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04/15/2021 - 11:53am



Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Jane Hall Breaking ground: architecture by women 720.82 H140

Biography & Genealogy
Ingrid Seward Prince Philip revealed 941.085 P551s
Tom Gallagher Salazar: the...

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04/12/2021 - 5:48pm

This year has been a banner one for scholastic chess at Mechanics’ Institute (MI), despite most schools hosting classes remotely. So far, MI has organized two sponsored events, offering free participation to all students. 

On Saturday, March 13th, MI hosted a special 5-round scholastic tournament sponsored by the Thompson Family Foundation (TFF), an organization started by the family of...

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04/01/2021 - 3:45pm

San Francisco has now moved to the moderate orange tier of California's color-coded system for tracking COVID-19 cases. That means the number of cases in the City and County have decreased sufficiently enough to allow limited reopening of most businesses. According to state and national statistics, San Francisco handled its early response to the pandemic admirably. Local officials throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were quick to issue stay-at-home orders, large tech corporations...

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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 Monday-Friday from 12-6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Reservations are not required for in-person visits. The City of San Francisco Public Health Department...

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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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