Book Clubs

Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coraline book coverThis month’s book club selection is the award winning book Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Coraline and her family move into an apartment building where she makes friends with her kooky neighbors. She also finds a secret door, and despite her neighbor’s warnings, she enters the narrow passage into a parallel world, where everything is wonderful! Her “other mother” showers her with attention, and her toy box is always full!

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

The Healing by Jonathan OdellIn observance of Black History Month, read The Healing by Jonathan Odell. 

'The Warmth of Other Suns'

Published on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Image of the cover of Isabel Wilkerson's prize-winning nonfiction book, The Warmth of Other SunsCalled the Great Migration by historians, the years 1915-1970 witnessed the largest movement of people in the history of the United States, greater than the Gold Rush of the 1850s or the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Fed up with their circumstances in a South that offered little chance at a decent life, black Americans migrated north and west to seek out a better life.

'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'

Published on Friday, February 1, 2013

bookcoverFollow along as Dorothy travels the land of Oz in search of the Wizard that she hopes will send her home to Kansas. Along the way, she makes some pretty spectacular and unusual friends.

Come have some pizza and soda as we discuss this timeless graphic novel.

Several copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be available at the book clubs display on the first floor of the library.

'Pym' by Mat Johnson

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pym coverThe February selection of the Chevy Chase Book Club is Pym by Mat Johnson.  It is a hilarious and insightful book about race, obsession and literature that uses Edgar Allan Poe's bizarre novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym as a jumping off point. 

'In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson'

Published on Monday, January 28, 2013

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie RobinsonIn 1947, the year of the Boar in the Chinese calendar, Shirley Temple Wong (an American name she chose for herself) leaves with her mother from China to come to America.  They are coming to live with Mr. Wong, who has been working and preparing a home for them. Everything is unfamiliar in coming to a new country.  Shirley is anxious to prove to her parents -- and to herself -- that she can adapt.  She doesn't speak English very well and is just beginning to learn about many American customs.  She wants to maintain her Chinese traditions, yet accept her new American culture.

Published on Monday, January 28, 2013

Cover of On Saudi ArabiaJoin us for a special History Book Club session on Tuesday, Feb. 12.  We will be discussing the book On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House at the Smithsonian Sackler Museum.

'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.

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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.