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

Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Nonfiction Book Group

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter.

  • September 24
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • October 29
    Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • November 26
    The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson
  • December 17
    How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson


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 2019: Don’t Bury the Lede

The word “lede” was once an alternative spelling of lead; now it’s mainly journalistic jargon for the introductory portion of a news story–the first part of an article that gives the gist of the story and contains the most important points readers need to know. One should never “bury the lede” or begin a news story with nonessential details. This fall, we’ll follow some female journalists as they solve mysteries and try to avoid being buried themselves.

  • September 4
    Bloodlines by Jan Burke
  • October 2
    Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson
  • November 6
    Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • December 11
    Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva


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.

  • September 19
    Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • October 17
    Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
  • November 21
    Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  • December 19
    Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford


Wallingford Reads YA

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

  • August 29
    Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • September 26
    Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan