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.

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! 

Featuring 'The Ugly Duckling'

Published on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"The Ugly Duckling" by Pinkney book coverCalling all readers!

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

The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney is the featured piece. 

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club April selection

Published on Monday, March 17, 2014

The Art Forger bookcoverJoin us on Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m., for a discussion of The Art Forger, fiction inspired by the still unsolved 1990 theft of art estimated at a value of $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

"How to Train Your Dragon"

Published on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DVD cover of "How to train your dragon" movieDear LBPH Kids,

How to Train Your Dragon is our Adaptive Services Division children’s movie recommendation for March 2014.

In this movie, “Hiccup is a Viking teenager who aspires to hunt dragons, but doesn't exactly fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. His world gets turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.”

Published on Monday, March 10, 2014
Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.)

Are you a local reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? 

Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults.

We will meet every month at a local bar to discuss fiction and nonfiction titles, and our first meeting will be Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vinyl Lounge section of Gypsy Sally's (3401 K St. NW) in Georgetown.

Vote For The Book You Want to Read!

Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014
comic book clubHas the persistent cold weather put you in a funk?

Do you find yourself wishing you could be Queen Ororo (aka Storm) and control the climate?

'Anne Perry and The Murder of The Century'

Published on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cover image of Peter Graham's nonfiction book Anne Perry and The Murder of the CenturyOn June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme — later known as best-selling crime author Anne Perry — and Pauline Parker put their plan to kill Hulme’s mother into motion, rocking New Zealand society to its core and making headlines around the world. Their story was subsequently fictionalized in Peter Jackson’s directorial Academy Award nominated debut Heavenly Creatures.

Peter Graham’s book is a riveting account of the events that led up to the murder, the trial and the lives of the murderesses afterward.

Book Club

Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

16 on the Block_BookCoverWilliam O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library would like to introduce the "FYA (Forever Young Adult) Book Club."

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.

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