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.

Books & Bars Book Club
Join us at Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G 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.

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.

Published on Friday, February 28, 2014

Each March is set aside to focus on women's history because women's parts in historical events are often ignored or downplayed in traditional history books and courses. This is in part because women have been excluded from "important" roles such as heads of state, military leaders, academia and many religious positions.

Histories tend to focus on what people in these positions of public power do or do not do. Histories that focus on women often focus on their roles in more private spheres -- home, schools, child rearing, or their influence over more powerful men. Of course, this focus on men's roles and power narrows our historical narrative to only half of humanity, so it makes sense for us to take time to intentionally tell women's part in the long story of ourselves.

'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?'

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? CoverThe March selection of the Chevy Chase Library's Book Club is Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

This hilarious novel tells the story of 15-year-old Bee and her journey to find her brilliant, eccentric mother who has mysteriously vanished.

Georgetown Book Club's March Selection

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SomeoneAt the beginning of Someone, narrator and heroine Marie Commeford describes a childhood encounter with a kind young neighbor. Within a handful of pages, Marie shifts her focus to an unsettling moment in her pregnancy years later. Then, she is back in her childhood, her father arriving home from work.

Featuring 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by Marshall book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, March 10* at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club March selection

Published on Monday, February 24, 2014

Cover to Bad Things Happen by Harry DolanJoin us to discuss Bad Things Happen on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring 'The Little Red Hen'

Published on Monday, February 17, 2014

"The Little Red Hen" by Galdone book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone is the featured piece.
 

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuck Everlasting Book coverThe book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt was chosen by one of our teens during Teen Advisory Group for our book club this month.

Winnie Foster is a bored teenager who discovers a family of immortals, the Tuck family, living near her home. Our book club will be on Feb. 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor board room.

Featuring "Henny Penny"

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

"Henny Penny" book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Award Winning Young Fiction Writers series continues

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

Swamplandia!This month, we’re reading Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, a dark and crazy romp through the contemporary Florida Everglades.  The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, and last year the author was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Raised in Miami, Russell has also been the recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Berlin Prize, and a National Magazine Award for fiction.

Southwest Book Discussion, Sat., Feb. 22 at 1 p.m.

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

James Baldwin's The Fire Next TimeYou are warmly invited to attend the Southwest Book Discussion featuring The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Southwest Library.

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