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.

Groups are self-determining how they meet during 2022/23. MOST groups WILL continue offering virtual access 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.

  • Cook the Book Cookbook Club

    Love exploring cookbooks and recipes but want some direction? Join Cook the Book! Check out the designated cookbook for the month. Choose something from the book and cook it. Then join in a discussion of the book, recipes, and general experience. This is a relaxing and enjoyable way to connect with others over food. To reserve your copy of the book email circulation@gpl.org.

    The group meets about 6 times per year, usually on the thirdThursday of the month, from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Community Room or Sibley Hall. The group is currently meeting in person but not sharing food due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Groups are self-determining how they meet during 2022/23. MOST groups WILL continue offering virtual access 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.

    September 22, 2022
    Comparing Milk Street Vegetables
    by Christopher Kimball
    with Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden

    November 17, 2022

    Ripe Figs by Yasmin Khan

    December 15, 2022
    Cookie Exchange (bring in a batch of cookies and go home with a variety)
    January 13, 2022
    Soup Swap (bring individual servings of one soup and go home with a variety)
    April 13, 2023
    Show and Tell (a chance to share favorite cookbooks and the stories that go with them)
    June 8, 2023
    Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
    by Samrin Nosrat

  • GPL Page Turners Book Group (Formerly GPL Book Group)

    This group reads recent works of fiction and nonfiction that are selected by the group each June. One member of the group facilitates each month's discussion, allowing for discussions that vary with each meeting. The group generally meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Community Room or Sibley Hall. It does not usually meet in July or August. The last meeting of the year (June) usually includes a potluck dinner at a member's home. Please check our Calendar for exact dates and location. To reserve your copy of each month's book, email circulation@gpl.org.

    Check out this list of titles the group has read in years past: GPL Page Turners History.

    Groups are self-determining how they meet during 2022/23. MOST groups WILL continue offering virtual access 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.

    September 27, 2022
    Ten Thousand Doors of January
    by Alix Harrow
    October 25, 2022
    Finding Freedom
    by Erin French
    November 15, 2022
    As I Lay Dying
    by William Faulkner
    December 6, 2022
    Arcadia
    by Tom Stoppard
    January 24, 2023
    Elephant Company
    by Vicky Constantine Croke
    February 28, 2023
    The Personal Librarian
    by Marie Benedict and Heather Terrell
    March 28, 2023
    Klara and the Sun
    by Kazuo Ishigaro
    April 25, 2023
    How to be Perfect
    by Michael Schur
    May 23, 2023
    Commonwealth
    by Ann Patchett
    June 27, 2023
    Traditionally an annual potluck supper and planning meeting at a member's home. Check calendar for more 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 7:00 - 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.

    Groups are self-determining how they meet during 2022/23. MOST groups WILL continue offering virtual access 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.

    September 15, 2022
    The Long Way Home
    by Louise Penny
    October 20, 2022
    The Lake House
    by Kate Morton
    December 1, 2022
    The Last Thing He Told Me
    by Laura Dave
    January 19, 2023
    The Body in the Library
    by Agatha Christie
    February 16, 2023
    The Plot

    by Jean Hanff Korelitz

    March 16, 2023
    Lightning Strike

    by William Kent Kreuger

    April 20, 2023
    Red Notice

    by Bill Browder

    May 18, 2023
    Swimming Lessons

    by Claire Fuller

    June 15, 2023
    The Wife Upstairs

    by Rachel Hawkins

    July 20, 2023
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    by Alan Bradley

    August 17, 2023
    Arsenic and Adobo

    by Mia P. Manasala

    September 21, 2023
    Northern Spy

    by Flynn Berry

  • 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 third 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.

    2022/23 selections from Great Conversations 6, available for borrowing from GPL or for purchase from the Great Books Foundation. Visit greatbooks.org for more information.

    September 21, 2022: (Great Conversations 6)
    "On Tranquility of Mind" by Seneca
    October 19, 2022: (Great Conversations 6)
    "The New Organon" by Francis Bacon
    November 16, 2022: (Great Conversations 6)
    "A Letter Concerning Toleration" by John Locke
    December 21, 2021: (Great Conversations 6)
    "Discourse Seven" by Joshua Reynolds
    January 18, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)

    "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám"

    by Rabbi Ben Ezra and Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward FitzGerald and Robert Browning

    February 15, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)

    "The Lifted Veil"

    by George Eliot

    March 15, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)

    "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"

    by Mark Twain

    April 19, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)

    "On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life"*

    by Friedrich Nietzsche

    May 17, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)

    "The Devil Baby at Hull House"

    by Jane Addams

    June 21, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)
    "The Man Who Could Work Miracles"
    by H. G. Wells

    July 19, 2023: (Great Conversations 6)

    "Mario and the Magician"

    by Thomas Mann