One Book, One Cherry Hill

"One Book, One Cherry Hill" is a community reading project to unite our town in reading and discussing One Book.


Our selected book is No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by award-winning author Darnell L. Moore. This memoir tells Moore's story as a young, queer Black man growing up in Camden, NJ and his path to activism. 


Throughout the fall, the Cherry Hill Public Library will be hosting numerous events exploring the themes of the book and celebrating Camden, as well as several opportunities to take part in book discussions.


One Book, One Cherry Hill is made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and support from the Friends of the Cherry Hill Library. 

Stop by the library to reserve your copy!

Meet the Author (cancelled)

We regret to announce that “An Evening with Darnell L. Moore” on Monday, November 4 has been cancelled. Mr. Moore has recently accepted an exciting new position as Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content & Marketing at Netflix and, unfortunately, his schedule prevents him from being able to participate in our author event. We thank everybody who has read No Ashes in the Fire and we hope you continue to support the series of One Book, One Cherry Hill events we have planned throughout the month of October.


Darnell's Camden — And Ours
Thursday, October 3 
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Half Conference Center, Lower Level

Historian Howard Gillette, Jr., author of the acclaimed Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City and Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers University, joins us for a presentation on the history and evolution of Camden, NJ. 

How have Camden and Cherry Hill diverged? How are we connected?

Trumpet Chics Performance
Sunday, October 6
2 p.m. -  2:30 p.m.
Friendship Grove

Join us for a fabulous outdoor performance by Camden's Trumpet Chics! This group of amazing young musicians will have you dancing in no time!

In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors in the Conference Center on the Lower Level.

Who Am I? Who Are You?: A Talk on Intersectionality and Privilege
Monday, October 7 
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Half Conference Center, Lower Level

This discussion will provide a closer look into the relationships among intersectionality, subjugation, and privilege and building the foundation for honoring the experience of another.

"Intersectionality is a framework for conceptualizing a person, group of people, or social problem as affected by a number of discriminations and disadvantages. It takes into account people’s overlapping identities and experiences in order to understand the complexity of prejudices they face." - YW Boston

Speaker Samantha Rucker is a Master's Level Intersectional Feminist Counselor presently working with the Therapy Center of Philadelphia in healing the traumas of those within marginalized populations, particularly women and LGBTQ+ peoples.

Seeing Gender: A community conversation on gender, race, and media
Tuesday, October 15
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Half Conference Center B, Lower Level

This interactive community conversation will explore the triumphs and challenges of representation in mainstream media.  Participants will be invited to consider their roles as active audience members and the ways in which audiences contribute to the construction of meaning in our media landscape.  Particular attention will be focused on mediated notions of masculinity, femininity and the contested realities of race.

Langston Habanero: Cuba and the Writing of Langston Hughes
Monday, October 21
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Half Conference Center, Lower Level

Langston Hughes is perhaps best known as the premier poet of the Harlem Renaissance, but he was also known to make a trek or two down to Havana, Cuba.  He was comfortable speaking Spanish and identified with many of the struggles of the residents of Havana, who were known as habaneros.  What is more, he developed a close relationship with Cuban poet, Nicolas Guillén, and there is substantial evidence to suggest that both writers greatly influenced each other.

Keith Green, PhD, associate professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden and One Book, One Cherry Hill humanities scholar, provides an overview of Langston Hughes’s visits to Cuba and discusses some of the poems that memorialize his interest in the island.

Cathedral Kitchen – Serving Up Hope in Camden Since 1976
Friday, October 25
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level

Cathedral Kitchen provides nutritious meals for people in need in our community.

CK provides back-to-work training programs in the culinary and baking fields.

CK has a dental clinic and provides on-site health care screenings.

Learn about our Café, catering, food truck, and volunteer opportunities.

The Prevalence of Poverty
Wednesday, October 30
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Half Conference Center B, Lower Level

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." - Mahatma Gandhi

A country can be judged by how the most vulnerable folks are treated - the young, the old, the disabled, and the poor.  Join Jeff Wilhelms, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Rutgers New Brunswick and Vice President, Toms River Area N.A.A.C.P., asks the question - what does the prevalence of poverty and our treatment of the poor tell us about the U.S.? 

Book Discussions

Join us as we discuss No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore.
No registration needed.

Saturday, October 19 
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cherry Hill Room, Main Level

Wednesday, October 23 
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level

Tuesday, October 29 
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cherry Hill Room, Main Level