Book Clubs

Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book jacket of "The Social Animal"Non-fiction readers will delight in David Brooks's wit and insight this month when we read and talk about The Social Animal.

We will meet on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Extra copies are available for check-out near the circulation desk.

'A Week in the Woods' by Andrew Clements

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012
Week in the woods
Eleven-year-old Mark Chelmsley transfers to rural New Hampshire's Hardy Elementary School with just weeks left of the school year, a temporary stay while his family gets settled.

As Mark slowly makes friends, he starts to look forward to the annual fifth-grade camping trip. But on the trip's first night, Mark gets into trouble and is told he will have to go home. Mark runs away and the science teacher, Mr. Maxwell, goes after him.

Minutes turn into hours and both teacher and student become lost.  How will they survive in the cold mountains? What does each character discover about themselves?

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012

Julie of the WolvesWhen it is really hot, cool down with a story set in a colder climate. 

Julie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George is the book selected for the children's book club meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. 

Published on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Jacket of I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Please join us Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the book I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. 

Our First Selection: 'Water for Elephants'

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012

Water for Elephants book coverOn Monday, July 16, book lovers came together to celebrate libraries and literature in the inaugural meeting of the new Fiction Lover's Book Club at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Attendees arrived to jazz and freebies and began a conversation about their favorite books and authors.  The group also talked about new books due to be published in the fall and winter of 2012.

Book Club Pick of the the Month

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Image of bookcover for The Bluest EyeThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss The Bluest Eye, the national bestseller by Toni Morrison, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. 

Copies are available at the reference desk.

Please join us.

'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Sense of an EndingTony Webster, a middle-aged man, thought an amicable divorce and retirement would give him peace until he is confronted with a past he thought he had left behind.

Life becomes complicated when Tony receives a mysterious legacy which forces him to re-examine his entire life.  Did he create a past which allowed him to live with himself?  Tony says that the difference between youth and age is "that when we are young we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others."

Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Holy Thief bookcoverOn Thursday, Aug. 2, the Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club will discuss William Ryan's The Holy Thief.

Published on Friday, July 13, 2012

Cover image of the nonfiction book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel KahnemanDr. Daniel Kahneman’s research is based on a statistical analysis of judgment and decision-making in psychology. He believes that the mind works in one of two ways:

Join the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Club

Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The fiBook cover of the Diary of a Wimpy Kidrst meeting of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Club will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Read and discuss the funny antics of wimps and their friends and find out who you callin' a wimp. 

Come and check out the first book in the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Call 202-698-1959 for more information.


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 

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 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 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 or

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.