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11/28/2023 - 6:00am

happy holidays

Dear Mechanics' Institute Friends,

On behalf of our trustees, staff and volunteers, I'd like to express gratitude to our donors, members and community partners, who have helped Mechanics' Institute accomplish great things in 2023, making significant strides toward our goals for the future. Our strategic plan here h...

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11/17/2023 - 5:17pm

Are you looking for a space to meet with a small group? Do you plan to hold a gathering that is close to public transportation? Would you like space to schedule Zoom meetings? Mechanics’ Institute can accommodate these and other short term needs here in our historic building. Our conference room rentals come with Wifi, a TV monitor with HDMI hook up, whiteboards, and access to our common areas. The Board Room seats 14 peop...

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11/17/2023 - 5:15pm

Back in the 1980s, when I lived in New York City, you could find between 20 to 30 Indian Restaurants on this one block in Alphabet City (Southern Manhattan, East of Greenwich Village). A friend who taught himself Indian cooking explained to me that the reason these restaurants were so affordable (OK, cheap, I was a starving student back then) was that they all bought the spices in bulk for all of the restaurants (super-who...

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11/16/2023 - 6:52pm



Claude Anet Ariane, a Russian girl Fic Anet
Jenny Erpenbeck Kairos Fic Erpenbeck
Kathy Anderson The new town librarian Fic Anderson
Isle McElroy People collide : a novel Fic M...

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11/16/2023 - 5:28pm



Applied Sciences

Marc Masters High bias : the distorted history of the cassette tape 621.3893 M423

Arts, Architecture & Crafts

Janie Paul Making art in prison : survival and resistance 750 P324
Corita Art Center...

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11/15/2023 - 3:00pm

Libby, your one-tap-reading app, is now available on your computer’s internet browser, making it easier than ever to borrow and read digital content from Mechanics’ Institute Library.

With Libby, you can enjoy the same functionality across all platforms, whether using your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also resume reading on another device without...

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11/14/2023 - 6:08pm

In August, Andy Talajkowski joined Mechanics’ Institute as our Programs Administrator. Andy has experience as an administrative coordinator at the UCLA Longevity Center, where they managed lifelong learning programs and initiatives. Andy holds a Master's degree in Adult Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor's Degree in English and Education from UCLA.

We asked Andy a few questions t...

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11/01/2023 - 4:54pm

Nick Nolte in Mother Night (1996)

For many years,I had a poor opinion of Nick Nolte. (As an actor only. As a person, I could not say as I never met the guy). I did not watch Rich Man, Poor Man on television in the 70s. He appeared in some entertaining movies, but of the action/adventure kind that did not require much acting....

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