I wouldn’t characterize myself as a very connected person on social media or someone who is constantly on Facebook or Instagram to keep in touch with family or friends, however, I do subscribe to a few reports/blogs that I follow faithfully and regularly have delivered to my email address. One of those publications is The Scout Report (https://scout.wisc.edu/report) which shows up in my email every Friday morning with a...[read more]
Does the price of Hamilton tickets give you sticker shock? Mechanics’ holds a collection of film adaptations of plays and musicals that members can check out for free. Stop by the DVD and Blu-ray display on the 2nd Floor, and enjoy these titles from the comfort of your home.
It seems like a natural progression when plays are translated into films, allowing everyone to enjoy the biggest hits on Broadway with a ten dollar ti...[read more]
Notwithstanding Trollope's focus on the "librarianess" and her dual qualities of "pretty" and "learned" as explicated in the Oxford English Dictionary (my favorite go-to for information, word history, and idle browsing), a librarian is "a keeper or custodian of the library," i.e., one "concerned with or employed about books" (vol. VII, p889). These days, a keeper of the library is employed about much more than...[read more]
As vacation season approaches, I'm dreaming of taking a trip, hitting the road, and seeing the world. In my case, I'll be heading up to Ashland, Oregon for a week in July to see my family and breathe in the smell of pine trees. Until July, I'll be seeing the world via books. Staying in San Francisco and want to take a little mini-break? We've created a reading list for you that will take you around the world, book by book. Stop by th...[read more]
Do you love to cook or do you get your cooking fix by just “reading” cookbooks? I am a sucker for a beautifully thought out and photographed cookbook regardless of whether or not I actually prepare one of the recipes! In this day and age when most cooks search for individual recipes on the Internet, I am mildly surprised at how popular the Mechanics’ Institute’s collection of cookbooks continues to be, circulating on par with our popular Chess collection.
Over the past 18...[read more]