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. Readers of all ages are invited to join our book groups at any time.


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 Executive Director Ann Thompson. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will be Thursday, January 19th at 5:00 p.m. when we’ll discuss Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. The group meets in person and on Zoom.

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 group is moderated by Executive Director Ann Thompson. The next meeting is Thursday, February 9th at 5 p.m. to discuss My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin.

This group meets on Zoom.

To join through Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89329135203?pwd=dS9PRjh2WUVTcER3ZHV6MUpESnBNQT09

Meeting ID: 893 2913 5203
Passcode: 447862

List of Previous Classic Book Choices


First Thursday Book Club

This book group usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.

The group’s next meeting will be Thursday, January 5th at 4 p.m. in the Program Room to discuss This Is Happiness by Niall Williams. Essex Library staffer Ellen Miller moderates the discussions.

To join through Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81301140805

List of Previous First Thursday Book Choices


Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Historical Fiction Book Group meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Program Room.

The group’s next meeting will be Tuesday, December 13th at 10:30 a.m. The group, moderated by Executive Director Ann Thompson, will discuss The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher.

To join through Zoom: email athompson@essexlib.org for link.

List of Previous Historical Fiction Book Choices


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. Executive Director Ann Thompson moderates the discussion.

Their next meeting is Wednesday, December 21st at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.

List of Previous Third Wednesday Book Choices