The Groton Public Library hosts several book discussion groups for adults that meet monthly or every other month. All are welcome to get involved! Participation is free and open to all interested adults. You are welcome to come to just one meeting, or come to all.

All groups will meet in person during Fall 2021. However, the library WILL continue offering virtual access to all groups upon request. If you are uncomfortable or unable to attend the group in person, contact adultprograms@gpl.org to arrange for a zoom link to attend the group virtually! Please check the Calendar for individual dates and details.

  • Mad About Mystery Book Group

    This group reads a wide variety of works in the crime and mystery genre. It generally meets throughout the year on the third Thursday of the month, from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the Community Room or Sibley Hall. The group combines the November and December meeting. Please check our Calendar for dates changes and meeting location. To reserve your copy of each month's book email circulation@gpl.org.

    All groups will meet in person during Fall 2021. However, the library WILL continue offering virtual access to all groups upon request. If you are unable to attend the group in person, contact adultprograms@gpl.org to arrange for a zoom link to attend the group virtually! Please check the Calendar for individual dates and details.

    September 16, 2021
    The Woman in the Window
    by A.J. Finn
    October 21, 2021
    The Mitford Trial
    by Jessica Fellowes
    December 2, 2021
    Holding
    by Graham Norton
    January 20, 2022
    In the Bleak Midwinter
    by Julia Spencer-Fleming
    February 15, 2022
    Any Hank Phillippi Ryan book in preparation for her virtual visit
    March 17, 2022
    Turn of the Key

    by Julia Spencer-Fleming

    April 21, 2022
    Thursday Murder Club

    by Richard Osman

    May 19, 2022
    Bombay Prince

    by Sujata Maseey

    June 16, 2022
    Last House on Needless Street

    by Catriona Ward

    July 21, 2022
    Before the Fall

    by Noah Hawley

    August 18, 2022
    The Guest List

    by Lucy Foley

    September 15, 2022
    The Long Way Home

    by Louise Penny

  • Great Books Discussion Group

    This is a structured group that follows the Great Books program. Each month the group has focused discussions on a limited number of readings from the designated book. The smaller amount of reading allows the group to go more in depth with their analysis of the literature. The group generally meets the second Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 - 8:00pm, in the Community Room. For more information, email or call the Circulation Desk at 978-448-1167.

    2021/22 selections from Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community, available for borrowing from GPL or for purchase from the Great Books Foundation. Visit greatbooks.org for more information.

    All groups will meet in person during Fall 2021. However, the library WILL continue offering virtual access to all groups upon request. If you are unable to attend the group in person, contact adultprograms@gpl.org to arrange for a zoom link to attend the group virtually! Please check the Calendar for individual dates and details.

    September 8, 2021: IDENTITY (Her Own Accord)
    "What Do Women Want?" by Kim Addonizio
    At Odds by Julia Serano
    Ending Poem by Aurora Levins Morales and Rosario Morales
    October 13, 2021: IDENTITY continued (Her Own Accord)
    Even the Queen by Connie Willis
    Rowing by Anne Sexton
    November 10, 2021: FAMILY (Her Own Accord)
    I Go Back to May 1937 by Sharon Olds
    Freedom Fighter by Perri Klass
    My Father’s Chinese Wives by Sandra Tsing Loh
    December 8, 2021: FAMILY continued (Her Own Accord)
    Stories Don’t Have Endings by Janice Gould
    The Box House and the Snow by Cristina Henriquez
    January 12, 2022: RELATIONSHIPS (Her Own Accord)

    A Boy My Sister Dated in High School, by Emily Mitchell

    Apple Picking, by Laura Negrete

    Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by Z Z Packer

    February 9, 2022: RELATIONSHIPS continued (Her Own Accord)

    The Burning Heart, by Louise Gluck

    Re-forming the Crystal, by Adrienne Rich

    March 9, 2022: WORK (Her Own Accord)

    Mind-Body Story, by Nina Barrett

    One Out of Twelve: Writers Who Are Women in Our Century, by Tillie Olsen (selection from a longer essay)

    Baby Gotta Eat, Parts I-V, by Kima Jones

    April 13, 2022: WORK continued (Her Own Accord)

    Lowering Your Standards for Food Stamps, by Sheryl Luna

    Color Blind or Color Brave? by Mellody Hobson

    Reeling for the Empire, by Karen Russell

    May 11, 2022: POLITICS (Her Own Accord)

    "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison

    “When the World as We Knew It Ended, by Joy Harjo

    June 8, 2022: POLITICS continued (Her Own Accord)

    Bad Feminist: Take One, by Roxane Gay

    Woodchucks, by Maxine Kumin

    July 13, 2022: POLITICS continued (Her Own Accord)

    Reading Lessons, by Edwidge Danticat

    Ways of Conquest, by Denise Levertov