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.

image: a couple in WWI period clothing embraceHistorical 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 14 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Wake by Anna Hope. Wake is intercut with the stories of three Englishwomen who sustained tragic losses during WWI and the story of the Unknown Warrior’s journey from an unmarked grave in France to the public ceremony that will symbolically honor Britain’s fallen.

image: book cover shows a painting of a forest with large treesFirst 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 2nd at 4 p.m. when they will discuss The Overstory by Richard Powers. 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, June 6th at 5:30 p.m. when The Odyssey by Homer, (translated by Robert Fagles) will be discussed.

book cover hows painting of Gutenberg and an illustration of a cityThird 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 Wednesday, May 15th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie.


book cover shows a young boy and adult man on a river raftAmerican 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 16th when they will discuss The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.