Book Clubs

Southwest Book Discussion, Sat., July 26, 1 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the JulyPrague Winter by Madeleine Albright Southwest Library book discussion.  The month's selection is Prague Winter by former secretary of state Madeleine Korbel Albright. 

Featuring "The Musicians of Bremen"

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014


DC Public Library Catalogue Link to "Yummy" book Calling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 16 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

The Musicians of Bremen is the featured piece.

Featuring "Mr. Large in Charge"

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014


DC Public Library link to "Mr. Large in Charge" bookCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 30 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

'A Long, Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

book coverThis romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now. Its heroine, the lonely, trusting 18-year-old Rosamond Vivian, who lives with her flinty, unloving grandfather on an English island, falls for the cynical, suave Phillip Tempest, who's nearly twice her age.

Featuring "The Princess and the Pea"

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014


"The Princess and the Pea" by Lauren ChildCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 9 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Published on Sunday, June 1, 2014


Octavia Butler Dawn coverLilith lyapo awakens in a room without windows, where voices speak to her from a mysteriously lighted ceiling. But she is not mad. She is a captive.

Her jailers are the Oankali, an alien race who has taken it on themselves to save humanity from a war-torn, dying earth, much as humanity once felt responsible for saving condors or tigers. After many years of studying Lilith, the Oankali tell her that she is to be the new go-between for humans and aliens. She is to explain to them the new rules of living on earth... including the fact that humans can no longer procreate without an Oankali go-between. 

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Image of book cover for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" The West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, June 24, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss this highly praised work by award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Please pick one up and join us!  Refreshments will be served.

Note closing of the library at 24th and L Streets, NW, on Sunday, June 8, at 5 p.m. and reopening of it at the interim located nearby at 2522 Virginia Avenue, NW (the Watergate) on Monday, June 23. 

New book discussion series

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mark Twain in DC coverDo you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C. history?  The Cleveland Park Library has a new book discussion series on D.C. history!

Featuring "Morris the Moose"

Published on Monday, May 26, 2014

"Morris the Moose" book Calling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 2 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Georgetown Book Club's June Selection

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014

The House of MirthThe Georgetown Book Club is celebrating the first month of DC Public Library's Adult Summer Reading program, Literary Elements, by recalling traditional summer reading lists and assigning ourselves a classic novel: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.

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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.