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

June 2019


NJLA Awards – Library Service Award – Elby Wang and English as a Second Language tutors


NJLA Conference speakers and poster sessions:
Public Policy Update and Best Graphic Novels 2018
Libraries Gone Viral
How to Run a Successful Volunteer Program
Libraries for All: Inclusive Library Services for Children with Disabilities and their Families
Poster on K-Pop


Trucks, Trucks, Trucks – Saturday June 15 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Book It 5K – September 21, 2019 - run, walk, kids race with CH Township Recreation

Library Outreach

  • Youth Services has been conducting our usual end-of-year school visits.
  • ESL numbers remain strong and citizenship preparation classes have seen an average of 10 attendees.
  • Pride at the Library started its 5th year on June 1, the movie had 12 attendees. Rainbow Storytime on 6/5 had 5 attendees. 


Adult Services: events April – May



Tai Chi in the Grove (5 sessions)



Keys to Successful Composting



Needlework Guild



Using the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for Genealogical Research



WomenSafe: Self-Defense & Empowerment



Narcissistic Personality Disorder



Business Startup Series for Military & Civil Service



The History of the Rolling Stones



Needlework Guild



Business Startup Series for Military & Civil Service



Needlework Guild



But I’m a Cheerleader: Movie Screening



Meet the Authors: Amy Meyerson & Lydia Fitzpatrick



CHPL Book Club: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan



Sewing Dresses & Britches for Africa



Business Startup Series



Coffee & Conversation: Medicaid Application Process for Seniors



Feminist Book Club: Shrill, Notes from a Loud Woman



Needlework Guild



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.


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!