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01/26/2022 - 10:19am



Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Mary Beard Twelve Caesars : images of power from the ancient world to the modern 709.02 B368
Mike Mandel Zone Eleven 779 A21
Willi Smith : street couture 746.92 S511


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01/15/2022 - 10:58am

The new year is a great time to fit a literary challenge into your calendar. Here at Mechanics’ Institute we begin reading this month with a book that has a title starting with "H" such as Thrity Umrigar's Honor, the January pick for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club. The library has tons more titles beginning with "H" too, including J.D. Vance's ...

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12/15/2021 - 11:43am


Alice Hoffman The book of magic
Elizabeth Strout Oh William!
Claire Vaye Watkins I love you but I've chosen darkness
Benjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters o...

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12/14/2021 - 3:19pm

Winter is unquestionably a festive time of year. Whatever holiday you celebrate this season, now is the time to embrace peace and goodwill towards all. Here at MI, we are truly excited about reopening after the long hiatus of not being able to touch, dine, and gather. Welcoming members back to the library has made us truly appreciate human contact now more than ever. 

To capture the magic of the season, we offer members an eclectic list of holiday reading -- staff picke...

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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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