Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library


What Have the Friends Done?


Hoping for a more active year, perhaps starting in June.


(Covid-19) - We continued to support some remote Teen activities, Zoom Dreamshaper storytime once or twice a month, and weekly Zoom yoga. We received a grant from the Encino Neighborhood Council and a bequest from a deceased supporter. Work on the children's area upgrade was almost complete. The website was updated as needed. To celebrate "50 years and counting" for the Friends, we added pictures to the home page carousel and a section reviewing the fifty-year History of the Friends. The Library partially reopened in June but group metings were not yet possible. We occasionally met off-site to examine future possibilities. To celebrate 50 years and counting for the Friends, we added pictures to the


Until mid-March, sorting and storing print and digital donations twice weekly continued, along with Bookstore staffing and restocking. We had a Big-Book-Sale in early March. We said goodbye to our Senior Librarian, Larry Nash, and welcomed our new Senior, Jane Dobjia. The website was updated, HOTP books arrived and many enjoyed the weekly Yoga class. Our FOL Board met for reports and planning. Children enjoyed Story Time with Rebecca and the Friends provided supplies for teen and children's programs. FOL also provided miscellaneous supplies such as computer mice. Then Covid. Normal activity ceased. Some programs continued on Zoom. Some planning work continued on upgrading the Children's area of the Library. We had an Annual Membership Meeting in November via email.


Book sales in the Used Book Store and the quarterly B-I-G Book sales provided funds for supplies, books and media, and a variety of programs for adults, teens and children. Spring and Fall brunches honored volunteers and the library staff. The "Friend of the Year" award was given to Maggie Rose.

We sorted print and media donations twice a week, used them to refresh/refill bookstore shelves or store them for the Sales. Volunteers set up, staffed, and cleaned up after the quarterly B-I-G Book Sales, kept the Book Store Open daily, and informed the membership and our community with this website and a newsletter.

We continued support for HOTP, a weekly Yoga class and provided supplies for various teen and children's programs. Adult programs included a Women's History Month film: The Richmond Rosies, craft programs with Monica, and a documentary film series for adults/seniors. Page Turner's Book Club was revived and Delve Into History met a few times. Programs for children and teens included Story Time with Rebecca of DreamCatchers, children's Magic shows for SRC and a Dia de los Muertos craft program for teens among many others. New book spinner display cases were added and Book Store shelving was improved.

Volunteers gave over 5500 hours.


Book sales in the Used Book Store and the quarterly B-I-G Book sales provided funds for supplies, books and media, and many programs for adults, teens and children. These include a Valentine concert, "Black Comedies," a program about Frida Kahlo, Temple Dancers of India, "Create Your Own Travel Journal," Halloween and December Holiday programs, and SRC programs: Puppet and Magic shows, Galaxy Glitter Jars, Animation, Map Keychains, Cupcake wars, Blacklight painting, LGBTQIA Rocks, Volcanos, Classical music for children, Bad Art, and Zoonation Dream. On-going adult programs include Yoga and Coloring for Adults as well as two special crafts workshops and two League of Women Voters presentations on Ballot measures. We added shelving to the Used Book Store to ease access to popular genre.

We said goodbye to Leslie Chudnoff, retiring senior librarian, with a party for staff and local librarians and honored our library staff with a Staff Appreciation luncheon. We also honored three volunteers as "Friends of the Year:" Tamala Lynch, Esther Rose, and Nonie Lann.

Volunteers set up, staffed, and cleaned up after the quarterly B-I-G Book Sales, kept the Book Store Open daily, and informed the membership and our community with this website and newsletters. FOL provides the funds for the HOTP program. Almost 6200 hours have been given.


Book Bike

Proceeds from the Used Book Store and the B-I-G Book Sales were used to add programs and supplies, above those provided by city funds. Adult programming included Coloring for Adults, weekly Yoga classes, Hot-Off-The-Press books, a Bookbinding workshop and a LGBTQ Heritage Month film. Children and teens enjoyed Theramin music, a magic show and seasonal music programs, calligraphy, henna, a martial arts presentation, an anime program, Aztec Stories, and temporary tattoos. Friends honored the staff with a luncheon. Friends gave funds for books to add to the various collections and for supplies to meet current needs and supported the LAPL Book Bike program.

