Book Groups

The Next Chapter Book Club

Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based book club for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our members (including some who cannot read) love books for the same reasons most people do. We all enjoy being transported to different worlds where we meet interesting characters and learn new things. Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more delightful and fun. The Next Chapter Book Club has chapters in the US, Canada, and Europe. Bangor Public Library is the only affiliate in Maine.

This group meets each Thursday at 2 PM at the library. Please register in advance if it is your first time attending. For more information or to register, contact Paul Nicklas, 947-8336 x109 or

Bangor Lit Chicks Book Group

Our Lit Chicks Book Group is the library's more traditional book group.  Led by Candis Joyce, one of our reference librarians, the group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 pm, September through May. Books are chosen by Candis with group members nominating the last one or two books to finish out their reading season. Please be aware that this group keeps a membership of 20 participants. We are at that limit and we do have a waiting list.

Contact Candis at 947-8336 ext 127 or with questions.

ASM Book Club

This is a book club for Autistic adults and their allies led by the Autism Society of Maine. If you are a parent, caregiver, guardian, friend, or undiagnosed adult that’s questioning if you’re Autistic feel free to join in on the conversation. This is a safe space that offers people the chance to talk about Autism and the different topics brought up in the book. For more information, contact Jen at 1-800-273-5200 or

Starting October 2023, regular meetings will occur monthly, in-person on the first Monday of the month and via ZOOM the first Tuesday of the month. Join anytime, book picks will be posted two months in advance.

October Book: NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman.

In-Person Meeting: October 2, 5-6pm in Bangor Public Library's Board Room

Zoom Meeting: October 3, 12 -1pm.