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

    • New Book Group!The Moveable Feast Book Group – Our newest addition to our book group offerings invites members to travel with us to discuss books at different venues around Chelmsford and surrounding towns. This group will meet on Saturdays at a location and time to be decided by the group. Check the calendar for details – hope you can join us!
    • 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
    • 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

Teen Book Groups (Entering Grades 5+)

    • Beach & Brunch Book Group – Join us on Wednesday, July 19th at 10 AM at the beach at Varney Park for breakfast and to discuss Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan! Register and pick up your book starting May 1st. Please let us know if you have any food allergies and we will accommodate you!
    • Bibliobites Teen Book Group – Join on Wednesday, August 16th at 12 PM at the Main Library to discuss Close to Famous by Joan Bauer and make mug cakes! Register and pick up your book starting June 1st.

Recent Reading Room Posts

  • Bacon Sandwich - In February, Bibliobites members made lots of sandwiches from that month’s book, ‘wichcraft by Tom Colicchio.  Thinking about sandwiches, making them, and eating them brought back a long-ago memory for me.  Readers, have you ever enjoyed a transcendent sandwich?  A combination of time, place, and ingredients that turned an everyday lunch  into a blissful eating … Continue reading Bacon Sandwich
  • Great new books for Spring! -   If all these snow days have left your TBR list a little short, never fear – we’re here with a great new list of books to build it back up again! One of my favorites, Peter Swanson (The Girl with a Clock for a Heart), returns with his latest Highsmith-infused suspense thriller, All the … Continue reading Great new books for Spring!
  • Go Sally, Go! - “The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.”  –Sally Ride News reporter Lynn Sherr became friends with Sally Ride during her years of coverage of NASA and the space program.  This friendship continued for thirty years.  Her biography Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space will be our next Moveable Feast book group selection … Continue reading Go Sally, Go!

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.

Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

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

  • – 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

  • ALA Book Club Central – Book Club Central is an online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more, presented through the American Library Association (ALA)
  • – 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
  • – Read the first chapter of books on this site for free in your email

How to Start a Book Group & Reading Group Guides