Book Groups

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services. Looking for something to do from home? Check out this list of Homebound Resources.

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

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, April 23rd at 5:00 p.m. when they will discuss The China Mirage by James Bradley. The next meeting will be held via Zoom, a video conferencing service.

Meeting ID: 468 956 324
Password: 201368

Join Zoom Meeting by internet on computer or cell phone (for video and/or audio):
https://zoom.us/j/468956324?pwd=bjdwZTI4eEhKSy9EVGN2VmZwcFJZQT09
Connect via the telephone (audio only): 1-646-558-8656

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, April 30th at 5 p.m. when My Antonia by Willa Cather 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, May 7th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel. 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 next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff.

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, April 15th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini.

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


Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services.

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