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Book Discussions

On this page you will find the currently scheduled book discussions held either at the Library, or virtually.




Afternoon Book Discussion (In-Library)

Moderated by Professor William Schiavo, these in-person monthly discussions are open to all, no registration required. A combination of classic, world literature, and occasionally pertinent non-fiction will be discussed. Copies of books will be available at the Library.


Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton book coverAfternoon Book Discussion: Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, Adults

Thursday, May 2, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

A 1948 novel by South African writer Alan Paton, set in the prelude to apartheid in South Africa. This story follows black village priest and a white farmer who must deal with the news of a murder


Anna Karenina by Tolstoy book coverAfternoon Book Discussion: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Adults

Thursday, June 6, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

First published in book form in 1878, Anna Karenina is a story of a woman embarking on a passionate affair, and is considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written.




Below you will find the scheduled Usual Suspects Mystery Book Club and Contemporary Book Evening Discussion Club books, along with the virtual discussion date/time and registration dates/links.


The Usual Suspects Mystery Book Club (Virtual)

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 PM via Zoom

Love mysteries? Want to discover diverse and exciting mystery writers and fictional sleuths? Looking to connect with other enthusiastic readers? Join us for our monthly virtual mystery book club! Each month we’ll read and discuss a book by either a classic or contemporary mystery author. Discussions led by Erin Coughlin. Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.

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212 by Alafair Burke book coverThe Usual Suspects Mystery Book Club: 212 by Alafair Burke , Adults **Virtual**

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 – 8:15 PM

Join our Mystery Book Club to discuss Alafair Burke’s gripping thriller 212 features Detective Ellie Hatcher. Novel is set in Manhattan, NY.  212 will scare and keep you turning the pages until done. Erin Coughlin leads all in a lively discussion.

 Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.

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The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg book coverThe Usual Suspects Mystery Book Club: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg, Adults **Virtual**

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 – 8:15 PM

  • Note that this discussion falls on the first Tuesday in June.

Join our Mystery Book Club to discuss Camilla Läckberg’s Ice Princess where biographer Erica Falk researches the death of her friend and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstorm. Fans of Nordic Noir greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour this portrait of human nature at its darkest.  Erin Coughlin leads this lively discussion.

 Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.





Contemporary Book Evening Discussion Group (Virtual)

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 7:30 PM via Zoom

Join us on the third Wednesday of the month. Please register for these book discussions and remember to provide your email address. The library will contact you as to when you may pick up your books. Discussions led by Erin Coughlin. Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.

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Book Cover - Better Living Through Birding by Christian CooperContemporary Book Evening Discussion Group: Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper, Adults **Virtual**

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 – 8:45 PM

Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper is the selected book for the annual Long Island Reads Celebration. This book is memoir, travelogue, and primer on the art of birding. He shares life-changing birding expeditions through Africa, Australia, the Americas, and the Himalayas. Better Living Through Birding recounts Cooper’s journey through the wonderful world of birds and what they can teach us about life, if only we would look and listen.

Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman book coverContemporary Book Evening Discussion Group: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Adults **Virtual**

Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 – 8:45 PM

Erin Coughlin leads this book discussion on “The Light Between Oceans”. Tom Sherbourne returns after fighting on the Western front to live on an isolated island as it’s Lighthouse Keeper.  He brings his young wife who has several miscarriages.  One day Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind and finds a boat washed ashore with a dead man and a living baby.

Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid- a memoir by Bill Bryson book coverContemporary Book Evening Discussion Group: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: a memoir by Bill Bryson, Adults **Virtual**

Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 – 8:45 PM

  • Note that this discussion falls on the second Wednesday in June.

Join us for a lively discussion of Bill Bryson’s humorous memoir where he explores the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950’s America.  This is a laugh-out-loud book that resonates to those of us who has ever been young.

Call the Library at 631-929-4488 to place a book on hold on the book, or come in to pick up. Provide your email address when registering to be sent your Zoom link.

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