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! 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.

Library Book Groups

  • New Book Group!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. 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

Recent Reading Room Posts

  • October’s Friday Fiction Book Group - With these crisp fall days leading into more frigid temperatures we had several book picks at our LIVE Friday Fiction book group in October  that are long-listed and/or finalists for awards. 2018 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction and Young People’s Literature Heartland : A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest … Continue reading October’s Friday Fiction Book Group
  • Local Author Fair, November 3 - Mystery, history, nonfiction, and fantasy, meet twelve local writers and pick up some great reads for the holidays! Each author will be available to talk about their work, how they got published, and the life events that inspired them, starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3.
  • BINGO Summer Reading Challenge results - Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer Reading Bingo challenge this year! If you are looking for something new to try this Fall, check out what your neighbors suggest: How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill: “This book is an excellent scholarly history book that is told in a clear fun style. Great … Continue reading BINGO Summer Reading Challenge results

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