Book Clubs

Featuring "Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph"

Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014


"Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph" by Jack GantosCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, July 28 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Three Strikes for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos is the featured piece.

When Rotten Ralph, the cat, fails to win a spot on a baseball team with his friend Sarah, he becomes the "cat boy" instead, still dreaming of proving himself the superstar he imagines himself to be.
 
Rotten Ralph stories provide fun reading experiences in manageable texts.
 
Here are five more Rotten Ralph early readers to enjoy.  

Curl up, get cozy, and read!


Rotten Ralph Helps Out
By Jack Gantos
JUV E GANTOS (EASY READER)
 
When Sarah's cat Rotten Ralph tries to help her create a school project based on ancient Egypt, he is more of a hindrance than a help.
 
Rotten Ralph Helps Out available in CD Kit
 
"Rotten Ralph Helps Out" by Jack Gantos
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family
By Jack Gantos
JUV E GANTOS (EASY READER)
 
Ralph takes a swing through his family tree to find out why he's so rotten.
 
"Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family" by Jack Gantos
Best in Show for Rotten Ralph
By Jack Gantos
JUV E GANTOS (EASY READER)
 
Hoping to beat his cousin Percy in the cat show, Ralph allows Sarah to help him spruce up his image and get in shape.
 
"Best in Show for Rotten Ralph" by Jack Gantos
Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten
By Jack Gantos
JUV E GANTOS (EASY READER)
 
Rotten Ralph comes to appreciate Sarah's healthy cat food after he gets sick from eating out of trash cans.
 
Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten available in CD Kit
 
"Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten" by Jack Gantos
Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph
By Jack Gantos
JUV E GANTOS (EASY READER)
 
When he goes to a carnival with Sarah and his cousin Percy, Rotten Ralph learns that winning is not everything.
 
"Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph" by Jack Gantos


Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club August Selection

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Devil's Gentleman book coverJoin us on Thursday, August 7, 6:30 p.m., to discuss The Devil's Gentleman.  Bringing to life Manhattan's Gilded Age, true-crime historian Harold Schechter captures the tumultuous legal proceedings against Roland Molineux for a series of cyanide killings in hopes of answering the question: What powerfully dark motives could drive the wealthy scion of an eminent New York

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Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
And the Mountains EchoedAstonish MeThe Goldfinch

Monday, August 4

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014

Key Largo image of Lauren Bacal and Humphrey BogartThe Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club will venture forth for its annual Screen on the Green picnic to see Key Largo, a John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Lionel Barrymore and Edward G. Robinson. Bring your own food and beverage and something to share.  Contact Barbara at the library or 202-282-3072 for more information if you wish to participate.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at Barnes and Noble, 12th and E Streets, NW.  Next meeting, August 7.

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014

Three Parts Dead Max Gladstone coverTara's been kicked out of school-- literally. Managing to survive being thrown from the floating Hidden Schools through her Craft alone, she attempts to go back to her childhood home and resume her old life of plowing and tending sheep. But when your biggest talent is bringing the dead back to life as zombies, your childhood friends can quickly turn into a mob wielding pitchforks.

Featuring "The Mightiest"

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014


"The Mightiest" by Keiko KaszaCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, July 21 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Featuring "Rosie Revere, Engineer"

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rosie Revere, EngineerGet ready to Fizz, Boom, Read on Monday July 14 at 4 p.m. during Reader's Theatre in the Children's Room on the second floor of the library.

Featuring "Hansel and Gretel"

Published on Friday, July 4, 2014


"Hansel and Gretel" by MarshallCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, July 7 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Chevy Chase Summer Reading Book Club

Published on Friday, June 27, 2014

Read along with us this summer as we highlight our science collection and pick your poison, fact or fiction. Our science fiction selection is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and our non-fiction selection is The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum.

Georgetown Book Club's July Selection

Published on Monday, June 23, 2014

The Good Lord Bird"This drummer weren't nothing special. He was a stooped, skinny feller, fresh off the prairie, smelling like buffalo dung, with a nervous twitch in his jaw and a chin full of ragged whiskers."

July Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club selection

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Snow White Must Die book cover
Snow White Must Die
introduces the investigative police detective team of Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein.  Written by one of the most widely read German mystery writers, Nele Neuhaus, the compelling small-town locale, where everyone knows every one else's business, and everyone is involved, is set against the larger themes of guilt, redemption, and revenge, resulting in a multilayered, atmospheric, complex, well-plotted mystery. 

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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 kari.mitchell.dc.gov. 

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 julia.strusienski@dc.gov 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 anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov 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 julia.strusienski@dc.gov or erika.rydberg@dc.gov.

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.