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Banned Books Week offers the opportunity to introduce one of the most colorful librarians in city history and her battle with the moralistic mugwumps of fin de siecle Los Angeles.
Publicist and journalist Tessa Kelso didn’t have a library background when she became the sixth City Librarian in 1889, but by the time she left six years later,  she had transformed LAPL into a true metropolitan library.
Members of the  Women's Christian Temperance Union - LAPL Photo Collection
Although many of the world's religions have traditionally more patriarchal structures, women have nevertheless played important roles. Specifically in America's history, women have pioneered the way for activism and social justice.

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art with practical health benefits. It descends from Qigong, having its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of slow and meditative body movements, originally designed for self-defense, as well as to promote inner peace and calm.

On Sept. 8, 2014, the Canadian Prime Minister announced that one of the ships from the doomed Franklin Expedition had been found in the Arctic. Canadian scientists have been searching for the ships since 2008. The ships, eerily named the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus, have been the object of several searches since 1848, three years after the ships left England in search of the Northwest Passage. Before 1859, over fifty search parties were launched to find the ships.

I tell everyone, all the time, that the Science, Technology & Patents Department is a very serious place.