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 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.

Featuring "Rosie Revere, Engineer"

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rosie Revere, EngineerGet ready to Fizz, Boom, Read on Monday July 14 at 4 p.m. during Reader's Theatre in the Children's Room on the second floor of the library.

Featuring "Hansel and Gretel"

Published on Friday, July 4, 2014


"Hansel and Gretel" by MarshallCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, July 7 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Chevy Chase Summer Reading Book Club

Published on Friday, June 27, 2014

Read along with us this summer as we highlight our science collection and pick your poison, fact or fiction. Our science fiction selection is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and our non-fiction selection is The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum.

Georgetown Book Club's July Selection

Published on Monday, June 23, 2014

The Good Lord Bird"This drummer weren't nothing special. He was a stooped, skinny feller, fresh off the prairie, smelling like buffalo dung, with a nervous twitch in his jaw and a chin full of ragged whiskers."

July Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club selection

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Snow White Must Die book cover
Snow White Must Die
introduces the investigative police detective team of Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein.  Written by one of the most widely read German mystery writers, Nele Neuhaus, the compelling small-town locale, where everyone knows every one else's business, and everyone is involved, is set against the larger themes of guilt, redemption, and revenge, resulting in a multilayered, atmospheric, complex, well-plotted mystery. 

Southwest Book Discussion, Sat., July 26, 1 p.m.

Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the JulyPrague Winter by Madeleine Albright Southwest Library book discussion.  The month's selection is Prague Winter by former secretary of state Madeleine Korbel Albright. 

Featuring "The Musicians of Bremen"

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014


DC Public Library Catalogue Link to "Yummy" book Calling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 16 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

The Musicians of Bremen is the featured piece.

Featuring "Mr. Large in Charge"

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014


DC Public Library link to "Mr. Large in Charge" bookCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 30 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

'A Long, Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

book coverThis romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now. Its heroine, the lonely, trusting 18-year-old Rosamond Vivian, who lives with her flinty, unloving grandfather on an English island, falls for the cynical, suave Phillip Tempest, who's nearly twice her age.

Featuring "The Princess and the Pea"

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014


"The Princess and the Pea" by Lauren ChildCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, June 9 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

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