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Book Groups

During the coronavirus lockdown that started in March 2020 our book groups are happening online or by email.


Open Book Group

This is a reading aloud and creative writing group, run with Open Book and writer Jen Hadfield.Sessions during lockdown are online (via Zoom) on 10 and 24 June from 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Places are limited. If you would like more information or would like to attend please contact

You will need an internet connection, an email address and a device with a camera and mic. (Many tablets and mobile phones have this capability.) The sessions are FREE and are for ages 16+. Find out more about Open Book here:


Hurricane Book Club

Our biggest book club is back! The Hurricane Book Club is being run across Scotland and beyond with LIVE events being held by Shetland, Glasgow & Falkirk libraries throughout 2020. If you can’t join in person, you can join the conversation online via Twitter.

More information on our Hurricane page, and if you would like to join us, or if you would like to know more, please contact


Saturday Slaughters

Our crime reading group was inspired by Orkney Library.

The group normally meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 2pm -3pm. If you are interested in joining, please contact Marghie at the Library on .Saturday Slaughters reading list


Lerwick Book Group

The Lerwick book group usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are very informal, and members take turns to choose the books to read. New members are welcome: just contact Karen or Marghie at the library if you want to join the mailing list.

Lerwick Book Group: next meetings and what we're reading...


Shetland (Face)Book Group

A group that meets both online and offline to talk about a Shetland novel. We started this in November 2019 and our first author was Marsali Taylor. We hope to kick off more sessions soon on our Facebook page. (Face)Book Grouip page.


Lunch with Dickens

The lunchtime book group - Lunch with Dickens - reads books published prior to the 20th century. The books are generally by British authors but we aim to include one foreign novel and one children’s novel per year, as well as always beginning the year with Dickens. The members agree to read a set number of chapters a week and meet every Thursday at 1pm in the Library. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Val Turner for more information (01595 694688 or )

Reading list for 2020:

Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
Phoebe Junior Margaret Oliphant
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
A pair of blue eyes Thomas Hardy
Water Babies Charles Kingsley
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Conningsby Benjamin Disraeli
Secret Agent Conrad
Lunch with Dickens Reading List -the first 10 years


University of the third age book group

The independent U3A group meets monthly in Islesburgh - find out more on the U3A Shetland book group website or call Larraine Gray on 01595 840517


South Mainland book group - CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

This is another independent group which meets on the last Wednesday of each month at Sumburgh Hotel.

New members are welcome - contact Check their reading lists below.

2020 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2019 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2018 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2017 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)

2016 Reading list - South Mainland book group (PDF)


Book Group Sets

Need copies for your own book group? This is a PDF list of some books we have in mulitple copies. You should also check our local collection - we can provide multiple copies of most Shetland books.


Last Updated on 29 May 2020

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