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07/27/2023 - 4:42pm

Beat the heat with these splashy library materials celebrating one of humanity's favorite predators.

Jaws: The Special 25th Anniversary Collection’s Edition

If you have a fear of sharks, it may be due to the 1975 American thriller directed by Steven Spielberg based on the novel...

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07/25/2023 - 2:15pm

Andrei Tarkovsky weaves a philosophical meditative narrative into a science fiction movie plot. A mysterious object hit the Earth in a small, unnamed country, creating a dangerous area around it they call "the zone." Only an illegal guide called a "Stalker" can bring people safely in and out of the zone. If you make it to someplace in the center, you get your wish – but it will not be what you asked for -- you will get wha...

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07/19/2023 - 5:00pm

Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

I was quite a voracious reader at a young age, and on my eighth birthday my parents bought me a very nice hard-backed edition of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.  Published in 1871, this sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) was another hallucinogenic romp through the mathematical game-mind of its creator, but,...

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07/19/2023 - 4:35pm

The Mechanics Institute Library acquires new books each week. Some you will see on the new books tables, but members often check out some of the most popular books right away. If you do not know how to place a hold on a book, please call us at 415-393-0102 (or send a message to [email protected]). 

Quite a lot of what we think of when we think of "Vi...

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07/17/2023 - 5:27pm

Victor Korchnoi. My life for chess 794.15 K85my

Although technically this is a replacement for vol. 1 of the FritzTrainer DVD released in 2005, this 2022 DVD includes features the original one did not have, such as a database of over 5,000 of Kornoi's games and both volumes on one disc. You can expect to see a lot of Korchnoi's infam...

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07/13/2023 - 6:35pm



Bill Pronzini The paradise affair Fic Pronzini
Kelly McWilliams Your plantation prom is not okay Fic McWilliams,
Annie Ernaux A man's place Fic Ernaux
Steven Rowley The celebrants...

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07/13/2023 - 6:27pm



Arts, Architecture & Crafts
John Rohrbach Speaking with light : contemporary Indigenous photography 779 R739

Biography & Genealogy
Jeremy Denk Every good boy does fine : a love story, in music lessons 780.92 D396
Hannah Pick-Goslar...

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07/12/2023 - 4:23pm

Although many consider the role of Harry Lime to be Orson Welles’ most memorable performance, he only spent about 10 minutes onscreen in the movie The Third Man. Despite Lime's obviously sociopathic nature, Welles made him an irresistibly likable anti-hero. The film won an academy award and along with this recognition its title character enjoyed enorm...

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07/10/2023 - 4:50pm


Annie Ernaux Exteriors
Annie Ernaux A frozen woman
Annie Ernaux Getting lost
Annie Ernaux A girl's story
Annie Ernaux Happening
Annie E...

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