Science fiction has plenty of book series. The Mechanics Institute Library has recently acquired a few new ones and added to some popular ones.[read more]
The month of March, or Women's History Month, may be in the rearview mirror but there’s always a time and reason to celebrate the contributions of women. In the last few years, there has been an explosion of women biopics, movies with a top-shelf, mostly-female cast, and films directed by women. Some of these like Lady Bird, Hidden Figures, and The Favourite have earned Oscar recognition.
Come check out our extensive display of feminist films on the 2nd floo...[read more]
The time has come!
Starting Sunday, May 5th, the Mechanics’ Institute Library is having its annual magazine sale. Stop by the 3rd floor to browse all titles from The Advocate to Zyzzyva. All issues or bundles of issues will be $1 each (plus tax). That includes heavy issues (e.g. Artforum, Monocle, Virginia Quarterly Review, etc.) and oversized issues (e.g. Country Life, The London Review of Books, T...[read more]
Over the last two years, over two 6-month periods, we have tracked the number of members using the Mechanics' Institute Library after 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and found that Library usage drops dramatically during that last hour. Very few members used the Library after 8 p.m. during the last 6-month period (September 16, 2018 – March 15, 2019). Given low Library usage, we have decided to change our Monday through Thursday hours to 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The new hours:
The California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894, more commonly known as the California Midwinter Fair, was the brainchild of Michael H. deYoung, the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle and a commissioner of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. DeYoung was inspired by the great success of the Columbian Exposition and wanted San Francisco to benefit from the public’s desire for this kind of extravaganza. His idea was to transport...[read more]
For the average aspiring writer, the idea of getting published -- much less getting published to critical acclaim -- feels like a fever dream, something unattainable and reserved for those without a raging case of imposter syndrome. With that said, last Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the premiere of Ted Gioia's Rising Writers Series, featuring Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree) and Elaine Castillo (America is Not the Heart) in conversati...[read more]