Book Groups

The JPW Library hosts two book groups, one weekly and one monthly

To join the discussion, contact

Library Director Jennifer deSimas


Awakening the Spirit 2022-23 –  Our “official start” is 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022. Please note the time change. We will meet in person as long as we are able. A Zoom option will also be available.

We are delighted to welcome Tom Carr to our community, an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, recently retired as Pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Suffield. He has been active locally in issues of ecology, environmental justice, and spirituality, both ecumenically and on an interfaith basis, for over 30 years. He also works with the Spiritual Life Center in spiritual direction.


Rev. Tom Carr


Please contact JPW Library Director Jennifer deSimas with questions: 860-232-3893.


Food for Thought has a new meeting day and co-leader. They will be meeting on the first TUESDAYS of the month starting in October (2022), and Molly Bohman, our terrific Library Assistant, will be leading the discussions with JPWL Director Jennifer deSimas. Their first meeting is Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the JPW Library. A Zoom option will be available.


Awakening the Spirit
Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. 

Awakening the Spirit book group’s next book is The Great Work by Thomas Berry. Fr. Berry was one of the most eminent cultural historians of our time. Here he presents the culmination of his ideas and urges us to move from being a disrupting force on the Earth to living as a benign and compassionate presence. This transition is the Great Work – the most necessary and ennobling work we will ever undertake. Berry’s profound ecological insight illuminates the paths we need to take in the realms of ethics, politics, economics, and education if both we and the planet are to survive. But his message is not one of doom but of resounding hope and gratitude for Earth. Pick up your copy at the JPW Library and join the discussion – Mondays from 1-2:30. Zoom option available.

Food for Thought
5:30 on First Tuesdays of the Month

Food for Thought book group’s next book is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, a “charming, witty, and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus. Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible” (Amazon). Stop in the JPWL and get your copy! We’ll meet — hybridly — Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30 in the JPWL to discuss it.



Call Jennifer deSimas with questions: 860-232-3893.

Resources for external book groups

We are happy to lend sets of multiple copies to any book group.


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Contact us to learn more!

Located beneath the First Church Meeting House, the JPWL is the go-to place for books and media related to sermons, Sunday School, social justice issues, and so much more!


Phone: 860-232-3893



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