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 2021

  • May 3: Expanded one hour in the library Library Building:
    •  Open T,R,F,S 10- 4pm and M, W until 7 p.m. since April 5
  • July 6, opening Tues night until 7 pm in addition to the Mon and Wed
    • Contactless pickup still available.
  • September 12 planning to open for Sunday hours 1-5 pm.

NJ State Library Construction Grant submitted in June.

Personnel:  TJ LaManna, Adult Services Librarian resigned.  Erica Moon will start June 7.

NJLA Conference- I presented and moderated panels on The Year’s Best Graphic Novels and True Crime Story Time: Engaging True Crime readers at your library (with Claire Thomas, Adult Services Librarian).

Summer Reading Program begins!
Preregistration available for adults at: https://chplnj.readsquared.com/Default.aspx

June 21 – August 15
Sponsorship letters sent to largest CH Businesses by zip code
Outreach to local businesses with Summer Reading Booklet

Pride Month events (and collections)

6/2 Visited Camden County Library System- Voorhees Branch to see the complete renovation to the interior.

Tshirt design contest  judging- Art Simons and 3 staff
Two categories, Under 14 years of age and Over 14 years of age
Winning designs will be available for sale as a library fundraiser

Adult Services Board Report
March - April

chplref@chplnj.org emails (May-June) = 37

Date Program Attendees
5/1 Yoga for Everyone - Virtual 18
5/4 Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 11
5/5 There's No Place Like Home: Fun in the Philly Area 22
5/6 Resiliency for You: NJ Hope and Healing 11
5/8 Yoga for Everyone - Virtual 14
5/10 Medicare 101 8
5/10 Your Credit and You 1
5/11 Needlework Guild 11
 
5/12 Meet the Author: Madeleine Henry, "The Love Proof" 8
5/15 Yoga For Everyone - Virtual 12
5/19 College Funding Workshop 7
5/20 Resiliency for You: NJ Hope and Healing 8
5/22 Yoga for Everyone - Virtual 11
5/25 Needlework Guild 12

May ESOL and Citizenship Prep Classes

Class Title Attendees
ESOL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate) 14, 10, 10, 11
ESOL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 2, 3, 4, 6, 2, 6, 7, 4
ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner) 4, 3, 2, 3
Virtual ESOL Book Club: Profiles in Courage 4, 4, 4
Virtual ESOL Book Club: Saving Winslow 6, 6
ESOL Virtual Reading & Grammar (Intermediate) 5, 7, 5, 4
Virtual Citizenship Preparation 9, 6
ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate I) 7, 9, 5, 9
ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate II) 4, 1, 4, 4
 
Virtual ESOL Book Club: Helen Keller 5

New staff-created videos for the public:

Video
Your Credit and You
Start Selling on Facebook Marketplace
"The Love Proof:" A Conversation with Author Madeleine Henry
 

New Staff in Adult Services:
Stephanie Bilotta (part-time librarian)
Erica Moon (full-time librarian)

Youth Services Board Report
May 8, 2021 - June 4, 2021

In-person programs:

Take & Make Star Wars Porgs 100 attendees
Take  & Make for Teens Beaded Suncatcher 31 attendees
5/12 Pop Up Story Time 100 attendees
 
5/25 Pop Up Story Time 50 attendees

Live online programs via Zoom, Discord, or other platform:

Date Program Number of attendees 
5/12 Teen Jackbox Games 8
5/14 Toddler Show & Share 7
5/17 Kids "Among Us" Gaming 6
5/18 Babysitters Club: The Book Club 9
5/18 Teen Book Club: Mental Health Awareness 6
5/19, 6/2 Animal Crossing Open Hours 10, 7
5/20 Rhyme Time Live! 6
5/21 CH Middle Schools Live Book Discussion: APA Reads 8
5/22 Teen Dungeons & Dragons 3
5/24 Move and Groove with Miss Jolie 6
5/23 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids 6
6/3 TAB Meeting 6
 

Virtual Programs for Kids (On Demand):

Date Program Views
5/18, 6/1 Virtual Story Time 7, 2 
6/3 Virtual Rhyme Time 2

Youth Services staff will be facilitating Virtual class visits to Cherry Hill West, Johnson Elementary and Clara Barton Elementary.
Summer Reading kicks off with Virtual Family Fort Night on 6/25! 


