Save the Date: Friday, September 27, 2013, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us at the Northern California Book Awards! Enjoy readings and remarks by award-winning poets, writers, and translators on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 1pm, at the Bay Area's annual literary gathering at San Francisco Main Library's Koret Auditorium. The Northern California Book Awards have been honoring writers and energizing our literary community for thirty-two years. The awards are followed by a free reception and book signing in the Library. Come celebrate these extraordinary writers, part of this vibrant literary community that we are lucky to share:
We need your help to match the second $20,000 challenge grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation. The money will support our new Youth Outreach Chess Program.
To help or learn more, contact Executive Director Jim Flack at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 393-0117.
About the Youth Outreach Chess Program
Mechanics’ US Chess League members Sam Sevian of Santa Clara and Cameron Wheeler of Cupertino won top honors in the Boys Under 12 year old division of the World Youth Chess Championships held in Maribor, Slovenia November 7-19th. The teammates both scored 9 points from the 11 games, but Sevian edged the gold medal on tiebreak. They were accompanied at the event by coach Nick de Firmian, the GM scholastic director for the MI. The above picture is US Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli greeting the young American participants in Maribor.
We are continuously adding to this blog as the renovation proceeds. Please scroll down for past updates.
Update - Tuesday, September 18, 2012: The classrooms on the 3rd floor of the Library will stay as they are through the months of October and early November. Behind the scene all the “parts” are being assembled in preparation for the physical work necessary for the electrical and data upgrades in the rooms, including new ceiling lights. Our anticipated date to close the rooms is sometime in December or possibly as late as January.
The Kingdom of Survival
Castro Theatre – Mon. July 23rd at 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley Roda Theatre – Sat. August 4th at 3:05 p.m.
The Mechanics’ Institute is pleased to announce the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival taking place July 19 – August 6, 2012.
In 1831, a ship arrived in the Australian colony of New South Wales bearing a freight of about 50 Scottish “mechanics” – carpenters, bricklayers, blacksmiths, and other skilled tradesmen. These men had come to Sydney with their families and a group of teachers to build and staff a Presbyterian academy they planned to call “The Australian College.” A little over a year later one of the teachers, a London based minister named Henry Carmichael, became the first Vice-President of the newly founded Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.
There is a growing interest from member-writers to form additional writers' groups with specific focus. If you are seeking support in the writing of a biography or memoir - from research to writing, or with the process of writing a non-fiction book of an academic or technical nature, please contact me.
In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, a few staff and members met during lunch mid-month to play some the surrealist poetry-related party games Exquisite Cadaver and Opposites. Here are the results:
The disturbed tree obiliterated her frantic spittoon,
A vicious elephant responded to our brilliant studio,
Many a cruel pantechnicon shimmered proud of the extraordinary children.
--Mary Andrea Peters