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04/25/2019 - 3:44pm

The time has come!

Starting Sunday, May 5th, the Mechanics’ Institute Library is having its annual magazine sale. Stop by the 3rd floor to browse all titles from The Advocate to Zyzzyva. All issues or bundles of issues will be $1 each (plus tax). That includes heavy issues (e.g. Artforum, Monocle, Virginia Quarterly Review, etc.) and oversized issues (e.g. Country Life, The London Review of Books, T...

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04/25/2019 - 9:42am


Nnamdi Ehirim Prince of monkeys
Mareike Krügel Look at me
Sally Rooney Normal people
Daniel Sanchez Arevalo Alice's island

Historical Fiction
Myla Goldb...

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04/19/2019 - 1:52pm


Sarah Blake Naamah
Ksenia Buksh The freedom factory
Susan Choi Trust exercise
James Lasdun Afternoon of a faun
Jojo Moyes The...

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04/16/2019 - 11:56am

Over the last two years, over two 6-month periods, we have tracked the number of members using the Mechanics' Institute Library after 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and found that Library usage drops dramatically during that last hour. Very few members used the Library after 8 p.m. during the last 6-month period (September 16, 2018 – March 15, 2019). Given low Library usage, we have decided to change our Monday through Thursday hours to 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The new hours:

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04/11/2019 - 10:58am


Belle Boggs The gulf
Candice Carty-Williams Queenie
Lydia Fitzpatrick Lights all night long
Nell Freudenberger Lost & wanted
Tracey Garvis Graves...

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04/10/2019 - 3:14pm

The California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894, more commonly known as the California Midwinter Fair, was the brainchild of Michael H. deYoung, the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle and a commissioner of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  DeYoung was inspired by the great success of the Columbian Exposition and wanted San Francisco to benefit from the public’s desire for this kind of extravaganza.  His idea was to transport...

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04/04/2019 - 2:56pm

For the average aspiring writer, the idea of getting published -- much less getting published to critical acclaim -- feels like a fever dream, something unattainable and reserved for those without a raging case of imposter syndrome. With that said, last Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the premiere of Ted Gioia's Rising Writers Series, featuring Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree) and Elaine Castillo (America is Not the Heart) in conversati...

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04/04/2019 - 10:42am


Lawrence Ferlinghetti Little boy
Laila Lalami The other Americans
Rajeev Balasubramanyam Professor Chandra follows his bliss
Ann Beattie A wonderful stroke of luck
Evan James...

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04/02/2019 - 10:30am

April is National Poetry Month! Browse our audiobook display on the second floor for a selection of poetry from our audiobook and eAudiobook collections.

Plus, don’t miss out on our National Poetry Month events here at Mechanics’ Institute cosponsored by Poetry Flash on April 3rd at 6:30 pm and...

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03/28/2019 - 2:21pm


Jesse Blackadder In the blink of an eye
Adélaïde Bon The little girl on the ice floe
Kate Hope Day If, then
Dave Eggers The parade
Salley Vickers...

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