Cherry Hill Public Library
Director’s Report

May 2021

April - May

May 3: Expanded  from  30  minutes  to  one  hour  in  the  library
Library Building: Open T,R,F,S 10- 4pm and M, W until 7 p.m. since April 5

People Count for April

Congrats to CHPL Children’s Librarian Alia Shields!
Alia is now on the 2023 Caldecott Committee.
We are so proud of this huge achievement!

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The award is presented by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

“I am so honored to be elected to the 2023 Caldecott Committee. I can vividly remember being a little kid at the library and my mom holding up a picture book, showing me the gold medal, and telling me it meant that it was a good book. For a children’s librarian being on this committee is truly being ‘in the room where it happens!’” - Alia Shields

Youth Services Board Report
April - May

In-person programs:

May Take & Make "Black Out Poetry" 20 attendees
4/8 Pop Up Story Time 37 attendees
4/16 Peep Diorama Contest 8 attendees

Live online programs via Zoom, Discord, or other platform:

Date Program Number of attendees 
4/5, 5/3 Barking Book Buddies 5, 4 
4/7, 4/21, 5/5 Animal Crossing Open Hours 4, 5, 4 
4/9 Toddler Show & Share 3
4/13 Babysitters Club: The Book Club 13
4/14 Teen Discord: Skribbl.io 6
4/20 Teen Book Club: Asian Pacific Islander Reads 5
4/22 Rhyme Time Live! 13
4/24 Teen Dungeons and Dragons 5
4/24 Teen Astrology 6
4/26 Move and Groove with Miss Jolie 15
4/27 Teen Table Talk 7
4/28 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids 7
4/8, 4/22, 5/6 TAB Meeting 6, 6, 6

Virtual Programs for Kids (On Demand):

Date Program Views
4/6, 4/20, 5/4 Virtual Story Time 7, 9, 8
4/14, 5/5 Kids Story Break 4, 3
4/8, 5/6 Virtual Rhyme Time 12, 3
4/14 Kamishibai Storytime 5

Adult Services Board Report
April - May

chplref@chplnj.org emails (April-May) = 60

Date Program Attendees
4/6 CHPL Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing 13
4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Citizenship Preparation 11, 8, 9, 7
4/12 John Marshall: The Final Founder 24
4/13, 4/27 Needlework Guild 10, 10
4/14 Medicare 101 5
4/15 Discover Your Cooking Style 15
4/17, 4/24 Yoga for Everyone 28, 17
4/21 Philadelphia's Ballparks 44

English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes:

Class Title Attendees
ESOL Virtual Conversation (Intermediate) 10, 12, 14, 13
ESOL Virtual Conversation (Beginner) 4, 3, 7, 8, 4, 9
ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Beginner) 5, 6, 5
Virtual ESOL Book Club: Profiles in Courage 4, 4, 4, 4
Virtual ESOL Book Club: Saving Winslow 5, 7
ESOL Virtual Reading & Grammar (Intermediate) 7, 5, 6, 5
ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate I) 9, 8, 7, 9
ESOL Virtual Writing & Grammar (Intermediate II) 5, 4, 2, 5

New staff-created videos for the public:

Video
Borrow Non-English Books and Magazines on OverDrive
Using readingskill4today.com for English Language Practice
"Philadelphia Ballparks with Jason Love"

 


Cherry Hill Public Library
Director’s Report

January 2020

Congrats to Dr. Joseph Meloche for Outstanding Administrator of the Year from the
NJ Association of School Librarians (NJASL)


Cherry Hill Public Library
Director’s Report

September 2019

Town Council Proclamation for English as a Second Language tutors and librarian coordinator Elby Wang


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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