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

Classics Book Club

First Thursday of February, June & October at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room and via Zoom*

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for details and to find out how to access the book online.

  • June 2
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • October 6
    Dubliners by James Joyce

 

SCOW Presenta: Club de Lectura en Español! (Spanish Book Club)

Únase a Daisy Lopez de la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford para una discusión de lectura, totalmente en español! Se reúne en Gouveia Vineyards, 1339 Whirlwind Hill Rd, para el vino y la conversación.

Si quisiera pedir prestada una copia de la biblioteca, favor de contactar a Daisy Lopez al correo electrónico (dlopez@scowinc.org) o llamando a la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford (203-265-5866).

  • TBD

 

Mystery Book Group

First Wednesday (September-December, February-June) at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room and via Zoom*

This book group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole Shmurak at cshmurak@gmail.com and put “Wallingford Mystery Book Club” in the subject line.

Spring 2022: A Very British Mystery
The first British detective novel is usually said to be The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins, although Catherine Crowe’s Adventures of Susan Hopley (1841) may be a contender for that honor. Whatever its beginnings, the British detective novel was pre-eminent during the “Golden Age,” the period between world wars of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the British detective novel remains a favorite of many readers (even when it’s written by an American). Here are five, from three British and two American authors.

  • June 1
    The Knowledge by Martha Grimes

 

Thursday Night Book Club

Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Collins Room and via Zoom*

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for details and to find out how to access the book online.

  • May 19
    The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
  • June 16
    This is Happiness by Niall Williams
  • July 21
    Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • August 18
    So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
  • September 15
    The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • October 20
    Writers & Lovers by Lily King
  • November 17
    The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder
  • December 15
    Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny

 

Truth Be Told: Nonfiction Book Group

Thursdays every other month at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room and via Zoom*

Moderated by Educator Susan Gomes. To participate and for details about meeting virtually or in-person, contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org.

  • June 23
    Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • September 29
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot