Book Groups

For Seniors

The Senior Literary Society (partnership with Bigelow Center for Senior Activities)
Third Wednesday of each month, 11:00 AM
contact Linda Quinn:
Meets at the Bigelow Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, on the third Wednesday of each month from 11am to noon. Join Linda Quinn for a lively discussion of fiction and non-fiction books.

      • September 21 – Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley
      • October 19 – The Measure by Nikki Erlick
      • November 16 – The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
      • December 21 – To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
      • January 18, 2023: Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel
      • February 15: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
      • March 15: OBOT
      • April 19: Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
      • May 17: Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
      • June 21: Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
      • July 19: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

For Adults

Check the calendar of events for full details, dates and times of all book groups.

Woods Book Buzz Club (new for Fall 2022!)
Seconds Thursday of each month, 1:00 PM
Contact Mary Coe:
New for Fall 2022, Woods Branch Librarian Mary Coe begins a new FPL book club focusing on titles that have been listed as “most anticipated” with lots of buzz!

      • September 8, 2022 – Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers
      • October 13, 2022 – Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
      • November 10, 2022 – The Catch by Alison Fairbrother
      • December 8, 2022 – Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra

Main Book Club
Last Wednesday of each month, 1:30 PM
contact Claudia Silk:
Meets on Wednesday’s at 1:30pm in the Rotary Room at the Main Library.

      • September 28, 2022 – The Sentence by Louise Erdich
      • October 26, 2022 – Search by Michelle Huneven
      • November 30, 2022 – Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
      • January 25, 2023 – Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
      • February 22, 2023 – Horse by Geraldine Brooks
      • March 29, 2023 – OBOT selection
      • April 26, 2023 – I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkei
      • May 31, 2023 – Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
      • June 28, 2023 – The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane

(Virtual) A Different Kind of Book Club
First Monday of each month, 6:30 PM
contact Philip Bahr:
Join us for a different kind of book club. We focus on a single genre each month. Librarians lead the discussion: history, popularity, seminal works, adaptations, and best selling authors of that genre. Share your favorite books from the genre, or sit back and listen. Go home with a new list of books to read.

      • July 11, 2022 – Summer Reads including Romance
      • August 1, 2022 – SUMMER BREAK – NO PROGRAM
      • September 12, 2022 – Banned Books
      • October 3, 2022 – Mystery
      • November 7, 2022 – Food: cookbooks, chef memoirs, food history, anything yum
      • December 5, 2022 – Our Favorite Reads 2022 with library staff guests

Next Chapter Book Club
Tuesdays Bi-weekly, 4:00 PM
contact Jennifer Laseman:
The Next Chapter Book Club is an inclusive, community-based book club for neurodivergent and differently-abled teens (16 and up) and adults. Our goal is to enjoy books, share stories, make friends, and engage with the community. There is no homework with this book club! We share the book at the meetings and start with a recap so new participants can always join!

This book club meets bi-weekly and welcomes participants of all reading abilities ages 16 and up. Caregivers are welcome to attend. Registration is required.

International Authors Book Club
Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM
contact Philip Bahr:
We are now meeting in-person at the Main Library.

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 14, 2022: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    • October 12, 2022: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
    • November 9, 2022: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
    • December 14, 2022: The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy
    • January 11, 2023: Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
    • February 8, 2023: The Girl With the Louding Voice vAbi Dare
    • March 8, 2023: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
    • April 12, 2023: Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
    • May 10, 2023: Where You Come From by Sasa Stanisic
    • June 14, 2023: People From My Neighborhood by Hiromi Kawakami

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