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 April: Down-Home Cooking - In April our Bibliobites titles usually coordinate with the library’s One Book program, and this year was no exception. Our One Book title, Stronger by Jeff Bauman, features a Chelmsford-raised author and many references to local Chelmsford restaurants and locales. So it seemed appropriate to choose cookbooks that reflect local cuisine, both traditional and innovative. … Continue reading Bibliobites in April: Down-Home Cooking
- Reading List: The Handmaid’s Tale and other dystopias - The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel from the 1980’s, has been adapted for television, and the first three episodes aired last weekend via Hulu. If you are not familiar with the novel’s premise, it follows a member of the near future society of Gilead, where men have taken control and forced most women … Continue reading Reading List: The Handmaid’s Tale and other dystopias
- Read, Renew, Return: a reading list for Earth Day and every day - Today, April 22, is Earth Day, and people all over the country are using this day to march for science and draw attention to the importance of scientific research to our communities, economy, democracy and future. If you are wondering what you can do to protect our climate today, use this Earth Day to start investigating. Here are … Continue reading Read, Renew, Return: a reading list for Earth Day and every day
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Resources for Discussion Groups
- Book Club Kits available through the Library – To request a Book Club Kit, please contact the Circulation Desk 978-256-5521 x210
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