Not a library I ever want to visit

Library-at-Mount-Char-book-cover“Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.” So opens the contemporary dark fantasy, “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins, our Titles on Tap book for September. The story follows a group of people who call themselves “librarians.” They were all raised by a man they call “Father,” who has been to them father, teacher, god, and tormentor – and who is now missing. Is this a weird brainwashed cult living on a compound? Are we looking at a near-future dystopia, and does the America we know still exist? Can the librarians’ strange abilities possibly be real, or are they pure imagination? What power does the Father hold, and if he’s really gone, which librarian will usurp that power?

Beautiful and brutal, this book is hard to put down. We have copies of the book and audiobook at Reference, and the audio is available for instant download from hoopla. Pick up a copy and join us on Tuesday September 27 at 7:30 pm at Napper Tandy’s in Norwood. If the weather is still nice, hey, we might try the deck, otherwise we’ll be in the left-hand-side bar. Cheers!

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.”