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

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.

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.

  • 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.

  • May 17
    The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • June 21
    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • July 19
    A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • August 16
    Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
  • September 20
    A Widow For One Year by John Irving
  • October 18
    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • November 15
    The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  • December 20
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Wallingford Reads YA

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

  • April 26
    The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • May 31
    X by Ilyasah Shabazz