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.

First Thursday Book Club

This book group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Essex Library 1889 Room. The group’s next meeting will be Thursday, February 6th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Madeline Romano leads the discussion. This group meets in the 1889 Room at the Essex Library.

cover image shows orange marigold flowers against a field of blue. A cityscape is visible in the background.Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Historical Fiction Book Group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Essex Library. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 11th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.


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, March 26th at 5 p.m. when My Antonia by Willa Cather will be discussed.

Third Wednesday Book Group

This book group, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 Essex Meadows. Library Director Deb Smith moderates the discussion. Their next meeting will take place Wednesday, February 19th at 11 a.m. when the group will discuss River of Doubt by Candice Millard.


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, March 19th at 5:00 p.m. when they will discuss The China Mirage by James Bradley.