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
November 2018

True Crime MiniCon October 20

Special thanks to James R. Fitzgerald, retired FBI agent and criminal profiler, Detective Richard Nelms from the Cherry Hill Police Department, and Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News for being our featured speakers.

Upcoming:  Veterans Wall of Honor- Sunday, November 18th ceremony at 2 p.m.
Courier Post article
The wall has been installed on the lower level of the library for public viewing.

Literature, Lectures & Lyrics sponsorship series:
Journey From Johannesburg (11/29)
Toddler New Year's Eve Dance Party (12/31)
Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia (4/4)

Adult Services events: October- November
  • Breast Cancer Awareness (10/11) - 8
  • How to Become a US citizen (10/16) - 20
  • Journey into Essential Oils (10/18) – 16
  • C&C – Chinese painting (10/18) – 9
  • True Crime Mini-Con (10/20) – 120
  • The Bride speaks (10/23) - 50
  • Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure (10/24) – 100
  • Original Grimms’ Fairy Tales (10/30) – 55
  • Grant Writing Workshop (11/5) – 23
  • CHPL Book Club: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me (11/6) – 15

Youth Services events: October- November

  • Teen Advisory Board - Craft Room
  • Wreck Your Jeans
  • EastHacks (Hackathon) - 55
  • K-Pop Meetup
  • Rhyme Time (3 sessions) - 64
  • Slime Lab - 25
  • Little Listeners (2 sessions) - 49
  • Story Time (2 sessions) - 70
  • Rhyme Time (3 sessions) - 45
  • Toddler Dance Party - 55
  • Just Right Story Time - 23
  • Car Seat Safety Check with Safe Kids Worldwide - 11
  • Little Listeners (2 sessions) - 48
  • Delicious Reads - 8
  • Crazy 8s - 15
  • CPR for Parents and Caregivers - 11
  • Making Movies on Your iPhone - 6
  • Story Time (2 sessions) - 62
  • Crazy 8s - 13
  • Yoga Story Stretchers - 5
  • Science Saturday - 81
  • Bilingual Story Time: Mandarin - 8
  • Bilingual Story Time: Cantonese - 16
  • Junior Chef - 15
  • Trick or Treat @ the Library - 370
  • Slightly Spooky Halloween Movie for Kids - 36
  • Explore on the Floor - 56
  • Once Upon a Saturday - 17
  • Books with Beaks - 9
  • Barking Book Buddies - 21

Library Outreach

  • 10/16: Library Card Drive at Cherry Hill Township - 20 new cards created
  • 10/21: Cherry Hill Harvest Fest - 364 interactions
  • Cherry Hill Fire Department to encourage card signups
  • 10/24: Cooper Elementary Literacy Night - 28
  • 11/1: Barton Batty About Books - 80

Collection Drive: Cherry Hill Township’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food will be donated to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern New Jersey. 

Trick or Treat @ the Library - 370 people


Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
October 2018

September was National Library Card Signup Month
242 new cards issued!

Banned Books Week – Week of staff Facebook posts

Book It 5k/ 1 mile walk/ Kids Dash/Mayor’s Wellness Day (September 22)

  • Fine free juvenile materials discussion
  • CHPL donations, fundraising, Friends 2018

Upcoming:  True Crime MiniCon - October 20

Literature, Lectures & Lyrics sponsorship series:
History of the Jersey Shore – 122 attendees
Philly Special with Sal – 120 attendees

Adult Services: events Sept 12- Oct 10
9/12 Fem Book Club – 9 attendees
9/15 Tai Chi in the Grove – 20
9/20 Coffee & Convo: Chocolate is it the new health food? – 16
9/25 Author Tom McAllister – How to Be Safe- 12
9/26 Inequality for All – 42
10/2 CHPL Book Club: Church of Marvels – 12
10/4 Coffee & Convo: Bone Health – 10
10/6 At Home in the World – 13
10/9 I Want a Fun Funeral – 37

Youth Services events:
Story Time (2 sessions) - 52
Rhyme Time (3 sessions) - 61
9/15 1,000 Books Graduation - 51
9/17 PiYN Story Time: Singer - 22
9/18 Little Listeners (2 sessions) - 47
9/18 Story Time (2 sessions) - 60
9/19 Benihana Sushi Lesson - 25
9/19 Rhyme Time (3 sessions) - 51
9/22 Book-It 5K Run Craft Table - 137
9/24 Barclay Back to School Night - 100
9/24 Bully Shield with Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts - 10
9/25 Bilingual Story Time - 13
9/25 Junior Chef - 18
9/26 Horace Mann Back to School Night - 52
9/26 Woodford Cedar Run - 52
9/27 Toddler Dance Party - 67
9/29 Once Upon a Saturday - 3
9/29 Yoga Story Time - 5
9/30 Make-It Take-It Family Crafting - 8
10/3 Crazy 8s - 10
10/4 Rhyme Time (3 sessions) - 57
10/5 Explore on the Floor - 65
10/6 Kitchen Science - 14

Library Outreach
9/17 Cherry Hill Township Senior Festival   - 187
10/4 - outreach to Cadbury assisted living for Vet Wall of Honor
10/7 - CH Mall for Veterans event, in support of Vet Wall of Honor

Collection Drive October – Mothers Matter


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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