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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Classes
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using Ancestry

The Mechanics' Institute subscribes to the Ancestry database for libraries, which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The class will provide tips on searching, how to download records, and plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Members only - Free

Activities
Repeats every month on the third Wednesday until Wed Dec 27 2017.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Voyage Out

by Virginia Woolf

Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK DISCUSSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM DECEMBER 21 TO JANUARY 18.

Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Learn how to search this resource to obtain extensive company news and business/competitor intelligence, access SWOT analyses for some 1,000 publicly traded companies, in-depth industry profiles, market share data, product and brand information, comprehensive financial overviews and performance ratings.

Members only - Free

Activities
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Mechanics' Today: INNOVATORS & BUILDERS

Moderated by Todd Oppenheimer, Publisher, Craftsmanship Quarterly

This series opens with a view of the cutting edge developments in technology, science, industry and craft right here in San Francisco. Hear about the companies, resources and products that contribute to the Bay Area's spirit of innovation.

Members Free
Craftsmanship Quarterly Friends & Co-sponsors Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with editor David Colin Carr

Why Do We Write?

What is the mystery in your heart that drives your writing? What are you trying to accomplish? How do you feel about the process and how do you go about the process? What obstacles do you deal with? What kind of help would support you?

Members only - Free
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No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Safe in Hell (1931)

January 2017 - Pre-Code: Adult Entertainment

William Wellman cloaks the tale of a murderess hidden away in a Caribbean hellhole in a visual feast full of symbols and shadows.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Database Exploration: DigitalLearn.org

If you're new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn.org has tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Members only - Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Fever and Spear

by Javier Marías

Jaime Deza, separated from his wife in Madrid, is adrift in London until an old friend recruits him for a new career in British Intelligence. This metaphysical thriller explores past, present, and future in the ever-more-perilous 21st century.

M.I. Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar provides investment research, analysis and recommendations for thousands of mutual funds and stocks.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

Transforming SF: THE FUTURE OF WORK

Ken Goldberg & John Zysman in conversation

What are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most effected? Two experts in this field will sort out these complicated dynamics, dispel misconceptions, and offer both the short and long view.

Members Free
UCB Affiliate Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Book Riot Reading Club
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Humans

by Stephen Karam

Stephen Karam’s The Humans is set during a tense Thanksgiving; a Pennsylvania family gathers in their daughter’s Manhattan apartment. This production won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016.

M.I. Members only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

"Teacherless" Writing

Every other Wednesday

Using the guidelines Peter Elbow describes in Writing Without Teachers, this is a "come as you are" writing group.

Members Only - $10 (for the 1st session)

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 6:00pm

The River in My Backyard

Author Mikkel Aaland in conversation with journalist Markos Kounalakis

People lose their parents all the time. But Mikkel Aaland's father didn't just die. He died at the hands of Mikkel's mentally ill brother. This book, beautifully illustrated with the author's photographs and vintage family reproductions, is more than an exploration into the world of patricide, madness and ghost genes. Ending with a dramatic pilgrimage to holy Mt. Kailash, and atonement for a brother's sins, it provides an inspiring roadmap to inner peace and healing.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 03, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Divorcee (1930)

A Fine Romance %#!&

In this Pre-code melodrama about marriage and double-standards, a woman pays back her husband's infidelity in kind.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Monday, February 06, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or have other internet-related questions, librarians are happy to help you with many of these issues. Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding email, ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, or other technology-related questions.

Members only - Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 6:00pm

Remembering Tom Hayden: A Life of Activism and Radical Reform

With Honorable Mayor Willie Brown, Clara Bingham, Judy Gumbo Albert; moderated by Steve Wasserman

Tom Hayden, the principal author in 1962 of the founding manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society, the Port Huron Statement, led an extraordinary life of organizing, writing, and political reform.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

A Fine Romance %#!&

When a king is kidnapped, his look-alike must impersonate him. Complications ensue when he falls in love with the kings betrothed.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Topic TBD

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. An informal discussion will follow the viewing.

 

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eComics, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks.

Members only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists

Author and critic Lawrence Weschler in conversation with film editor and sound designer Walter Murch

For film aficionados, Walter Murch is legendary as the most admired sound editor in the world. Outside of the studio his passion is astrophysics, and in particular a theory regarding the patterns by which planets and moons array themselves in gravitational systems across the universe. In this book, Lawrence Weschler brings Murch's quest alive and, probes the impasse between conventional scientists and so-called outsider physicists—how do we know what we know and who gets to say?

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Mergent Intellect

Looking for timely business information? Developing a list of key contacts for sales or as a potential employer? Researching competitive intelligence or exploring industry developments? Through sample searches, class attendees will discover the breadth of information that can be retrieved using Hoover's Mergent Intellect – a powerful upgrade from Hoover's basic database offering.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:30pm

Mechanics' Today: The Brave New World of Manufacturing and Labor

Moderated by Kim-Mai Cutler

A new generation of entrepreneurs, programmers, machinists and technologists -- plus the organizations and investors to support them are creating the factories and industries of the future. We'll take a look at the past, present, and future labor issues and the need to balance innovation with workers rights.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)

A Fine Romance %#!&

A seductive scoundrel rises through the ranks of 19th century French society one woman at a time.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Database Exploration: Directory of Open Access Journals

Open access journals use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions to use articles, and DOAJ makes these pieces (either in full text or in summary) more findable. Learn how to use the site through an overview of the DOAJ’s search tools, as well as demo searches to show those tools in action.

Members only - Free

Classes
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

ValueLine Resource Center

Attendees will explore the proprietary content of digital stock reports displayed on ValueLine’s dynamic platform.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

Transforming SF: THE FUTURE OF HOMELESSNESS

A discussion of what's happening on the street level to resolve homelessness

A discussion of what's happening on the street level to resolve homelessness.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

A Fine Romance %#!&

In this charming love story, a single mother in New York City, just dumped by her boyfriend, must deal with an unwanted roommate.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Activities
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The San Francisco Cable Cars: A Documentary

“Sneak preview” screening

Ride along on the ropes with historians and the people who still work with the cars every day. At over 140 years old, the San Francisco Cable Cars are a moving monument, a snapshot of nearly lost technology, a romance story, and the very heart of The City.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chess & Tech

Come play bughouse, blitz chess, and more with fellow tech workers from around the city each month in the oldest chess club in the United States, home to Grandmasters Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sets, boards & clocks, and light refreshments will be provided. All tech workers are welcome.

Tech Community Only - Free

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group recently reformed after taking an 18-month hiatus. If you are working on a book project and are curious about the world of independent publishing attend the group's next meeting!

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.