Maggi Stern was chosen as Friend of the Year.

Members volunteered to staff the Bookstore and to setup, staff and clean up after the BIG Book Sales. We appreciate the donations from the community which made the Bookstore and Book Sales so successful. Some special donations were used for the Lobby display case and for a Banned Book Week display. Newsletters and special updates were provided for members and those interested in upcoming Book Sales.

Volunteers gave about 5900 hours this year.


Our B-I-G Book Sales and sales in the Bookstore have continued to provide for library programs and needs above city-funded levels. Adult programs funded include Yoga, an Arnie Weiss presentation, Coloring for Adults, a reprise of Hula 'Ohana, a Latina Heritage Month program, a Book Art / Book binding workshop and a League of Women Voters program. Young Adult funding included an anime program, a t-shirt program, a steel drum program, spray tattoos, and a large number of books. A monthly Persian movie program continued. Childrens programs included Silly Songs, Mad Science, the Great Race Reader, and Dreamcatchers. The Friends funded the Summer Reading Club for kids and teens; and a special Friends concert ended the Club programming for all ages. A second book club "Cover to Cover" was formed in September. We hosted a brunch for library staff and volunteers.

New supplies and furniture include audiobook CD cases, storage buckets for puppets, and two meeting room tables. Also, lots of books, program supplies, and some DVDs. Funding for HOTP continued.

Darlene Bodack and Bob Hyam were named as Friends of the Year.

Our members worked hard to provide good income from the Bookstore and the quarterly BIG used Book Sales, along with membership dues. We thank our many library patrons, who donated books and other materials to the Library, which were either added to our Library collection by our Librarians or became part of our Friend's sale products.

Our Lobby display case has been attractively arranged by Maggi Stern with special collections for Banned Books Week, etc. Our President Adele Druck and Hospitality Chair Ilene Braverman attended the Citywide Friends Meeting at the Central Library. Newsletters and special "Updates" were published this year.

Friends volunteered more than 6000 hours this year.


We continue to fund the Hot-Off-The-Press program with 25 new books each month, and add some not included in the regular selections. Friends provide programming for adults, teens and children, supplies for children's and teen programs, office supplies, posters, bookends, and fund miscellaneous needs of the Library.

Hand puppets were added to the puppet theater for children. Yoga continued for Adults and teens. Drum programs for children and teens were popular. Teens programs included T-shirt designs and Henna art among other things. Adult programs included the "Jackie Shapiro Chronicles." Special programs included Hula 'Ohana celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and "History of the Rebezo" for Latino Heritage Month. A large number of new books, beyond the regular library acquisitions, were added.

The income from the Bookstore and the quarterly BIG used Book Sales, along with membership dues, provide the support for these programs. Donations of books and media for resale are MUCH appreciated.

Long-time volunteer Gisela Sehnert was named Friend of the Year.

Friends volunteered more than 6045 hours this year.


The Friends donations to our Branch Library for new items included funds for Books, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks, and Hot-Off-The-Press (25 new books published monthly), programming, refreshments, prizes, and arts and crafts supplies - all extras NOT covered by the Budget of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Certificate Presentation   
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California State Senator Fran Pavley issued a Certificate of Recognition - "Volunteer of the Month" - to our Friends of Encino-Tarzana Library for September 2014. It was presented by Rosalba Gonzalez, Field Representative, to Adele Druck, Friends' President (right).

Feel Good Yoga with Nicole joined the many other programs sponsored by the Friends for adults, children and teens, including magic shows, reptile programs, and YA craft programs. Office supplies and shelving stools were provided.

