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Jon Cohen Harry's trees
Rachel Cusk Kudos
Nick Dybek The Verdun affair
Caleb Johnson Treeborne
James A. McLaughlin Bearskin...

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Pride on Display: DVD/ Blu-ray Display

Summer is Pride season in the Bay Area. With our big celebration in San Francisco happening  June 23rd and 24th, Mechanics’ would like to highlight selections from our collection that feature stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. In the last few years, we’ve seen greater representation of queer cinema in the mainstream. Below are recent films to hit the big screen, as well as staff favorites....

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BOOKS

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Jess Arndt Large animals
Fredrik Backman Us against you
Jenna Blum The lost family
Adrienne Celt Invitation to a bonfire
Gaël Faye...

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Jean-Paul Clebert Paris vagabond
Michelle Gable The summer I met Jack
Charles Soule The oracle year
Elizabeth Tan Rubik

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue...

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Judy Blundell The high season
Kenneth Bonert The Mandela plot
Elisabeth Cohen The glitch
Ceridwen Dovey In the garden of the fugitives
Mary Alice Monroe...

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As artifacts of our history, maps of San Francisco illustrate the growth patterns, politics, and aspirations of city planners over the years.  The four historic maps, currently on exhibit in the 2nd floor’s archival display cabinet, demonstrate the development of an urban San Francisco between 1868 and 1929.

The maps on exhibit are:

  • Railroad Map (1868)
  • Chinatown Map (1929)
  • San Miguel City Map (1900)
  • City and County of San Fr...
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John Cage was an American 20th Century avant-garde composer. Zen Buddhism was a significant influence on his work, and many of his pieces were composed using chance operations. In one of his most well-known pieces, 4’33” (1952), a pianist sits silently at a piano with their hands at rest. Cage pioneered the “prepared piano” where unconventional objects lay on piano strings. He was among the first to blend acoustic and electric sounds in compositions. Cage was the music...

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Did you know that each year the Audio Publishers Association (APA) selects audiobooks for awards, just like the Oscars with films and the Grammy Awards with records? On May 31st, the APA announced the 2018 winners of the "Audie Awards." Our audiobook selections for June includes this year's winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, as well as the finalists from sev...

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With Google easily at hand, fewer people ask trained, professional librarians for research assistance. Librarians curate the information they provide with unbiased and vetted results that are relevant and current. Whether you are researching the side effects of a newly prescribed medication or want to know if the Tesla Model S has a faulty autopilot system, our 7 professional librarians can assist you.

The tools available to librarians go far beyond Google. We will work with you to pr...

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