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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
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Monsters and Magic in Victorian England

a librarian-led discussion group

Victorian society firmly believed in science and rationalism. Meanwhile, the popular imagination and the arts became obsessed with monsters and magic – things that weren't real.  

...Or were they?

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

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.

Activities
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

50/50 Day -- Bay Area Women on the Political Front Lines

With Rose Aguilar, Christine Pelosi, Jackie, Clare Winterton, Natasha Middleton, and Moderator Kath Delaney

Join an invigorating discussion on and by Bay Area women on the political front lines. Panelists will discuss new directions and opportunities for women entering politics in the Bay Area, state-wide and beyond. 

Members & Public Free

Activities
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Making of An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

with Benjamin Madley

Join us and author Benjamin Madley for a behind the scenes look at the writing of his prize winning history, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, (Yale University Press, 2016).

MI Members Free
Institute for Historical Study Free
Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

A League of Their Own (1992)

April 2018 -- Spring Flings

A women’s professional baseball team takes hits and takes flight during World War II.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Creative Writer's Professional Toolkit

with Lyzette Wanzer

Want to be taken seriously as an author, even though you have yet to establish a record of impressive publishing credits or complete a Great American Novel? You need to learn to treat your writing--poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism--as a business. The instructor will introduce you to several tools that will enable you to boost your writing career.

Members $29
Public $39

Activities
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Here’s to Your Career Change! Resume Makeover Clinic for Career Transitioning

Will you be looking for a new job in the new year? Join a group of career changers in an immersive resume makeover clinic with fellow job seekers. We will focus on creative techniques that can power you ahead as you transition to a new job function or industry. In your future job search you will be competing with applicants who have been there, done that, and have won awards doing it. Your successful career transition will require you to do more, and do things differently.

Members & Public Free

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.

Activities
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Mayoral Candidate Forum: Neighborhood Issues

San Francisco SOUTH SIDE

We are excited to partner with the San Francisco Neighborhood Network in the hosting of two Mayoral Candidate Forums.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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.

Activities
Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 6:30pm

ZYZZYVA 2018 Spring Issue Celebration

Come join ZYZZYVA for a celebration of their newest issue, "the Spring Issue" featuring readings by contributors Natalie Serber, Christopher Adamson, Greg Sarris, Mackenzie Evan Smith, and Tom Barbash. Emceed by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon.

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

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 04, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

May 2018 -- Treasures from the MI Film Collection

The adventures of a British naval captain in Central American waters during the Napoleonic Wars.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

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
More information
No registration required.

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

12th Annual Steve Brandwein / Ray Schutt / Jay Whitehead Memorial Blitz

Come and pay tribute to old friends!

6 Double Round Swiss

Members & Public $10
Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, May 07, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Mayoral Candidate Forum: Neighborhood Issues

San Francisco NORTH SIDE

We are excited to partner with the San Francisco Neighborhood Network in the hosting of two Mayoral Candidate Forums.

Members & Public Free

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.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:30pm

A Dangerous Woman: The Life of Florence Gould (St. Martin’s Press)

Author Susan Ronald in conversation with Journalist Frances Dinkelspiel

This engrossing biography introduces us to San Francisco born millionaire socialite expatriate Florence Gould: part grifter, part arts patron, 100% self-invented American.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Tea With Mussolini (1999)

May 2018 -- Treasures from the MI Film Collection

A group of British female expatriates take in an orphan boy in Florence in 1935.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

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
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

Comfort Lit – Litquake – Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat (William Morrow)

With author Jonathan Kauffman

This enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Members & Public Free

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 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Value Line Resource Center

electronic resources at the MI

Both new and long-time users of Value Line will learn how to best use this financial resource.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: A mixer to fill and form writers groups!

Are you interested in joining a writers’ group or connecting with other MI writers? Come to this networking hour and learn about the writers’ groups that are currently looking for new members and meet other writers that are interested in forming a group.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Theory of Everything (2014)

May 2018 -- Treasures from the MI Film Collection

Marvelous performances anchor this biography of Stephen and Jane Hawking.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

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.

Meet the Author(s)
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:30pm

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (Harper)

With author Simon Winchester

Precision is an essential component of the modern world. Much of what is important in our everyday lives—our cell phones, our computers, our cars, our ballpoint pens—is fitted together with precision to operate with near-perfection.

