019

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

Community Survey –  Available at chplnj.org now!

Sept 23: Chasing Cosby: A Discussion with Nicki Weisensee Egan

Upcoming: 

Sept Highlights for Adults
9/10             An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein (performance)

9/16             Flyboys of Princeton

9/17             Origins of the British Invasion

9/18             Feminist Book Club: The Apology

9/21             An afternoon of classical guitar

9/26             Genealogy and DNA Testing

Library Outreach
8/27/2019            CHPS New Hire Orientation         CH West              

8/29/2019            Al Fresco Food Truck Night           Croft Farm          

9/5/2019              Congressman Norcross Constituent Fair Camden Cty College

One Book officially launched and ongoing. Programming begins Thurs Oct 3 with a lecture on “Darnell’s Camden – And Ours” by author of Camden After the Fall, Rutgers-Camden Professor Emeritus of History Howard Gillette.

Adult Services programs: August 13 – September 9

ESL Book Club 8/13 8/14 8/21

ESL – Writing & Grammar 8/16 8/23 8/30

ESL – Conversation (Intermediate) 9/9

CHPL Book Club: Before We Were Yours  9/3 – 20 attendees

Coffee & Conversation: Become a Citizen Scientist  9/5 – 5 attendees

Oscar Film Series:

8/20 The Favourite 32
8/20 Bohemian Rhapsody 65
8/21 BlacKKKlansman 30
8/21 Vice 42
8/22 Roma 30
8/22 A Star is Born 51
8/28 Black Panther 16

Youth Services programs: August 13 – September 9
13-Aug   Movies Ralph Breaks the Internet           38

13-Aug   Giant Games      45

13-Aug   History is Served              13

14-Aug   Summer Stories                57

16-Aug   Pop Up Story Time in the Park    107

16-Aug   Lego Builders     31

17-Aug   Kaleidoscope Meetup    10

20-Aug   Teens Cook!       13

21-Aug   Teen Yoga Workshop     2

22-Aug   K-Pop Meetup  8

24-Aug   Teen Volunteer Appreciation Party          21

26-Aug   Anime Nite         7

26-Aug   Kindergarten, Here I Come!        22

28-Aug   Your College Application Timeline             17

29-Aug   Kindergarten, Here I Come!         24

31-Aug   Just Right Story Time      16

31-Aug   Dungeons and Dragons for Teens              5

31-Aug   Dungeons and Dragons for Kids                  5

5-Sep    Toddler Dance Party       110

6-Sep    Explore on the Floor        57

7-Sep    1,000 Books Graduation                 74

9-Sep    Barking Book Buddies                     10

Take & Makes: Bubble Wand      200

Community Art: What's your favorite book   12

STEM Table: Magna Blocks  Building Challenge    74

STEM Kits            28                          

 Chess & Checkers & Board Games            13

Highlighted September Events

Teens Write! September 12

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Story Time, September 13

Practice ACT Test, September 21


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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