In 2004 a small group of Westwood residents formed Friends of Westwood Library and proudly hosted the Grand Opening Day celebration in May 2005. Over the years the group has grown significantly and we have been able to support the branch helping to make it one of the busiest and most vibrant local branches in the Los Angeles Public Library system.

Today the Friends provide funding for an array of Library materials and services including the immensely popular “Hot Off The Press” program, as well as audio books, DVDs, foreign language reading materials, and periodicals. We fund library programs such as book clubs, SAT test training, lectures, and a computer aide; we have even purchased laptops computers for the branch to use for special programs. We host used book sales and other events throughout the year. Friends of Westwood Library is a charitable 501 (c) (3) corporation, donations are tax deductible.

Board of Directors, 2015-2017


Linda M. Blank, J.D.


Christopher W. Combs, J.D.
Vice President


Joan E. Resnick, C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer


Ann C. Hayman


Karen Berk
Past Vice President


Teresa Castelli
Book Sale Chair


Roozbeh Farahanipour


S. P. Harper


Mark K. Rogo
Past President


Steven D. Sann, J.D.
Programs & Events Chair


Laura R. Winikow, J.D.
Past President


Sam Yebri, J.D.

Friends of Westwood Library expresses its profound gratitude to its Founding members, past officers and chairs, and past Board members, whose service to the Friends and the Westwood Branch Public Library has contributed immeasurably to the vibrancy and success of the Westwood Branch.

Friends of Westwood Library

Founders, 2004-2005:

  • Lucy A. Stutz, Founding President
  • Terry A. Tegnazian, J.D., Chief Financial Officer
  • Kerry A. Perlow, Secretary
  • Charles H. Magnuson, J.D., Legal Counsel

Past Presidents, 2004-2015:

  • Lucy A. Stutz, 2004-2005
  • Kerry A. Perlow and Lucy A. Stutz, 2005-2007
  • Kerry A. Perlow, 2007-2009
  • Mark K. Rogo, 2009-2011
  • Laura R. Winikow, J.D., 2011-2013
  • Amy Smith, 2013-2015
  • Linda M. Blank, J.D., 2015-2017

Past Board Members, 2004-2015:

  • Kathryn A. Ballsun, J.D.
  • Polly Bamberger
  • Jamie Berger, Past Programs & Events Co-Chair
  • Dana Brown, Past Membership Chair
  • Shannon M. Callan, Past Communications Chair
  • Prem Chantra, M.D.
  • Christine Fallon, Past Chief Financial Officer
  • Gordon Fell, C.P.A., Past Chief Financial Officer
  • Gail Friedman, Past Secretary
  • Robin Hilman
  • Debbi Kanoff
  • Pat Lipsey, Past Book Sale Chair
  • Ericka L. Lozano, Past Secretary
  • Charles H. Magnuson, J.D., Founder and Past Legal Counsel
  • Jane Metz, Past Secretary and Past Programs & Events Co-Chair
  • Kerry A. Perlow, Founder and Past President
  • Payman Pirnazar, D.D.S.
  • Nancy Heim Reskin
  • Gary Reuben
  • Laura Saade, Past Vice President
  • Cheryl Simon
  • Amy Smith, Past President
  • Fran Stengel
  • Gary E. Strong
  • Lucy A. Stutz, Founder and Past President
  • Terry A. Tegnazian, J.D., Founder and Past Chief Financial Officer
  • Jeff Wagner
  • Helene Wayne
  • Dorothy Wolpert, J.D.
  • Bonnie H. Yaeger, J.D.

Westwood Branch Public Library

Librarians, 2016

  • Shahla H. Chamanara, Branch Manager/Senior Librarian
  • Laura Barnes, Children’s Librarian
  • Joel Boucher, Adult Librarian
  • Elisabeth Calla, Young Adult Librarian
  • Chrissy Carr, Adult Librarian

Past Librarians:

  • Cheryl Collins, Founding Branch Manager/Senior Librarian
  • Rachel Bindman, Past Children’s Librarian
  • Annie Cipolla, Past Young Adult Librarian
  • Heather Daugherty, Past Children’s Librarian
  • Kathleen Moran, Past Adult Librarian
  • Rachel Napper, Past Children’s Librarian
  • Catherine Royalty, Past Adult Librarian
  • Kelly Tyler, Past Young Adult Librarian
  • Wendy Westgate, Past Adult Librarian