Earnings at each Book Sale seem to exceed previous ones. Our Friends Used Book Sales and Used Bookstore sales bring in substantial sums, says Treasurer Mark Lamken - thanks always to Norma Lamken, Margaret Talvin, and their extraordinary volunteers. Thanks too to VIP*S for their lunches for our hard-working volunteers during the quarterly used book sales.

We also thank Library patrons whose donations of books and other materials make our selection of of books, videos, and music fresh and exciting.

Bonnie Siegal was honored as "Friend of the Year" for 2014. The Friends welcome those who would like to become more active – contact our President - President@etfol.org .


Unique for this year were two Friends' gifts to the Library: An Epson Powerlite Pro LCD Projector, including installation - for showing movies in the Meeting Room. We also bought 9 new lounge chairs for the reading areas to replace aging and worn chairs.

Friends co-sponsored the Tenth Anniversary of our Rebuilt Library on April 20, 2013. Photos from past years adorned the Meeting Room wall. At our Annual November Membership meeting, Joy Picus, former Councilwoman of the Los Angeles City Council, spoke of Council progress and her experiences.

Our Friends' Page Turners' Book Club, which explores all kinds of reading, is now meeting at the Library on the 2nd Monday at 3pm. Our History and Politics Book Club has retired after 5 years.

Our Friends website was continually updated with reading lists, a carousel on the home page, and other news. Mark Lamken was named 2013 Friend of the Year." Our website also offers a variety of community Resources and a new Interactive Floor Plan with special sections and features of the Library.

Other News: LAPL invited us to a Citiwide Friends Breakfast and Meeting. FYI - at the request of LAPL, the number of our volunteer hours are now recorded and submitted monthly to the Library.

AS ALWAYS, Friends made major donations to support the Library

Finally, we were very pleased that David Hagopian, our Acting Senior Librarian for 2.5 years, was promoted to Senior Librarian/Branch Manager. Encino-Tarzana Branch is one of the busiest in the system and often ranks 2nd in circulation among 72 branch libraries! Our Library has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.


First, some Library news: A new City Librarian, John Szabo, was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa. Branch Library Hours were extended thanks to the overwhelming 2011 community support for Measure L to restore Library funds. Encino-Tarzana Branch Library was #3 in circulation for 2011-2012 - among all 72 branches of the Los Angeles Public Library! Matthew Rodriguez is our Branch's new Young Adult Librarian. Friends continue to promote the Library through advertising in the press, posters and flyers, and our Library Events calendar.

Our income is from membership funds and our Friends' Used Bookstore and Book Sales. When asked about our high sales income, Branch Manager David Hagopian told his Senior Librarian colleagues that it was due to "hard work, dedicated volunteers, good advertising, reaching out to the community, and high quality used books organized in an easy-to-find manner."

With the 2012 income, Friends were able to continue to donate thousands of dollars to the Library for new items including three new tables in its Meeting Room. Friends sponsored or co-sponsored many programs for children, teens and adults. A more complete listing of items and programs is on the Supporting Our Library page.

"As a child who loved to read, I had trouble finding honest stories. I felt that adults were always keeping secrets from me, even in the books I was reading. "
      - - Judy Blume


Check the Supporting our Library page for a summary of Friends support for the Library.

Children's area
Renovation of Children's area, 2020-21   (incomplete)

HOTP sign
Friends donations provide half of the 25 Hot-Off-The-Press books each month; they stay on these shelves 6 - 9 months - - when not in reader's hands.


Teen Area Spinner, 2019

Bookbinding Workshop, July, 2017
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March, 2015: New puppets for Children's area stage



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Sept 19, 2014: Sorters were joined by Rosalba Gonzalez, Field Representative for State Senator Fran Pavley. Ms Gonzalez presented the Friends of the Library with the Senator's Volunteer of the Month Certificate


ceiling projector
Friends donated a ceiling projector for movies and presentations in the meeting room (June, 2013)


lounge chairs
Chairs for comfortable reading donated by the Friends (May, 2013)


League of Women Voters
(click to nelarge) Friends sponsored many presentations by the League of Women Voters


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