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. 

The White Queen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 2:30-3:30pm

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory 

A tale inspired by the War of the Roses follows the conflict from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery.

 

 


Smithtown Book Discussion Group

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

Olive Kitteridge

Thursday, March 19, 2015 • 10:15am-12:15pm

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The larger-than-life world of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher and unofficial town crier in a small coastal town in Maine, is revelaed in a series of luminous stories that explore her diverse roles in many lives, including a lounge singer haunted by a past love, a young man grieving over his lost mother, her stoic husband and her own resentful son. 

 


Sports Pages Book Discussion Group

Books are available at the Smithtown Main Circulation Desk.

The Bad Guys Won

Monday, March 2, 2015 • 10:30am-12:30pm

The Bad Guys Won: a season of brawling, boozing, bimbo-chasing and championship baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid and the rest of the 1986 Mets, the rowdiest team to ever put on a New York uniform, and maybe the best by Jeff Pearlman

In The Bad Guys Won, award-winning former Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankees were the second-best team in New York. 

 


Commack Branch


Commack Book Discussion Group

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

Astronaut Wives Club

Monday, March 9, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel 

Best-selling author Lily Koppel describes what lives were like for a group of military wives, including Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom and Louise Shepherd, who were thrust into the spotlight when their husbands became Mercury Seven astronauts and made them stars. 

 

 


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 End of Overeating

Monday, March 30, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

The End of Overeating: take control of the insatiable American appetite by David A. Kessler, M.D.

The author uncovers the influences that have conditioned millions of people to overeat, explaining how combinations of fat, sugar and salt have hijacked our brain circuitry, and shows how we can regain control.

 


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.

Killing in the Hills

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller 

A first novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist finds a prosecuting attorney and her estranged teenage daughter trying to protect their town and each other in the aftermath of a shocking triple murder committed by an unknown shooter whose identity is gradually realized by the daughter.

  


 

Kings Park Book Discussion Group

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

Destiny of the Republic

Monday, March 2, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am 

Destiny of the Republic: a tale of medicine, madness, and the murder of a President by Candice Millard 

A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

 

 


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. 

Storm Front

Wednesday, March 18, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.

 

 

 


 Nesconset Branch


Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion Group

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

Paris ArchitectTuesday, March 24, 2015 • 2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding places for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.