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.

Book Club With a Beat
Got a love of music? Want to know more about your favorite band? Curious where that beat came from? Join us the first Tuesday of every month in room 221 at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss and listen to our incredible, popular music traditions. If you have book recommendations or questions please email margaret.gilmore@dc.gov or call 202-727-1291.

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.

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

Featuring "Flat Stanley"

Published on Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Flat Stanley by BrownCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, August 11 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Published on Wednesday, August 6, 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.

Call or come to the Information Desk to register

Published on Monday, August 4, 2014

Dr. Phil Burnham, Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, will return to Cleveland Park to facilitate a six-part discussion series entitled "Literature of the English Speaking World."  In this, the seventh annual series, Dr. Burnham aims at giving readers a sense of the wide diversity of English language writing on a global scale over the past several decades. The books include contemporary narratives (Zadie Smith) and historical ones (Kate Grenville); magical family epic (Salman Rushdie) and exotic realism (Paul Bowles); and alternate forms such as the short story (Munro) and the memoir/travelogue (Saro-Wiwa).

Call 202-282-3072 or come to the Information Desk to register.

The selections are:

"Reveille in Washington" by Margaret Leech

Published on Monday, August 4, 2014

Reveille in Washington coverDo you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C. history? The Cleveland Park Library now has a local history book discussion series!

Southwest Library Book Discussion, August 30, 2014

Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the monthly Southwest Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Sat., August 30.  Copies of the August selection, The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund DeWaal are available for checkout at the information desk.The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal

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.

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.

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