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

To join the discussion, contact the Library Director: Jennifer deSimas

Awakening the Spirit is led by First Church’s Acting Associate Pastor, the Rev. Amie Giguere. The group meets on Mondays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. — currently via Zoom teleconference (we hope to return to hybrid meetings soon). We read non-fiction and biography that explore spirituality, the nature of God, faith, theology, the Bible, and diverse religions, among other topics.

To join us, sign up here.

A monthly book group led by JPW Library Director, Jennifer deSimas, Food for Thought, meets from 5:30 p.m. to  7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month currently via Zoom teleconference (hopefully, the group will be able to return to the JPW Library soon). The group reads books that explore faith, God, and spirituality, through fiction, humor, biography, sociology, memoir, social justice, and more.
To join us, sign up here.

Awakening the Spirit is reading Climate Church, Climate World by Jim Antal.

“Antal’s book seeks to invite people of faith, together with their faith communities, to accept that God has called us to bear witness in a time such as this – a time when the continuity of God’s creation is in jeopardy. Antal suggests that the enormity of this crisis constitutes a theological emergency. To resolve this emergency, God is calling the church to initiate a moral intervention.”


The group meets Mondays at noon via Zoom (No class April 18th). 


This will be a Zoom meeting. If you are new to this group,  click HERE to sign up to receive the link


Books are available to borrow at the JPW Library.

Food for Thought will meet on Thursday May 5th to discuss The Personal Librarian  by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. This book is a remarkable story about one of Manhattan’s most powerful women at the turn of the century – and the secret she protected. Pick up your copy today and click here to join the group!


This will be a hybrid meeting  — you’re welcome to join in person (at the library) or via Zoom, as you prefer. 


Register here to join the group!


Books are available to borrow at the JPW Library.

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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