Booked for Lunch

Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Noon

Our selection for December is "Today Will Be Different" by Maria Semple.

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. A hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

The Booked for Lunch discussion group is held in the Brooks Room of the library and is facilitated by Library Director Karen Demers.

Copies of the books are held at the Service Desk.


Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.

Our December book will be "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century" by Jessica Bruder

The author chronicles her time embedded in a pool of transient older Americans who have taken to the road in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads, migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers."

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell.


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 6 p.m.

"Robinson Crusoe," Daniel Defoe’s classic tale of a solitary castaway’s survival and triumph, is our selection for December.

"I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked, came on shore on this dismal unfortunate island, all the rest of the ship’s company being drowned. In despair of any relief, I saw nothing but death before me…”

Thus Crusoe begins his journal in Daniel Defoe’s classic novel: the vividly realistic account of a solitary castaway’s triumph over nature — and over the fears, self-doubt and loneliness that are parts of human nature.

For almost three centuries, Robinson Crusoe has remained one of the best known and most read tales in modern literature, a popularity owing as much to the enduring freshness and immediacy of its style as to its widely acknowledged status as the very first English novel.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

The club's facilitator, Jessica Magill, can be reached  at



Cookbook Club

Monday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Our January book is "The New Boston Globe Cookbook: More Than 200 Classic New England Recipes, from Clam Chowder to Pumpkin Pie" by Sheryl Julian.

In this revised and updated edition, new recipes come from the cooks who have written for the Boston Globe's food pages in recent years, while staple recipes still remain; and recipe adjustments have been made that reduce fat, leavening agents, and flour.

This book club is faciliated by Adult Services Librarian Tim Symington.


American History Book Club

Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.

"Common Ground:  A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families" by J. Anthony Lukas is our January selection.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning book examines the societal changes that Boston faced during the 1970s.  Particular focus is on Boston busing "crisis," when Reconstruction came to the north.

For details, contact Tim Symington at 413-596-6141 X152 or email


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.

Our book for January is "The Last Days of Pompeii" by E. Bulwer Lytton.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

The club's facilitator, Jessica Magill, can be reached at


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.

Our book for January is "The Third Man" by Graham Greene.

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than being "the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city." Martins is determined to clear his friend's name, and begins an investigation of his own.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

The club's facilitator, Jessica Magill, can be reached at