Interest Groups

All members in good standing, full members and associate members, are eligible to participate in Interest Groups. Members should contact the facilitator to participate in one of the Interest Groups listed below. At times groups may be full.

Members are welcome to propose new Interest Groups. Contact the Interest Group Coordinator or click the button below.

Classic Film Group

Facilitators: Tyll van Geel

Day and Time: Third Thursday of the month, December – June, at 4:00 p.m.

Each month, a participant selects a film for the next session, and prepares to lead an informal discussion. We watch the films on our own time between the meetings. We aim for a minimum of eight participants (including conveners.)

Contemporary Book Group

Facilitators: Finnegan Alford-Cooper and Sandy Padernacht

Day and Time: Second Friday of the month, October – June, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

This group is for people interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books published within the last five years. The aim of the group is to spread our wings a bit and enjoy a wide variety of books (historical fiction, humor, memoir, biography, mystery, thrillers, romance, current events, history, politics, natural science, etc.)

Each month participants will choose among 2-4 books recommended by the facilitators and group members. Group members will vote on books two months ahead of time so there is enough time to procure and read the books. Membership capped at 14.

Our Stories, Our Lives

Facilitators: Finnegan Alford-Cooper and Bonnie Strickland

Day and Time: Third Tuesday of the month, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

This is a group of women who meet monthly to discuss life experiences, focusing on such topics as the experience of aging and ageism, health issues, political concerns, using time wisely, gender roles, family ties, and friendship.

Reading the Classics

Facilitator: Jeanne Kaiser

Day and Time: January, March, May, July, September and November, on the 4th Thursday of the month, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

This is a book club focused on books considered to be classics of literature. Each month a new book is read, and discussed at the meeting.

Reading Round Table

Facilitator: Ralph Lowen

Date/time: Second Tuesday of the month, at 2:00 p.m. [Part of the LIR Café Society]

Join other incurable readers for an informal round table one Wednesday afternoon a month. Whether you prefer literary fiction, biographies, nonfiction, science fiction, plays, detective series, or graphic novels, you’re welcome to join this eclectic group. We talk about what we’re currently reading (or listening to), where we get our recommendations, trends in publishing, and anything else that interests us. No prerequisite or homework!


Facilitator: Jay Russell

Date and Time: Third Thursday of the month, 2:00-3:30 PM

Hybrid meetings: in person at the Five College Library Annex Building in N. Hatfield and on Zoom.

Viewpoints is a monthly round-table discussion of current domestic and international events and issues (often, but not always, political), and other subjects not necessarily tied to the headlines of the day (such as culture wars, free speech restrictions in schools and colleges, and policing and firearms). Each month’s participants choose four topics for roughly 20-minute discussions.