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.

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, November 12th at 5:00 p.m. when they will discuss The Second Founding by Eric Foner. The November 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, October 29th at 5 p.m. when The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky will be discussed.

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

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, October 1st at 4 p.m. when they will discuss The Road to Little Dribbling: adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson. 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, October 13th, at 10:30 a.m., where they will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

The group will discuss Circe by Madeline Miller at their November 10th meeting.

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

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, October 21st at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

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):

US (New York)  +1-646-558-8656  Meeting ID: 506217473#

 

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association moved all services online. Looking for something to do from home? Check out our list of #StayHome Resources.

The Library records all programs and reports all Zoombombing, attempted Zoombombing, and/or misuse of our public programming platform to federal and local law enforcement.


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Booked to Browse Appointments

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Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3:oo p.m..

Park & Pickup (curbside) Service

Contact free pickup is available from tables in the library’s entrance:

Mondays – Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m..

Electronic services are available 24/7.

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. All returned items are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked-in. Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials.

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