Blog | Page 7 | Mechanics' Institute

You are here


07/10/2020 - 1:45pm


Jeanine Cummins American dirt
Neil Gaiman American gods
Sarah Vaughan Anatomy of a scandal
Suzanne Collins The ballad of songbirds and snakes
Jennifer Weiner...

[read more]
07/09/2020 - 5:01pm

What can I do with my MI membership during the pandemic?

  1. Borrow library materials through our "To Go" service.

  2. ...

[read more]
07/08/2020 - 2:36pm

This year, Laura Sheppard celebrates her twentieth anniversary as events director at MI. Recently, Laura—who’s also the founder of multiple theater companies and an actress specializing in one-woman shows—shared highlights from her prolific event-producing career, as well as her deep appreciation of what she’s learned on the job.

Twenty years is a long time! What’s kept you at MI?...

[read more]
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...

[read more]
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...

[read more]
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...

[read more]
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...

[read more]
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...

[read more]