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

Mystery Book Group
First Wednesday (September-June) at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room

This book group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University.

Fall 2017: “Let’s Kill All The Lawyers”
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” is one of the few memorable lines from Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2, uttered by Dick the butcher, a character no one remembers. In this series, we won’t kill any lawyers, but we’ll meet a few of them who act as detectives in some highly regarded series.

  • November 1 (snow date: Thursday, November 2)
    Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt
  • December 6 (snow date: Thursday, December 7)
    The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Spring 2018: Native American Sleuths
When Tony Hillerman submitted his first manuscript to an agent, he was told, “it’s a good mystery, but lose that Indian stuff.” Fortunately, he didn’t listen. The Leaphorn/Chee series ran from 1970–2006, comprising 18 books; his daughter Anne is now continuing the series. In addition to the Hillermans, we’ll read three other authors whose detectives are Native Americans, in upstate New York, Minnesota, and Wyoming.

  • February 7 (snow date: Thursday, February 8)
    Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  • March 7 (snow date: Thursday, March 8)
    Dance for the Dead by Thomas Perry
  • April 4 (snow date: Thursday, April 5)
    Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
  • May 2
    The Girl with Braided Hair by Margaret Coel
  • June 6
    Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman


Thursday Night Book Club
Third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian.

  • November 16
    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • December 21
    Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan


Wallingford Reads YA
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room
Open to all teens and adults

  • October 26
    Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • November 30
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas