Book Groups and Reading Resources

We have a wide variety of book groups that meet at both the Main Library and on zoom. Drop in when you can or come every month, it is up to you! Enhance your reading experience by discussing it with others! Please contact Jill Kenny (978-256-5521 x1114) with book group questions.

Please note: Most of our book groups are meeting in a hybrid format (in person at the main branch or online through zoom). Register on the library’s calendar for access each month. Books for the groups are available at the Chelmsford Main Circulation Desk. 


Library Book Groups

  • Bibliobites Book Group – A Book Group with a culinary focus, meets the last Friday of the month at 11 am In person only
  • Evening Book Group – meets at 7 p.m.  on the first Monday of each month (with the exception of Monday holidays and summer months), HYBRID
  • Book Brunch – our “book share” reader’s advisory program meets every other month on the third Friday at 10:30am (in person by the fireplace at the main library) to hear about new books coming out and what others are reading – come ready to add to your TBR list! In person only
  • History Book Group – meets at 7 pm usually on the last Thursday of the month HYBRID
  • Knit Lit Book Group In-person only in the fireplace room – Bring your craft projects (knitting, crochet, quilting, felting, etc) and work on them while discussing the latest read!  Or just come to discuss the book and get inspired to start a new craft. Meets on the second Friday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m.
  • Let’s Talk Books with Jill and Julie – Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in the McCarthy Room and on zoom (HYBRID) Choose a book from the theme of the month and come to share your book choice and leave with a list of other recommendations within the theme
  • Morning Book Group – meets at 10 am on the third Wednesday of each month HYBRID
  • Mystery Book Group – meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm HYBRID
  • Novel Conversations Book Group – meets the first Friday at 12:30 pm In-person

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