If you look closely, signs of spring are all around. Red-breasted robins sing a merry tune, the hills are once again green, and there's an earthy smell outside. For those of us just emerging from a pile of winter reading, it's time to sit up and take notice of these recently released book-based television and film adaptations. There are no rules here -- you can watch first and read later or vice versa -- either way is enjoyable. All titles are available through MI's To Go s...[read more]
The best news yet for 2021 is that the COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out in California. But navigating through all the information surrounding how, when and where to receive the vaccine can be a challenge. The reference staff at MI Library has compiled a list of websites to help you sign up for notices, find out when it's your turn, and access other important COVID-19 resources.
If you do not have internet service at home, call 2-1-1 for updated COVID-19...[read more]
AUDIOBOOKS [CD audio books]
Benjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe CD Fic Sáenz
Taylor Jenkins Reid Daisy Jones & the Six CD Fic Reid
Jojo Moyes The giver of stars CD Fic Moyes
Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Alex Beam Broken glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece 720.9773 B366
Rex Ray Rex Ray 740.92 R211
Biography & Genealogy
Kimberly A Hamlin...
Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil carried out the 106-year-old tradition of wintertime weather prediction via a virtual broadcast. A handful of observers watched the chubby groundhog emerge from his burrow in shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter -- more than adequate time to cozy up with these hot new mysteries just added to MI Library's shelv...[read more]
It's that time of year when heart-shaped candy boxes, stuffy teddy bears, and other similarly-themed gift items are displayed prominently in stores. February is the month that we honor those special people in our lives on Valentine's Day. Here at Mechanics' Institute Library, it's all about sharing the love of books and their creators.
As E.B. White once said, “Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive...[read more]
Outreach Services for the Homebound is a specially-funded library service for Mechanics' Institute Library members who are homebound due to illness, injury, or disability, or those caring for ill, injured, or disabled family members.
The Mechanics’ Institute Library outreach program provides books and audiobooks by postal mail to members who are no longer able to visit the Library. This program is strictly limited to the homebound and can be activated by the comple...[read more]
Until recently, an image of John Sime, a former Mechanics' Institute's (MI) Board of Trustee President has eluded me. For several years, I have been corresponding with John Sime's biographer, Barry Brown, hoping to find a photograph of one of MI's earliest founders, who served as Board President from 1857-58. Since Brown is known as an expert on one of Mr. Sime’s endeavors "the California Powder Works." I hoped he might provide helpful information.
What I learned was t...[read more]