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. If you'd like to be part of a book club but can't make it it to the meetings, we also have a number of online book clubs that you can find on our Read Feed page.


The Merchant of Venice Series

In partnership with the Folger Theatre selected DC Public Library locations will host a series of book clubs discussing Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice through summer 2016. Copies of the play provided by the Folger Shakespeare Library.  See scheduled events in this series here.

Books & Bars Book Club

Join us at Gordon Biersch at 9th and F streets 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

Capitol Hill Reads

This group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss recent literary fiction titles. We frequent a variety of spots throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood including the Southeast and Northeast libraries, community centers, restaurants, and coffee shops. To find out what we are reading and where next month's meeting will be held, email David.quick2@dc.gov or check out the Meetup page.

Cleveland Park Library Mystery Book Club

This club meets the first Thursday of each month at Teaism, 400 8th Street, NW, downstairs [Archive/Navy Memorial Metro]. 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.

Graphic Novel Book Club at Southwest Library

This book club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Southwest Neighborhood Library. We discuss comics, graphic novels, and manga. Teens and adults are welcome to join the discussion. For more information, please email rebecca.tanen@dc.gov.

Heroes of Cinema

Are you a film buff? Are you looking to nurture your budding love of film? Come to the Southeast Neighborhood Library and join a monthly discussion of a film from DC Public Library's exciting online streaming resources including the Criterion Collection and InstantFlix. Each month's conversation will revolve around a different film -- you can view the film ahead of time on our website using your library card! During the discussion, we will have the film queued up so that we can refer to specific scenes. To find out what we are reading and where next month's meeting will be held, email David.quick2@dc.gov or check out the Meetup page.
 

Moveable Feast Classics Book Group

The Moveable Feast Classics Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m., rotating between Georgetown, Palisades, and Cleveland Park Libraries.  This is an opportunity to revisit an old favorite, finally get to something you’ve always meant or wanted to read, or explore something new to you. We have recently read Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann, and Siddartha, by Hermann Hesse. For more information, please contact Meredith Morris at Meredith.morris@dc.gov.

Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club

The Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in Conference Room 1 on the lower level at 7 p.m. We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month, and titles are voted on by members. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please email staff at mtpleasantlibrary@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 Friends Book Club

Come discuss a variety of titles from all different genres and time periods in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Titles for this group are chosen by attendee recommendations and votes. Find out more information by calling 202-698-3372.

Southwest Book Discussion

The Southwest Book Discussion is held the final Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Featured titles have included biography and memoir, history, social science and fiction. 

Takoma Park Book Club

Interested in reading and discussing contemporary literature?  Join the Takoma Park adult book club.  We meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month to have a lively group discussion for an hour or so. Members vote on the selections.​Contact us at 202-576-7252 or email peter.sullivan@dc.gov for more info.

Takoma Park Book to Film Club

Which is better, the book or the movie? Throw in your two cents at the Book to Film Club. Contact us at 202-576-7252 or email peter.sullivan@dc.gov to discover the most recent title. Popcorn will be provided, and we meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month,

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.)

We are a fiction and nonfiction book group for local readers ages 21+, and we meet every month at a bar located in or near Georgetown. For more information, including meeting dates and locations, email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or rebekah.smith@dc.gov or find us on Facebook.

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.