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Are you a pet parent? Do you have a grumpy cat or playful pup in your life? Or, like me, do you somehow find yourself watch cat and dog videos on Youtube for hours on end? It's no secret that animals can provide stress relief and companionship in your life and coinciding with the dog days of summer, although here by the bay we don't get much of the lethargy inducing heat, this month's audiobook selections features an animal theme, from dogs and cats, to a famous whale and even a tiger.

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Hello writers! A member recently gushed to me that Mechanics' Institute is the place where people actually write, that MI is the place of literary action in real time and that it’s a place where we don't just "talk" about writing, but where it really happens. Quite honestly that conversation made my day and it inspired me to write more about what goes on at the Library that may be of interest to our community of writers.

If you're a contest lover, our partne...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Emily Giffin All we ever wanted
Jordy Rosenberg Confessions of the fox
Thrity Umrigar The secrets between us
Daniel Gerard Welch Race for the mind

Mystery, Suspense, E...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Jon Cohen Harry's trees
Rachel Cusk Kudos
Nick Dybek The Verdun affair
Caleb Johnson Treeborne
James A. McLaughlin Bearskin...

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Pride on Display: DVD/ Blu-ray Display

Summer is Pride season in the Bay Area. With our big celebration in San Francisco happening  June 23rd and 24th, Mechanics’ would like to highlight selections from our collection that feature stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. In the last few years, we’ve seen greater representation of queer cinema in the mainstream. Below are recent films to hit the big screen, as well as staff favorites....

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BOOKS

FICTION
Jess Arndt Large animals
Fredrik Backman Us against you
Jenna Blum The lost family
Adrienne Celt Invitation to a bonfire
Gaël Faye...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Jean-Paul Clebert Paris vagabond
Michelle Gable The summer I met Jack
Charles Soule The oracle year
Elizabeth Tan Rubik

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Judy Blundell The high season
Kenneth Bonert The Mandela plot
Elisabeth Cohen The glitch
Ceridwen Dovey In the garden of the fugitives
Mary Alice Monroe...

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