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11/30/2021 - 10:57am

Stumped on gift ideas? Why not give the gift of a Mechanics’ Institute membership? Perfect for avid readers, chess players, and film fanatics. Memberships are just $120 per year for an individual membership, or $65 for students.

The Mechanics’ Institute offers more than 500 events and programs every year, including discussions with authors, film sa...

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11/15/2021 - 5:05pm

Did you know the library has extended its hours from 12-6 Monday through Friday? Now that there's more time to visit, we invite members to participate in our Holiday Book Bingo -- a literary challenge guaranteed to lift your spirits. Just mention that you are reading your way through the Holiday Book Bingo at the library service desks on both the second and third floors and we'll give you a special treat. 

Let's begin by reading a book that has a four-letter word title....

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11/10/2021 - 3:14pm

Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season

Do you have a friend or family member who is an avid reader, chess player, or film fanatic? Consider gifting them a Mechanics’ Institute membership! For just $120 per year for an individual membership, or $65 for students, you can give the gift of admission to our renowned chess...

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10/27/2021 - 11:03am

The Mechanics’ Institute was founded in 1854 and in our earliest days, when our library was still small, and our complete slate of services not yet established, finances were tough! California was 25 years away from granting public funding for libraries. To supplement the Institute’s income, our trustees decided to put on a fair to celebrate what makes San Francisco special: its invention, ingenuity and to highlight locally made products.


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10/22/2021 - 11:49am

We are huge nonfiction fans here at Mechanics’ Institute Library, and we are thrilled that TV and film producers have chosen to adapt several recent bestsellers, such as Nomadland, Dopesick, Maid, and others. Watching true stories migrate to film and TV is high excitement indeed. Even better, the l...

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10/13/2021 - 11:10am

If you're anxiously awaiting Dune in theaters later this month, we are right there with you. Frank Herbert's science fiction masterpiece about the dangerous mining of a life-extending substance called "the spice" has fascinated readers ever since it was first published in 1965. A blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the 1966 Nebula Award and tied with Roger Zelazny's...

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10/01/2021 - 3:12pm



Applied Sciences
David Rooney About time : a history of civilization in twelve clocks 681.11 R674
Melissa Shapiro Piglet : the unexpected story of a deaf blind pink puppy and his family 636.7 S222

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Charlie English...

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10/01/2021 - 3:08pm


Chandler Baker The husbands
Lyndsay Faye The king of infinite space
Gianfranco Calligarich Last summer in the city
Amy Koppelman A mouthful of air
Virginia Feito...

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