The library will be closed Monday, 4/19 for Patriots' Day. Curbside pickup will resume Tuesday, 4/20 from 10-4.

Evening Book Group

Join us online for the next meeting! We’ll be using Google Meet to get together.  Reading the book selection is optional!  Feel free to attend and discuss any books you’ve read recently.

If you are not already on the Evening Book Group email list, but would like to attend, send a quick message with your name and email address to Jennifer at She’ll reply with a link for the meeting!

The Evening Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Titles are available for pick up one month before the discussion at the circulation desk. Once or twice a year a list of possible titles are selected and the group votes on the final selections. Books selected for the ‘pick list’ are all titles that have been published in the past 0-3 years, have largely positive reviews, have enough copies in the CLAMS system, and are available in multiple formats. Many are award winners and have appeared on the New York Times ‘notable books of the year’ lists.

I strive to find literary, contemporary, and historical fiction titles as well as narrative non-fiction, short stories, and biographies that are compelling, gripping, memorable, discussable, and/or invite the reader to see the world from a different point of view. We try to alternate the selections each month between fiction and non-fiction titles. The group is lead each month by staff members of the Brooks Free Library and is organized by Reference Librarian Jennifer Pickett. This group alternates between fiction and non-fiction throughout the year. The Evening book group welcomes new members and guarantees a lively discussion!

Current Selections

Apr. 6: A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman and The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons.

Theme: Both books deal with coping with aging and loss, but both are different. One deals with a Swedish man and the other an English woman, one written by a Swedish man, the other written by a British woman. These will be the main focus of our discussion. I will also include Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (the last book he wrote) as another source of comparison. A book about an American widow and widower and how they deal with things.

May 4: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. Or, read any other book by Emma Donoghue.

June 1: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson.

Past Selections