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

July 2017

  • So much love for Matthew Quick tonight! Thank you for kicking off your book tour for "The Reason You're Alive" at our library!




Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
June 2017


  • Coming Soon! Maker Playground area: Open hours to use 3-D printer, sewing machines, circuits, etc. Demos and classes will be scheduled in this space. Opening this summer.
  • Pop Up shops in former Friends gift shop- Application available,  Saturdays only

MESS FEST - June 2, 2017

Summer Reading ProgramsJune 19 – August 19
Pre Registration now open for all
Adult SRP lobby tables – June 1 and June 19

Upcoming events

June 24 – Game of Thrones- Winter is Coming
June 29- Dine & Donate- PJ Whelihan’s – Cherry Hill
July 6 – Meet the Author - Matthew Quick
July 13 -Friends of the CHPL Library Book Sale
July 29 Jewel Heist – Kids Mystery Event


 May 2017
  Congratulations to the Grand Prize winners in our Peeps Diorama Contest! We had 17 entries and sisters Ilana and Anna won for their "Jack and the Peepstalk”

New Jersey Library Association Conference (April 24- 26)

CHPL staff  Speakers and moderators-
Get Hacked: How we survived a 24-hour teen hackathon in the library
Tech Programs for low-tech librarians
Privacy for librarians: What you can do to protect yourself
The Year’s Best Video Games of 2016
Library lending mash-up, or the how, where and why of non-traditional circulating collections
Best Graphic Novels of 2016

Poster sessions:
Pop Up Story Time in the Parks: Teaming up with local government
Reach out to be Reached (Chinese New Year event)



Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival 2017

We made recycled CD crafts & met hundreds of residents!


Threading My Prayer Rug with Sabeeha Rehman
Thursday, May 4

Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection about what it is to be a Muslim in America today. Join author Sabeeha Rehman as she shares her story of many journeys

Co sponsors:

Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern NJ

Cherry Hill Township

We're here to help you transform! Thank you for celebrating National Library Week with us! #nationallibraryweek #libraries #librariestransform
Upcoming events

Twin Peaks Viewing
Sunday, May 21

Join us for Coffee & Pie as we watch the last two episodes of the original Twin Peaks series in preparation for the new Showtime series that premieres Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

Teen Summer Volunteer Applications Now Available!
Join our summer volunteer force! We are seeking 40-50 outgoing, responsible, and community-minded teens between the ages of 13-19 to help our Youth Services department. Volunteers will help families register for our reading club, help them log minutes, and award prizes.The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 20 at 5 p.m. 

Hoarding: A Closer Look
Monday, May 22
at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Compulsive hoarding is a disorder that affects millions of Americans, their friends, and loved ones. Join us for an in-depth discussion of hoarding - what it is, who it impacts, and the steps to possible recovery. Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia. She is a nationally-recognized expert in anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, including hoarding. 

Cherry Hill Public Library - Director’s Report
April 2017

A Common Thread
Community yarn craft project

March 19- May 12
A community Art project celebrating Cherry Hill’s diversity and creativity through yarn craft.

Two big March events:


New Jersey Maker Day
March 25


A state-wide celebration of maker culture, with programs on Brushbots, Robotics, Makey Makey. 

Demos and crafts on 3D printing, button making, LittleBits, Legos and Snap Circuits.

CHPL Comic con
March 11

Artist Alley
Kids Superhero storytime

Panels: Arcade Games, Tumblr Fandom,
Will Eisner, Cosplay 101
Japanese Sweets & Snacks
Scratch program class


Partners: UCEDC – Economic Development offered Starting a Business in NJ 3/22/17

Benihana – Sushi making class

Distributing Dignity at the Cherry Hill Public Library donation box for feminine hygiene products to women in need.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dance performance
65 attendees in the Children’s craft room


Thursday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. - Volunteer Appreciation Presentation

Donations Needed!  CHPL is looking for gently used jewelry of all kinds - bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. Plus, accessories such as scarves, handbags, ties, tie clips. Deadline: April 24






January 2017

Strategic Plan 2017- 2019    A year of group meetings with professional librarians and staff has culminated in a new Strategic Plan. We used the Aspen Institute Action Guide from the report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. A community survey to comment and suggest will be available in the library, through our enews, and social media channels early in 2017.

Friends Gift Shop closed  Monday, January 21.

New Website at
Easier access to library information, events and services. It is mobile friendly, a major upgrade from our current site. It also has a more simple and streamlined design.

New Vox Audio Enhanced Books

VOX Books are for all children, whether they are already voracious readers or still learning the basics. Studies show that audio-supported reading can significantly improve literacy, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. Audio also adds an entertainment factor. Reading audio-enabled books is effective and fun.

Like everyone else, they encounter more screens than books. And because of new testing standards, reading often seems more like a chore than something to enjoy. VOX can help counter these trends.

Upcoming events

February 25   Chocolate Bake-Off Competition Fundraiser


November 2016

October was Blindness Awareness Month

CHPL now offers computers with built-in technology to assist those experiencing vision loss. There are four PCs in the Library's Computer Lab with magnification and speech software offering assistance in sending emails, reading documents and browsing the internet.

Thank you to NJSL Talking Book & Braille Center and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired for their support of this program.


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!