Join a local book group and read away the winter blues

Posted Jan. 14, 2014, at 9:47 a.m.

Too cold outside for you? Wish you had something social to do that didn’t involve ice or snow? If you’re a reader, consider joining a book group, which you can often find at public and community libraries.

Here’s a list of book groups at public and community libraries in 2014. These are groups listed on the libraries’ websites or from library responses to e-mails. If yours isn’t listed, check and see. If there isn’t one available, consider starting one.

Groups generally meet at their libraries, and books are usually available to order in advance through the libraries.

BANGOR: Bangor Public Library, 947-8336, www.bpl.me.us

Field’s Pond Reading Group: Joyce Rumery leads this group, which discusses books and topics with environmental issues. Contact Joyce at 581-1655 or rumery@maine.edu. This group starts Feb. 13 and meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Lit Chicks Book Group: Meeting the first Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m., reference librarian Maggie chooses contemporary and literary fiction with a feminine bent. However, men are welcome.

Not Your Ordinary Book Group: This atypical book group opts for edgier material. Each month, members vote on two books from a wide range of genres. The subject matter might not be for everyone. The group meets monthly on a Thursday at 6 p.m.

Military History Book Group: This new group is for anyone interested in military history. Genres range from fiction to nonfiction, and titles from old to new. Bill Cook of the library’s Local History Department moderates this relaxed group, which usually meets the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Contact Bill at 947-8336 ext. 103 or billc@bpl.lib.me.us.

Teen Fantasy Book Group: Teens read from a selection of a list of books, develop critiques, and get together with like-minded fanatics to enjoy refreshments and talk fantasy. Meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m.

BREWER: Brewer Public Library, 989-7943, brewermaine.gov/library

Monday Evening Book Club: The group meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. For January, the book for discussion is “Quiet” by Susan Cain.

CARMEL: Simpson Memorial Library, 848-7145, simpsonmemorial.org

Thursday Night Craft/Read Group: This is a group of crafters who discuss not only their crafting projects but the various books they’re reading. One recent recommendation by a reader was the Hannah Swensen mystery series, which include recipes.

CASTINE: Witherle Memorial Library, 326-4375, www.witherle.lib.me.us

Let’s Talk About It: One book group meets the last week in January until late March. Another one, focused on poetry, runs in the summer. There are also regular book groups in town; the library can get information on them for you.

HAMPDEN: Edythe L. Dyer Community Library,  862-3550, www.edl.lib.me.us

Afternoon Book Group and Evening Book Group: Both are the second Wednesday of the month, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The afternoon group recently read “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett and the evening group read “Shades of Grey” by Jasper Forde. The January afternoon title is “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman. The evening group is having a “Book Talk”; each person will bring a book to discuss, and one of them will be chosen as the March discussion book.

OLD TOWN: Old Town Public Library, 827-3972, old-town.lib.me.us

Who Dunnit Book Corner, Mystery Book Group: This is for mystery fans, and includes plenty of food and fun. Books cover many genres, such as cozies, hard boilers, Victorian, present day, paranormal mysteries, and historical espionage. Members bring food and drink, and everyone enjoys discussing the book of the month. Meets once per month on Thursdays, September through May from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Blue Argyles Book Club: Fashioned loosely on the Blue Stocking book clubs of the 18th century, this informal gathering read everything from classics to contemporary titles in the genres of non-fiction, memoir, humor, romance, and intrigue. Refreshments served. Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

ORONO: Orono Public Library, 866-5060, library.orono.org

Connection Parenting Book Group: Aimee Gerbi leads a discussion on Connection Parenting with a main focus on the book “Parenting for Social Change.” Other books will be added each month “as we work towards living in a partnership paradigm with our kids.” Meets the third Thursday of each month, from 6-7 p.m.. Dads are welcome!

Evening Book Group: This group will start back up this month.

Tuesday Readers: Meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. One recent read was “Lucia, Lucia” by Adriana Trigiani.

Thursday Thoughtful Readers: Meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. One recent read was “Windswept” by Mary Ellen Chase.

ORRINGTON: Orrington Public Library, 825-4938, orringtonlibrary.wordpress.com

Book Discussion Group for Adults: Usually held the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. from September through June. Latest titles are on the OPL’s Facebook page.

WINTERPORT: Winterport Library, 223-5540, winterportmaine.gov/library.php

Adults Book Group: Meets the second Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. After the current book is discussed, the next pick of the month is posted on Facebook.

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