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 “book share” 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

Fifth Grade Book Discussions

    • No Talking Book Discussion –  Meets Wednesday, July 25th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Main Library. Get ready for middle school with a head start on your assigned Summer Reading! We will meet to discuss No Talking! by Andrew Clements.
    • 11 Birthdays Book Discussion – Meets Wednesday, August 8th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Main Library. Get ready for middle school with a head start on your assigned Summer Reading! We will meet to discuss 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass.

Recent Reading Room Posts

  • Your summer holiday reading list! - Happy Summer! Summer is the perfect time for short stories…OK, I actually think great short stories are perfect for any time of year, but when you only have an hour on the beach or a long-ish lunch outside, short stories can provide the perfect single-sitting escape. On my list below, I’ve included two brilliant collections … Continue reading Your summer holiday reading list!
  • Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Now Adults can join in the summer reading fun too! Adult summer challenge Bingo cards can be downloaded and printed, or you can pick one up at the Circulation or Info Desk on the main floor starting June 4th Cross off spaces for reading different genres, but also for attending summer programs, downloading music and … Continue reading Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2018
  • Anyeong-haseyo* Korea! - Our April meeting opened with a question: why Korea, as in what was the impetus for choosing this particular cuisine?  While the short answer is, “why not,” there’s a bit more to it than that.  Korean food’s profile in the US has been steadily rising over the last ten years or so; information and ingredients … Continue reading Anyeong-haseyo* Korea!

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

  • 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

  • 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)
  • 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