Braggsville, ya’ll

welcome-to-braggsville-book-coverOkay folks, it’s time once again for Titles on Tap, and wow do we have a lot to talk about with this latest book. One of our group members, Andy, chose “Welcome to Braggsville” by T. Geronimo Johnson for our August book – we still have a few copies left at the Reference Desk if you need one. There’s so much material to work with here – and if you haven’t reached the reenactment yet, read fast! We don’t want to worry about major plot spoilers. We’re meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 8/23 at 7:30 pm at Napper Tandy’s, either inside on the left-hand-side of the bar, or all the way through on the back patio if the weather is nice.

Library-at-Mount-Char-book-coverCan’t join us on 8/23 and want to get a jump on September’s title? We have paper books and books on CD, plus the audio is also available through hoopla digital. We’re delving into trippy dark fantasy with “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins, his debut novel. Grab a copy at Reference and join us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday 9/27 at 7:30 pm.

Cheers, ya’ll!

We all make bad decisions in college, but…

WelcometoBraggsville…maybe not on quite the epic scale of D’aron, Louis, Candice, and Charlie, the main characters in our latest Titles on Tap read, “Welcome to Braggsville” by T. Geronimo Johnson. Just try to correct a rural Southern community on issues of race – you’re from “Berzerkely” and you know better. Oh, and definitely make sure you stage your act of cutting social commentary – a “performative intervention” – during their annual Civil War reenactment, called “Patriot Days.” That’s definitely going to have the desired effect, right?


Pick up a copy at the Reference desk, or listen to the audio on hoopla digital, and join us at Napper Tandy’s on 8/23 at 7:30 pm. Depending on the weather, we’ll either be in the left-hand-side bar or on the back deck.

This Just In –

ManCalledOveMore copies of July’s title, “A Man Called Ove,” have just arrived. If you don’t have a copy yet, come up to the Reference Desk to snag one. It’s a fast read, you can definitely finish it before we meet on Tuesday 7/26 at 7:30 pm. And don’t forget, “A Man Called Ove” is also available on hoopla in audiobook format.


WelcometoBraggsvilleWant to get a jump on August’s book? We have copies of that, too! August’s title was chosen by one of our group member’s, Andy, and is a very timely contemporary fiction. College students know everything, right? And satirical hard-hitting practical joke street theatre can change minds and fix communities, right? In “Welcome to Braggsville,” not so much. We’ll be meeting Tuesday 8/23 at 7:30 pm at Napper Tandy’s to discuss “Welcome to Braggsville” (which, incidentally, is also available in audiobook format on hoopla).

And again, if you don’t see us in the left-hand-side bar, we’re probably out on the back deck enjoying the beautiful weather, so just walk straight through past the bathrooms.

Oh! And by the way, you should all be taking part in MML’s Adult’s Summer Reading! You can enter the books you read this summer for a chance to win weekly drawings for Barnes & Noble gift cards. And, way more fun, we’re doing Reader’s BINGO! For every BINGO row you complete you get an entry into a drawing at the end of the summer for a David Bowie READ poster. So those squares about reading a sci-fi novel, book translated from another language, book chosen by someone else – you Titles on Tap readers have got those nailed! Learn more here, and enter a BINGO duel with our Tech Librarian, Alli.

A Man Called Ove

ManCalledOveGood news and bad news – our Titles on Tap book for July, “A Man Called Ove,” is a bestseller. It really is a delightful book, but its popularity means we’re having trouble getting and keeping physical copies. If you want an actual paper copy to read, run don’t walk (well, I mean be safe, don’t fall or anything) to the Reference Desk because we only have one copy left. We also have a copy of the book on CD for those of you who listen to books while driving, and we will soon have a Playaway copy.

But! We’re lucky to have instant, 24/7 access to the audiobook through hoopla. You can stream the audio on a computer or download it to the hoopla app. The audio only runs about 9 hours, and the beauty of hoopla is that you can speed up the reader. You can finish this book in a day!

So, pickup or download a copy and join us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday 7/26 at 7:30 pm. We may be in the left-hand-side bar, but if you don’t see us, walk all the way through past the bathrooms to the back deck – it’s lovely back there.🙂

Clackers, by jove!

Last night one of our members mentioned that someone has actually built Babbage’s Difference Engine, and you can see it in action in this youtube video. We were all wondering over the vocabulary and slang used in “The Difference Engine,” and in this video you can tell why the engineers who worked with these machines were called “clackers.”

Meet Me on the Deck?

difference_engineHi all, if you’re joining us for Titles on Tap tonight to discuss “The Difference Engine” (which I hope you will be!), we may try to meet on the back deck. So, if there’s no rain and you don’t see us right away when you walk into the left-hand-side of Napper Tandy’s, try walking straight through past the bathrooms to the back deck. Cross your fingers, see you 6/28 at 7:30 pm!


ManCalledOveCan’t join us tonight? Get a jump on the next book, a runaway hit from Sweden, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. I have it from some Swedes that his name is pronounced “EW-vah,” sort of like how Wall-E says Eva’s name in Disney’s “Wall-E,” but will more of an OOO sound on the first syllable. This book is an international best seller and has been made into a movie in Sweden, and for better or worse is also a best seller in the USA at the moment. This means we have very limited copies of the physical book, so if you really want a paper copy, run – don’t walk – to the Reference Desk. There’s good news for audio-lovers though! We have the audiobook version of this book instantly available on hoopla, no waiting, no fines, free to all Norwood residents. Myself, I’ll be listening to the audio on hoopla so I don’t have to worry about mispronouncing all those Swedish names😉

Hope you can join us Tuesday July 26 @ 7:30 pm for “A Man Called Ove!”