Library Book Clubs News

August 29, 2009

The Essex Library currently hosts six adult book clubs and one teen book club. The clubs cover a variety of genres such as mystery, American history, adventure, Shakespeare and general literature. All clubs are open and anyone may join at any time–even if you haven’t read the book! The meeting dates and books for September are listed below. To put a hold on a book club book, click on the link and the Library catalog page wll open, have your Library card handy, click Request/Hold and follow the instructions. We also have extra copies of the books at the Library. Give us a call, 767-1560, and we’ll set one aside for you. Book Club news is always available on the Library’s website on our Book Clubs page.

We’re also considering offering an online book club. If you’re interested in participating, please let us know. Email Ann Thompson and just write “I’d like to try an online book club” in your message. If you have a specific genre you’d like to discuss, please let us know about that as well.

flanneryFirst Tuesday (Formerly Second Monday) Book Club
This book club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Essex Library Program Room. The group will meet on September 1st to discuss Flannery by Brad Gooch. The group’s book selection for October will be Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

lighthouseMystery Readers Book Talk
Clue readers into your favorite books, old or new, by sharing the lowdown on a recently read Action Adventure, Detective, Espionage, Police Procedural, Thriller or True Crime novel. This group will meet on the second Thursday of every month with the next meeting on September 10th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Lighthouse by P. D. James will be discussed.

nixonandkissingerThe American History Book Club meets every other month to discuss a book, primarily non-fiction, that deals with a topic, time-period or biographical work related to the rich history of the United States . The group is moderated by Library Director Richard Conroy. Selections are based on suggestions from club members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. The group will be discussing Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek.

bestandthebrightestThird Wednesday Book Club
This book club, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Essex Meadows. Their next meeting will be on September 16th when The Best And The Brightest by David Halberstam will be discussed. Library Director Richard Conroy will moderate the discussion.

twelfthnightThe Shakespeare Play Reading Group
Join Jenny Tripp for a lively discussion of Shakespeare plays. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Twelfth Night is the play that will be discussed. There are lots of copies of the play available at the Library as well as DVDs of the Kenneth Brannagh film version.

enduranceThe Adventure Book Club meets on alternating months (with the American History Book Club) on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library. The group’s nest meeting is on October 19th and Endurance by Alfred Lansing will be discussed.

twilightTwilight Book Club
All ages are welcome on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. for the first of the four Twilight Book Club meetings. They will discuss the first novel of the series (Twilight), watch clips from the film and compare the two. They will check out Stephenie Meyer’s designated “book soundtrack” and the official soundtrack from the film. Snacks will be served and prizes given out. If you haven’t read the book yet, visit the library and check one out today. Call to register for a spot for yourself and your friends or email Jessica.

Twilight Book Club Meeting #1

Tuesday September 22 from 6-7pm (All ages welcome)

We will be discussing the first novel of the series, watching clips from the movie and comparing two. We’ll be checking out Stephanie Meyer’s designated “book soundtrack” and the official soundtrack from the film. Snacks will be served and prizes will be given!! Haven’t read the books yet? Visit us and check one out today! Call to register a spot for yourself and your friends: 767-1650 or email Jessica at