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Discussion Groups

The Rockport Public Library has a wide variety of discussion groups. Please see the online calendar for the next group meeting. All groups are open to the public and accepting new members.

Monday Evening Book Group
The Monday Evening Book Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 6 PM. The titles are chosen by the members and include a wide range of topics and genres. All titles are current and have been published in the past few years. Copies of the current book are available at the main desk.

Modern Drama from the 19th to 21st Century
This longstanding group meets once a month on Mondays at 4 PM and discuss the play we have read that month. Playwrights included have ranged from Turgenev to Coward, Brecht to Lindsay and Crouse and many more. The discussions are lively! Copies of the current book are available at the main desk.

History Book Group
Rockport History Book Club meets monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.  Participants read any book on the topic and provide a 5-10 minute description and commentary on their book, then members discuss.  We’ve been here for 17 years, and the topics have ranged from ancient Greece, Nazi Germany, History of Cape Ann, Revolutionary War, the History of Medical Discovery, the History of History, History of the Future, China, Middle East, and more. The online calendar has upcoming topics for discussion. The group also has an active Facebook page.

Notable Fiction Group
This monthly book group meets monthly on Sundays at 2 PM to discuss a popular fiction book. Copies of the current book are available at the main desk.

Rockport Poetry Workshop
This group meets on the last Thursday of every month at the Rockport Public Library. It was founded by James R. Scrimgeour who continues to facilitate it when he returns to Rockport for the Summer. Jim has published ten books of poetry. He has a PhD from UMass-Amherst and is Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University. He has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and is a former editor of Connecticut Review, as well as the Poet Laureate of New Milford, Connecticut. The group continues throughout the year under Jim’s distant but watchful mentoring. It is a friendly, supportive and supportive group that is open to any poet.

Plato Discussion Group
Linda Medwid leads a bi-weekly discussion series on Plato where participants will read the translation by W. H. D. Rouse, “Great Dialogues of Plato” (Signet Publishers, 2008). The group meets on Wednesdays at 4 PM. Contact the group leader at lmmedwid61@gmail.com for further information. For copies of the book please speak to a librarian at the main desk.