Book Groups

Let’s Talk About It: Re-Imagining the American Family (Nov 2018-Mar 2019)
Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 14 @ 6pm
The Topsham Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It”, a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library. The series, Re-Imagining the American Family, begins 6pm, Thursday, November 1 at the Topsham Public Library in Topsham, and continues for 5 sessions, through March 14. Books to be read and discussed in this series include: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, What the Living Do by Marie Howe and Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman. Rebecca Nisetich, PhD of USM will facilitate this group. Books for the program are available for loan at the library.  Please call the library at (207) 725-1727 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series. A poster featuring dates/books can be accessed here: AmericanFamily.

Book Look (Sept-May)
1st Tuesday @ 11am
Book Look is a longstanding book club held at The Highlands’ Kennebec Room in the main lodge on the first Tuesday of the month from September – May. For over 15 years, Topsham Public Library’s Directors have been leading discussions about fiction and non-fiction books chosen by the participants of the group. All are welcome to join us–we read, talk, sometimes argue, snack (thanks to the attentive Highlands staff!) and ALWAYS have a good time. For more information call Susan at the library or email

Great Books
2nd Saturday @ 10am (Year Round)
Great Books is a lively discussion group that has been meeting monthly for more than five years. We are ALWAYS looking for new members! We are currently discussing Great Conversations 5 from The Great Books Foundation. Email to find out what piece we are discussing this month!

Men’s Book Group
3rd Thursday @ 4pm (Sept-May)
Do you like to read? Interested in discussing it with others? Have one free afternoon a month? We Need You! We need a few good men to join us for this monthly meeting of minds as we explore our interests through reading.  For more info call the library or email

Mystery Readers Roundtable (Sept-May)
2nd Tuesday @ 3pm
Mystery Readers Roundtable is in its tenth year. Once a month, fans of the mystery genre gather over hot drinks and share their favorite crime novels and good company. We have a few laughs, investigate themes, and visit some very dark places. If this sounds like your cup of tea (or coffee) come and join the group. Check out Mysteries Abound on our website, an information source that every mystery reader will appreciate. For more information call Linda at the library or email

Rare Reads
3rd Tuesday @ 6pm (Sept-May)
Like reading unusual and interesting popular fiction (and some nonfiction)? Rare Reads is in its fifth year and is our only book group with an online option. Can’t make it to the library? Join the discussion on Registration not required. For more info call the library or email

Reading Between The Panels
4th Tuesday @ 6pm (Oct-May)
If you love art and literature (and at the same time), then join Adrien and Dale each month as they discuss all things graphic novel. From classic comic book collections to the latest in graphic novels, we share our favorites, make recommendations, and talk shop about the writing, the art, and everything in between. For more info call Dale at the library.