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.

  • 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


Classics Book Club

First Monday of February, June & October at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

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

  • February 3
    Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • June 1
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh


Mystery Book Group

First Wednesday (September-June) at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room. No meeting in January or February.

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.

  • December 11
    Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva


Spring 2020: The City by the Bay

The state of California looms large in the history of mysteries. Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, set in San Francisco, and Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, set in Los Angeles, essentially began the “hard-boiled” tradition of American mysteries. A few years ago, we read books set in The City of Angels; now it’s time for mysteries set in The City by the Bay.

  • March 4
    The Art of Detection by Laurie King
  • April 1
    The 13th Juror by John Lescroart
  • May 6
    Listen to the Silence by Marcia Muller
  • June 3
    The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz


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 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

  • November 21
    Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  • December 26th
    Maizon at Blue Hill by Jacqueline Woodson