Book Clubs

New book discussion series

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC coverDo you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C. history?  The Cleveland Park Library has a new book discussion series on D.C. history!

Featuring "The Gruffalo"

Published on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"The Gruffalo" book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the Children's Room on Monday, May 19 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is the featured piece.

June 5, Mystery Book Club Selection

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Silence of the Grave" book coverIn Silence of the Grave, when a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of Reykjavik, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archaeological dig.  Bone by bone as the body is unearthed the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light.

Featuring "Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (but what about Dolores)"

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014


"Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (but what about Dolores?)" bookCalling all readers!

'Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital'

Published on Friday, May 2, 2014


As the risCover Image of Sheri Fink's nonfiction book, Five Days at Memorialing waters, stifling heat, and power failures caused by Hurricane Katrina reached their greatest impact, staff at Memorial Medical Center had to make difficult triage decisions, including designating patients as last to be rescued. Years later, this led several health care professionals to face criminal prosecution for deliberately hastening the death of these patients. So what happened?

New Book Discussion Series

Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Historic Restaurants of DC coverDo you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C. history?  The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library has a new book discussion series on D.C. history!

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club May selection

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featuring 'Ladybug Girl'

Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Ladybug Girl" bookCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, May 5 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Georgetown Book Club's May Selection

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014

The LowlandAs children in India in the 1960s, brothers Udayan and Subhash Mitra are close and spend their days exploring their neighborhood in Calcutta and sharing adventures. However, as they come of age, Udayan develops a commitment to radical politics that Subhash does not share.

Southwest Library book discussion on May 31

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest Library Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. 

The Guernsey Literaary and Potato Peel Pie Society by M. Shaffer and A. BarrowsThis month's pick is of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the information desk.

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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.