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.
Joan E. Resnick, C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Ann C. Hayman
Past Vice President
Book Sale Chair
S. P. Harper
Mark K. Rogo
Steven D. Sann, J.D.
Programs & Events Chair
Laura R. Winikow, J.D.
Sam Yebri, J.D.
Friends of Westwood Library
- 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
- 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
- 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