Book Groups

WRL Book Groups

  • Themed Book Groups -- Williamsburg Regional Library staff lead two monthly book groups:
    • Crime and Mystery group 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2 to 3 pm at the Williamsburg Library. Upcoming themes:
      • Romantic Suspense (February 17)
        • Sample Fiction Titles

          The Ideal Man-Julie Garwood

          Seven for a Secret-Victoria Holt

          Whiskey Beach -Nora Roberts

          Never Die Alone -Lisa Jackson


          Sample Nonfiction and Biography Titlesv

          Too Late to Say Goodbye 364.1523 RUL

          Love Her to Death  364.1523 PHE

          Death and the Virgin Queen  942.055 SKI


      • Mysteries Through the Ages (March 16)
      • Mysteries in Unexpected Places (April 20)
    • ; the other on the 4th Thursday of the month.These will be themed book groups. Participants can read any Fiction or Nonfiction title related to the theme. During the discussion, everyone will be invited to share a brief review of their selection. Click here for more information. Please contact Andrew Smith at 259-4050 if you have questions.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club -- No limit on number of members; everyone is welcome to come. Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7-9 at the James City County Library to discuss themes and specific books in the realm of speculative fiction. Group members read books in the chosen theme, and volunteer leaders talk about the highlights and characteristics of that theme. Here's a list of 2016's upcoming themes.
  • 2nd Tuesday Book Club -- 10-member limit.  The group selects titles up to 3 months in advance, and individual members lead discussions. Sessions are held the third Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 in the Cosby Room of the James City County Library. Please contact Andrew Smith at 259-4050 for more information.

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Gab Bags

Williamsburg Regional Library has collected multiple copies of the following titles for use by reading groups. The books are packaged in a tote bag, and can be checked out for up to eight weeks. Many of the titles have questions and supplementary material to stimulate thoughtful discussion. Bags are available at both the Scotland Street and Croaker Road libraries. You may place a hold on the title you want and pick it up at the most convenient location.  For a complete list of Gab Bag titles, click here.

The purchase of the initial nine titles was made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Library to support library-sponsored book groups. Since then, support has come from Jane and Robert McGaw, the Williamsburg Community Trust, and the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation.  The Friends have resumed providing grant money for the titles, and have made it possible for us to begin purchasing large print and audiobooks when they're available. By sharing these group resources with community readers, the Gab Bags program extends the success of those grants.

If you have any questions about the program, or would like to learn about other book group resources available through the Williamsburg Regional Library, please contact Andrew Smith, Readers Services Librarian, or call 259-4050.