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

December 2017


Genealogy Research Center opening November 28, 2017.

Ancestry Library Edition database: 3406 users since October 2017 
Dedicated computers and a scanner will be used for genealogy research. 
Print and DVD resources
December Ancestry classes had 17 and 20 people registered. More classes scheduled.

Collection Drives: Cherry Hill Township MLK Food Drive and Camden County Women’s Center.  
We will also be collecting pillowcases for ‘Little Dresses for Africa’ sewing project in February.

Program highlights: 
Coffee & Conversation: Feeding Those in Need (Food Bank of South Jersey) - 15 attendees.  
Alternatives to Traditional Cancer Treatment, Cherry Hill Twp Sharon Smith -10  
Coffee & Convo – Autism: Under-diagnosed in Girls & Women - 7 
Fem Book Club - 19

English as a Second Language – Conversation & Reading/Writing  and Yoga

Youth Services: our weekly storytimes brought in some of the biggest crowds, with an average of 50 attendees per day for "Rhyme Time" (under 2 years old), 50 for Little Listeners (2 year olds), and 50 for Storytime (ages 3-6). 

Two Martial Arts for Preschoolers on 12/8 partnering with Tiger Schulmann's Karate School had 39 attendees. 

The first, People in Your Neighborhood storytime on 12/28 included a visit with a marine biologist. There were 18 attendees. 

12/29 Toddler Dance Party had 79 attendees. 

Is Bigfoot Real? 42 attendees!


Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report

November 2017

Kids Halloween parade: 389 kids and adults and Kids spooky movie: 62 people

Murder Mystery Event 10/27/17: Profit: $824   Sold out crowd of 96 people.

Chinese Maker Day 11/28: 150 attendees.  Partnered with Chinese Schools.

Author Jamie Ford, Wednesday, November 15th, 7 9 p.m. 

NJLA Library Construction Bond – State wide referendum passed with 60% Yes Votes

Collection Drives: Cherry Hill Township Food Drive and Books for Kids


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!