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 will be available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk starting on March 23. In-person registration only.

The War that Made America

Thursday, April 23, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am OR 2:30-3:30pm

The War that Made America: a short history of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson

A companion to a four-part PBS documentary series examines how the French and Indian War of the mid-eighteenth century had a definitive impact on history, tracing how it served to overturn the balance of power on two continents and laid the groundwork for the American Revolution. 

 


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. 

Beautiful Ruins

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 • 2:30-3:30pm

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 

The award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets presents his most romantic and enjoyable novel yet that follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. 

  


Smithtown Book Discussion Group

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

Let the Great World Spin

Thursday, May 21, 2015 • 10:15am-12:15pm

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. 

 


Sports Pages Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk.

Where Nobody Knows Your Name

Monday, May 4, 2015 • 10:30am-12:30pm

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: life in the minor leagues of baseball by John Feinstein

This account of the mysterious proving ground of America's national pastime pulls back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball. The story focuses on the Triple-A level, introducing readers to nine men: three pitchers, three position players, two managers, and an umpire. 

 


Commack Branch


Commack Book Discussion Group

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

The Husbands Secret

Monday, May 11, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

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...

 

 


Stephen King Book Discussion Group

Books will be available at the Commack Branch Circulation Desk starting on April 20. In-person registration only.

Pet Sematary

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 • 6:30-7:30pm

Pet Sematary by Stephen King 

When a little boy's pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetary, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins.

 

 

 


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.

The Autistic Brain

Monday, April 27, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

The Autistic Brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin

A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate.

 

 


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.

The Monogram Murders

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

The Monogram Murders: the new Hercule Poirot mystery by Sophie Hannah 

A brand-new mystery featuring Agatha Christie's legendary hero follows Hercule Poirot as he tries to solve a diabolically clever puzzle in 1920s London that will put his keen skills of detection to the test.

  

 


Kings Park Book Discussion Group

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

The Aviators Wife

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am 

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin 

A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador's daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim.

 

 


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. 

Mr Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

 

 


Nesconset Branch


Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion Group

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

Museum of Extraordinary ThingsTuesday, April 28, 2015 • 2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.