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Camden County Library System Prepared to Resume Curbside Services

(Voorhees, NJ) – In an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 the Camden County Library System will be resuming curbside services that it initiated in June. These services will end indoor use of the facilities to ensure proper protocols and procedures are being taken in light of the surge in COVID cases in the county and the state.

The operation is set to begin on Friday, and allows county libraries to operate with strict policies in place, including:

  • No patron is permitted to enter the brick-and-mortar premises;
  • In-premises operations are limited to employees who are responsible for the operation required for curbside pickup/drop-off;
  • All transactions should be handled in advance or by other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
  • Patrons are required to wait in their vehicles until staff delivers or retrieves their materials; and
  • Designated employees are responsible for bringing materials from the facility and place them directly in a patron’s vehicle.

The Camden County Library System will begin offering curbside pick-up and drop-off services at branches throughout the county on Friday, November 20.

Returns for items checked out prior to the closures will be available in advance of full curbside services.

Hours of operation for the system will be:

  • Monday through Thursday: Curbside services available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: Curbside services available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The Camden County Library System has been continuing to serve the community throughout this pandemic by expanding its online and digital services for children and adults, and by extending access of those services to more residents,” said Freeholder Melinda Kane, liaison to the Library System. “As we look towards the next phase of our recovery, the library’s focus is on providing additional in-person services while prioritizing the safety and security of its staff and its patrons.”

Information regarding the organization will be posted to the System’s website as it becomes available.

As curbside services begin again, the Library System will go back to offering virtual programs and classes, virtual meeting rooms, access to e-content, and reference services from librarians via email and video calls.

Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Camden, Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees Township. The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

For more information about the Camden County Library System, visit http://www.camdencountylibrary.org/ or by calling (856) 772-1636.

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Camden County Library Kicks Off 2020 Summer Reading program

(Voorhees, NJ) – The Camden County Library System is excited to announce the start of its 2020 summer reading program. Readers can log their summer reading minutes online to earn digital badges, as well as to be entered in weekly drawings for e-gift cards.

This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Families can sign up and add up to 12 readers by visiting read.camdencountylibrary.org. Participants are then encouraged to log their minutes at least once per week to be entered into that week’s drawing.

There are four programs: Early Readers, Elementary Readers, Middle & High School Readers, and Adult Readers. In all four programs, readers will reach milestones and earn digital badges by logging their number of minutes read.

“It is always important to keep our children and tudents reading throughout the summer, and it has never been easier thanks to the library’s robust catalog of online and electronic resources,” said Freeholder Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Library System. “Reading is key to the growth and development of young minds, but the best part of the summer reading program is that it incorporates the entire family. Signing up and logging your minutes is simple and easy, and the library even has recommended reading lists for children of all ages to make finding your next favorite story as easy as possible.”

Recommended reading can be found by clicking here. Most titles can be borrowed as e-books or audiobooks with a library card.

Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Camden, Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees Township.

The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

For more information about the Camden County Library System, visit us online at http://www.camdencountylibrary.org/ or by calling (856) 772-1636.

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Literacy Volunteers of Camden County to Offer Free Tutor Training

Interested in learning how to become a literacy volunteer? Beginning in mid-April, training will be offered by the Literacy Volunteers of Camden County for anyone who is interested in becoming a tutor.

Dates & Times

A free Tutor Training Workshop will be held at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library at 203 Laurel Road, Voorhees on five Tuesdays: April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The aim of this program is to provide additional resources for non-native speakers in the Camden County community to help them access the local resources. Additionally, it is hoped that this workshop could help some individuals find a career in tutoring in the future.

No Experience Necessary

No experience is necessary, just the willingness to reach out to help a motivated learner. Many people who are fluent in English find that discovering how to become a tutor can be the way towards a very fulfilling career alongside being a fantastic way to give back to the community, so as long as you have the motivation to learn this skill then you are welcome to attend!

How to Register

Call Literacy Volunteers of Camden County at (856)772-1636 ext. 7331 for more information or sign up online by clicking here.

