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Activities
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch

Memoir as a Political Act with Mireya S. Vela and Julián Esteban Torres López

How can memoir be a political act? When living under oppressive systems, the simple act of standing up and sharing personal stories that go against the mainstream is a political act.

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:00pm

Human Desire (1954)

September 2019 - Fritz Lang: Guilty Pleasures

Lang adapted Emile Zola’s novel about an adulterous affair into a doom-drenched noir.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

What's Your Story? Become an Unforgettable Storyteller

How to create, frame, and tell memorable stories for every occasion

Presented by Kate Farrell, author, librarian, storyteller, and founder of the Word Weaving Storytelling Project.

Members $25
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesday 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.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 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, September 26, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Dead Beat Scroll

Author Mark Coggins in conversation with Randal Brandt

Murder and mayhem surround a mysterious manuscript by Jack Kerouac in this novel by Mark Coggins

Members FREE
Mystery Fans FREE
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

While the City Sleeps (1956)

September 2019 - Fritz Lang: Guilty Pleasures

New York newspapermen compete to nab a serial killer in this deft mix of crime thriller and office politics.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

How to Write Stunning Sentences with Nina Schuyler

What sentences do you craft to capture anxiety? Thought? A reminiscent narrator? What kind of sentence creates a feeling of euphoria? Of exhaustion? By the end of this class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.

Members $60
Public $75

Classes
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Poets & Writers' Bay Area Literary Roundtable Meeting

Featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck

Join Poets & Writers, the nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, at the Mechanics' Institute for a Literary Roundtable Meeting featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

A Hero of Our Time

by Mikhail Lermontov

Initially published in 1840, this celebrated and influential work of Russian literature was translated from Russian to English by Vladimir and Dmitri Nabokov in 1958, and Paul Foote in 1966.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 03, 2019 - 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
Friday, October 04, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Writing the Past: The Truth of Historical Fiction

In this workshop, we'll examine the basics--from research to voice to pacing--in creating works of historical fiction.

Early Bird MI Members $39
Early Bird Public $49

Book Group Meetings - Fast Fridays
Friday, October 04, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

"The Projectionist"

by Joe R. Lansdale

"The Projectionist" is a short story by Joe R. Lansdale based on the 1939 painting New York Movie by Edward Hopper.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Friday, October 04, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Clues to Writing a Mystery

Cozy, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, police procedural, thriller. All can be found on the mystery shelf, but each of these sub-genres has its own rules. In this workshop, we'll discuss the differences but focus on the common essential elements: plot and character.

Early Bird MI Members $39
Early Bird Public $49

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 04, 2019 - 6:00pm

Defending Your Life (1991)

October 2019 - American Independents: Taking a Stand

In the afterlife, a recently deceased advertising executive defends his life in a court-like setting.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

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
Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, October 07, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Snatch

by Bill Pronzini

Untrusting of the San Francisco Police Department, financier Louis Marinetti's hires a private eye to find his missing nine-year-old. When a briefcase containing $300,000 in ransom is snatched from a secluded location, chaos erupts.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Shop Smarter: Consumer Reports Online

Learn to navigate Consumer Reports' online portal. Attendees will explore how to locate reviews, compare products, and make secure online purchases.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Tour of Raff Distillerie

Come tour the facility of Raff Distillerie and learn about the craft and history of distilling in San Francisco by master distiller Carter Raff.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 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, October 10, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursday of Every 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.

Members Only; Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Lone Star (1996)

October 2019 - American Independents: Taking a Stand

A newly discovered skeleton unearths many other long-buried secrets in a Texas border town.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:30pm

LITQUAKE: 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

Author Tiffany Shlain in conversation with writer Kevin Smokler

Timothy Leary's "turn on, tune in, drop out" is now replaced by Tiffany Shlain's new mantra "unplug, turn-off and re-connect -- in person, of course!"

Members & Public Free

Classes
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesday of Every 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, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

American Pastoral

by Philip Roth

American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm

LITQUAKE: The Berlin Woman with author Alan Kaufman

When two writers start a volatile affair, their relationship is affected by conflicting political views and a world of rising unrest and xenophobia.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 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, October 17, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Value Line Resource Center

Smart Research, Smarter Investing

Learn about Value Line's ranking system for stocks, and how to access feature articles and analysts' commentaries.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:30pm

LITQUAKE: The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource

With author Obi Kaufmann

Award-winning writer Obi Kaufman offers an illustrated guide to the ways we conserve, use, abuse and restore water--the source of life and habitat in California.

Members & Public Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:30pm

LITQUAKE: Cantoras

With author Carolina De Robertis

A revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately family.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch: Legal Issues for Writers

A conversation with Robert Pimm and Rick Homan

Join us for a conversation with literary attorney Robert Pimm and author Rick Homan on legal issues commonly faced by writers including how best to collaborate with coauthors and illustrators, how to relate to publishers and literary agents, contract basics, and much more!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

A Serious Man (2009)

October 2019 - American Independents: Taking a Stand

Strange, sometimes supernatural events upend the comfortable, midwestern life of a professor of physics.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Am I descended from royalty or farmers?

An Ancestry workshop

Come dive into Ancestry Library Edition to find out where your ancestors really came from, what they did for a living, and much more.

