Book Groups

The Library offers several book clubs catering to a wide range of reading interests. The titles listed below are available from the Information Desk.

Discussion Group Schedule

Hibernation Book Club: Long Reads for Short Days

Every other Tuesday from January through March at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room and via Zoom

We will tackle one long classic novel every winter, dividing it up into shorter sections and meeting six times over the course of three months to work our through it.

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Registration is not required. Contact Cindy at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for more details.

  • January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11 and March 25, 2025
    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

 

Truth Be Told: Nonfiction Book Group

Thursdays every other month at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room and via Zoom

Join Educator Susan Gomes to discuss popular and timely nonfiction books. Registration is not required. Contact Readers’ Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for more details.

  • September 26
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • December 5
    Educated by Tara Westover

 

Classics Book Club

First Thursday of February, June & October at 6:30 p.m. in the Collins Room and via Zoom

Join Readers’ Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken to discuss classics of literature. Registration is not required. Contact Cindy at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for more details.

  • October 24
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

 

Mystery Book Group

First Wednesday (September-December, February-June) at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room and via Zoom

Join author Carol Shmurak to discuss mystery books with a new theme each season. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com and put “Wallingford Mystery Book Club” in the subject line.

Fall 2024: Murder on the Emerald Isle

William Drennan, political activist, physician, poet and later member of the Irish Parliament, was the first to use the term “Emerald Isle” to describe Ireland in his poem “When Erin First Rose” (1795).

Let no feeling of vengeance presume to defile
The cause of, or men of, the Emerald Isle.

Drennan wrote in response to the ongoing political unrest, disapproving of the violence that turned green meadows blood-red. Over two centuries later, murder can still turn parts of Ireland red.

  • September 4
    The Guards by Ken Bruen
  • October 9
    Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
  • November 6
    Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
  • December 4
    In the Woods by Tana French

 

Thursday Night Book Club

Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Collins Room and via Zoom

Join Readers’ Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken to discuss popular literature. Registration is not required. Contact Cindy at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for more details.

  • July 18
    Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J.Ryan Stradal
  • August 15
    A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
  • September 19
    11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • October 17
    Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • November 21
    Trust by Hernan Diaz
  • December 19
    Silverview by John le Carré