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 bi-monthly 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

Teen Book Groups (Entering Grades 5+)

    • Beach & Brunch Book Group – Join us on Wednesday, July 19th at 10 AM at the beach at Varney Park for breakfast and to discuss Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan! Register and pick up your book starting May 1st. Please let us know if you have any food allergies and we will accommodate you!
    • Bibliobites Teen Book Group – Join on Wednesday, August 16th at 12 PM at the Main Library to discuss Close to Famous by Joan Bauer and make mug cakes! Register and pick up your book starting June 1st.

Recent Reading Room Posts

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.

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

  • – 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)
  • – 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
  • – Read the first chapter of books on this site for free in your email

How to Start a Book Group & Reading Group Guides