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"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think or feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become."
          - - Ursula K. Le Guin


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As a member of the Friends of the Library you become part of a dedicated group of people concerned with maintaining and enhancing a vital component of our community.

Your membership makes a difference! Friends' funds are derived from membership, book sales, and donations to keep our Library state-of-the-art.

Budget cuts continue to reduce the ability of Los Angeles Public Library's 72 branches to keep current. Yet, with the help of our Friends, Encino-Tarzana Branch still ranks 2nd to 5th in circulation.

Examples of how we allot our money to Encino-Tarzana Branch Library:

-- Items that the Library budget does not cover:

    * Hot-Off-The-Press titles (newest popular books)
    * Most Library supplies for processing new materials, maintenance, etc.
    * Special Library items - as the need arises

-- Items where the Friends supplement the Library budget:

    * New books, paperbacks, magazine subscriptions
    * Programming for children, teens, and adults
    * New CDs, DVDs, AudioBooks
    * Replacing Library furniture and equipment

A strong roster of concerned citizens does enable our Friends' Board to speak with credibility. A recent example was in 2011, all 72 branches of our Los Angeles Public Library had a drastic reduction in hours. Our Friends' Board addressed this issue. It was with the Friends support that we had the collective voice to go downtown and speak to this agenda. We had an active part in reopening our libraries an additional day each week.

Membership Levels begin at $5.00.

Please see the Membership Application to join or renew.

We invite you to volunteer. See Volunteer Interest Survey

Please direct inquiries to Jenny Lapidus, Membership Chair:  member@etlibraryfriends.org


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