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

April 2019

NJ Maker Day- March 23 to support making, tinkering, crafting, manufacturing and STEM-based learning.


  • FY20 budget planning with department supervisors, to be completed early May
  • Local Government Energy Audit approved by NJ Clean Energy Program.  After site visit and energy calculations are completed, we will receive draft then final Energy Audit Report.  Renovation project application for HVAC and lighting systems reviewed also.
  • Stop the Bleed training scheduled for staff on May 2. The Cooper University Health Care Department of Trauma is offering free "Stop the Bleed" training as part of a national initiative aimed at putting knowledge gained by first responders and the military into the hands of the public to help save lives during times of disaster teaches non-clinical laypersons how to apply tourniquets, pack a wound, and open a victim's airway.

Pressure Cooker Demo Class (Fundraiser)- April 14
Poetry Publishing Workshop- April 15
Paying for College – April 18
Hope, History, and the American Creed – April 29
Citizenship Prep series (most Monday evenings thru May 20, started April 1)
Gotcha! Snapshots that made history - April 22
Alexander Hamilton: A Man Before His Time - April 30
Tai Chi in the Grove (starts again - May 4)
From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic (PAFA lecture) - May 6
Meet the Author: Lou Bezich - May 8


Adult Services: events March – April


  • March 19: Suffrage: the fight for women's rights = 37
  • March 21: Coffee & Conversation - Build your own birdfeeders = 3
  • March 23: Needlework Guild = 10
  • March 26: Needlework Guild = 10
  • March 26: Disney Princesses in Popular Culture = 26
  • April 2: Alice's Ordinary People (documentary screening & discussion) = 25
  • April 2: CHPL Book Club - Killers of the Flower Moon = 13
  • April 4: Coffee & Conversation - A conversation about World Autism Month = 6
  • April 4: Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia (author event Literature, Lectures & Lyrics sponsorship) = 70+
  • April 6: Cherry Blossom Festival = 140 
  • April 8: American Creed (documentary screening & discussion) = 35
  • April 9: Needlework Guild = 11


Youth Services events:


14-Mar Rhyme Time (3 sessions)   35
14-Mar TeenAB   12
15-Mar CH School Librarian's Visit       14
15-Mar Giant Games                      19
16-Mar Yoga Story Stretchers     8
16-Mar Kaleidoscope     11
18-Mar Pop Up STEM Lab: Float Your Boat 4
19-Mar Little Listeners (2 sessions)          52
19-Mar History is Served              14
20-Mar Story Time (2 sessions)  75
20-Mar Crazy 8s                2
21-Mar Rhyme Time (3 sessions)              48
21-Mar Teen Life Skills: Kitchen Tools      7
24-Mar Lego Free Build                 25
25-Mar Author Audrey Vernick / CH Ed Assoc. 48
25-Mar Toddler Dance Party       31
25-Mar Anime Night       13          

26-Mar World Explorers: Cantonese        7
26-Mar World Explorers: Mandarin 11
26-Mar World Explorers: French  9
26-Mar Jr Chef                  15
27-Mar Crazy 8s                13
30-Mar Kitchen Science Lab         16
1-Apr     Barking Book Buddies    19
2-Apr     Little Listeners (2 sessions)    41
2-Apr     Delicious Reads    17
3-Apr     Storytime            72
2-Apr     Girls Who Code  12
3-Apr     Crazy 8s                7
5-Apr     Explore on the Floor        46
6-Apr     YA AuthorFest                   47
8-Apr     STEAM for Homeschoolers          7
9-Apr     Little Listeners (2 sessions)          45





Library Outreach

Ongoing: programming for American Creed grant.

Collection Drive- April
Movers for Moms, the service branch of Two Men And A Truck.  Every spring they seek to recognize moms in crisis on Mother’s Day by arranging special delivery of gifts to women living in local shelters.













Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
January 2019

Grants Awarded

  • American Creed: Community Conversations Grant. CHPL was one of only 50 libraries in the US to receive this award from the American Library Association.

    We will be screening the documentary film American Creed and hosting events with TCNJ Professor Chris Fisher and the Network for Responsible Public Policy as part of this project centered around what it means to be an American.

    For more information on the film, please visit their website.

  • 2018 Literacy Collection Development Grant from the NJ State Library!

    As a result of the grant, we will receive $1500 to expand ESL offerings in our collection for patrons. As most of you know, ESL classes and materials are in high demand so these funds will be put to excellent use.

New Game Table! You can bring your own games and the table is pre-set with a checkers/chess board and backgammon.

Jigsaw Puzzles are now available for borrowing!

Upcoming Literature, Lectures & Lyrics sponsorship series:

Organized for Life
Thursday, January 17th at 7 PM
Nancy Underwood is a Certified Professional Organizer and home staging/redesign specialist serving Southern New Jersey since 2008. Nancy simplifies the organizing process and creates an atmosphere where everyone can easily transition her techniques to practical use. 

Genealogy: Quick Start
Tuesday, January 29th at 7 PM
Based on a new television program, "Genealogy Quick Start," airing on PhillyCAM public access, this workshop will provide detailed coverage of the Quick Start methods genealogist Shamele Jordan employs to find your ancestors.


Finding African American Ancestors
Tuesday, February 5th 
Uncover your family history with traditional genealogy sources using modern techniques. Learn to get the most out of oral histories, census, vital, and other records. We cover using search technology, accessing hidden records, what's free online, and much more to get you started.

Toddler Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party
Cherry Hill Sun photos in January 9 – 15 edition

Adult Services-

  • 7 ESL classes since December 12th, varying levels- 8-12 students at each
  • Coffee & Conversation: The Seeing Eye - 12
  • Science Fair: The Movie screening - 10
  • Stay Healthy Book Club: Keto - 10
  • Philadelphia Sports: A Conversation – 230 attendees
  • RefUSA training – 10
  • ESL New Year potluck celebration – 50

Library Outreach Aging with Pride senior group

Collection Drives: Cherry Hill Township MLK Food Drive


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!