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01/27/2023 - 11:09am

On January 20th Lynda Monk and Eric Maisel discussed how journaling can positively affect your writing practice. We have their book The G...

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01/23/2023 - 1:23pm



Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Joan Brown 759.13 B878
Jorge S. Arango Soul : the interiors by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy 747.092 D543
R. Howard Bloch Paris and her cathedrals 726.6 B65

Biography & Genea...

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01/20/2023 - 4:54pm


Percival Everett Dr. No
Tess Gunty The rabbit hutch
Alejandro Varela The town of Babylon
Gayl Jones The birdcatcher
John Elizabeth Stintzi...

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01/20/2023 - 4:01pm

Jimmy Adams, Editor. Gyula Breyer : the Chess Revolutionary 794.1092 B848a

About a lesser known pioneer of the hypermodern school of chess. Brings translations of Hungarian archival material into English translation for the first time. Includes 242 games annotated by Breyer and others.

Luc Henris...

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01/17/2023 - 4:48pm

The Mechanics’ Institute Library has plans to upgrade and improve our online catalog, providing members with a new and better way to find the materials they seek. Our current catalog allows one to search by author, title, and subject, but trying to "fine tune" a search has proven difficult to figure out and use. This new version will address those challenges by allowing users to narrow their search interactively and intuitively. Or so we hope. Before we introduce this as the primary way to fi...

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01/04/2023 - 5:54pm

On November 5th, I hosted a tour for Mechanics’ members to the Society of California Pioneers in the Presidio to see their exhibit Generations to Come: Recent Conservation and Digitization Projects.

The morning of our tour, I ran into Mechanics’ member Anita Denz who happened to be on the tour before ours with her friend, noted photographer Ron Henggeler. Running into Mechanics’ Institute members “off site” is a specia...

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12/16/2022 - 10:30am

The Mechanics' Institute is delighted to share the news that one of our members has received a commendation from Library Journal. Lyzette Wanzer’s Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative (2022) has been listed as one of the ten best social science books of 2022.

Lyzette Wanzer has been involved...

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