Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library

Celebrating 50 Years as
Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library

For more than 50 years the Friends of the Encino/Tarzana Library has enriched the community with ongoing programs and special events. Programs reach out to community members of all ages with teen activities, children’s reading groups, book clubs, exercise and computer skills classes. Our speaker series has featured memorable authors including Ray Bradbury, Steve Allen, and Leo Politi. At election times, we sponsored a speaker from the League of Women Voters.

We held book sales and opened a book store to enhance the library’s resources. Our first book sales were held outside the library in the patio and parking lot, but in recent years they were moved to the library meeting room. The change in venue offered the opportunity to improve our organization and raise additional money for the Library. We enjoyed annual picnics, often held in Los Encinos State Park. And we took excursions, traveling to such places as The Queen Mary, UCLA’s Japanese Garden, and Catalina.

Due to Covid restrictions, we have sorely missed our book store and books sales and have turned to Zoom programs.

Beginning to Form the Friends
Early Formation of Friends - 1971

More recent activities are summarized on the Supporting our Library page and on the History page.
Pictures of area library buildings prior to 1971 are available here: LibraryHistory.html

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Recognition for Marie Brown, founding ETFOL in 1971
Marie Brown Award
Newsletter from 1976

1976 Newsletter
Events list from 1977

Events from 1977 - 1978

1973 Booksale
1973 Booksale Flyer
1982 Newsletter (pdf- may automatically download) 1982 Newsletter

Patio Booksale, 1982
Booksale, 1982

Christmas Party in the Library,
IChristmas Party, 1983

Annual Picnic, 1985
Annual Picnic 1985

We needed a book storage shed,
so had one built - 1985
Book Shed
FOL provides a Drinking Fountain - 1986
Drinking Fountain

Annual Installation, 1988
Installation, 1988

We hope to add objects from the 1990s in this space soon.

Groundbreaking for Reconstruction, 2000
Reconstrution starts

Reopening Ceremony
Grand Reopening 2003

Our original (April, 2007) website
home page
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Some Newsletters, after the reconstruction:
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The first post-reconstruction newsletter: August, 2003 We had a problem with the loss of our shed.

From 2007: February, 2007 and September, 2007 - Annual reports, programs, problems and solutions.

From 2010: February, 2010 and November, 2010 - Annual reports, programs, essays about books and reading.

More recent Newsletters are on our Newsletter page.

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