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 Fairfield Senior Center, 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 11: Flight Behavior (Kingsolver)
October 2: The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases (Mankell)
November 6: Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (Staples)
December 4: Heidi  (Spyri)

For Adults

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

NAMI Book Group: The Fairfield Public Library and National Alliance on Mental Illness are offering a book group exploring aspects of mental health and the brain. It meets once every two months, usually the third Thursday of the month at 7PM.

September 19, 2013: Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith
November 21, 2013: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
January 16, 2014: Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robinson
March 20, 2014: A First Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi
May 15, 2014: Wave by Sonya Deraniyagala

Purls of Wisdom Club Bring a bag lunch and any handiwork you may be working on. One Thursday a month at Branch Library.

January 16 : Wild  by Cheryl Strayed
February 20:  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
March 20:  A House in the Sky by Lindhout and Corbett
April 17:  Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
May 15:  The Round House by Louise Erdrich
June 19:  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
July 18:  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Woods Book Group – meets the last Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 3pm at the Branch Library. (No meeting in December)

January 29:  Faith by Jennifer Haigh
February 26: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
March 19:  Being Esther by Miriam Karmel
April 30:  Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
May 28:  The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
June 25:  The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

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 the members of the group. Some of books read this past year were by authors from Korea, Japan, India, South Africa, Scotland, Mexico and Russia.

All are welcome to join in at any time. This is a book group for those who enjoy informal discussion and about enjoying the different viewpoints of each of the members. You don’t have to preregister, come to every session nor even worry about whether you were able to finish the book. Just come and learn something about it.

September 11, 2013: Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
October 9, 2013: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
November 13, 2013: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
December 11, 2013: The Road Home by Rose Tremain
January 8, 2014: Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

Books and Banter – meets varied Thursdays, depending on the month. We meet at the Fairfield Woods Branch at 1:30pm. 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. Our last title was Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt  by Hoffman.  We welcome our regulars and first timers with open arms even if you have not finished our current title. Join Us!

January 23:  Britannia Road  by Amanda Hodgkinson
February 20 : The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox  by O’Farrell
March 20:  A House in the Sky  by Lindhout and Corbett
April 24:  The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein
May 29:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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.