Calling all readers!
Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. for our first Reader's Theatre program.
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 email@example.com or call 202-727-0232.
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.
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 'Puss in Boots'
Published on Saturday, December 28, 2013
Calling all readers!
Georgetown Book Club's January Selection
Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
At 4 years old, Kate Shramm -- the narrator of Curtis Sittenfeld's 2013 novel, Sisterland -- experiences what she and her parents think is a vivid nightmare of a house engulfed in flames. The next night, a house in the Shramms' neighborhood burns to the ground. At dinner soon after, Kate's twin sister Violet mentions that a geographically distant relative is falling down in pain, and that relative soon suffers a fatal heart attack.
'Cleopatra: A Life'
Published on Monday, December 16, 2013
The Mt. Pleasant Book Club is reading Cleopatra: A Life, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. Inheritor not only of Egypt, but of family ways that included incest, assassination, and waging civil war against her siblings, Cleopatra was famous long before becoming involved with the two most powerful men in the Roman Empire.
December 2013 Southwest Book Discussion selection
Published on Thursday, December 5, 2013
You are invited to attend the monthly Southwest Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Copies of David Guterson's novel Snow Falling on Cedars are available for checkout at the information desk.
Award Winning Young Fiction Writers Series Session 4: Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Published on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This month, we’re going to a deep and dark recess of rural Kentucky.
Georgetown Book Club's December Selection
Published on Friday, November 22, 2013
At the beginning of Maria Semple's 2012 novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, eighth-grader Bee Branch reveals her excellent report card to her parents -- and brings up a promise they made regarding her academic performance and a related reward of her choosing.
'Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories'
Published on Monday, November 18, 2013
The Mt. Pleasant Book Club is reading Nadine Gordimer’s Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories.
Award Winning Young Fiction Writers Series Session 3: Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Vagrants is a gripping account of political dissent, grinding poverty, and brutal repression. Bashi is a perverse trickster who stirs up trouble wherever he goes. Kai is a forceful spokeswoman for the state who harbors deep doubts about its legitimacy. Tong is a boy who inadvertently brings doom to his father. Gu Shan, a onetime government cadre becomes condemned as a sacrificial lamb.
Here are study questions we will be exploring on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.:
Mystery Book Club November Selection
Published on Saturday, November 2, 2013
The eighth book in the series finds Bernie Gunther, recently returned from the Eastern Front, in Prague in October, 1941. In the most diplomatically sensitive case of his police career, Gunther investigates the murder of an adjutant of SS General Reinhard Heydrich.
"I have always been interested in Heydrich and his assassination," says author Philip Kerr. "What I was really interested in was the six months leading up to it. I went to Prague and let history lead me by the hand."
'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett
Published on Friday, November 1, 2013
The West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Ann Patchett's bestselling novel, State of Wonder.
Copies are available at the reference desk.
Please pick one up and join us.