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. A simple, printable list of the book club kits available at Chelmsford is available here.
Please note: during COVID-19, all of our book groups are meeting online. Register on the library’s calendar for access each month. Books for the groups are still available at the Chelmsford Main Circulation Desk. Some book groups may begin meeting in person at the main library in March 2022, with limited attendance and masks required. Please be sure to register and contribute to the discussion on deciding between face to face and virtual Zoom meetings.
Library Book Groups
- Bibliobites Book Group – A Book Group with a culinary focus, meets the last Friday of the month at 11 am.
- Chelmsford Classics Book Club – This group “meets” on Goodreads to discuss the chosen classic of the month. Each week, we’ll begin a new discussion and members can log in and post their responses. There is no set meeting time, so the group fits perfectly into any schedule! (currently on hiatus)
- Evening Book Group – meets at 7 p.m. usually on the fourth Monday of each month (with the exception of Monday holidays and summer months)
- Book Brunch – our “book share” reader’s advisory program
- History Book Group – meets at 7 pm usually on the last Thursday of the month
- 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!
- 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
- Social Justice Book Group: This book group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday every other month. In addition to book discussions on a variety of social justice related topics, the group hosts speaker programs and presentations themed around the selected book titles.
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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
How to Start a Book Group & Reading Group Guides
- Reading Group Guides – Over 970 guides available
- Book Group Suggestions – From Harper Collins
- Reading Group Choices – The web site for the publishers of Reading Group Choices, an annual offering, with commentary, of good books for discussion