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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Kitchen Table Book Discussion, Sat., May 25 at 1 p.m.
Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Book Club Title for April
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Edmund de Waal found himself the inheritor of his great uncle’s priceless collection of netsukes, beautifully and intricately carved miniature 17th century Japanese sculptures that were used to fasten containers to the belts of men’s traditional Japanese robes, the kosode and kimono.
But how did this award-winning British ceramicist come to inherit over two hundred of these wonderful carvings? And how did they survive so much history?
Mystery Book Club Selection for May 2
Published on Friday, April 19, 2013
In the first in the Officer Gunnhildur series, the investigation of an unidentified body found floating in the harbor of a fishing village leads the policewoman to uncover a web of corruption connected to Iceland's business and banking communities. Frozen Assets is as much an examination of the endemic corruption that led to the global financial crisis and bankrupted Iceland's major banks as it is a murder mystery.
Published on Friday, April 5, 2013
April: 'The Wedding'
Published on Monday, April 1, 2013
Come join us for a discussion of Dorothy West's 1996 novel, The Wedding. This widely heralded novel tells the story of the Oval, a wealthy black community in 1950s Martha's Vineyard.
The novel focuses on the Coles family, in particular, the upcoming marriage of Shelby Coles to a white jazz musician. Through the examination of this one event, West analyzes race and familial relations as they exist through many generations.
Published on Friday, March 29, 2013
This spring, the Georgetown Book Club will be delving into a genre that not everyone is familiar with: Alternate History. Sometimes related to science fiction, these books imagine a world like our own, but with unique differences caused by a historical event that occurred differently than it did in our world.
Mystery Book Club Selection for April
Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013
Join us on Thursday, April 4 to discuss Gillian Flynn's Dark Places.
'The Solitude of Prime Numbers'
Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013
Prime numbers can be a sad lot. Divisible only by one or itself, they are the odd ones out. When they meet, the teenaged, damaged Alice and Mattia instantly recognize this quality in each other. The circumstances of life will bring them together repeatedly, but only so many times. Will they ever find a way to say what has long remain unsaid and find a way to be together?
Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Join us on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel adaptation of the Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Follow along as the novel details a childhood friendship during the final days of Taliban rule.
Several copies will be available at the book clubs display on the first floor of the Georgetown library.
As always, pizza and soda will be provided. See you there!
Join us on Goodreads.com
Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013
We frequently hear from customers that would love to join a book club but are simply too busy. Or maybe they cannot find a book club with a meeting time that matches their schedule. That is why DCPL has an online book club, where you can discuss books whenever you have the time, from your computer or smartphone.