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Prior to 1860, the railroad network in the United States existed primarily east of the Missouri River.  Due to the lack of a rail network in the West, travel took from 4-6 months to make the trek from the Missouri River to California by covered wagon.

The Pacific Railroad Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1863 to grant federal aid to the Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Central Pacific Railroad...

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Daydreaming about your next vacation or wishing you could be transported to a new, different city? Well, for hassle-free travel, browse a selection of our audiobook collection on display on the second floor and get transported around the globe. Visit Central America, Rome, Jamaica, and more from the comfort of your home.

Happy listening!

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston CD 972.85...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Olga Wojtas Miss Blaine's prefect & the golden samovar

Historical Fiction
Lissa Evans Old baggage

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Arwen Elys Dayton Stronger, faster & more beautiful
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The second installment of Ed Herny’s ephemera collection from the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 (also known as the California Midwinter Fair) is currently featured in the 2nd floor archival display case.  This phase showcases trade cards, ribbons, tickets and passes, and embroidered silk handkerchiefs.  This part of the display will be on exhibit until June 26th.

Ed...

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BOOKS

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
James Ellroy Brown's requiem
Georgette Heyer Death in the stocks
Ona Russell O'Brien's desk
Ona Russell The natural selection

Science...

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May 1st's Rising Writer's event with Lydia Kiesling and Namwali Serpell was a masterclass in writing, lending insight into their writing process, working titles, and how to make it as a first-time novelist.

What I first noticed is that both novels are very location-centric. Lydia Kiesling's novel, The Golden State, examines what "the golden state" means literally and figuratively. Set in Northeastern California on the Oregon border, The Golden State is not a title wi...

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The April 18th's Rising Writers event with Daniel Gumbiner and Kevin Smokler was as educational as it was entertaining. Daniel Gumbiner, author of National Book Award nominee The Boatbuilder, and Kevin Smoker, author of Brat Pack America, talked about writing The Boatbuilder and Gumbiner's next project.

Gumbiner's novel primarily deals with escape, acceptance and the relationship between the two. Its protagonist, Berg, is an opiate addict recovering...

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BOOKS

FICTION
David Quantick All my colors

Historical Fiction
Louis Bayard Courting Mr. Lincoln
Jennifer Cody Epstein Wunderland

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jean-Luc Bannalec...

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Science fiction has plenty of book series. The Mechanics Institute Library has recently acquired a few new ones and added to some popular ones.

Fire Logic, the first book of Laurie J. Marks's tetrology "Elemental Logic," has proven so popular with members that we have acquired the next 2 books: Earth Logic (book 2) and ...

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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...

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