Book Clubs

The DC Public Library offers a variety of book clubs for residents to gather and discuss their love of books. Below is a list of just some of the clubs offered. Please note that sometimes book club events are canceled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check the calendar to make sure an event is scheduled on the date you wish to attend. You can also call the library where the event is scheduled.

Books & Bars Book Club
Join us at Bistro D'Oc  at 518 10 St. NW on the third Wednesday of each month for a modern-day book club. Books & Bars is a book club that promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere and great discussion on today's most intriguing books. For more information, check out the Books & Bars page, or contact Kari Mitchell at 

Cleveland Park Library Mystery Book Club
This club meets the first Thursday of each month on the 2nd floor at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets N.W. The group chooses the books each month, two to three months in advance. All types of crime writing are considered, from cozies to noir. Monthly notice is sent by e-mail. You don't have to join the group to receive the e-mail. For more information, contact Barbara Gauntt at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library. Call 202-282-3072 for more information.

Francis Gregory Adult Book Club
This club for adults only meets every fourth Wednesday at Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library.  Selections include fiction (mystery, romance, history, short stories, classics, etc.) and nonfiction (biography, travel, finance, etc.). The facilitator invites suggestions from customers, book club members and staff. Past selections include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Wake of the Wind by California Cooper and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. Call 202-727-6044 for more information.

Georgetown Book Club
We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library branch of DC Public Library. We make copies of the books we read available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, so there is no need to purchase titles. Anyone who likes to read literary fiction and the occasional nonfiction title is welcome, as are suggestions for upcoming titles. For more information, please e-mail or call 202-727-0232.

Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club
We meet the fourth Thursday of every month in Conference Room #1 at 7 p.m. We alternate fiction and nonfiction every month. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact Ana Elisa at or call 202-671-3122.

Palisades Library Book Club
This club meets once a month on the third Tuesday at the Palisades Neighborhood Library. The club reads a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction with occasional forays into poetry and plays. Everyone makes suggestions, and the club chooses the selection by group consensus. For more information, contact the library at 202-282-3139.

Southeast Adult Book Club
The club meets the last Tuesday of each month (unless there are holiday issues) at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 202-698-3377.

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.)
We are a fiction and nonfiction book group for local readers between ages 21 and 35, and we meet every month at a bar located in or near Georgetown.  For more information, including meeting dates and locations, check out our Meetup page or email or

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw History Book Club
The American History Book Club meets on the first and fourth Mondays of each month at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library. We cover Presidents and Reformers through recent biographies. We discuss the new understanding of well known figures that emerage in the biographies. Each month we consider a new figure using these biographies. For more information, contact the library at 202-671-0265.

West End Book Club
This club meets at the West End Neighborhood Library the third Tuesday of every month. Call 202-724-8707 for more information.

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

Published on Monday, September 22, 2014

Beautiful Things Heaven Bears coverDo you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C.?  The Cleveland Park Library has a local history book discussion series!

To celebrate DC Reads 2014, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., we will be discussing this year's selected novel The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

The story, set in contemporary Washington, is about an Ethiopian immigrant who owns a grocery store in the Logan Circle neighborhood, his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his nostalgia and longing for his home continent.  As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, he may lose everything all over again.

'Kinsey and Me,' by Sue Grafton

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

book coverFor this month's Talking Book Club, we'll be discussing Sue Grafton's 

Second Session: "The Secret River" by Kate Grenville

Published on Sunday, September 14, 2014

On Thursday, October 9, at 7 p.m., we will discuss The Secret River The Secret River book coverby Kate Grenville.

October Selection for Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Suspect bookcoverJoin us on Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss Suspect by Robert Crais. 

Featuring "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match: Marisol McDonald No Combina"

Published on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match: Marisol McDonald No Combina" by Monica BrownCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, September 15 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Every first Monday of the month at noon!

Published on Monday, September 8, 2014
The High Noon Book Club Meets once a month, and is geared toward those with a high interest in adventures, thrillers, romance, fantasy, fiction or non-fiction books for pleasure.

The High Noon Book Club took a summer break along with everyone else, and it's time to get the pages turning for the fall. A few upcoming book selections:

Mayor for Life

'Death With Interruptions' by José Saramago

Published on Friday, September 5, 2014

Cover image of Jose Saramago's novel Death with InterruptionsWith the new year, no one dies and everyone is happy. Until reality sets in. Find out what happens when death takes a holiday.
José Saramago is the 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Check out a copy of Death with Interruptions and join us for a lively discussion of this humorous novel Thursday, Sept. 25 in Conference Room 1 at 7 p.m.

Featuring "Freddie and the Fairy"

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Freddie and the Fairy" by DonaldsonCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, September 8 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Georgetown Book Club's September Selection

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

The Snow Queen"A celestial light appeared to Barrett Meeks in the sky over Central Park, four days after Barrett had been mauled, once again, by love."

Featuring "Morris Goes to School"

Published on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Morris Goes to School" by WisemanCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, August 25 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Southwest Library Book Discussion, 1 p.m., Sat., Sept 27

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 27.  Copies of this month's title, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, are available for checkout at the information desk.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson