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: hands holding an orange origami paper craneHistorical 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, February 12th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. What happens when you’ve been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens? Novelist Julie Otsuka weaves the story of a Japanese American family sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert in 1942.

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, February 7th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. 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, March 28th at 5:30 p.m. when Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann will be discussed.

image: book cover shows watercolor painting of people on a street. orange text cover the paintingThird 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, February 20th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Dear Life by Alice Munro.


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, March 21st when they will discuss Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams.