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 Interim Director Ann Thompson. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 15th at 5:00 p.m.  when we discuss David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. The group meets in person and on Zoom. (List of Previous American History Book Choices)

Meeting ID: 812 9712 1818
Passcode: 741390
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 is Thursday, September 29th at 5 p.m. to discuss The Song Of The Lark by Willa Cather.

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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, September 8th at 4 p.m. in the Program Room to discuss Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. Essex Library staffer Ellen Miller moderates the discussions.


Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Historical Fiction Book Group meets at 10:30 a.m. The group’s next meeting will be Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the Program Room. The group will discuss The Agony and The Ecstasy by Irving Stone.


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. Interim Director Ann Thompson moderates the discussion. Their next meeting is Wednesday, September 21st at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss The Chancellor by Kati Marton.