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.

The Rosie Project

Monday, July 13, 2015 • 12:00-1:00pm

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.



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.

Cop Town

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 • 11:00am-12:00pm

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter 

A standalone thriller by the best-selling author is set in 1974 Atlanta and finds reluctant rookie cop Kate Murphy teamed with agenda-seeking Maggie Lawson in a manhunt for a cop killer.



Kings Park Book Discussion Group

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

Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker

Monday, July 20, 2015 • 10:30-11:30am 

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini 

A stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite.  


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. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015  7:00-8:00pm

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

In an effort to escape the hypocrisies of life at his boarding school, sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks refuge in New York City.




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.