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09/07/2021 - 3:18pm



Applied Sciences
Chad T Hanson Smokescreen : debunking wildfire myths to save our forests and our climate 634.96 H198
James Rebanks Pastoral song : a farmer's journey 636.3 R289p

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Jerry Saltz...

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09/07/2021 - 3:01pm


Sunjeev Sahota China room
Silvia Moreno-Garcia Mexican gothic
Charlotte McConaghy Once there were wolves
Colleen Oakley The invisible husband of Frick Island


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08/25/2021 - 11:34am

Learning new technology skills is easy with your Mechanics' Institute library membership. Our librarians are available to answer technology questions Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays from 12-4 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 pm in the library or by phone at 415-393-0102. 

On the Library's website at, under the Events tab, you'll find two September workshops of interest....

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08/09/2021 - 10:02am

Librarian Taryn Edwards has managed the activities for writers at the Mechanics’ Institute for twelve years. One of the writers she works with is Jeanne Powell who manages our drop-in writers group Write If You Dare. She has also spoken to our literary community several times and will be a panelist at the next Writers Lunch on August 20. 

Jeanne, how did you first...

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08/05/2021 - 10:55am

If you enjoy reading the book before you view its movie or TV series adaptation, we have several exciting titles to get you started before fall. Here at MI Library, we also like to read first, then watch. As it happens, we've been busy staying on top of all the book-based films and series coming soon to theaters and television.  

One of the biggest surprises thus far has been the popularity of Netflix's Lupin, based on Maurice LeBlanc's 1905 series Ars̴ẽne Lupin,...

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08/03/2021 - 2:45pm



Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Simon Morley Seven keys to modern art 709.04 M827
Diana Souhami No modernism without lesbians 709.04 S46
Mark Stevens Francis Bacon : revelations 750.92 B12s
Lee Lai...

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08/03/2021 - 11:30am


Valerie Perrin Fresh Water for Flowers
Diane Johnson Lorna Mott comes home
Katee Robert Neon gods
Kurt Tucholsky Castle Gripsholm
S A Cosby...

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07/28/2021 - 2:43pm

A colleague recently suggested I read a memoir by a female astrophysicist. I hesitated. Biographies fall into my "twilight zone" of reading choices as they push me past my literary comfort place. To be fair, I skimmed the first page of The Smallest Lights in the Universe. I immediately fell under the spell cast by author Sara Seager's description of rogue planets in search of a solar system to call home. This 2020 title...

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