Meet the
BFK Team

Our Library Specialists

The Books for Kids Library Specialists are highly-trained, paid staff members who work directly with our children, families, and schools. They are truly at the heart of what we do. We know how valuable it is that children have adults in their lives who are reliable, consistent, and compassionate (not to mention fun to be around!)

Our Library Specialists come to us from a variety of backgrounds and with a diverse set of skills. They each bring their life experiences into the library to make stories come alive for kids, support teachers and parents, and ensure that the library stays a well-maintained, valuable resource for the community. Click our team members' profile photos to learn more.

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Amanda Deutch

Joined BFK in 2016

Ashley Weismantel


Joined BFK in 2016

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Cassandra Williams
Goodwater, AL

Joined BFK in 2016

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Tanya Dougherty


Joined BFK in 2016

Team Leadership

Our leadership team is based in NYC. Please feel free to get in touch! We're always happy to chat about who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved. Click our team members' profile photos to learn more.

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Robin Adelson

Executive Director
Joined BFK in 2018

Lisa Francese

Program Director
Joined BFK in 2015

Samantha Salloway

Community Manager
Joined BFK in 2015

We're dedicated to creating a country where every child is surrounded by books and has access to the high-quality educational opportunities they deserve. Join Us.
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