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03/29/2021 - 4:31pm

When you shop on Amazon, you can give back to the Mechanics’ Institute! AmazonSmile will contribute 0.5% of eligible purchases once you select us as your charity of choice. If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, this is a great way to give back to the library effortlessly!

To shop via AmazonSmile and donate to us, follow these steps:

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03/25/2021 - 4:24pm

Mechanics' Institute Library is excited to welcome members back to 57 Post Street for browsing, materials pick up, checkouts, computer use, personal research, and reading. We look forward to providing you with a safe environment to access our collections and services. 

The library is open to members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-4 pm and 2-6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are not required for in-person visits. Face coverings are required r...

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03/22/2021 - 3:24pm

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was a favorite for many readers in 2020. A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Bennett's ambitious novel traces the story of identical twin sisters Desiree and Stella Vignes in the Jim Crow era South. Both girls have big dreams that don't include working as maids for white families. As teens, the sisters run away...

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03/16/2021 - 1:45pm

More than 3,000 magazines are at your fingertips with our new Overdrive platform and the Libby app.The most exciting news is that members now have two options to check out and read digital magazines in Overdrive -- by downloading and using the Libby app or by reading on your computer.

To begin reading magazines on your phone or mobile device using Libby, here is a...

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03/12/2021 - 10:55am

PRINT BOOKS

FICTION
Naima Coster What's mine and yours
Patricia Engel Infinite country
Nancy Johnson The kindest lie
Emily St John Mandel The glass hotel
Ottessa Moshfegh...

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03/12/2021 - 10:31am

PRINT BOOKS

NONFICTION
Biography & Genealogy
Alia Volz Home baked: my mom, marijuana, and the stoning of San Francisco 979.461 V889
Jan Morris Thinking again 823 M87

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism
Nancy F Cott...

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03/11/2021 - 10:01am

Did you know that Women's History Month started as a local celebration in Santa Rosa in 1978? It's true. Sonoma County organizers had planned a weeklong celebration to correspond with International Women's Day that year. As the movement spread across the country, other communities initiated their own Women's History Week celebrations the following year. 

Congress subsequently declared March...

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03/09/2021 - 10:24am

It began as a Christian feast to celebrate the life of St. Patrick and the spread of Christianity to Ireland. Today, St. Patrick's Day means a time of revelry and a celebration of all things Irish. But parades and pints in a crowded bar won't be feasible this year. If you're staying in, why not grab a glass of your favorite beverage and choose a title from MI Library's Irish fiction reading list? You'll be dreaming of the Emerald Isle in no time. All titles are available through MI'...

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03/02/2021 - 9:43am

George Orwell 1984 -- BBC Radio
George Orwell Homage to catalonia
George Orwell Burmese days
George Orwell Down and out in Paris and London
Paul Fussell The boys' crusade
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