Book Groups | Craft Groups

Traditional Book Discussion Groups

Everyone reads and discusses the same book. New members are always welcome; please drop in!

Noon Hour Book Discussion Group

The Noon Hour Book Discussion Group meets in the Central Library’s Community Room on the second Tuesday of each month at, unsurprisingly, noon. Ask for a copy of the current book at the second level circulation desk. For more information, contact Lisa Lipshires at 413-263-6828 ext 395 or email
The 2016/2017 Reading List.

East Forest Park Evening Book Group

The East Forest Park Evening Book Group meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 6 — 7pm at the East Forest Park Branch.
The 2016 Reading List.
For more information, contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or by email at

NEW! Adult Book Discussion Group at Forest Park

The Forest Park Book Discussion Group meets every month from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Forest Park Branch Library. We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.

Other Book Groups

Groups with non-traditional formats. New members always welcome.

Wednesday Book Group

The Wednesday Book Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 10am until noon in the Central Library. Staff preview hot upcoming titles, and members share thoughts on recent reads. It’s a great way to learn about a wide variety of authors and genres. Due to holiday scheduling, the November and December meetings are: November 9, November 30, and December 14. For more information, contact Ann Keefe at 413-263-6828 ext 294 or by email at

East Springfield Book Group

The East Springfield Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon at the East Springfield Branch. In this informal roundtable, members talk about what they’re reading and share recommendations in any genre. Join us and widen your book-reading horizons! For more information, contact the branch at 413-263-6840.

NEW! Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill’s Bar and Restaurant. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome. Join us for our kick-off meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:30 pm. Ages 21+
The East Forest Park Branch will have copies of each month’s title available for checkout. The current month’s title will be available to be picked up at the East Forest Park Branch in the days after the book group meets. No sign up is required, however, please email if you have any questions.

NEW! U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, December 20, at 6:15 p.m.
Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading. We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions. We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

Craft Groups

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome.

Knit-Lits Group

Meets each Friday from 10-11:30am at the East Springfield Branch. New members are welcome and the current members are willing to teach knitting and crochet. This group works on individual and shared projects, and shares feedback on crafts-related books. For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840.


Knit-Alongs meets every Friday from 1-2:30pm at the East Forest Park Branch. Beginning and advanced knitters and crocheters are invited to share ideas and learn a new skill. Bring a knitting or crochet project you are currently working on. Complete beginner or clueless? Bring a ball of worsted weight yarn and a #4.5 or #5 crochet hook, or a pair of size 8 or 10 knitting needles and we will show you the basics. Projects for donating to area organizations will also be created. Advance registration is not necessary; call the Branch at 413-263-6836 for more information.

Knit One, Read Too

Meets every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library. Knit One, Read Too is a drop-in craft for those who knit or crochet. Experienced needleworkers are welcomed to share their knowledge with beginners in hopes that everyone will find inspiration in seeing new needlework projects. Bring your needles or hooks and enjoy the company of your fellow yarn lovers. New members are always welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Knot Just Knitters

Meets every Monday from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. Do you knit or crochet? Is cross-stitch or crewel your passion? Drop in with your project and join other needlecrafters for fun and fellowship. Novices are welcome. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

NEW! Let’s Get Cooking!

Wednesdays, November 16, 2016, January 18, March 15, and May 17, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the East Forest Park Branch Library
Calling all Foodies – the library is now a place for you! The East Forest Park Branch Library will be starting a Cooking Group which will focus on your food interests. We will pick a theme for each meeting, provide cookbooks and recipes to choose from, and then meet and eat. We will present our dishes and discuss the challenges and delights of our recipes. Future sessions may include guest speakers to discuss local restaurants, farmers markets and the food-to-table movement, culinary trends, new kitchen essentials, nutritional tips and whatever is recommended by the group. Whether you are a gourmet chef or a person who only heats up take-out food in the microwave, this will be a fun, useful and social group to help improve your cooking skills. Please contact Linda at the East Forest Park Branch (413-263-6836) with any questions.