The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library has a book group that generally meets on the 3rd Friday 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 2014 are listed below:

Month     
           Meeting Title
January   1/17/14 The Kitchen House by Grissom, Kathleen (2010)
February   2/14/14 The Other Boleyn Girl by Gregory, Philippa (2003)
March   3/21/14 Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Robert (1961)
April   4/18/14 Orphan Train by Kline, Christina Baker (2013)
May   5/16/14 Live by Night by Lehane, Dennis (2012)
June   6/13/14 Beautiful Ruins by Walter, Jess (2012)
July   7/18/14
7/28/14
Wonder by Palacio, R.J. (2012) Discussion leaders are Diane Downer, a former counselor at Charlotte School and Laurel Sanborn of the Vermont Family Network.
August   8/15/14 Lifeboat by Rogan, Charlotte (2012)
September   09/19/14 The Husband's Secret by Moriarty, Liane (2013)
October   10/10/14 The Lowland by Jhumpa, Lahiri (2013)
November   11/21/14 Defending Jacob by Landay, William (2012)
December   12/12/14 The Longest Ride by Sparks, Nicholas (2013)


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.

To see what libraries in Vermont may have the title you can use the Vermont Department of Libraries Catalog (instruction on using the catalog). Please use this as a guide only. It does not guarantee that the library still has the title or that it is 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.

Dorothy Alling Library

Essex Free Library

Charlotte Library

South Burlington Library

Burnham Library

Fletcher Free Library

Pierson Library - Large Print Sets

Poultney Library

Brandon Library

Vermont Humanities Council

Vermont Department of Libraies - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Sets

Vermont Department of Libraries - Children & Teens