About Literacy Volunteers of Camden County:

LVCC provides free one-on-one and small group tutoring in reading, math and English for Speakers of Other Languages to Camden County adults at the lowest levels of literacy. Many Camden County residents lack functional English literacy skills and this impedes their ability to acquire productive employment, assist their children in schoolwork and become active community members. Literacy Volunteers of Camden County addresses this problem by training local volunteers to instruct these adults using a flexible, learner-centered approach. This year LVCC has over 160 volunteer tutors working with 200 students.

(Source: Media Release)

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Camden County Library Starts Serving Up Books and Cooks Classes

(Voorhees, N.J.) The Camden County Library System began rolling out its innovative Books and Cooks initiative this month. The initiative is designed to promote food literacy, particularly in communities such as Camden, that are considered ‘food deserts’ by the US Department of Agriculture.

The library won a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development earlier this year based on its proposal to develop and implement a food literacy program. A centerpiece of the program is a mobile kitchen complemented by a collection of books about nutrition, healthy eating and consumer literacy with iPads and a mobile hotspot available. The kitchen can be transported to any of the library’s eight branches and other locations to demonstrate cooking techniques and recipes, as needed.

Camden County Library Director Linda Devlin explains, “People can become literate in many different ways. Food is both a universal language and a universal need that we can use to advance literacy skills across cultures. The versatility of the mobile kitchen will allow us to reach many parts of the county through our branches and off-site through our partners.”

Camden County Library Director Linda Devlin proudly displays the library’s mobile kitchen unit that is an integral part of its new Books and Cooks food literacy initiative. (Camden County Library Photo: David Lisa)

Currently over thirty classes and workshops are scheduled with more to be planned through May of 2017. They will address audiences with a variety of needs including ESL, basic literacy, nutrition-conscious parents and those seeking to provide healthy meals on a limited budget.

The library is partnering with the Camden County One Stop Career Center to offer a series of six classes at its location on Mt. Ephraim Ave. each Tuesday morning starting with Kitchen Math and Recipe Reading while Literacy Volunteers of Camden County will conduct weekly Healthy Eating classes for ESL speakers at the Voorhees branch of the Camden County Library System every Tuesday, evening at 7 p.m.

“We will use recipes, nutrition labels and supermarket signage to teach literacy, basic math and life skills. Participants can learn how to create nutritious, healthy, tasty meals on a budget,” says Library Director Devlin. She is particularly excited about ‘Cook me a Story ’programs that will use and make a recipe in the course of telling a story to children.

A highlight program, “Reading Labels and Serving Size Surprise” will be presented by Stacey Antine of HealthBarn USA, one of the library’s Books & Cooks partners, on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Ferry Ave. branch. Antine will offer guidance on how to select natural foods like whole vegetables and fruits versus packaged goods, and then how to interpret nutrition labels on packaged food focused on natural ingredients vs. preservatives and additives. She will also demonstrate how to make a “Harvest Wheat Berry Salad” as an example of a healthy, simple recipe most people could make at home.

Antine is the author of “Appetite for Life:  The Thumbs Up, No Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to be a Greater Eater” published by HarperOne.

A supermarket tour at the Price Rite on Mt. Ephraim Ave. in Camden is scheduled for November 12 which will also be conducted  by HealthBarn USA to demonstrate how and where to find the most nutritious food for the best price on a trip to the local supermarket.

Aside from ESL and adult literacy audiences, the Books and Cooks initiative is also offering the general public classes on a variety of food and cooking topics. The Bellmawr branch gave kids ages six to ten the chance to learn about making healthy snacks with the help of Adrienne Olah, the Lawnside ShopRite’s registered dietitian.

In conjunction with its Books and Cooks project, the Camden County Library System is conducting a food drive beginning October 17 that will have clearly marked donation bins at each of library’s eight branches. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected by designated organizations in the area that each branch serves. The food drive is expected to run through May, 2017.