Book Clubs

'The Icarus Girl' by Helen Oyeyemi

Published on Friday, April 4, 2014

Cover image of Helen Oyeyemi's fiction debut, The Icarus GirlJessamy Harrison is 8 years old. Born of a Nigerian mother and English father, her solitary tendencies have her school mates and her parents worried. Sent to Nigeria for the first time to visit with her extended family where her parents hope she will feel better, she quickly becomes friends with Tilly Tilly, who is also eight.

But Tilly Tilly isn’t what she appears to be.

Interweaving her own biculturalism and drawing on Nigerian mythology for this her first novel, Oyeyemi demonstrates why she was included in the 2013 Granta Best of Young British Novelists list.

Featuring 'Miss Nelson is Missing!'

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DC Public Library Catalogue Link to "Miss Nelson is Missing!" bookCalling all readers!

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

You Can't Live Without It

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

Salt worksWhile we live in a world of low-salt diets and monitoring our sodium intake, for much of recent human history, people have been desperate to include more salt in their diet.

In the book Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky, he covers the very central role that salt has played in human development. Humans require salt to live. Our cells won't work without it. The average human eating red meat on a regular basis gets enough salt in their diet.

The Spanish Book Club restarts its sessions with 'The Shadow of the Wind'

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014

Cover image of Carlos Ruiz Zafon novel, La sombra del VientoEl club del libro en español reiniciara sus sesiones con La sombra del viento el 17 de Abril a las 7 p.m.

Un amanecer de 1945 un muchacho es conducido por su padre a un misterioso lugar oculto en el corazón de la ciudad vieja: El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados. Allí, Daniel Sempere encuentra un libro que cambiará el rumbo de su vida y hacia a un laberinto de intrigas y secretos enterrados en el alma oscura de la ciudad.
 

Featuring 'Froggy Plays in the Band'

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

DC Public Library Catalogue link to "Froggy Plays in the Band"Calling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, March 31 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.

Help Select a Classic Title for June

Published on Monday, March 24, 2014
Go Tell it on the Mountain The House of Mirth Of Mice and Men

Georgetown Book Club's March Selection

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

The Golem and the JinniChava is a golem made to be a companion for a man who dies soon after her creation. Ahmad is a jinni accidentally released from his flask by a shocked tinsmith.

Talking Book Club, April 17

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

book coverShortly after elderly Jane Neal finally agrees to participate in the art show to be held in her small village outside of Montreal, she is killed by an arrow through the heart.

As Chief Inspector Gamache investigates, he wonders if her unusual artwork provides a clue to her murder.

Still Life is available as DB 66731 in the Library for the Blind, and in Regular Print and Large Print in the DC Public Library Fiction collection. 

Two Short Works by Famous Authors

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

In March we will discuss two short, less-known works by famous authors:

bridge coverThe Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Sandman Preludes and NocturnesHave a love of superheroes, illustrated literature, or just an interest in comic books and manga?

Come join us at Deanwood Neighborhood Library on the first Thursday of every month for our new Teen Comic Book Club!

We will read and discuss a new graphic novel, comic book, or manga every month.

There will also be discussions about movies based on comics! 

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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.