Book Clubs

'145th Street Short Stories'

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013

145th StreetJoin daBook Club for a discussion of some of the great stories in this collection of shorts Walter Dean Myers. These stories all take place on the 145th block in Harlem and feature characters like Big Joe, who wants to attend his own funeral, fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie, Monkeyman, and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout.

145th Street Short Stories
is sure to get a few laughs, though at times it is wrenchingly sad; it's guaranteed to be a great read!

What's Your Favorite?

Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Image of open bookThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss individual favorites or recently read works, fiction or nonfiction.

Each person will have 5-10 minutes to speak and share likes/dislikes about any particular title of interest and to recommend it or not. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Possible titles for reading and discussion for the rest of the year also will be discussed.  Please join us! 

Mystery Book Club Selection for February

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

Boy in the Suitcase book coverOn Feb. 7, join us to discuss The Boy in the Suitcase by Danish authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis.

'Last Man In Tower'

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

Image of the front cover of Man Booker prize-winning author Aravind Adiga's novel Last Man In TowerAravind Adiga, winner of the Man Booker prize for The White Tiger, is back with another biting, insightful novel about the desire for power and money, and how this impa

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

bookcoverCome join us Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel.

A story about another story, this memoir follows a mother and lesbian daughter’s interactions as the daughter airs the family’s dirty laundry. Follow along as the author hilariously embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.

Join us for a lively discussion, pizza, and soda! We will meet in the lower level conference room.

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

bookcover“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
-- Nicole Krauss, The History of Love 

Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Freshwater RoadFollow Celeste Tyree to Pineyville, Miss., in Freedom Summer 1964 as she leaves the University of Michigan and her middle-class existence to embark on a journey that will change her life forever. 

Celeste has volunteered to help organize the voter registration project.  Shuck, Celeste's father, is a bar owner and ex-numbers man living in Detroit, fearful of his daughter's latest venture.  His fears increase when a young girl whom Celeste has befriended goes missing. 

'The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court'

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cover image of Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court's secretive nature lends it an aura of mystery not shared by the other branches of American government. Reports on the goings-on of the court rarely go beyond the hearings themselves; everything else is sheer speculation and few are the brave who would dare risk this at the cost of never again being given a viable quote by a justice.

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

bookcoverCome join us on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.

In every chapter of this book, the main character, Brás, dies. Each chapter picks up at a different point in his life where he lives and dies again. Follow along as Brás finds variety and meaning in his daily interactions and lives life to the fullest, because at any moment he could die.

Come discuss this thought-provoking graphic novel and get a slice of pizza and some soda.

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

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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.