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05/20/2021 - 9:11am

After a rollercoaster of a year, book-based television series and films have ramped up this spring. Now that the Library is open for more hours, we can help you stockpile some fabulous beach reads for the summer. For those who like to read first and watch later, here's a list of the books we're most excited about reading and viewing in our summer leisure time:


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05/10/2021 - 10:58am


Applied Sciences
R W Hamming The art of doing science and engineering: learning to learn 620 H183

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Mark Nelson Hollywood Arensberg: avant-garde collecting in midcentury LA 708.1794 N331
Alexander Nemerov...

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05/10/2021 - 10:37am


Nona Fernández The twilight zone
Susan Crandall Whistling past the graveyard
Sanjena Sathian Gold diggers
Brit Bennett The mothers
Carol Edgarian...

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05/06/2021 - 12:19pm

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we're celebrating the many cultures and stories within the AAPI community with books by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage and their cultures. 

All titles are available for check-out either in the library or through the "To Go" contactless pickup service. Where indicated, select titles are available as a downloadable eBook or eAudiobook from MI's websit...

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04/30/2021 - 2:54pm

Everyone has an idea of what they consider the perfect mother. She may live in a novel or in real life. For those fortunate enough to have been raised by a fabulous mother, we salute you. And for those whose mothers are still with us, count your lucky stars. In celebration of Mother's Day 2021, we offer you a mom-approved list of Mechanics' Institute staff favorite books (fiction and nonfiction) featuring a diverse cast of unique moms. 


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04/22/2021 - 5:32pm

For Earth Day 2021, we chose to read about living simply and reveling in the wonders of the natural world. While we are aware of climate change and the many other challenges to our overpopulated planet, we wanted a brief respite from dire predictions.  

Rest assured you won't find any portents of doom on our Mother Nature reading list. Join us in celebrating her great bounty and wishing her a lasting legacy. All titles are available for checkout through our ...

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04/19/2021 - 8:58am

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) and also the beginning of Ramadan in 2021. Expand your literary horizons while learning more about Islamic culture with our introductory fiction list by Muslim authors. 

To browse our shelves, call 415-393-0101 and reserve your library visit on Monday, Wednesday or Friday or request titles from our catalog and pick up library materials through our "To Go"...

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04/15/2021 - 12:02pm


Te-Ping Chen Land of big numbers
Patricia Lockwood No one is talking about this
Sarah Penner The lost apothecary
Chris Whitaker We begin at the end
Jane Smiley...

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