METHUEN — Fall will soon be upon us. Children are returning to school; the air will turn crisp, leaves will change their colors, and book groups at the Nevins Memorial Library will begin meeting again.

The Nevins Memorial Library offers serveral book discussion groups for a variety of reading preferences.

* The afternoon book group discusses fiction titles on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the trustees room. It meets next on Sept. 19 to discuss Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman. This gripping novel begins 20 years after the fire that destroyed Manderley and the death of Rebecca. Fans of Du Maurnier’s original tale will want to follow the tale of the de Winter family. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Contact Elaine at 978-686-4080, ext. 16.

* The evening book group, which discusses both fiction and nonfiction titles, meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the garden room. Join in for a discussion of all the books you loved — and hated — over the summer. Contact Krista at 978-686-4080, ext. 10.

* The nonfiction book group meets on Friday mornings to discuss biographies, memoirs and various nonfiction titles. Its meeting is Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. The title to be discussed is Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, by Julie Powell. Join the author as she recounts her attempt to cook all 524 recipes our of her mother’s dog-eared copy of Julia Child’s 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Contact Cynthia at 978-686-4080.

* The GLBT book group meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the trustees room to discuss quality GLBT literature and nonfiction. It meets Sept. 13 to discuss In the River Sweet, by Patricia Henly. This National Book Award finalist tells the engrossing tale of a woman whose long-held secret transforms her life and her marriage. Contact Nancii at 978-686-4080, ext. 14.

* The murder most sweet mystery book group meets Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Killer Crafts” — mysteries that involve crafts in some way. This group investigates a different mystery subgenre each month. A list of authors and titles will be given a month ahead. Contact Nancii at 978-686-4080, ext. 14.

New members are welcome. The library is located at 305 Broadway. For more information, visit the Web site at