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

August 2019

Friends of the Library Book Sale @chplnj 
Board President Art Simons, Trustee Laura Merkin and President of the Friends- Jim Gibson

SUMMER READING PROGRAM participants for 2019!

Kids        812         (718 in 2018)

Teens    263         (219 in 2018)

Pre-Readers       400         (294 in 2018)

Adults           419 registrations (405 in 2018)

            2,629 books logged

2,248 books | 218 audiobooks |163 e-books

562 books reviews

Backyard Bash- End of summer reading program event!

July 23- Assisted Residents with no power “No power? No problem! We have charging stations, coffee, and enough items to keep you entertained! Stop by, visit, read and enjoy”


Sept Highlights for Adults

Sep 10                   An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein (performance)

Sept 16                 The Flyboys of Princeton

Sept 17                 Origins of the British Invasion

Sept 21 (Sat)        An Afternoon of Classical Guitar with Dr. Stanley Alexandrowicz


Library Outreach
National Night Out – 8/6 – DC & JH – 196 people, 3 new cards, 5+ card renewals

One Book author event (Darnell Moore in conversation with Dr. Keith Green, Rutgers-Camden)
        Monday, November 4.


Adult Services programs: July 11 – Aug 12

Jul 11     Space Race 1957-75                      50

Jul 13     Galaxy Quest: movie screening  13

Jul 23     Heaven, I’m in Heaven: The Sun, Moon, Stars and Romance in American Popular Song      80

Jul 25     Labyrinth: Full Circle       19

Jul 30     Curiosity: Missions to Mars          75

Aug 6     Hand-painting your own galaxy yarn        15

Aug 8     Astronomy for Beginners             



Youth Services programs:  July 11 – August 12

11-Jul    NASA on the Moon Design Challenge      15

11-Jul    Rhyme Time (2 sessions)              39

11-Jul    Teen Chat-n-Chew          8

12-Jul    Pop-up story time in the park      82

12-Jul    Teen Community Service Power Hour     9

13-Jul    Chess Mates      6

15-Jul    Cosmic Preschool Yoga  19

15-Jul    Space Crafts: Nebula Ornaments               22

15-Jul    The Magic Tree House: Mission Space     45

16-Jul    Summer Movies: Lego Movie 2   47

16-Jul    Giant Games      73

16-Jul    Mad Science "Up Up and Away into Space"          82

17-Jul    Summer stories 64

17-Jul    Teen Sewing 101: Machine Sewing Part 1              5

18-Jul    Rhyme Time (2 sessions)              55

18-Jul    Teen Breaking into Baking            9

19-Jul    Stories in the Park            55

19-Jul    Lego Builders     37

20-Jul    Kaleidoscope Meetup    10

20-Jul    Teen K-Pop Meetup       3

22-Jul    Cosmic Preschool Yoga  14

22-Jul    Space Crafts: Galaxy Slime            21

22-Jul    Story Up!             41

23-Jul    Cherry Hill HS West Power Hours              21

23-Jul    Jr. Chef 24

24-Jul    Summer Stories 35

24-Jul    Teen Sewing 101: Sewing Part 2              5

25-Jul    Rhyme Time (2 sessions)              60

25-Jul    NASA on the Moon Design Challenge      12

25-Jul    Teens Craft! Constellation Nailhead Art  8

26-Jul    Stories in the Park            138

27-Jul    Just Right Story Time      10

27-Jul    Dungeons & Dragons 3rd-5th grade         6

27-Jul    Dungeons and Dragons - Teen    8

29-Jul    Cosmic Preschool Yoga  11

29-Jul    Space Crafts: Shrinky Dinks          19

29-Jul    Story Time from Space   16

29-Jul    Teen Anime Nite              15

30-Jul    Summer Movies: Mary Poppins Returns 48

30-Jul    Lego Builders     17

30-Jul    ASHM Mission to the moon         24

31-Jul    Summer stories 47

31-Jul    Astronomy for everyone              52

                July Take & Makes: Shark Game 200

                Community Art: What's your favorite book 25

                STEM Activity Table:
                        Magna Blocks  Building Challenge    193

