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.


NEW! 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

July 1st, 8th, & 15th: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown – Register

August: No Meeting

NEW! 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.

July 15: Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson – Register

August 19: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma – Register

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.

August 6: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich – Register

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

June: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

July: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

August: TBA

Meetings will be held via Zoom or outside on the Branford Green. Interested in more information? Email

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

July 31: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo IshiguroRegister

August 28: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – Register

Books & Brews – last Wednesday @ 6 p.m., held virtually via Zoom! at Thimble Island Brewing Company

July 28: Banned Books

Choose whichever title appeals to you the most and be ready to share your thoughts. 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.


Book groups meet in the Lucy Hammer Room and new members are always welcome.  Call the Reference Department at 203.488.1441, ext. 318, if you need help placing a book on hold.

The above book clubs are meeting virtually for the foreseeable future. Any updates will be posted here.