Retail holidays are designed to tempt you to purchase. You'll hear words like "doorbuster" to describe sales available at the most prominent retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Before you add an item to your cart, make sure your purchase is well researched. Take a few...[read more]
If you haven’t yet had a chance to view the exhibit in the archival display case on the 2nd floor, I urge you to make some time to take a look at it!
Nellie Burrell Scott was an early California still life artist who exhibited at the Mechanics’ Institute’s Industrial Exposition in 1893. She was most well-known for her paintings of the California Golden Trout, and images of other fish, although her still life paintings also included flor...[read more]
The Mechanics’ Institute’s 2019 Annual Report is now available online, at https://www.milibrary.org/sites/default/files/publications/1573246161/MI-Annual-2019-web.pdf.
Artist Pam Ward used discarded MI books to create The Bards Branch, a whimsical sculpture that was a 2019 Black Rock City Honoraria Recipient.
Here is what the artist shared with us about this lovely sculpture:
“It was a huge success and loved by all book lovers and participants. We met so many cool people who told us stories of their favorite books. What I loved was hearing people reading through the gramophone from the armchair to the gro...