                STEM Kits Used 80

                Chess & Checkers & Board Games            20
1-Aug    Rhyme Time 2 sessions  44

1-Aug    NASA on the Moon Design Challenge      12

1-Aug    Teens Write!      6

2-Aug    Pop Up Story Time in the Park Woodland              63

2-Aug    Teen Community Service Power Hour     10          

3-Aug    Star Wars Character Visit             173

5-Aug    Explore on the floor        47

5-Aug    Space Crafts: Constellation String Art       12

5-Aug    Barking Book Buddies    21

6-Aug    Summer Movies: Incredibles 2    44

6-Aug    Delicious Reads 15

7-Aug    summer stories 71

7-Aug    Teen Yoga Workshop     9

8-Aug    BACKYARD BASH              2000

9-Aug    Pop Up Story Time in the Park –  Erlton    90            

10-Aug  Chessmates      0

12-Aug  Science Investigators     11



Toddler Dance Party, September 5

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation Party, September 7

Teens Write! September 12

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Story Time, September 13

Practice ACT Test, September 21

People in Your Neighborhood Story Time: Veterinarian, September 23

Coding with Scratch (with Little Mentors!), September 25

Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report

July 2019

Summer Storytime and Library Outreach at Music Under the Stars
TJ Lamanna, Emerging Technologies librarian, was part of national teams that were awarded two Institute of Museums and Library Science (IMLS) grants.
CHPL awarded a $6000 Action Grant from NJ Council of the Humanities in support of the second running of One Book, One Cherry Hill. The selected title is No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore. We will host Mr. Moore at CHPL on Monday, November 4 in conversation with Keith Green, Ph.D., associate professor of English and Director of Africana Studies at Rutgers Camden, as the culminating author event of the series.  –Deena Caswell, Diversity & Outreach Supervisor
  • IMLS-funded Library Values & Privacy National Digital Strategies planning grant ($140,000) to further an extensive privacy knowledge plan by actualizing the findings in a practical application: Privacy Advocacy Guides.
  • IMLS grant $75,000: Develop software to allow libraries to host Virtual Private Networks (VPN).  VPN’s help people from harvesting, selling data and prevent malicious internet traffic, and stop online tracking which compromises privacy.

Character Corner is complete! Beth worked with Kareem Agostini who is the head of the Character Education Committee.  There are two brochures (one yellow, one blue) created so that patrons can find specific books by topics of character

Tool Library now available!
We have 50 items cataloged and available to be checked out. 

  • Thank you to the Friends for paying Registration fees so 5 librarians were able to go to the ALA Annual Conference – Washington DC 6/20- 6/25

Adult Summer Reading Program ends Aug 10

Library Outreach
We spoke with 42 people (7/9) at Music Under the Stars.

Pride at the Library:
Creating Safe and Affirming Communities for Transgender Youth (Garden State Equality) – 10
The Life and Writing of James Baldwin (NJCH) – 3


Adult Services: events June- July


Business Startup Series



Lunch and a Movie: Second Act



Speaking of Poetry



Sattriya: Classic Dance from Hindu Monasteries



The Life and Writing of James Baldwin



Writers Roundtable



Coffee & Conversation: An Introduction to Music Therapy



Air Fryer Demo Class & Recipe Swap



"Now, I Have a Theory": Experience, Expertise, and UFOs in Cold War America



Must Watch Documentary: Fail State



Needlework Guild



Stranger Things: A Discussion & Re-watch



Songs & Stories: "Welcome to Our Front Porch"



CHPL Book Club: An American Marriage



Needlework Guild



Needlework Guild



ESL Book Club: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka                                                        



Lunch and a Movie: First Man 




Youth Services: events June- July
12-Jun   Little Mentors                                   24          
14-Jun   Family Fort Night                             33          
15-Jun   Trucks! Trucks! Trucks!                  2500      
16-Jun   Legos    Craft Room                         20          
17-Jun   Books with Beaks                             12          
18-Jun   World Explorers: French                 26          
19-Jun   Youth Yoga                                        10          
8-Jul       Explore on the Floor                       51          
8-Jul       Space Crafts; Galaxy Jars               15          
8-Jul       Barking Book Buddies                    30          

12-Jun   Busy Bees Preschool Visit              20
13-Jun   Bingo for Books Woodcrest          144
27-Jun   Outreach w Johnson School
 (Waterford & Sergi Farms Apts)                        24          


12-Jun   Volunteer Orientation - Return                  22
13-Jun   Volunteer Orientation - New                      29
18-Jun   Shelf Manager Training                               2
20-Jun   Summer Reading Kickoff                             30
24-Jun   Anime Nite                                                   11

1-Jul       Teens Cook!                                                 12
9-Jul       SAT prep                                                      48          

19-Jun   Summer Reading Visit - Barton                   55

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



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!