The South Portland Public Library offers a number of regular book groups, offering options for differing tastes in reading.  Please see the events calendar for the latest reading selections as well as any potential changes of meeting dates. For more information, call 767-7660.

  • Branch Book Group – 2nd Wed | 1:00pm | IN PERSON at Branch Library 155 Wescott Rd. – NEW!
  • Evening Book Group – 2nd Thurs. | 6:30 pm | ONLINE via ZOOM
  • Pod Squad – the last Thurs. | 6:30 pm | ONLINE via ZOOM
  • Betsy Ross House Book Group – 1st Thurs. | 1:30 pm | Betsy Ross House

Branch Book Group – NEW!

Want to gather in-person with some fellow book lovers? Malia (Circulation Librarian) is starting a monthly in-person book group at the South Portland Branch Library. The group will read diverse books followed by friendly discussions. All are welcome to join at any time!

We’ll meet at the Branch location (155 Wescott Rd.) on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm.

Upcoming selections:

Recent past selections:

Evening Book Group

The SPPL Evening Book Club enjoys sharing an adventurous blend of fiction and non-fiction titles. Recent selections have included Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Educated by Tara Westover, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

The Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM, online, via Zoom.  Our group is always open to new members and is easy to join.  Simply contact the library, using the form below, and you’re in!  We will keep you updated on future selections and pass along meeting links.

Upcoming Selections:

  • August 8, 2024: Read and discuss your favorite poems

Recent past selections:

Pod Squad

Pod Squad LogoSPPL’s Pod Squad meets on the last Thursday of the month (with adjustments as needed for the holiday season) at 6:30 PM, online, via Zoom to discuss a selection from the wonderfully diverse world of podcasts.  At past meetings, members have shared thoughts on episodes from Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, Jill Lepore’s The Lost Archive, Jennifer Dasale’s ArtCurious, and Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway’s HomeCooking, among many others. Typical homework assignments clock in at under an hour and are a quick and easy way to explore history, art, science, and contemporary issues.

Links for upcoming selections and our meeting links are shared via email to participants.  If this sounds like a group that might be a fit for you, simply contact the library, using the form below, and you’re in!  We will keep you updated on future selections and pass along meeting links.

The Betsy Ross House Book Group

The Betsy Ross House Book Group is a perfect fit if you’re a passionate reader who enjoys discussing books that are part of the mainstream cultural current.  Recent titles include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.  Just because the critics like it, doesn’t mean that BRH readers will!  Independent of mind, we decide for ourselves if the buzz on a book is merited.  Discussions are spirited and full of good humor.  Although this group meets in the Betsy Ross House Library, members of the community are welcome and encouraged to join us at any time.

Please use this form to let us know that you would like to participate in our online programs…