Book Clubs

Books & Booze Book Club

The Books & Booze book club meets at 7 PM every 2nd Thursday of the month at rotating downtown locations to discuss funny, strange and off the wall books.

Note: This club is for 21+ ONLY.

Stop by the checkout desk to pick up a copy of the current book.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
Sand by Hugh Howey
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Children & Pre-Teen Book Clubs

Note: These book clubs are self-paced and are not on the schedule.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children’s Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.

I Can Read!

This program is designed to motivate children in K – 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.

100 Books Before High School

This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd – 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!

Timely & Timeless Book Club

The Timely and Timeless Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 12 noon, usually at a location outside of the library. New members are always welcome. Stop by the checkout desk to pick up a copy of the current book.

Book reviews by member Susan McHenry give some idea of what this book club is like. You can read these by clicking here. To submit your own book review, send it by email to

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Force of Nature by C.J. Box
The Look of Love by Sarah Jio
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Gods of Newport by John Jakes
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Day
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Book Club Schedules