Book Groups are meeting regularly!


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

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

Awakening the Spirit is led by First Church’s Acting Associate Pastor Rev. Amie Giguere and Lauren Dube, Student Minister for Children & Families. They meet every Monday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the JPW Library or via Zoom teleconference. They read non-fiction and biography that explore spirituality, the nature of God, faith, theology, the Bible, and diverse religions, among other topics. To join them, sign up here.
A monthly book group led by JPW Library Director Jennifer deSimas, Food for Thought meets from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the JPW Library. The group reads books that explore faith, God, and spirituality, through fiction, humor, biography, sociology, memoir, social justice, and more. To join them, sign up here.

Awakening the Spirit will be discussing, Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay, on Monday afternoons from 1-2:30 p.m.


Author Tanya Marlow addresses how we might find holiness when we’re waiting for miracles to emerge. Everyone is waiting for something: a bus, a spouse, better health, a fresh chance, a true home. Waiting is hard. Follow the lives of four Bible heroes who struggled with waiting: Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Mary. This book provides empathy, purpose, and perspective for those mired in doubt and disappointment. 


This will be a hybrid meeting — attend in person or via Zoom.


Books are available to borrow at the JPW Library.

Food for Thought will meet on Thursday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm to discuss The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. In this book, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis. Inspired by astonishing true events from World War II.

This will be a hybrid meeting — attend in person or via Zoom.


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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