Book Groups

Are you always looking for a good book or author? Do you like a lively discussion with other book enthusiasts? Then join one of our book groups! We have copies of the books available to borrow or you may click on the title and put a hold on the book in our catalog. Men and women of all ages are invited to join our book groups at any time.

The Whodunit Walking Book Group

Every third Tuesday, the Whodunit Walking Book Group will meet to discuss the month’s selected mystery book. The group will meet at the library before walking Cross Lots.  The walk will take about forty-five minutes, after which the group will wrap up back at the library. Come dressed comfortably with sneakers, as the Cross Lots has grassy pathways and slight hills. Please bring water and be ready for conversation!  The next discussion will take place on May 16th at 5:30 p.m. when the group will discuss I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Librarian Valerie Grabek will moderate the group.

Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Historical Fiction Book Group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Essex Library.  Librarian Emily Boucher is the moderator.  The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss The Known World by Edward P. Jones. With an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities, Jones tells the story of Henry Townsend, a former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia.

First Thursday Book Group

This book group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Essex Library 1889 Room. The group’s next meeting will be Thursday, May 4th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


Classics Book Group

Join this exciting book discussion group and meet those great books you’ve always meant to read or revisit. We’ll be exploring literature from across the wide Western canon; from Beowulf to Brideshead, and beyond. Guaranteed to provoke thoughtful, wide-ranging discussions, insights, and illumination. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. when Persuasion by Jane Austen will be discussed.

Third Wednesday Book Group

This book group, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 Essex Meadows. Library Director Richard Conroy moderates the discussion. Their next meeting will take place on the third Wednesday, May 17th when they will discuss Elsewhere by Richard Russo.


American History Book Group

The group meets every other month to discuss a book, primarily non-fiction, that deals with a topic, time-period or biographical work related to the rich history of the United States. The group is moderated by Library Director Richard Conroy. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will be 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th when they will discuss The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I by Thomas Fleming.