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11/07/2020 - 11:57am

It is truly unfortunate in 2020 that Veterans Day gathering is discouraged due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, military personnel will never be forgotten as long as we read to remember their sacrifice and service to our country. Here is a sampling of MI Library's extensive American history collection in honor of Veterans Day as well as a list of virtual events to celebrate this momentous day. 

The Mechanics' Institute Library will be closed on November 11 in honor...

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11/05/2020 - 12:59pm

Lindsey Crittenden celebrates her tenth year on Mechanics' Institute's Board of Trustees. Since 2018, Lindsey has served as president. She is the author of two published books,The Water Will Hold You: a skeptic learns to pray and The View From Below: stories, as well as numerous short stories, articles and essays. A San Francisco-based writer, Lindsey has taught at the high-school, community...

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11/03/2020 - 3:06pm

If you haven't seen the new Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit, you're missing out. The series, based on Walter Tevis' 1983 novel by the same title, is an electrifying view of the 1950s chess circuit.Tevis' story follows Beth Harmon, a quiet, withdrawn 8-year-old orphan who learns how to play chess from the janitor at the Methuen Home in Kentucky. Captivated, Beth's thinking grows clearer, her sens...

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10/27/2020 - 4:28pm

Sometimes it seems appropriate to turn off the news, disconnect from social media and take a deep breath to soothe the nerves. Climate change, COVID-19 resurgences, and election pandemonium can force the best of us to take an enormous step back. So, grab a warm beverage, put the world on pause and read yourself calm with a little help from your friends at MI. All titles are available for checkout through the library'...

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10/23/2020 - 11:23am

PRINT BOOKS
    James McBride's first book since winning the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird has finally arrived! Set in 1969, Deacon King Kong, McBride's dark comedy about an aging, boozy old church deacon has been heralded as a 'love letter to New York City' and the Sister Production Company has snapped up the TV rights to the book. But McBride is no stranger to adaptation -- his Miracle at St. Anna was a 2008 film directed by Spike Lee and The Go...

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10/23/2020 - 10:13am

EBOOKS
    This week's nonfiction ebooks share a common and comforting thread: de-stressing, de-cluttering and reinvention. For that co-worker whose desk is overflowing, hand him/her a copy of Marie Kondo's Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life to pull them back on track. For that frazzled friend who can't ever focus, perhaps you might recommend Burnout: the Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. If you know someone who needs help in...

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10/22/2020 - 4:27pm

Halloween will be different this year. But it doesn't mean we have to give up all the chills and thrills of the season. If you're a goosebumps fan and haunted houses excite you, we've compiled a list of terrifying tales, frightening films and spooky virtual tours guaranteed to make you shiver and shake all the way up to Halloween night. 

Terrifying Tales:

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10/15/2020 - 12:16pm

PRINT BOOKS
Want to know what famous cooks have in their fridges? Find out what Alice Waters, Nancy Silverton, Daniel Boulud and 32 other world-renowned chefs eat in Chef's Fridges by Carrie Solomon. Autumn is also a great time for stargazing with Edward Brooke-Hitching's Sky Atlas and pondering the Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel.
FICTION
Robert Galbraith Troubled blood

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10/15/2020 - 11:44am

EBOOKS
MI's digital bookshelf is bursting with bestselling ebooks! You'll find Oprah's latest Book Club pick, Caste: the Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson, Bob Woodward's Rage, Meredith Talusan's Fairest, Jasper Fforde's Constant Rabbit and more in the catalog now. All you need is a library card, computer or tablet and an Axis 360 account to get started.
FICTION
Kristin Chang ...

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10/15/2020 - 10:48am

EAUDIOBOOKS
If you fall under Neil Gaiman's spell like we do, you'll love his self-narrated Stardust, a fantasy tale about two star-crossed lovers whose unforgettable adventure makes a slippery segue into autumn. If you're in the mood for an old classic, then you'll delight in Toni Morrison's silky-voiced narration of her own novel, Beloved. And you're not going to want to miss S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland, narrated by Adam Lazarre-White (you may have seen him on th...

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