Search the catalog:   


  Search the Website

County Library Starts New Kind of Book Club, One for Special Needs Adults

NEWS RELEASE August 11, 2014

Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, 856-772-1636 ext. 7323

Camden County joins Next Chapter Book Club for NJ Libraries

VOORHEES, NJ – Aug. 11, 2014 – Now special-needs adults and teens will have a book club of their own in Camden County. The Voorhees branch of the Camden County Library has been selected to join six others across the state in the Next Chapter Book Club for New Jersey Libraries.

Next Chapter Clubs allow five to eight people with intellectual or development disabilities the chance to become members of a book club designed to meet their needs, regardless of reading ability. Each NCBC will offer individuals the opportunity to gather weekly to read and learn together as they discuss books and make friends in a relaxed, community setting.

Based on its expertise of having run two NCBCs since 2008, Scotch Plains Public Library sought funding from LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, to support NCBCs at other libraries and thereby to extend the service to special-needs populations up and down the state.

LibraryLinkNJ accepted the proposal and is funding six other NCBCs, including ones at the Voorhees branch library and the Cherry Hill Public Library in South Jersey. The contract provides training for library staff member who will work with local volunteers to operate each NCBC.

 “Camden County Library is always seeking ways it can serve entire communities throughout the County,” notes Library Director Linda Devlin. “We’ve long offered on-the-spectrum programming for those with autism at some of our branches, and now we welcome the chance to provide Next Chapter Book Clubs for another special-needs population.”

Scotch Plains Public Library Director Meg Kolaya remarks, “We are thrilled to have the six selected libraries join us in this most meaningful effort. Our clubs provide fellowship and social involvement for all participants, including a most gratifying experience for my staff members who take part.”

The Next Chapter Book Club at Voorhees is scheduled to begin in September with the first meetings on Thursdays September 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. Registration is required and encouraged as space will be limited. Contact Rosemary Scalese at 856-772-1636 x7350 or at .



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

Locations and Hours

The library system has eight branches located throughout Camden County. Get directions.

Our Branch Locations


Ask a Librarian

Camden County Library Staff
Our entire staff is here to help! Get the answer to your question in person, by phone, or email.  You can also schedule one-on-one time with Assistance by Appointment.

Learn More >


Get Our App

Our Mobile App

Use our app to find books and DVDs, download digital video,  music, audio and eBooks, get directions to our libraries, register for programs and classes, and more!


Today's Events