Eva Adler, President
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 president– I have achieved that. The work I do is rewarding, important and fun.
Larry Adler, Vice President
I am a retired public school teacher and administrator currently working part-time as a college mathematics instructor and supervisor of student teachers. A lifelong reader, I look forward to imparting my skills and energy to the Cambridge Public Libraries.
Hetal Bhatt, Secretary
After living in D.C. for almost 9 years, moving to Cambridge was a very different experience. One thing that stood out was the strong sense of community Cambridge and its residents share. As an avid reader and a lover of real books (no, I am one of the few who does not like electronic gadgets for reading) I am delighted to be a part of this community and give back. Cambridge Public Library brings the whole community closer together, and I am excited to be part of this Cambridge gem and contribute to the community.
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.
As a frequent international traveler, I am happy to say that my favorite place in world is the one I call home – Cambridge! One of the reasons for this is the groovy Cambridge vibe and its wonderful sense of community. I joined the Friends Board because I see the library as being one of our most valuable assets. Beyond its access to reading materials, the CPL is a place where we can meet to learn, grow and share and build the community we all want to call home.”
Nancy recently moved to Cambridge from the San Diego area and was looking for a place to lend a hand and meet people. A believer that a good public library is vital to a community, she was very impressed with what she found at Cambridge Main. She became a Friend and, having worked on garden tours for the La Jolla Historical Society, offered to help on the 2016 Cambridge Secret Garden Tour. She has degrees in foreign languages and anthropology and, as a retired flight attendant, continues to enjoy learning about world cultures through travel, lectures, film, and, of course, books.
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.
My first experience with Cambridge Public Library was more than 30 years ago, bringing children to the bookmobile parked near the neighborhood playground. The Library has been a resource in my work and a joy in my life ever since. I currently work at Agassiz Baldwin Community, a nonprofit agency located between Porter and Harvard Squares with a focus on services and activities that support and enrich Cambridge families and people of all ages
If I had my way, I would spend every day of my life surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of books of every kind!
Having recently returned to Cambridge where I spent my early years, I am determined to debunk the theory that “one cannot go home again.” 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)
Jeff is a new member of the Friends’ Board. He has lived in both Cambridge and Somerville since 1983. He works as both a Realtor and Architect in this area and on the Cape. He enjoys working with people and problem solving, volunteering time for area groups and events, and serving on community and social boards including Somerville's Historical Preservation Commission. He has a passion for art and history and had the good fortune to work on both Cambridge's Longfellow House and Concord's Minute Man National Historical Park. Jeff currently lives in the Agassiz neighborhood where he attempts to stay up-to-date with the on-going and ever-expanding creative output of his friends, neighbors, and clients.
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 6 years. 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.
Bill is a long-time Cambridge resident, an avid reader (mainly of history and other nonfiction), and a huge fan of public libraries. After retiring from his law practice at Nixon Peabody, Bill 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. He has also served on several nonprofit boards, including The Cambridge Homes and Rogerson Communities.