Book Groups

We offer a few separate book discussion groups each month.

New members are always welcome. Come once or as many times as you wish.

Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk. They may also be available on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive or hoopla. Search our catalog, or ask our Reference staff for assistance at 978-921-6062 (6066 for Farms) or

Main Library – Evening

Held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9 PM
Questions about this group? Contact Matthew at

July 20: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
August 17: The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
September 21: The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of The East India Company by William Dalrymple
October 19: The Master by Colm Tóibín
November 16: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
December 21: Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

Main Library – LGBTQ

Held on the 3rd Monday of the month from 7-8:30 PM
Questions about this group? Contact Ona at
Interested in past LGBTQ book group titles? We’ve got a list of our picks.

June 21: Essex Street Lawn. (Bring a blanket or beach chair! We’ll Zoom if it rains.): Real Life by Brandon Taylor Register
July 19: Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
August 16: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
September 20: Sissy: A Coming-of-gender Story by Jacob Tobia
October 18: The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
November 15: All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
December 20: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Main Library – Books & Brews

Held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8 PM
Must be 21+
Questions about this group? Contact Lisa at

June 23: The Indo: Leave the World Behind by Alam Rumaan Register
July 28: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel 
August 25: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
September 22: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
October 27: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi   
November 17: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
December 15: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Main Library – BIPOC Voices

Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30 PM
BIPOC Voices is a partnership between Abu Toppin, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director for the City of Beverly, and the Beverly Public Library.
Questions about this group? Contact Allison at

July 21 (Rain date: July 28. Bring a blanket or beach chair!): Beverly Common: Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
August 18: Sohier Room: Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen
September 15: Sohier Room: American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
October 20: Sohier Room: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Main Library – Independent Readers Book Club (Teens: grades 6-12)

Held on the 2nd Monday of the month from 4-5 PM
BMS students: Ask your teacher if the Independent Readers Book Club can fulfill your independent reading requirement.
Questions about this group? Contact Katie at

June 14: Remote via Google Meet: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller Register
July 12: Essex Street Lawn: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
August 9: Essex Street Lawn: New Kid by Jerry Kraft
September 13: The Iron Trial by Holly Black
October 18: Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
November 8: First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
December 13: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Main Library – The Deep Dive Book Club (Teens: grades 6-12)

Held on the 4th Monday of the month from 4-5 PM
Questions about this group? Contact Katie at

June 28: Essex Street Lawn: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Register
July 26: Essex Street Lawn: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
August 23: Essex Street Lawn: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
September 27: House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
October 25: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
November 22: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
December 20: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Farms Branch – Evening

Held on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 PM
Questions about this group? Contact Dorothea at

June 17: Remote via Zoom: Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker Register
July 15: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
August 19: My Ántonia by Willa Cather
September 16: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart