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01/17/2023 - 4:48pm

The Mechanics’ Institute Library has plans to upgrade and improve our online catalog, providing members with a new and better way to find the materials they seek. Our current catalog allows one to search by author, title, and subject, but trying to "fine tune" a search has proven difficult to figure out and use. This new version will address those challenges by allowing users to narrow their search interactively and intuitively. Or so we hope. Before we introduce this as the primary way to fi...

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01/04/2023 - 5:54pm

On November 5th, I hosted a tour for Mechanics’ members to the Society of California Pioneers in the Presidio to see their exhibit Generations to Come: Recent Conservation and Digitization Projects.

The morning of our tour, I ran into Mechanics’ member Anita Denz who happened to be on the tour before ours with her friend, noted photographer Ron Henggeler. Running into Mechanics’ Institute members “off site” is a specia...

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12/16/2022 - 10:30am

The Mechanics' Institute is delighted to share the news that one of our members has received a commendation from Library Journal. Lyzette Wanzer’s Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative (2022) has been listed as one of the ten best social science books of 2022.

Lyzette Wanzer has been involved...

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12/02/2022 - 1:30pm

Deborah Crombie A bitter feast : a novel
Deborah Crombie Garden of Lamentations
Deborah Crombie In a dark house
Deborah Crombie Necessary as blood
Deborah Crombie...

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12/02/2022 - 1:23pm


Stephanie LaCava I fear my pain interests you
Elizabeth McCracken The hero of this book
Celeste Ng Our missing hearts
Fredrik Backman The winners
James Hannaham...

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11/07/2022 - 3:23pm
11/07/2022 - 3:18pm

Terry Pratchett Going postal
Terry Pratchett Making money
Terry Pratchett The shepherd's crown
Terry Pratchett Snuff
Terry Pratchett Thud!...

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