2017-2018 Board Members
William Stone, President
I am a long-time Cambridge resident, an avid reader (mainly of history and other nonfiction), and a huge fan of public libraries. After retiring from my law practice at Nixon Peabody, I served as Operations Director of ACCESS (now called uAspire) in Boston and interim business manager of Legal Outreach in Long Island City—both being nonprofits which help economically-disadvantaged high school students to be able to afford college and succeed once they get there. I have also served on several nonprofit boards, including The Cambridge Homes and Rogerson Communities.
Therese Hyde, Vice President
If I had my way, I would spend every day of my life surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of books of every kind! I believe that there is no better or quicker way to connect to a community’s heart than to join its public library system. I am a semi-retired, public relations practitioner with experience in corporate communications, press and community relations, board service, special projects, event management and the creation of broad-based public awareness campaigns in both the private and public sectors. I have been fortunate to work at 3 of Boston’s prestigious television stations—WGBH-TV (the PBS flagship), WBZ-TV and WNEV-TV, (now WHDH) and I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Board of New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) as Co-Vice President of Student Affairs. My favorite quote: “La vrai disette, c’est l’absence de livres.” Translation: “Real poverty is lack of books.” – Colette (1873-1954)
Hetal Bhatt, Secretary
One thing that stands out and makes Cambridge so different from other cities, is the strong sense of community here. As an avid reader and a lover of real books, I was delighted to discover the Cambridge Public Library and when the opportunity presented itself to to be a part of the library community and give back, it was hard to pass. I am excited and proud to be a part of this community and of all the great things to come.
Terry Delancey, Vice President of Membership
My first experience with Cambridge Public Library was more than 30 years ago bringing children to the bookmobile parked near a neighborhood playground. The Library has been a resource in my work and a joy in my life ever since. I am retired from my position as Executive Director of Agassiz Baldwin Community, a job I held for over 30 years. I still spend many hours at the Library, in book groups, on art activities and working on many community projects.
Sarah Reisman, Treasurer
After moving to Cambridge in 1976, a top priority was to apply for a library card. Reading has always been one of the great joys of my life. Every time I walk into the library, I am in awe of the wealth of activities and services offered. Most impressive is that public libraries are still totally free. My finance and management background (in both work and volunteer situations) seems to be a good fit with the Friends Board. I look forward to using my past experience to help ensure the continuation of the Cambridge Library's high level of services to Cambridge.
Eva Adler, former board president (2010-2017)
After a long and gratifying career as a high school English teacher, I wanted my volunteer work to include books, libraries, and community work. Currently serving as as Chair of the 2018 Secret Garden Tour, I have achieved that. The work I do is rewarding, important and fun.
I retired as Director of Mathematics and Science for the Belmont Public Schools, and am currently working part-time as a university mathematics instructor. A lifelong reader, I look forward to imparting my skills and energy to the Cambridge Public Libraries. This year I am focusing my efforts on the 2018 Secret Garden Tour.
A major part of my childhood, growing up in Cambridge, was spent at the Library. It continues to be one of my favorite places, as is true for my kids. I founded and ran a Metro-Boston residential cleaning company for two decades. My employees were recent immigrants all in need of language fluency. CPL was a haven for them, their kids and extended families. I remain involved with several Cambridge non-profit agencies and committed in support of refugees and DACA immigrants. CPL is a wonderful paragon of what makes Cambridge a great city.
I have always found the library to be a special place and particularly enjoyed volunteering for a library summer reading program while growing up. An Oregonian native, I went to Boston College and have since been living in Cambridge working in consulting and corporate strategy. When I am not exploring the collections at the library, I am trying new recipes with my crock-pot, watching the Oregon football team, or hiking.
Beyond the joy I get from having access to such an incredible collection of books and other material right in my own neighborhood through the Cambridge Public Library, I am continually inspired by the CPL's commitment to diversity, social justice, and lifelong learning for all. After being a CPL patron for more than five years, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the community and mission of the library through the Friends association, bringing marketing, communications, and outreach experience to the board. Because as Katherine Hepburn said, "What in the world would we do without our libraries?"
After retiring as an English teacher and English Department Head, I sold my house in Wellesley and moved to Cambridge. A lifelong reader and devotee of libraries wherever I have lived, I am delighted to serve on the Board of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.
Originally from Chicago, IL, I have lived in the Greater Boston area for the last six years and in Cambridge for the last two. I am dedicated to community building and believe the Cambridge Public Library serves as a critical tool in accomplishing that goal. I especially appreciate its diversity of resources and how they are made available to the equally diverse population of the Republic of Cambridge.
Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries and Board Member Ex Officio
Maria McCauley has served as Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge since August 2016. She began her library career 17 years ago at the Cambridge Public Library in Circulation and Reference Services. Before returning to Cambridge, Maria served as the Director of Libraries in Santa Monica, Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, and held several library positions at Northeastern University.
Maria received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and has received her PhD from Simmons. She is an elected American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-At-Large. Her research has been published in College & Research Libraries, Library Management and portal.