Members only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Learn to Play Chess like a Boss: Make Pawns of Your Opponents with Tips and Tricks from a Grandmaster of the Game

With author Patrick Wolff

The path to a perfect checkmate is possible with the advice and techniques of a Grand Master player in this informative and accessible chess book.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 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, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm

Cafe French: A Flaneur's Guide to the Language, Lore and Food of the Paris Café

With author L. John Harris

Venez ici! Pull up a chair and sip an aperitif with author L. John Harris who discusses his favorite French cafés and the rituals of café culture in Paris!

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes (PTEE) Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Winter's Bone (2010)

October 2019 - American Independents: Taking a Stand

A teenaged girl in the rural Ozarks sets out to find her missing father, who put up the family's home as part of his bond for manufacturing meth.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

How Mastering the Art of Letter Writing Elevates Your Fiction -- Talk and Q&A

In this 2-hour talk, we'll examine pacing, conflict, setting, and discuss how you can use letters to gain insight into your characters.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Workshop Your Query Letter to Finally Get an Agent

In this afternoon session, we'll dig deep into your agent query letters, helping you brainstorm your ideas in small group critique sessions along with instructor feedback.

Members $69
Public $79

Classes
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings -
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Discuss the Life and Work of Toni Morrison: Home

Join fellow members in a discussion of Morrison's 2012 novel, Home

Members only; Free

Activities
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 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.

Book Group Meetings - Fast Fridays
Friday, November 01, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Wamsutter Wolf"

by Annie Proulx

Unhappy with Denver, Buddy Millar moves back to his parents' house only to have the place burglarized under his watch. Buddy decides to move to Wamsutter, a depressed red-dirt trailer park town in Wyoming. Unruly dogs introduce his new neighbors Cheri and her husband, Raze Wham, who turns out to be Buddy's sociopathic bully from high school. When Buddy intervenes in a domestic incident involving the couple's children, Cheri and Buddy grow entangled in a complicated relationship.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

American Pastoral

by Philip Roth

American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 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, November 07, 2019 - 6:30pm

American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford with author Roland De Wolk. Co-sponsored by Alta Magazine.

The untold story of Leland Stanford -- from his birth in a backwoods bar to becoming one of America's most powerful and wealthy robber barons of his time.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Readers of Alta Magazine Free
Public $15

Classes
Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

Inside the Magnetic Fields: Surrealism at 100 Festival produced by City Lights Booksellers & Publishing

Georges Bataille with author Stuart Kendall with Mark Calkins

Impossible Surrealism: Georges Bataille and the Surrealist Demand features a conversation about Bataille's themes, manifestos and practices.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of City Lights Free
Public $10

Activities
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 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, November 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursday of Every 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.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Superwoman: Miriam Michelson and Suffrage Activism in San Francisco with author Lori Harrison-Kahan in conversation with MI Events Director Laura Sheppard. Co-sponsored by Alta Magazine and the Jewish Community Library, San Francisco.

The life and work of Miriam Michelson, a best-selling San Francisco novelist, revolutionary journalist, and feminist circa 1890, is revealed in this compelling book talk.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Readers of Alta Magazine Free
Friends of Jewish Community Library Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch

Make Your Crime Fiction More Realistic with Adam Plantinga

Ready to make your crime fiction more realistic? Join author and police sergeant Adam Plantinga for a discussion about his first book's rocky road to publication as well as some of the key differences between fictional cops and real cops and why those differences should matter to the author.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Jewel That Was Ours

by Colin Dexter

Inspector Morse is on the case at Oxford's luxurious Randolph Hotel. An American tourist dies and a priceless jewel bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum by her late husband is missing from her hotel room. Quirky and sophisticated, the Jewel That Was Ours is a mystery for readers who love to solve puzzles.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

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
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesday of Every 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, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety was a National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction in 1987.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 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, November 21, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Financial Intelligence Pays Off

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

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale with author Adam Minter

In conversation with MI Executive Director Kimberly Scrafano

Reuse, recycling, environmental issues and ecology all come together in this book about our stuff and where it goes.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 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
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 12:00pm

Medication Education and Safety for Seniors

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety was a National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction in 1987.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Fast Fridays
Friday, December 06, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

"Acceptance Journey"

by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill's short story "Acceptance Journey" focuses on what the author calls "liminal states," where you "never know what will happen."

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Play's the Thing

How does a play evolve? How do actors unravel the complexities of characters they portray?

Members $5
Public $5

Classes
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursday of Every 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.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesday of Every 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, and eAudiobooks.

Members Only; Free
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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

A Manual for Cleaning Women

by Lucia Berlin

Selected stories from Lucia Berlin, a writer overlooked in her lifetime, but now celebrated by contemporary critics, writers, and readers as a legend of the short-story format.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, January 04, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)

Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments.

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Lina Krubnik & Sophie Adams

The intimate class welcomes all beginner and intermediate levels — from not knowing how the pieces move to those who play casual chess with friends and family. You will have the opportunity to solve some puzzles/combinations, followed by a lecture (always something difference!) and last 30 minutes reserved for free play.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

A Legal Guide to Book Publishing

The Legal Guide to Book Publishing class covers the primary legal and business issues in modern book publishing. Learn what you need to know about mainstream, self-publishing, and e-book publishing.

Members $29
Public $39

Classes
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Create a Professional Literary Resume

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion?

Members $49
Public $59

Classes
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

How to Apply for Creative Writing Grants

This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for--or wish to learn about--writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies. 

Members $59
Public $69