Altadena Library Foundation


To support and enrich the facilities, resources and services of the Altadena Library District through fundraising and advocacy.




SPONSORS: Bohland and Kumanchik Families, Friends of the Altadena Library, Mindy Kittay, Linda Seyffert (Realtor, Podley Properties)  VENDORS: AltaEats, Altadena Ale & Wine House, Brown Paper LA, Burrito Express, Cafe de Leche, Elisa Callow (The Urban Forager), Fox's Restaurant, Pizza of Venice, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sweeter Than Honey, Trader Joe's, Zorthian Ranch  DONORS: Marie and David Buccolo, Elisa Callow (The Urban Forager), Chignon Salon, William Chu - Singpoli Companies, Alicia Dubois, Roly Gonzalez, Integrity Lashes, Cynthia Kumanchik, La Bellasera Hotel & Suites, Anita Lawler, Malbec Argentinean Cuisine, Paula and Mark Mariscal, Gwendolyn and Tommy McMullins, John Merriam, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Norton Simon Museum, Nuccio's Nurseries, One Potato, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Robin Phillips, Amber Serrano, Ellen Snortland, and The Connected Dancer, Lora Unger, William's-Sonoma, Inc., Zorthian Ranch




The main library, built in 1967, is the work of modernist architect Boyd Georgi who designed it to work in close harmony with its habitat. While honoring and preserving its historic architecture, the building needs to be renovated to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and update technological systems. The nearly 50-year old structure also needs more maintenance and repairs than can be routinely squeezed out of operating budgets.

Why should you care?

Involvement is altruistic—It is a way to give a hand-up to neighbors in need, a resource to help them build a better life. It is a way to maintain an important education resource for Altadena families, many of whom are struggling. It can provide social opportunities for our seniors who may be facing isolation and loneliness.

Involvement is patriotic—Our democracy relies on an educated population to vote intelligently on critical issues, get interested, informed and involved in public causes, become civic leaders, and leave our children and grandchildren an America in better shape than the one we inherited.

Involvement builds community—Library events and programs draw together our diverse citizenry to celebrate our history through special events, to share different perspectives and bold artistic statements, and to enjoy music and food from cultures across the globe.

How can you help?

  • You can make a personal financial commitment.
  • You can reach out to your friends for their involvement and financial support.
  • You can bring your business colleagues and partners into this community-building effort.
  • You can share the importance of this capital campaign-funded renovation with your friends in government.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Carmona, President

Mark Mariscal, Treasurer

Cynthia Kumanchik, Secretary

Cushon Bell

Bridget Brewster

Laura Clarke

Leslie Denk

Nora Hampton

Claudie Kiti Bustamante

Yuni LaFontaine

Gwendolyn McMullins

Lola Warlick-Bryant

Community Supporters

Friends of the Altadena Library
Altadena Rotary Club
The Bohland and Kumanchik Families
County of Los Angeles
Fidelity Charity Gift Fund
Pasadena Playhouse

The Altadena Library Foundation was incorporated on October 7, 2009. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Tax ID # 27-0999622.


Phone (626) 470-7323 (that is 470-READ)



Interested in joining the Board of the Altadena Library Foundation?

This is a volunteer position to support the programs and funding for capital projects implemented by the Altadena Library District, as approved by the District's elected officials. Board members would be asked to attend one board meeting a month and to attend Library events throughout the year. The responsibilities of a board member will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Ensure effective planning: Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan's goals.
  • Monitor and strengthen programs and services: The board's responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the District's mission and support the District's efforts.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources: One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization is to fulfill its board-approved obligations to the District.
  • Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight: The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  • Build a competent board: All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity: The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Enhance the organization's public standing: The board should clearly articulate the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public to garner support from the community.
Please send a letter of interest to for consideration.

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