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The BFL will be closed on Monday May 27 for Memorial Day.

Book & Film Discussion Clubs

Looking for a great new read?  Hoping to meet other members of the community? Join us for one of our adult book clubs — new members are always welcome!  We also offer Cinéphile Mondays — a discussion group for those who love cinema.  

Some discussion groups are held over Zoom, while one is hybrid, and one is held in person at the library.  To join any book club, click through to the event page to register (and receive the Zoom meeting information, if applicable).  Copies of the books are available at the BFL. The films for Cinéphile Mondays are available through Kanopy. 

If you don’t find what you are looking for here, check our book recommendation resources


Mystery Book Club – meets the first Thursday of the month @ 1:00 pm on Zoom

Looking for the next read that will keep you up all night?
The Mystery Book Club has you covered!

April 4th: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

May 2nd: Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge

June 6th: Cover Her Face by P.D. James

 


History Book Club – meets the second Thursday of the month @ 11:00 am on Zoom

Join us for a discussion of historical fiction and nonfiction titles. This club is cohosted by the Natick Historical Society. 

April 11th:  A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the great betrayal by Ben Macintyre

May 9th: The Girl with Seven Names: escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee

June 13th: My Life in France by Julia Child

 


Environmental Book Club – meets the third Tuesday of the month @ 7:00 pm on Zoom

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Join environmental enthusiast, Arthur Ensroth, in discussing current, historic, and future environmental issues through books.

April 16th: The Blue Machine: how the ocean works by Helen Czerski

May 21st: Not Too Late: changing the climate story from despair to possibility
by Rebecca Solnit (editor) and Thelma Young Lutunatabua (editor)

June 15th: Join us in person at the Bacon Free Library for a discussion of The Guide To Walden Pond: An Exploration of the History, Nature, Landscape, and Literature of One of America’s Most Iconic Places by Robert M. Thorson

The environmental book club does not meet in July & August — happy summer!

 


Tuesday Night Book Club – meets the fourth Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 pm at the library

Join our long-standing Tuesday evening Book Club, where we discuss a work of fiction each month (and sometimes a good nonfiction title!). 

April 23rd: The Perfect Nanny: a novel by Leila Slimani 

May 28th: H is for Hawk  by Helen Macdonald 

June 25th: Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love by Dani Shapiro

 


Nonfiction Book Club – meets the fourth Saturday of the month @ 10:00 am in hybrid form – you choose in person or Zoom

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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!  Come explore it all with us in the Nonfiction Book Club. 

May 18th: Maid: hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to survive by Stephanie Land

**Please note, in May, we meet a week earlier than usual

June 22nd: The Feather Thief: beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century by Kirk Wallace Johnson

July 27th:  Harry Truman’s Excellent adventure: the true story of a great American road trip by Matthew Algeo

 


Cinéphile Mondays – meets the last Monday of the month @ 4:00 pm on Zoom

Meant as a tribute to the film art around the world, from the days of silent cinema to the new waves and beyond, our Cinéphile Mondays is a slow and tasteful appreciation of the First Century of Cinema.  Watch a movie at home and then join film history & media studies Professor MV for a virtual discussion.

For Monday June 24
We will be discussing
Mulholland Drive by David Lynch, USA 2001
DVD available on the Minuteman HERE
 

 

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