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

Do you enjoy learning about the past through historical non-fiction?  If so, be sure to join the Smithtown Library’s Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion Group. Mediated by one of our librarians, this discussion group will feature non-fiction titles related to global, national, regional and local history topics.  The group will meet quarterly and books will be available at the Smithtown Main Building Circulation Desk one month prior to the next meeting date. In-person registration only. 


Thursday, July 23, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am & 2:30-3:30pm

1776 by David McCullough

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

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 Girl You Left Behind

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • 2:30-3:30pm

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most


Commack Branch

Commack Book Discussion Group

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

The Rosie Project

Monday, July 13, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.



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.

Mind Over Medicine

Monday, June 29, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

Mind Over Medicine: scientific proof that you can heal yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Clinical trials show that up to 80 percent of patients given a placebo heal themselves with the power of the mind alone. But how? There is documented evidence that beliefs, thoughts, and feelings can cure the body. And this book not only reveals the data from mainstream medical journals; it tells you step-by-step how you can implement this knowledge to make your body ripe for spontaneous remission or disease prevention...

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.

Keeper of Lost Causes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen 

Chief detective Carl Mørck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.


Kings Park Book Discussion Group

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

Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker

Monday, July 20, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am 

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini 

A stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite.  


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. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

In an effort to escape the hypocrisies of life at his boarding school, sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks refuge in New York City.




Nesconset Branch

Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion Group

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

The Husbands SecretTuesday, June 23, 2015 • 2:15-3:15pm 

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . .