Beebe Library has SEVEN ongoing book discussion groups, five for adults and two for kids.  For more information about our book groups, click on the group names below, contact the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2, or email the group leaders directly.

Adult Book Groups

Books by the Lake combines the enjoyment of reading a single title and the desire to share insights, observations, and feelings about that one book with others who have read it. Books by the Lake meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 pm and is run by Karen Stern ( of the Reference Department. For more information, please visit our Books by the Lake main page

Books on Tap launched in January 2017.  Geared toward readers in their 20s and 30s, this social, casual group will meet the third Thursday each month at 7:00 pm at local bars and restaurants.  Over drinks and apps, we’ll discuss the new and timely titles and hopefully get to know fellow Wakefield readers.  Contact Alyssa Staples ( of the Reference Department for more information or visit our Books on Tap main page

Supper Sleuths, a mystery discussion group, meets the second Tuesday evening of the month (except July and August) at 6:00pm to discuss mysteries of every genre and type. Feel free to bring your own snack or brown bag lunch with you to the meeting. This group is also run by Catherine McDonald (, the Library Director. For more information, please visit our Supper Sleuths main page

This group, launching in October 2017 and facilitated by Reference Librarian Jeff Klapes (, will focus on classic literature from ancient to modern, from Austen and Dickens to contemporary award winners. The group will generally meet on the third Saturday of each month (ex. July & August).  Visit Timeless Tales’ main page for more information….

True Writ focuses on nonfiction titles.  Some months will assign a single title for discussion, other times there will be a common theme with a list of suggested books from which participants can choose.  True Writ meets one Saturday a month (check our calendar for upcoming dates) at 10:30am in the Blake Gallery and is run by Jackie Powers ( of the Reference Department. For more information, please visit our True Writ main page

If you belong to a book group or want to start one, our Book Kits can make your book choices easier.  A Book Kit helps your book group by providing multiple copies of popular titles all in one bag, so you can check the whole bag out as one item. The Kit comes with ten copies of the book and a Discussion Guide. Currently, there are fifteen Book Kits available, and as paperback versions of book-group-friendly titles are published, we will add more to the collection.

Book kits are:

  • Available for six-week checkout periods
  • Renewable once
  • Not able to be placed on hold
  • Not available for inter-library loan
  • Geared for adult audiences
  • Guaranteed to provoke absorbing reading and stimulating discussions!

Kids Book Groups

The Middle School Book Club is for anyone in grades 5 through 8. It is run by Casey Chwiecko (, Beebe’s Young Adult Librarian, and Erin McCall, Wakefield’s Middle School Librarian. The meeting will consist of discussion on the book, hopefully led by all of you—feel free to bring any questions, favorite moments or quotes along. For more information, please visit our Middle School Book Group main page…

The Third Thursday Book Club is an opportunity for kids in grades three and four, and an adult companion, to read the same book and participate in a discussion. Join us to explore some of the best of new and classic children’s books. After the discussion there will a celebration with a surprise activity and snacks. For more information, please visit our Third Thursday main page