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BOOKS

FICTION
Min Jin Lee Pachinko
Jason Rekulak The impossible fortress

Historical Fiction
Claude McKay Amiable with big teeth
Laird Hunt The evening road

Mys...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Emily Bitto The strays
Lisa Carey The stolen child
Reed Farrel Coleman What you break
Neil Gaiman Norse mythology
Katie Kitamura...

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In 2014, the Mechanics Institute began a project to assess and evaluate the books in our basement book storage room (not open to our members) which at the time covered a broad range of topics. Out of this process, we realized that our collection, both in the basement and in the library’s reading rooms and open stacks, included a large amount of material related to the literary and cultural history of San Francisco and California. We felt that these materials were worthy of bein...

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Need to brush up on your art history before heading down to Dada Bar & Gallery? Mechanics’ Institute has an excellent collection of films about visual art and artists. From biopics to documentaries, check out the DVD Display on the 2nd floor for staff favorites.

Myles recommends:

Herb & Dorothy - An adorable documentary about a postal worker and a lib...

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Ever wonder what Mechanics’ Institute staff consider required reading on the web? In our spare time, many of us enjoy not only books in all formats, but web-based writings as well. Here are just a few of our go-to blogs and websites:

 

Taryn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Librarian

"I admit it, I am a calendar nerd. I’m obsessed with my schedule, I love jotting to-do lists, and I adore journaling. For a long time I tried to accomplish this with...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Rachel Cusk Transit
Henry Green Caught
Angela Thirkell Miss Bunting

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Robert Dugoni The trapped girl
Shamini Fl...

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Most of us know that books about correct usage of the English language aren’t checked out nearly as frequently as books on cooking, biographies, or mysteries, to name a few. How do publishers get these books to grab your attention so you will read or even buy them? Language books “gotta have a gimmick”. Giving them a compelling, catchy title with an intriguing turn of phrase could help them to fly off the shelves and get checked out. To a degree, then, it’s what’s on the outside that counts....

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February is Black History Month, and here at the Mechanics' Institute Library we want to celebrate by highlighting fiction by authors of color. Come by the second floor during the month of February to check out our display! For those of you participating in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, this display is also a great opportunity to check off some of the books on that list. Here's the full readers' guide for those of...

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Are you a new Mechanics’ Institute member? Been here for awhile, but would like to know more about what we offer? To get everyone up to speed on some of the library’s programming, here’s a non-exhaustive overview of some of our most popular services:

Discussion Groups meet on a regular basis: typically either bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly. We currently host member-led book groups (World Literature, Catch-22), librarian-facilitated book groups (Br...

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