Book Groups and Reading Resources

We have a wide variety of book groups that meet at both the Main Library and MacKay Branch. Drop in when you can or come every month, it is up to you! Enhance  your reading experience by discussing it with others!

If you would like to reserve one of our Book Club Kits for your own book group, please visit our Book Club Kits Reservation Form.

Library Book Groups

  • Bibliobites Book Group – A Book Group with a culinary focus, meets the last Friday of the month at 11 am.
  • Evening Book Group – meets at 7 p.m. usually on the first Monday of each month (with the exception of Monday holidays and summer months)
  • Friday Fiction – our bi-monthly reader’s advisory program
  • History Book Group – meets at 7 pm usually on the last Thursday of the month
  • Kids’ Book Group – for grades 4-6, meets once a month on Mondays at 4:15 pm to discuss a book on the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list
  • Morning Book Group – meets at 10 am on the third Wednesday of each month
  • Mystery Group at MacKay – meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:45 pm at the MacKay Branch and discusses any titles by the two authors chosen for that month
  • Novel Conversations Book Group – meets the first Friday at 12:30 pm at the Main Library

Recent Reading Room Posts

  • Bibliobites in January: Just Say “Non!” - French cooking has (despite Julia Child’s efforts) a reputation for being complicated, fussy, and maybe a bit pretentious.  It’s a cuisine famed for its reliance on butter, cream, and rich sauces.  Traditionally it’s a meat-centric cuisine as well, with vegetables being little more than an afterthought.  Well-known food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier, author of the January … Continue reading Bibliobites in January: Just Say “Non!”
  • One Book Chelmsford 2017 - This year’s One Book selection is Stronger, by Chelmsford native Jeff Bauman, about his experiences before and after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Copies of the book are available at the library, as well as the list of One Book programs leading up to a visit from the author on Friday, April 21st!
  • Top 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of Winter 2017 - Winter is going to be awesome for book fans! Make sure you don't miss these new and upcoming books by authors like A. G. Howard, Veronica Roth, Victoria Aveyard, and Adam Silvera!

Reading Resources

Commonwealth Catalog

A catalog showing the holdings of most libraries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This catalog is free to any MA library cardholder to use to request items be sent to your local library (provided the item is not available in your local library system). Please contact the Reference Staff for help locating or requesting an item.


eSequels: Guide to Fiction

Lists popular series books in order, and is searchable by character, location, subject, author, and title, to make it easy to find books based on whatever you know about the series.


NoveList: Reading Suggestions

A database of both fiction and non-fiction books that provides reviews, annotations, you-might-also-like suggestions, author read-alikes, What We’re Reading, book discussion Guides, booktalks, and annotated book lists.


Resources for Discussion Groups

Online Book Clubs

  • ReadersCircle.org – Online directory for book clubs and reading groups of all kinds, serving the US, Canada, and Australia
  • Goodreads – Online community to share book recommendations between friends and keep track of what you’ve read

Book Group Resources

  • LitLovers.com – Provides resources for avid readers and book clubs alike including Reading Group Activities, Suggestions for Leading a Book Club Discussion, Guides for How to Start a Children’s Book Club, and Menu Ideas for Starting a Book Club
  • The National Book Critics Circle – Founded in 1974 and consisting of 700+ book reviewers, this site elects top books in 5 general categories and also has links to other relevant book review websites
  • Bookdaily.com – Read the first chapter of books on this site for free in your email

How to Start a Book Group & Reading Group Guides