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Director's Page


Welcome to the Director’s Page. Here you will find periodic messages from the Library’s Director, Laverne Mann. Check back often for new information.

January 2016

Carol Highsmith
America's Photographer

"Next is the Library, believe it or not, because just about every town has one.

The Library in Cherry Hill and in many cities is the center piece. In Cherry Hill it is large, architecturally interesting and welcoming.
People of all ages come for events, to take out one book or use the computers." – Carol Highsmith


December Events

Thursday Morning: Adult Coloring, 17 attendees

Staff Holiday Party-Ugly Sweater winner, Bob

Rock your Socks
232 pairs of socks were collected for Covenant House. CHPL was challenged by CHT Council members and Recreation Department.

Everything Jersey Series 2016
A 2016 series with programs on NJ foods, wildlife, entertainment, remarkable women, and history from New Jersey, all funded through the Mentzer donation. First program is February 10 – A New Jersey Legend: John Henry "Pop" Lloyd and the Legacy of Negro League Baseball.

Upcoming Events

Sunday hours begin again January 24
3D printer demos and open hours have been extremely successful, continue in 2016.
New Children's programs: Bedtime Math Crazy 8s club, Sensory Friendly Films, Page Turners for elementary age kids

November 2015

Door count: 932
New cards: 9

Total # of items borrowed: 1,025

  • Books: 860
  • Media: 146
  • Electronic items: 92

Reference Questions: 172

  • Reference: 88
  • Youth Services: 84

Computer Log-ins: 246

Wi-fi usage: 247 Total number of library programs: 5

Number of groups using our meeting rooms: 4



Welcome to Cherry Hill event

October 15, 2015


CHEHacks (24 hour hackathon)

November 7-8, 2015

150 students, adults, and tech mentors collaborated to code websites, apps, and learn hardware.
Students presented projects to community including Superintendent, Principals.


See you at the library,


October 2015

Library Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, October 31

11:00am - 12:30pm


SOLD OUT! Event at Cherry Hill Public Library on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. for a Murder Mystery event.  Tickets were $15 per person and include a glass of wine and dessert.


  • Volunteer Fair 10/4 - 30 organizations participated. We calculated about 220 people attended. Donations were collected for the Animal Welfare Association
  • Banned Book Week display September 27 – October 3
  • National Mental Health Awareness week- partnered with NAMI for lobby table October 4-10
  • Houlihans Fundraising night 10/16

Dog Days 2015

Doggy Storytime and DIY dog toy craft
Pictured: Aladdin, a certified therapy dog

Volunteer Fair Organizations

Jr. Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library

Holy Redeemer Hospice

Voorhees Pediatric Facility

Heartland Hospice

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

Weisman Children's Rehabilitation Hospital

Heifer International


Horticultural Society of South Jersey

Side By Side

Volunteer Center of South Jersey

NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness Camden County 

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Cherry Hill High School East PTA

The Bridge (Lourdes)

Therapeutic Riding at Majoda Stables

Food Bank of South Jersey

Teen Scene

Animal Welfare Association

Days for Girls

Cherry Hill  High School West PTA

Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, Inc.

Boy Scouts of America

American Red Cross

Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey

South Jersey Land & Water Trust

CONTACT Community Helplines

Rutgers Camden County Master Gardeners



September 2015


September is Library Card Signup Month

How fitting that Library Card Sign-Up Month kicks off on the first day of school in Cherry Hill!

Thank you to Mayor Cahn (left) and the new school Superintendent, Dr. Meloche (right), for stopping by this morning to show support and to remind all residents to check out CHPL! (Pictured with Library Director, Laverne Mann, center)

During the month of September, all new members will receive a special welcome packet – filled with everything needed to make the most of what CHPL has to offer.


Summer Reading Program

We had amazing participation across all three programs and we're so thrilled you shared part of your summer with us. Special thank you to the Friends of the Library and all of our summer reading sponsors!


511 participants
475,140 minutes read (equivalent to 7,919 books according to NJ State Library)  
77 events
5,964 attendees at events

162 participants
184,440 minutes read (equivalent to 3,074 books according to NJ State Library)

287 participants
2,040 books read


See you at the library,



Presidential Service Awards were presented, Scholarship Winners were honored, as well as the Jr. Friends officers, Teen Activity Board, and adult volunteers for their service during the year.  First year for Meredith Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, to run this event.


Thank you to Art and Mona for attending on behalf of the Board.


See you at the library,


Laverne Mann

Library Director