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.

 To the bright edge of the world cover featuring a hiker and the silhouette of an eagleHistorical 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, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska’s Wolverine River while leaving behind his young wife.


Magpie Murders coverFirst 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, October 4th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


Scoop 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, November 15th at 5:30 p.m. when Scoop by Evelyn Waugh will be discussed.


book cover 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappearedThird 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, October 17th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.


Grant biography 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, November 15th when they will discuss Grant by Ron Chernow.