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07/15/2024 - 5:30pm

Many of us who first started our study of chess 30 (or more) years ago fondly remember Fred Reinfeld. Chess books can overwhelm the novice with a torrent of incomprehensible advice or lose them in a maze of complex analysis of numerous lines. Although many of the more advanced chess instruction books may inform a much more advanced player, they often will baffle and confuse the person picking up a chess book for the first...

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07/10/2024 - 3:48pm

Some authors want more than just success. Although many writers express some regrets about some part of their published writing, a few come to dislike, and even hate their most successful and well-known work. Here are some examples I found, organized into 4 categories. 

1. They thought some (or all) of their other writings were much better

Anthony Burgess,...

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06/22/2024 - 2:50pm

It’s not often an employee puts in a lifetime of service to an employer. Mechanics’ Institute has been fortunate to have several long-serving, dedicated staff members over the years, but one in particular has set a high bar for his longevity and commitment to the Library. Alfred “Craig” Jackson has recently celebrated his 33rd year at Mechanics’ Institute and will be enjoying a much deserved retirement at the end of June.

Craig has a wealth of experience and instit...

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06/18/2024 - 5:26pm

FICTION

Rachel Kong Real Americans : a novel Fic Khong
Deb Caletti Plan A : her story, her choice Fic Caletti
Catherine Lacey Biography of X : a novel Fic Lacey
Emily Henry Beach read Fic Henry
Édouard Louis...

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06/17/2024 - 5:36pm

PRINT BOOKS

NON-FICTION

Applied Sciences

Aarathi Prasad Silk : a world history 677.39 P911

Arts, Architecture & Crafts

Debbie Berne The design of books : an explainer for authors, editors, agents, and other curious readers 744.52 B525

Biography & Geneal...

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06/17/2024 - 4:30pm

Some authors want more than just success. Although many writers express some regrets about some part of their published writing, a few come to dislike, and even hate their most successful and well-known work. Here are some examples I found, organized into 4 categories. 

1. They thought some (or all) of their other writings were much better

Anthony Burgess,...

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06/04/2024 - 4:07pm

This Pride Month, explore the rich tapestry of LGBTQIA+ experiences with these new and exciting titles available at Mechanics' Institute Library!

  • Local history buffs will be enthralled by...

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05/28/2024 - 6:11pm

Douglas Adams, known mostly for his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, also took a keen interest in wildlife conservation. Around 1989, he and a zoologist named Mark Cawardine collaborated on a radio documentary series for the BBC called "...

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05/24/2024 - 3:09pm

The Iliad / Homer; translated by Emily Wilson. 

I have a confession to make, I was not a classics major and I never read The Iliad or The Odyssey. A couple of months ago I tried to read a seminal 18th century t...

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