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

the october list book coverEvery 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 June 20th at 5:30 p.m. when the group will discuss The October List by Jeffery Deaver. Librarian Valerie Grabek will moderate the group.

Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

news of the world book coverOn 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, August 8th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles. 1870: Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world.  Along the way, he promises to deliver an orphaned girl, who had been kidnapped by a Kiowa tribe, to her real family in San Antonio.

Nutshell by Ian McEwanFirst 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, July 6th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Nutshell by Ian McEwan. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


Innocents Abroad CoverClassics 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 22nd at 5:30 p.m. when The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain 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 in Fall 2017.

Bobby Kennedy book coverAmerican 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, September 28th when they will discuss Bobby Kennedy: The Making of Liberal Icon by Larry Tye.