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09/21/2021 - 11:41am

California: its Gold and its Inhabitants: a British gentleman’s impressions of the barbarous Far West, review by Taryn Edwards, staff librarian. 

I adore first person accounts of people’s travels to California, and we have several in our library’s collection. One of the funniest is Henry Vere Huntley’s pithy California: Its Gold and its Inhabitants.


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09/14/2021 - 11:43am

There's a crispness in the air these days that makes us want to grab a pile of mysteries and head down the rabbit hole (figuratively, of course). If you too can't get enough of those dark thrillers that make you shiver with the lights on, here are our recommendations to keep you turning the pages well after sundown. 

Straight off the library's New Mystery shelf, we found four titles with a hefty chill factor. A...

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09/09/2021 - 11:23am


Marcel Proust In search of lost time
Julie K Brown Perversion of justice : the Jeffrey Epstein story
Graham Greene The power and the glory
Saul Bellow Ravelstein
Rachel Vogelstein...

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09/07/2021 - 3:18pm



Applied Sciences
Chad T Hanson Smokescreen : debunking wildfire myths to save our forests and our climate 634.96 H198
James Rebanks Pastoral song : a farmer's journey 636.3 R289p

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Jerry Saltz...

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09/07/2021 - 3:01pm


Sunjeev Sahota China room
Silvia Moreno-Garcia Mexican gothic
Charlotte McConaghy Once there were wolves
Colleen Oakley The invisible husband of Frick Island


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08/25/2021 - 11:34am

Learning new technology skills is easy with your Mechanics' Institute library membership. Our librarians are available to answer technology questions Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays from 12-4 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 pm in the library or by phone at 415-393-0102. 

On the Library's website at, under the Events tab, you'll find two September workshops of interest....

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08/09/2021 - 10:02am

Librarian Taryn Edwards has managed the activities for writers at the Mechanics’ Institute for twelve years. One of the writers she works with is Jeanne Powell who manages our drop-in writers group Write If You Dare. She has also spoken to our literary community several times and will be a panelist at the next Writers Lunch on August 20. 

Jeanne, how did you first...

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08/05/2021 - 10:55am

If you enjoy reading the book before you view its movie or TV series adaptation, we have several exciting titles to get you started before fall. Here at MI Library, we also like to read first, then watch. As it happens, we've been busy staying on top of all the book-based films and series coming soon to theaters and television.  

One of the biggest surprises thus far has been the popularity of Netflix's Lupin, based on Maurice LeBlanc's 1905 series Ars̴ẽne Lupin,...

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08/03/2021 - 2:45pm



Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Simon Morley Seven keys to modern art 709.04 M827
Diana Souhami No modernism without lesbians 709.04 S46
Mark Stevens Francis Bacon : revelations 750.92 B12s
Lee Lai...

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