Mechanics' Institute Members $15
Commonwealth Club Members $15
Public $25

Activities
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Monsters and Magic in Victorian England

a librarian-led discussion group

Victorian society firmly believed in science and rationalism. Meanwhile, the popular imagination and the arts became obsessed with monsters and magic – things that weren't real.  

...Or were they?

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (Yale University Press)

Author Lillian Faderman in conversation with author/activist Cleve Jones

This compelling biography explores the complexities of Harvey Milk’s life, from his Jewish childhood on Long Island to his final years as a progressive politician committed to social justice.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Exploring the Amazing History of You with Ancestry Library Edition

electronic resources at the MI

Are you really descended from British Royalty? Or were your ancestors Italian peasant goat herders? Come find your roots in this hands-on class using immigration, census, vital, military and other records.

Members Only; Free

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.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

La La Land (2016)

May 2018 -- Treasures from the MI Film Collection

An aspiring pianist and an equally ambitious actress fall in love in this contemporary L.A. musical.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

SAVE IT! How to collect and organize family and community life stories

with Basya Petnick

As our elders age and the pace of life in the 21st century quickens, using oral history to preserve family and community memories is more vital than ever. This one-day workshop will help jumpstart your project by focusing on the two most important aspects of oral history projects: the art of the interview and the art and technology of presentation. 

 

MI Members $100
CA Genealogical Society $100
Public $125

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.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 12:00pm

Comfort Lit – Litquake – Chasing Mercury: A Novel (Cove International Publishers)

Author September Williams

September Williams’ debut novel is a romance-suspense-memoir that connects human rights, environmental justice and romance.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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.

Activities
Friday, June 08, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Walking San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive

a talk about the book

It's the 80th anniversary of San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive. Join the authors of this fascinating guidebook for an inspiring program filled with famous sites and the quirky stories they uncovered while walking the entire route. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Members and Public 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.

Activities
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers' Lunch with David Colin Carr

Begin Your Book at the End: Writing the Back Cover Copy

Stay on course and speed your writing process!

Members & Public 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
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Monsters and Magic in Victorian England

a librarian-led discussion group

Victorian society firmly believed in science and rationalism. Meanwhile, the popular imagination and the arts became obsessed with monsters and magic – things that weren't real.  

...Or were they?

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

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.

Classes
Wednesday, June 20, 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.

Classes
Wednesday, June 20, 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, June 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Like Death

by Guy De Maupassant

Newly returned to Paris after her education is complete, Annette de Guilleroy's parents have put together an excellent match for her. Everything is as it should be — or is it?

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

Activities
Thursday, June 21, 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, June 21, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Mergent Intellect

electronic resources at the MI

Discover the breadth of information that can be retrieved using this powerful upgrade of Hoover's basic database offering.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Saturday, June 23, 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 24, 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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Activities
Monday, June 25, 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.

Members & Public Free
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Activities
Tuesday, June 26, 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
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Activities
Thursday, June 28, 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
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No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Become an AUTHORpreneur: Turn Your Book into a Paying Business

with Sam Horn

It's one thing to write a book. It's another thing to turn it into a full or part-time career where you're earning a good living getting paid to do work you love. In this highly interactive workshop, you 'll learn exactly what to do to.

Members $149
Public $189

Classes
Saturday, June 30, 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
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No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 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
Thursday, July 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.

Classes
Saturday, July 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, July 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, July 09, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Kill-Off

by Jim Thompson

Luane Devore's days are numbered. All her neighbors in the declining seaside resort town of Manduwoc want her dead...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 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, July 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, July 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, July 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.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Siege of Krishnapur

by J. G. Farrell

India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.

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

Activities
Thursday, July 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.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Charles Bagby Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, July 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
Sunday, July 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
Thursday, July 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, July 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, July 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, August 01, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Siege of Krishnapur

by J. G. Farrell

India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.

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

Activities
Thursday, August 02, 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, August 04, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, August 04, 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, August 05, 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, August 09, 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, August 11, 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, August 12, 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, August 16, 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, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

13th Bernardo Smith Memorial Under 2200

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, August 18, 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, August 19, 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, August 21, 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.