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06/26/2020 - 1:20pm


Sue Monk Kidd The book of longings
Megha Majumdar A burning
Michael Connelly Fair warning
Jim Kelly The great darkness
Lucy Foley...

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06/26/2020 - 12:32pm

While the 2020 Fourth of July celebration won't be the same as last year, you can still feel patriotic with an assortment of online events and activities. Perhaps you've had to reconsider parties, attend favorite events online, or forgo gatherings entirely. The pandemic may have changed our holiday celebration but there are always new discoveries to be made. Whether you are an intrepid explorer or an introvert, the Mechani...

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06/24/2020 - 8:27am

Last week, we posted a list of books that have lingered (sometimes for  decades) in the minds of Mechanics’ Institute staff. Read on for their takes on more indelible titles:

Lisa Braider (Library Assista...

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06/23/2020 - 12:55pm

Many years ago I met Willie Mays at a Baseball Hall of Fame media event. When my husband introduced me to Mays, I knew that I was shaking hands with a legend. How I wished I knew more about baseball so I could say something intelligent instead of being completely speechless. As it was, my children were clamoring for Mays' autograph. This gentle man, who has probably been asked that question countless times, very generously...

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06/23/2020 - 12:51pm

Back in 1998, when the nonprofit Audio Publishers Association declared June as Audiobook month, many readers still considered recorded books slightly déclassé.

But the popularity of reading that requires no eyeball action has skyrocketed in recent years, thanks to the rise of streaming and digital technologies, star-studded casts of narrators, and a population increasingly accustomed to sporting a set of...

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06/19/2020 - 12:06pm

Sixty percent of American men are fathers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the data doesn’t tell us how dads feel about the role—or, for that matter, how their progeny rate their performance. In honor of Father’s Day 2020, we rounded up an assortment of comments from writer-fathers and writer-offspring on what it actually means to be a dad.

“To be a successful father . . . there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two y...

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06/18/2020 - 10:17am

If your favorites tend to be from the non-fiction genres, you might enjoy one of the staff picks below.

Rhonda (Library Assistant) recommends:

Wheat Belly (2011) by William Davis,...

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06/17/2020 - 7:39pm

What book(s) can’t you get out of your mind? That’s the question we asked library staff this month. Their responses, ranging from 19th-century classics to a 2019 burial guide,

may inspire you to revisit your own top titles or make the acquaintance of theirs.

Rhonda Hall (Library Assistant):

Passing by Nella Lars...

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