Check out a book discussion group at The Smithtown Library! We've got something for everybody. See below for listings by Branch.

Smithtown Main Building

Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk. In-person registration only.

Love and Hate in Jamestown

Thursday, January 29, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am OR 2:30-3:30pm

Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation by David A. Price

A dramatic retelling of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in the new world discusses the day-to-day experiences of its men and women, who were sent to find gold but instead encountered brutal hardships, citing the particular contributions of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and Chief Powhatan.

 


A Novel Idea Book Discussion Group 

Join us for our newest book discussion group in Smithtown. Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk. 

The White Queen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 2:30-3:30pm

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory 

A tale inspired by the War of the Roses follows the conflict from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery.

 


Smithtown Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk. No registration required.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Thursday, February 19, 2015 • 10:15am-12:15pm

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine 

A modern tale inspired by Sense and Sensibility finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorcée Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy.

 

 


Sports Pages Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk.

Wooden

Monday, February 2, 2015 • 10:30am-12:30pm

Wooden: A Coach's Life by Seth Davis 

A provocative and revelatory biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of America's top college basketball writers.

 

 


Commack Branch


Commack Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Commack Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Monday, February 9, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan 

This is the story of the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. By the bestselling author of Loving Frank.

 

 


Kings Park Branch


Health and Wellness Book Discussion Group

This non-fiction book discussion group selects popular titles covering subjects such as applied psychology, human physiology, personal health, diseases and therapeutics. Books are available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

A Short Guide to a Long Life

Monday, January 26, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B. Agus, MD 

Dr. Agus presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy and productive life.

 

 


Killer Reads Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion just for mystery lovers. Books are available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

What the Dead Know

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman 

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who - or what - could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?

 


Kings Park Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Destiny of the Republic

Monday, March 2, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am (no February meeting)

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard 

A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

 


20s & 30s Book Discussion Group

Join together with other 20 & 30-somethings from the area to discuss great books! Connect with the group via our Meetup account: Smithtown Special Library Dist.-Millennials Book Group. Books available at the Kings Park Branch Circulation Desk. No registration required. 

Gone Girl

Wednesday, February 18, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

 

 


 

Nesconset Branch


Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Nesconset Branch Circulation Desk. Registration encouraged.

The Invention of WingsTuesday, January 27, 2015 • 2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 

On Sarah Grimke's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, a Charleston slave, to be her handmaid. Follow their journey over the next thirty-five years as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.