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.

Commack Branch

Commack Book Discussion Group

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


Monday, August 10, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.


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.


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

Spark: the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain by John J. Ratey, M.D.

An investigation into the effects of exercise on the brain evaluates how aerobic exercise positively influences the progression of such conditions as Alzheimer's disease, ADD, and depression, in a report that shares theory-supporting case studies.


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.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

Malice by Keigo Higashino 

When a best-selling Japanese novelist is found murdered the night before he was scheduled to move to another country, police detective Kyochiro Kaga uncovers a deadly game involving the victim's best friend and rival.



Kings Park Book Discussion Group

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

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Monday, August 17, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am 

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.



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. 

Cuckoos Calling

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits.


Nesconset Branch

Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion Group

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

Storied LifeTuesday, July 28, 2015 • 2:15-3:15pm 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.