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, January 21st at 5:00 p.m. when they will discuss The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. The January 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, December 17th at 5 p.m. when Night and Day by Virginia Woolf will be discussed.

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

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, December 3rd at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Marley by Jon Clinch and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.

The group will read No Stopping Us Now by Gail Collins on Thursday, January 7th.

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, December 8th at 10:30 a.m., where they will discuss Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

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, January 20th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

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  Meeting ID: 506217473#

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Curbside Pickup Available

The Essex Library is currently offering Contact free pickup. In-person browsing, borrowing and computer services are suspended until further notice. To reserve a book for Park and Pickup, call us at (860) 767-1560 or email us at staff.essexlib@gmail.com.

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