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! Please contact Jessica FitzHanso (978-256-5521 x1115) with book group questions.
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.
Please note: during COVID-19, all of our book groups are meeting online. Contact the group leader for access details.
Library Book Groups
- The Knit Lit Book Group – Our newest addition lets you bring your craft projects (knitting, crochet, quilting, felting, etc) and work on them while discussing the latest read! Meets on the second Friday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. – 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 Book Group at MacKay – meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm at the MacKay Branch
- Novel Conversations Book Group – meets the first Friday at 12:30 pm at the Main Library
Recent Reading Room Posts
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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 x1210
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