The Cherry Hill Public Library’s Youth Services Department provides a place to learn, play, explore and create for children ages 0 to 18. The entire upper level of the Library is dedicated to the Youth Services Collection which offers a wide variety of material. From board books to popular novels, magazines, and a variety of multimedia, kids and teens will find all of their academic and entertainment needs in one spot.

In addition to the collection, the Library offers an array of story times, art activities and other developmentally appropriate programs. With more special events than calendar days, the youth services department is always buzzing!

What's New?

2019 CHPL Peep-o-Rama Contest! 

It's back! We challenge you to create a diorama that portrays a famous occurence or scene: a book, a historical event, a current event, piece of high art of expression of pop culture. Just remember that all the characters must be played by Peeps! Submissions are due by Friday, April 26, 2019. 

Official Contest Rules:
1. Make your diorama using a shoebox or comparable item of reasonable size, not to exceed 14x10x5". Melt, mold and manipulate those chicks and bunnies to bring your vision to life!

2. Bring your diorama to the Children's Desk upstairs at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Your submission must provide (entries without this information will not be considered):

  • The title of your diorama. 
  • A caption accompanying your diorama about your creation or its significance.
  • Your name and age.
  • The names of anybody who contributed to the diorama.
  • A phone number and email address.

3. Submissions are dues by Friday, April 26. 
By entering, you authorize the Cherry Hill Public Library to publish photos of your diorama and to identify you as the entrant with those photos. The library staff will notify entrants by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 if their entry has been selected as a winner. 

4. There will be five winning categories:

  • The Grand Prize (wins $25 visa gift card!)
  • Adult (wins an enviable ribbon!)
  • Kids under age 15 (wins an enviable ribbon!)
  • Family (wins an enviable ribbon!)

Good luck and happy Peep hunting! 


Juvenile and Young Adult Materials are Now FINE FREE!*

Starting November 1, 2018, most juvenile and young adult materials will stop accruing fines.
This includes picture books, easy readers, juvenile books and audiobooks, young adult books and audiobooks, children’s music CDs, educational DVDs, and busy bags.

*Items that will still accrue late fees:

Video Games
Summer Reading books
American Girl Dolls
Night Sky Explorer Kits
Dungeons and Dragons Kit
Little Bits Kit
English-Spanish Learning Kit

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are all items fine free?

No, only children’s and young adult materials are fine free with the exception of video games, summer reading books and items from the non-traditional collection.

I checked out books on October 31st. Are those books fine free?

No, anything checked out before November 1st (even if the due date is after November 1st) will still accrue late fees.

Will all my past fines be wiped from my account?

No, past late fees will remain, but this is a great time to pay them off and take advantage of checking out fine free children’s and young adult materials going forward.

 So, if there are no late fees, that means I never have to return my books, right?

No, you will still have a due date for your materials, and can renew your items twice if no one put a hold on them. Items that are not returned will be assumed lost after 30 days and you will be charged for those materials. Once those materials are returned, the charges will be removed from your account.

If you don’t charge late fees, how will children learn to be responsible library users?

In our experience, charging late fees does NOT cause a child to be more responsible, but instead instills negative feelings about the library. This may cause some parents to stop letting their children use the library altogether. It is often not the child’s fault that the book is overdue, and we are understanding of the time constraints many families face in bringing their children in on time to return or renew books. We encourage parents and caregivers to teach children that a public library is a community resource, shared by everyone. If someone doesn’t return a book that they borrowed, no other child can read it. Children should be asked if it is fair to others who are waiting for that book if they keep it overdue. Children can still be taught responsibility by being respectful of the items they borrowed, and by returning them in good condition, on time. 

VOX Books

VOX Books are now available at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Each VOX book comes with an attached speaker and headphone jack to allow readers to listen to a complete narration of that title. They are very easy to use with simple Play, Stop, Rewind and Fast Forward buttons. Click here to learn more about VOX and visit the Children's Department to check out a VOX today. 

Miss Humblebee's Academy!

Miss Humblebee’s Academy prepares your 3 to 6  year old for success in kindergarten and beyond! This interactive online learning program provides hundreds of lessons developed based on standards from the U.S. Department of Education, Head Start, and more. Children are guided toward kindergarten proficiency while completing fun activities that introduce key concepts in math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. Sound cues allow children to work independently while assessments and progress reports measure improvements and allow you to track learning. Best of all, Miss Humblebee’s Academy is accessible on computers and tablets at home or on the go, making learning possible anytime and anywhere!

FREE with your Cherry Hill Public Library Card!

Click here to access.