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Meet our board of directors.

Nanci Morrison

Kathy Weyer

Nanci Morrisonboard President, continues to serve on both the finance and events committees.

She writes "I have loved hooks since was a child and the book-mobile would come every two weeks. Reading is the key to knowledge and being able to read well makes everything in life easier would like everyone to benefit from the joys of reading and all the Library has to offer. It is such a delightful place!'

Kathy Weyer ,board Secretary, is a writer, having retired from many different professions including Human Resources Administration. Marriage and Family Counseling and running several non-profit agencies. Her experiences in those roles have given her fodder for writing fiction and some fact-based articles that have run in national magazines.

A native San Diegan. she recently moved to Pam Springs with her husband of 36 years, two black labs named Nick and Nora, and a black cat named Freddie, who is her office mate and is sometimes helpful, but not always, at the keyboard.

She is now our Membership liaison and you can find Kathy at or on Facebook at or at with any questions or suggestions.

Michael Hirschbein

Michael Hirschbein originally began volunteering at the Library by helping with the children’s Summer Reading Program, the DVD & CD sales and at special events. He felt that the group of wonderful, caring folks working for the friends shared his own goals to promote reading, literacy and community involvement. When asked why he wanted to join the Board in 2017, Michael replied: "This will be my first experience on the Board and I'm also looking forward to joining the Events Committee."...And join the Events Committee he has - with gusto! - by handily landing AMIN CASA, the historic Gloria Swanson residence, for our Annual Meeting.

Michael has lived in Palm Springs since 2012, after retiring as an architect in Los Angeles; he is also on the Palm Springs Planning Commission.

Laura Miller

Rosemary Flaherty

Laura Miller is currently serving as a tireless Volunteer Coordinator for all of our events. "I love the Library and want to help it grow to meet the needs or our changing community. I am an active volunteer-working at the Friends Book Sales and on the Membership Committee at the Mizell Senior Center and with the Neighborhood Safety and Security Committee. I have always been interested in libraries since growing up in L.A. and spending many after-school hours in one."

Rosemary Flaherty: I recently retired from a great lifetime career as a Critical Care RN, moving from Santa Ana to beautiful Palm Springs in 2006. with its slower, friendlier pace. Having always sought out libraries for the peaceful energy the provide, when I came to study in the Palm Springs Library for the first time, I was enchanted by its openness, the friendly staff and of course,  the delightful Koi Pond.

In considering the array of Volunteer opportunities that our community offers after retirement. The Friends of the Palm Springs Library stirred my interest - it offers the unique opportunity for further learning while giving back to the community.

Because libraries are vitally important in promoting literacy, critical thinking and communication skills while nurturing our creativity and personal development, I look forward to working with the Friends because libraries - more than ever - remain vitally important in a community's overall welfare, and I want to contribute to that.

Wanda Turman

Wanda Turman is not new to libraries; she and her three siblings were the children of a railroad man who lived all over Southern California, from the beach to the Colorado River. After college, she worked for the state of California in different capacities over twenty-five years, spending the final years with the California Department of Corrections in Blythe. She retired to Palm Springs six years ago and has kept busy volunteering for small theater groups and helping the Friends with Book Sales and Library events.

"I love the library" she said. "The first thing we would do when moving to a new town was to check in at the library. Then it wasn't a new town anymore!" She now also assists with book sorting and membership mailings

Claire Jordan: A former university professor and television studio executive, Claire loves words... and sentences.  Paragraphs and even entire books are an absolute favorite.  Providing support for the Palm Springs Library is a natural extension of this love.

Gary Maehara

Ginger Semple

Gary Maehara: Board VP and Treasurer. "I retired to the desert in 2017 after a legal career in Seattle and most recently, as a Human Resources Director for the Ventura County Community College District.

Volunteering for community non-profits organizations is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community in which I live. I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie and shared goals of the Board members as we support the library and its programs."

Ginger Semple is a retired Registered Nurse who relocated here from Chicago and immediately joined the FOPLS Book Cub. This lead to volunteering at book sales and ultimately, selling some of those books online. Her favorite book of recent times is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Edward PollardConnecticut Yankee, visual presentation master loves the desert, retirement, our wonderful library here and the time to help it and the community be the best it can ever be.

Robert Collins: I moved to the desert in 2006. I previously resided in the Claremont/Upland area. I have been a “Friends” member and volunteer for fourteen years. I am a member of the Events and Book Sales Committees. This involvement indicates my continued commitment to actively support the Palm Springs Library.

I have interacted with the library since childhood. My mother’s best friend was the Librarian of our small town library. We could ride our bicycles to the library and my mother knew we were safe and in good hands. Additionally, it was free! I spent many years in the business environment, working in finance and world wide logistics. I retired eighteen months ago, from my second career, as an educator.

For over twenty years, I was an Education Specialist, educating and working with special needs teenagers. A lot of my adult life has been spent by being of service to others, and of giving back to my community. I also volunteer at The Mizell Center and the Coachella Valley Repertory Theater.

Craig Borba

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