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Activities
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays 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, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem

Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849–1934 with Lee Bruno

Join us and MI member author Lee Bruno for an exploration of nearly a century of waterfront history, ranging from the Gold Rush to the Jazz Age.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

The Tin Drum

By Günter Grass

On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Value Line Resource Center

Financial Literacy Series

ValueLine is one of the most widely-used independent investment information publications. The online version contains information on more than 7,500 publicly traded companies, along with Mutual Fund Survey, Daily Options Survey, and a Special Situations service.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press)

An Evening of Readings and Panel Discussion

Editors Dean Rader and Alexandra Teague are joined by acclaimed Bay Area poets and contributors Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Pastor Michael McBride, and community leaders and advocates.

Members Free
Friends of Bullets into Bells Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Hilary and Jackie (1998)

February 2018 - Sisters in Arms

The sisterly rivalry between a cellist and a flautist intensifies as they rise in the classical music world.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

How a Mountain was Made: Stories (Heyday)

Greg Sarris in conversation with Andrew Lam

Award winning writer Greg Sarris celebrates Native American roots and ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain with sixteen interconnected original stories.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of Heyday Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

High Sierra (1941)

March 2018 - The Edge of Noir

Bogie plays a career criminal with a moral code in the movie that made him a star.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

18th A.J. Fink Amateur Championship

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Monday, March 05, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Fundamentals of Microsoft Excel

Digital Literacy Series

This class will share some of the basic ways to organize and format data in the almighty Excel spreadsheet. We'll be learning how to create and edit a worksheet, to use formulas within a cell, and to format and design your spreadsheet for your information needs.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 6:30pm

What the Hell is a 21st Century Library?

With California State Librarian Greg Lucas

Please join California State Librarian Greg Lucas for a thought-provoking presentation followed by Q&A with attendees.

Members & Public Free with a book donation

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

A High Wind in Jamaica

By Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes's celebrated short novel is a masterpiece of concentrated narrative.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 6:30pm

Poison: A Novel (Atria Books)

Author John Lescroart in conversation with Mechanics’ Institute Executive Director Ralph Lewin

In this riveting new book by “master of the legal thriller” (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart, attorney Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family. 

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 09, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Out of the Past (1947)

March 2018 - The Edge of Noir

A former gangster finds that a violent past is not easy to escape.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

The Author Website: Building a Site That Works

Presented by Linda Lee, web designer and founder of WordPress Bootcamp

Learn the basics and how to improve what you already have — featuring WordPress.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

WordPress Bootcamp: Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It

Presented by Linda Lee, web designer and founder of WordPress Bootcamp

Learn the basics of using a WordPress built website.

Members $119
Public $139

Classes
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

D is for Deadbeat

By Sue Grafton

When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Discussion Group

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics' Institute members and staff. The group will view a TED Talk together and an informal discussion will follow the viewing.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:30pm

Proust Seminar at M.I.

with Dr. Mark Calkins

Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White calls, “the most respected novel of the twentieth century.” Whether you've been too intimidated to begin the novel, already wrestled with Proust's dense prose, or know the joys of savoring his work, you’ll find something of value in reading it with an expert guide.

Members $70
Public $100

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

With author Jaron Lanier

The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Financial Literacy Series

Obtain extensive company news and business/competitor intelligence, plus comprehensive financial overviews and performance ratings in this resource whose coverage is international in scope. We will explore how to access relevant articles published in scholarly journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and newspapers on specific companies, industries, or business topics.

Members Only; Free

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Max Wilkerson Memorial

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays 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, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm

Beautiful Days: Stories

With author Joyce Carol Oates

In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior—until the hour when they do not

Members $10
Public $20

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Information Sources on Private Companies

Financial Literacy Series

This tutorial demonstrates resources, both web-based and print, that provide relevant information on private firms.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am

2018 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

This championship will let aspiring young chess players compete for prizes, trophies, and the respect of their peers!

Free

Classes
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Workshopping Your Villain: The Characters We Love to Hate

with Cara Black

In this afternoon workshop you’ll learn techniques for creating and writing a memorable villain. A villain you love to hate who orchestrates the plot of your story. The villain is the architect of noir, the raison d’etre of the crime novel.

Members $199
Public $249

Classes
Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, April 02, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

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.

MI Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Imre Konig Memorial

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, April 09, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

A Legacy of Spies

By John le Carré

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. 

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Character of Plot

with David Corbett

Forget arbitrary plot points and formulaic three-act structure. In this day-long workshop, award-winning writer and teacher David Corbett will guide students in the craft of building compelling plots by focusing on creating and developing strong, complex characters with profound, mutually incompatible needs and desires, and letting those competing longings drive the action.

Members $189
Public $219

Classes
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays 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, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

The Perfect Pitch and the Quintessential Query with Carlisle Webber

Writing a 100,000-word novel can seem like an easy task when you’re faced with the challenge of summing it up in a 250-word query. Learn how to write a query that will catch an agent’s attention and convince them to take a look at your novel. You’ll also learn how to pitch your book in person at a writers conference.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Workshopping Your Perfect Pitch and Quintessential Query with Carlisle Webber

This is a hands-on workshop for your specific pitch and query.

Members $99
Public $119

Classes
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

The Nigger of the Narcissus

by Joseph Conrad

The crew of the merchant ship Narcissus rally around a critically ill fellow crewmember, James Wait, putting their lives and the fate of the ship in jeopardy. Based in part on author Joseph Conrad’s experience during a voyage from Bombay to London, The Nigger of the Narcissus is considered to be one of Conrad’s best works.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Charles Powell Memorial

5 Round Swiss

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

12th Annual Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz

Come and pay tribute to an old friend! There will be a chance to reminiscence about Ray over light refreshments both before and after the event.

6 Double Round Swiss

Members & Public $10
Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs
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Classes
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

The Acorn Class: Growing Your Writing Ideas

with Victoria Zackheim

We've all been struck by that acorn—that nut of an idea—but what to do with it? In this course, we'll explore how one little idea can be nurtured and developed into many media possibilities: short story or poem, feature film or documentary, essay, memoir, novel, theater play. You'll share an idea and together we'll explore all the possibilities…and then you will write! 

Members $149
Public $179

Classes
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Dead Cert

by Dick Francis

As jockey Alan York looked at the back of Bill Davidson astride the great horse Admiral, one thing was different...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays 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, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Comics and Graphic Novels with Trina Robbins

Superheroes will never die, but since the beginning of this century there has been more and more interest in non-superhero comics and graphic novels on every subject. Graphic novels are sold in bookstores and featured on library shelves.  Even if you’re drawing your own comic, you still need to write it.

MI Members $89
Public $109

Classes
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

55th Arthur Stamer Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

"Aboutness"-- A Workshop for Novelists and Narrative Memoirists

with Sandra Scofield

You can write a narrative all the way to the end and still not be able to say what it is about. Uh-oh. Learn how to capture the essence of a story in a few clear sentences. That analysis becomes a North Star for your character and plot development. It is your way into drafting or revising a story, and it's your way into convincing someone they really should read it.

Members $129
Public $159

Classes
Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Devotion of Suspect X

by Keiko Higashino

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th William Addison Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.