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Lives Change at the Library – Celebrate National Library Week

NEWS RELEASE April 9, 2014

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

Discover the value of Camden County libraries and how they change lives

Libraries change lives in big and small ways.  The Voorhees library’s Big Play on March 29, demonstrated how using simple, everyday items can help encourage a child’s development. Here a child plays with a colander and colorful pipe cleaners to use and develop his fine motor skills with the help of his parent. (Camden County Photo/John Ziomek)]

VOORHEES, NJ – April 9, 2014 -- With the arrival of National Library Week (4/13 – 4/19), the Camden County Library System and the American Library Association want residents to know how lives can be changed at the library. Nowhere is this truer than here in Camden County through the collections, information, services and programs the library system offers at eight different branch locations.

Whether it’s learning new technologies with EReader Drop-in Help sessions, or learning a new hobby and craft skills with their Maker programs, or getting job search help to find a new job or even a new career, residents can find opportunities to change their lives in big and small ways almost every day at the library.

Libraries today are more than just repositories for books and other resources. Often serving as the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their customers live, work, study and play.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

For example, the Voorhees Branch recently staged a very successful Community Playdate attended by over 200 children and parents. The program was designed to show how parents and other caregivers can engage in meaningful play with their children at home using simple, everyday inexpensive materials that help a child’s development.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Camden County Library Director Linda Devlin. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The spirit and theme of how libraries change lives will continue well past National Library Week as long as their doors are open to serve the public. With the new season, check out how Camden libraries can change a life.


Spring into Shape at the Library

With the sap rising, trees blooming and days getting longer, Camden County Library wants to get residents moving with a series of programs designed to help them spring into shape. The library is offering everything from Self Defense for Women, Yoga training and Bollywood Dancing this spring through programs scheduled at the system’s eight different branch locations.

- Self-defense for Women -

Karate Master Tom Fitzgerald will help you learn basic, but effective, self-defense techniques as you prepare to get out and about with the nice weather. These programs are open to women and teens 16 years of age or older.

Bellmawr:  Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.

Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch:  Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Voorhees:  Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m.

Ferry Avenue:  Saturday, May 17, 1 p.m.

Gloucester Township:  Saturday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.


- Bollywood Music and Dance -


We invite you to move and groove to today’s most popular Bollywood music in a fun, easy-to-learn format. Discover the Bollywood dancer within you with instructor Anshu Khaitan.

Ferry Ave, Camden: Saturday, April 19, 1pm
Rutgers, Camden: Saturday, April 26, 2pm
Merchantville: Saturday, May 17,11 am
Gloucester Twp.: Saturday, May 10, 2:30pm
South County: Saturday, May 24,10:30am


- Yoga for Adults -


Whatever your experience with yoga, you're invited to these four-week workshops with experienced instructors from Yogawood of Collingswood. Mats will be provided, or bring one with you. Sign up for each session individually. If you can't make the first one or two, come to the later ones.


Haddon Township: Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 7 p.m.

Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown: Saturdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:30 a.m.


In addition, our South County branch regularly offers its own Yoga for Adults three Saturdays a month.

Space is limited for any of the programs and registration is required. Go to our online events and program calendar at

So take the time to visit your local library or go online to visit our virtual branch ( ) open 24/7. Find ways to change your life – both big and small.





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