The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library has a book group that generally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12:30 called "The Brown Bag Book Group". New members are welcome to come with their lunch to discuss the books and enjoy coffee, tea and dessert. Check for book availability at the front desk the month of the discussion.  The book selections for 2017 are listed below:

Meeting Title
January 01/23/18 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
February 2/20/18  Trespasser by Tana French
March 3/20/18  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
April 4/17/18  Rabbit, Run by John Updike
May 5/15/18  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
June    No Book Discussion - Book Sale
July 7/17/18  Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
August 8/21/18 The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
September 9/18/18 The Sympathizer by Biet Thanh Nguyen
October 10/16/18 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
November 11/20/18 Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
December 12/18/18 News of the Wolrd by Paulette Jiles

There are many sources for external book discussion groups. The library has multiple copies of books available as do other libraries in the state. Please see below for lists of books that may be available for loan.

If the source is a HomeCard library, go directly to that library and borrow the material using your Williston library card. Call the library ahead of time to make sure the title is available on the date needed and to have them placed on reserve. One person in the group is responsible for checking out the entire set and distributing them to members. Be aware that the original borrower is responsible for lost or damaged books.

If the source says that we can borrow the sets for you through interlibrary loan, please call us at 878-4918 or ask at the front desk. It is best to ask for them 2-3 weeks before you need the books. Let us know how many copies you need, what date you need them by and what date they would be returned by.One person in the group (must be a Williston or St. George resident) must check out the entire set and distribute them to members. Be aware that the original borrower is responsible for lost or damaged books. We will contact the source to make sure the items are available and will have them delivered to the library. If the sets are very heavy or large we may ask you to contribute toward the cost of mailing.

You may not find a title you would like or enough copies for your group. If that should occur, please ask each member of your group to find their own copies. Individuals may request interlibrary loan copies, but because of the time it requires, we cannot borrow individual copies from multiple sources for the entire group.

We've attached lists of titles with multiple copies available at libraries in the state.

Essex Free Library

Charlotte Library

South Burlington Library

Burnham Library

Fletcher Free Library

Pierson Library - Large Print Sets

Poultney Library

Brandon Library

Vermont Department of Libraies - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Sets

Vermont Department of Libraries - Children & Teens

Goodrich Library