We need to weed our collection quite aggressively in order to make room for new books. This brings up some questions that only our science fiction and fantasy reading members can answer. We have noticed authors whose books have fallen out of popularity -- earlier titles have lots of circulations (no one tracks the identity of the borrowers, we only know that some person(s) borrowed a given title x number of times) but then interest in those titles drops. We have seen i...[read more]
Looking for a New Series or Author to Explore?
Head to our fiction display on the second floor for a selection of “if you like…you might like…” books (end of stacks, near the PA-PR column). For example, if you like Ross Macdonald, you might enjoy reading the works of Raymond Chandler. Can’t get enough of Donna Leon? Check out Iain Pears or Andrea Camilleri. For fans of Phillip Kerr, there’s Collin Cotterill and Pierre Frei to explore. And lastly, if you are an avid Louise Penny reader...[read more]
Summer Brings Shakespeare
An audiobook selection of Shakespeare’s plays featuring this season’s Shakesperian activities is on display on the second floor - next to the water cooler. This summer in the Bay Area, you can catch live renditions of Macbeth, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and As You Like It courtesy of Cal Shakes, Free Shakespeare in the Park, and Silicon Valley Shakespeare. In New York City, Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus. An...[read more]
Imagine rolling the windows down on a Summer night. You're surrounded by parked cars all pointing to a silver screen under starlight. Let Mechanics' usher you into a Summer mood with these drive-in movie recommendations.
The Val Lewton horror collection - Val Lewton created low-budget "B-movies" right when the popularity of the drive-in movie theaters exploded after WWII. This compil...[read more]
Once again, there is a new batch of California Midwinter Fair items on exhibit in the 2nd floor archival display case! The third installment of Ed Herny’s ephemera collection showcases beautifully illustrated postcards, postal history covers (envelopes) and letter sheets. (See if you can find the “Midwinter Fair” postal cancellation stamp on two of the covers (envelopes) – very rare!) This part of the display will be on exhibit unt...[read more]