Book Groups

The Blackstone Library has a limited number of copies of these titles available for book club participants. If you are interested in obtaining a library copy, please call us at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email Copies are first come, first served.


2nd Tuesday Book Group, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

November 9: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Starting in September meetings will be held at the Blackstone Library. Interested in more information? Email


Awakening to Change: A Social Justice Book Club – first, second, and third Thursday of the month @ 7:00 p.m., held virtually via Zoom!

We are often asked to be the change we want to see in the world, but we can’t change what we can’t see. As part of our Awakening to Change series, the Blackstone Library is offering a social justice book club. Each month we’ll read a book selected to help us develop a shared understanding of the complex issues surrounding racism. Over the course of several in-depth discussions, we aim to begin understanding the world in a new way. Registration is required to receive the link to the program.

If you would like to purchase a personal copy for your own social justice library, People Get Ready Books in New Haven will donate 15% of every purchase to the Blackstone Library. Simply visit their website to order, use promo code AWAKENING, and you’ll be supporting both the library and a women and black owned local business. Books can be picked up at the store at 119 Whalley Ave, New Haven CT 203.954.6678

October 7, 14, 21: Movie Screening of 13th directed by Ava Duvernay – Register
Screening will be in 3 parts, followed up with an opportunity for facilitated discussion. In person in the auditorium, and via zoom

November 4 & 18: Critical Race Theory – more details to follow – Register


Best Seller Book Club –  last Saturday of the month @ 3:30 pm., held virtually via Zoom!

In the Best Seller Book Club we and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres each month. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

October 30: The Personal Librarian by Marie Bennedict and and Victoria Christopher Murray – Register

November 27: The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller – Register

December 25: No Meeting

January 29: Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty – Register


Books & Brews – last Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m. at Thimble Island Brewing Company

October 26: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

November 30: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

We’re officially easing back into in person meetings! Pick up a copy of this month’s title and be ready to share your thoughts at our monthly meeting at Thimble Island Brewing Company. Check out our Meetup page for details!

Choose one (or both) titles to read, then join that table discussion the night of the group. Books are available for loan in advance of discussion. Ask at Reference about getting a copy. Group meets at Thimble Island Brewing Company, 16 Business Park Dr, Branford, CT 06405.


First Friday Book Discussion – first Friday of the month @ 12:00 p.m., held virtually via Zoom!

Don’t let social distancing prevent you from discussing a great book with your neighbors! Download this month’s title on Hoopla (free with your Blackstone Library card), then meet up with us via zoom for a live book discussion. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event.

November 5: Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin – Register


Read Cute: A Romance Novel Book Club – third Thursday of the month @ 6:00 p.m., held virtually via Zoom!

Open to veteran romance readers and newcomers alike! Lead by local romance author Regina Kyle, we’ll indulge a passion for literature with romance novels fit for any persuasion. At each meeting you’ll also get to meet and chat with the author of that month’s book – a truly swoon worthy opportunity! Registration is required to receive a link to this online event.

October 21: Tell Me Lies by Gail Chianese – Register

November 15: Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert – Register

December 16: Christmas in Rose Bend by Naima Simone – Register


The above book clubs are meeting virtually for the foreseeable future. Any updates will be posted here.  New members are always welcome! Call the Reference Department at 203.488.1441, ext. 318, if you need help placing a book on hold.