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Leslie Chudnoff
Senior Librarian / Branch Manager
Encino-Tarzana Branch Library

About our Librarian

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I began my career at LAPL 29 years ago at the old Encino-Tarzana Branch. I was initially hired in 1988 as the Adult Reference Librarian. The position was a good fit for me, because prior to joining the Los Angeles Public Library, I had worked as an academic law librarian, and I was searching for a career with more variety. In those old days of librarianship one had to know where to go to find the answers to all kinds of questions, and I looked forward to the challenge. In 1992 a round of budget cuts came through and staff was trimmed to just a Senior and 2 Youth Service Librarians. I became the Young Adult Librarian and had the opportunity to work with the Middle and High School kids in the community. I discovered a new passion for working with teens and for planning programs. That passion has stayed with me throughout my entire career and I will always look back on my years spent as a Young Adult Librarian as my most enjoyable.

In 1997 after 9 wonderful years at Encino-Tarzana I accepted a position as the Young Adult Librarian at the Chatsworth Branch. My Senior Librarian there at the time told me that if I ever wanted to promote, I had better get some experience working in another branch. I had also just purchased my first home in California, and it was in the Northwest end of the Valley. The move was a reluctant one for me, because I really did not want to leave Encino-Tarzana. I worked at Chatsworth for 3 years and was offered the position as the first Senior Librarian/Department Manager in Teen'Scape at the Central Library in 2000. I worked there for 3 years and returned to the Valley to become the Branch Manager at the newly opened Northridge Branch in 2003.

At the end of April, 29 years to the week that I was hired and 20 years since I last worked here, I return now to the Encino-Tarzana Branch as the Branch Manager. For me the return is more than nostalgic, and I feel as if my career has finally come full circle. I am excited to be back, and to be able to work in such a vibrant community, and with such a dynamic Friends group. I am also thrilled to work with such a wonderful staff, many of whom I have already had the pleasure to know and to work with over the years. I am looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.

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