Book Groups

Librarians on Loan

Does your book club seem to be in a slump, or is your group looking for a different spin on your discussions? Librarians on Loan can help. One of our librarians on staff will visit and lead one of your book discussion meetings. Book could be chosen by your club or the librarian. At least a month’s notice is needed. Email Town Librarian Karen Ronald with your request.

For Seniors

Senior Literary Society at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace. First Wednesday of each month from 11am to noon. Join Town Librarian Karen Ronald and Deputy Town Librarian Nancy Coriaty for a lively discussion of fiction and non-fiction books. Please email Nancy Coriaty at or call 203-255-7310 for more information.

September 9: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for the Gold (Brown)
October 7: The Invention of Wings  (Kidd)
November 4:  The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: a Novel  (Joyce)
December 2:  Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass  (Carroll)

For Adults

Check the calendar of events for full details, dates and times

NAMI Book Group: The Library co-sponsors this book group with NAMI- the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For three decades NAMI has supported people living with mental illness and their families.  It provides educational programs for the community and promotes healthy living. It meets once every two months, usually the third Thursday of the month at 7PM in the Jennings Room, Main Library.

September 17: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
November 19: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
January 21: The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel
March 17: Room by Emma Donoghue
May 19: Out Came the Sun by Mariel Hemingway

Purls of Wisdom Club  Bring a bag lunch and any handiwork you may be working on. One Thursday a month, noon-1:00PM, at Branch Library.

September 17: The Perfume Collector: A Novel  (Tessaro)
October 15:  Almost Famous Women: Stories  (Bergman)
November 19:  The Transcriptionist: A Novel  (Rowland)
December 17:  Prayers for the Stolen  (Clement)

Woods Book Group – meets Wednesdays once a month from 2pm to 3pm at the Branch Library. (No meeting in December).  New members are always welcome!

September 30:  The Dry Grass of August   (Mayhew)
October 28: The Care and Management of Lies  (Winspear)
November 18:  A Man Called Ove  (Backman)
January 27 :  The Danish Girl  (Ebershoff)
February 24:  Bel Canto  (Patchett)
March 30:  Our Souls at Night  (Haruf)

International Authors Book Club – second Wednesday evening of the month at 7:00pm at the Main Library, except July & August.

Since its inception many different authors have been chosen, either by the leader or suggested by members of the group. All are welcome to join at any time.
This is a book group for those who enjoy informal discussion and hearing the different viewpoints of the members. You don’t need to preregister and you are welcome whether or not you were able to finish the book.

September 9: Disgraced: a Play  (Akhtar)
October 14: My Brilliant Friend  (Ferrante)
November 18: The Complete Short Novels  (Chekhov)
December 9: The Stranger (Camus) and The Meursault Investigation  (Dauod)
January 13: Americanah  (Adichie)

Books and Banter – meets varied Thursdays, depending on the month. We meet at the Fairfield Woods Branch at 1:00pm (new starting time). We are a drop in group, with great research, discussion and banter about varied titles. We have discussed everything from memoirs and nonfiction to prose and fiction.  We welcome our regulars and first timers with open arms even if you have not finished our current title. Join Us!

September 17:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  (Smith)
October 15:  We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves  (Fowler)
November 19:  My Sunshine Away  (Walsh)
December 10: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  (Gawande)
January (date TBA):  The Baker’s Daughter (McCoy)

For Children & Teens

Beyond the Book for parent/caregiver and child (grades 3 and 4). Check the children’s calendar for dates and times.

Bookworms is a book discussion group for children ages 8 to 13 at the Main Library.

Book Group for Grades 6-8 = Book Blast! A partnership with the Teen Services, this new book group encourages our older readers to transition from the Children’s Room and venture into Teen Services.