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The Mechanics' Institute Annual Report for 2017 is available online, or in print format at the service desks. Learn more about what Mechanics' Institute accomplished on your behalf in 2017, including...

  • Highlights about the library, chess room, and events department
  • An overview of the annual financial audit
  • A big thanks to all of our donors, with info on how you can help Mechanics'...
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Hi Writers!

 

We’re more than ½ way through with National Novel Writers Month (time flies!) and by now you know if you’re sticking with it or not. To those of you who are, congratulations! To the ones who haven't had the time, energy, or ability to write 5-7 pages a day, that’s okay! We hope you’re still writing at all!

 

Either way, if you take writing seriously, you may want to consider a writing group. While many writers are solitary (and certain...

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NNWM (Or Any Writing) Pep-talk

 

Consistency

 

We think of the consistent writer as one who writes every day, plugging away word by word and sentence by sentence, slowly but surely completing a novel. Surely many writers are like this. But if you think of consistency as an everyday, bit-by-bit endeavor, then many writers aren’t what one would call “consistent” in their practice.

 

The creative pro...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Isabel Allende In the midst of winter
Romain Gary The kites
Henning Mankell After the fire

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Ellery Adams The secret, b...

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Fall has finally come to San Francisco, and as the weather turns cooler my mind inevitably turns to one thing: food. The fall and winter months always remind me of seasonal foods, between pumpkin spiced everything, the apple and cranberry crisp I bake every year for Thanksgiving, and the numerous cookies, cakes, and candies that start popping up wherever one goes in December.

I'm also someone who loves to cook, and I think of cooking dinner every day as my time to unwind. Cooking pres...

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Overcoming Writer’s Block During NaNoWriMo

(or Any Writer’s Block, anytime!)

Header image created by Call4beach, (CC BY 2.0)

 

 

It’s you versus the blank page, and you have nearly thirty days to conquer that sheath of clean sheets! Maybe not now, but certa...

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BOOKS

FICTION
C. Morgan Babst The floating world
Tessa Hadley The London train

Historical Fiction
Ian McGuire The North water

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Anne Cleeland...

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Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? It’s a whole month devoted entirely to encouraging you (yes, You!) to write. So if you’ve been sitting on an idea for a novel, if you used to write but have fallen out of the habit, if you have something to say or something you want to get out, now is the time.

 

 

The basics:

 

NaNoWriMo has two central goals: To help you write every day for the month of November, and f...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Don DeLillo Great Jones Street
Dominique Fabre Guys like me
John Green Turtles all the way down
Elvira Navarro A Working woman
Liv Constantine...

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