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06/19/2019 - 10:00am

If you’ve never tried an audiobook, consider celebrating Audiobook Month by checking one out today. A selection of fiction and non-fiction can be found by the water cooler on the second floor of the library. A sample is listed below as well. And, if you’re someone who prefers to go mobile, don’t forget you can check out a book through our eAudiobooks program (RBdigital).

Happy listening!

Lincoln in the Bardo...

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06/18/2019 - 9:47am

Periodic discounts on cultural events produced by community organizations and institutional partners are just one more perk of your Mechanics' Institute membership. August 1-6, Merola Opera Program presents the world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, opening at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Mechanics' Institute members may use the promo code MEROLA10 for 10% off tickets. For more information and to...

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06/14/2019 - 1:07pm


Abi Andrews The word for woman is wilderness
Kristen Arnett Mostly dead things
Mona Awad Bunny
Sophie Mackintosh The water cure

Historical Fiction

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06/10/2019 - 12:48pm


Dorothy Baker Young man with a horn
Mario Benedetti Springtime in a broken mirror
Daša Drndić EEG
Juliet Escoria Juliet the maniac
Daniel Gumbiner...

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06/10/2019 - 10:00am

In the autumn of 1986 my mother called me. We typically spoke over the phone about once or twice a month during this time. During this call the subject quickly came around to the recent nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union. "Steven," my mother asked me, "what the hell happened at Chernobyl?" She asked me that question for a specific reason: my brother is the writer, but I am the historian. I studied Russian history for 2 years in the Ph.D. program at Columbia University before switching to it...

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06/01/2019 - 11:00am

James Tiptree, Jr. was the pseudonym of a woman named Alice Sheldon who wrote science fiction in the mid-20th century. She entered the field at a critical time in the development of the genre. Starting in the 19th century, the public school systems in the English speaking world greatly increased literacy, especially in the United States, and with that increase a demand for entertaining fiction. Publishers and writers took advantage of the popularity of exciting, sometimes lurid, stories for t...

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05/31/2019 - 1:12pm


Sarah Blake The guest book
Lucy Ives Loudermilk, or, The real poet, or, The origin of the world
Joanne Ramos The farm
Bev Thomas A good enough mother

Historical Fiction...

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05/30/2019 - 10:57am

The library has purchased a print copy of The Mueller Report : the final report of the Special Counsel into Donald Trump, Russia, and collusion; as issued by the Department of Justice. We realize that the political situation regarding the report and its findings is changing rapidly. Some redacted portions of the report in our print copy may be unredacted later. To help our members keep up, we also have added two electro...

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05/20/2019 - 10:00am

It’s always fun to read a book and recognize the ins and outs of the city depicted. This month a selection of SF-inspired fiction is on display on the second floor of the library at the end of the stacks (look for the PA-PR column). It’s a mix of SF classics, mysteries, and young adult fiction.   

Happy reading!

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Fic Doctorow

The Maltese Falcon by Da...

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