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.

Join us for a special discussion of  Our Towns: a 100,000-mile journey into the heart of America. Q & A Session with James Fallows and Deborah Fallows, authors of Our Towns on Tuesday, May 18th at 5 p.m.  Visit our ALA LTC Spring Book Discussions page for information on how to register.

American History Book Group VIA ZOOM

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 Deb Smith. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 20th at 5:00 p.m. when they will discus This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust. The May meeting will be held via Zoom, a video conferencing service.

Meeting ID: 827 0922 1054
Passcode: 743022

Join Zoom Meeting by internet on computer or cell phone (for video and/or audio):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82709221054?pwd=WHJpMDQwRVlVazgrUS90S2NNQklqQT09

Connect via the telephone (audio only):+1-646-558-8656

Classics Book Group VIA ZOOM

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, April 8th at 5 p.m. when Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell will be discussed.

This discussion will be facilitated by Executive Director Deborah Smith as part of our American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities grant to Small & Rural Libraries to discuss income inequality.

Meeting ID: 424 228 317
Password: 051879
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking:
Join by telephone (audio only): 1-646-558-8656

First Thursday Book Club VIA ZOOM

This book group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. The next meeting will be held via Zoom, a video conferencing service. The group’s next meeting will be Thursday, May 1st at 4 p.m. when they will discuss The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.

Meeting ID: 286 256 947
Password: 481018

Join Zoom Meeting by internet on computer or cell phone (for video and/or audio):
https://zoom.us/j/286256947?pwd=L2N4RmhUYkZ6Zlc2Wm9keWNPZWZqZz09
To join by telephone (audio only): 1-646-558-8656

Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi) VIA ZOOM

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Historical Fiction Book Group meets at 10:30 a.m. The next meeting will be held via Zoom, a video conferencing service. The group’s next meeting will be Tuesday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m., when they will discuss Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.

Meeting ID: 763 267 376
Password: 112166

Join Zoom Meeting by internet on computer or cell phone (for video and/or audio):
https://zoom.us/j/763267376?pwd=UTRkaFBIejArK3NvVElJcTBWS0JjUT09
Join by telephone (audio only): 1-646-558-8656

Book cover shows a landscape. Most of the photograph is blue sky with wispy white clouds. A slim line of green grass occupies the bottom.Third Wednesday Book Group

This book group, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Essex Meadows. Library Director Deb Smith moderates the discussion. Their next meeting will take place Wednesday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Heartland by Sarah Smarsh.

The May title for this group will be This is Happiness by Niall Williams.

Meeting ID: 506 217 473

Join Zoom Meeting by internet on computer or cell phone (for video and/or audio): https://zoom.us/j/506217473

To join by telephone (audio only): 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 506217473#
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Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are also available. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at staff.essexlib@gmail.com.

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