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 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 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 Friday, March 29, 2013

This spring, the Georgetown Book Club will be delving into a genre that not everyone is familiar with: Alternate History. Sometimes related to science fiction, these books imagine a world like our own, but with unique differences caused by a historical event that occurred differently than it did in our world. 

Mystery Book Club Selection for April

Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dark Places bookcoverJoin us on Thursday, April 4 to discuss Gillian Flynn's Dark Places.

'The Solitude of Prime Numbers'

Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013

Image of the cover of the novel by Paolo Giordano, The Solitude of Prime NumbersPrime numbers can be a sad lot. Divisible only by one or itself, they are the odd ones out. When they meet, the teenaged, damaged Alice and Mattia instantly recognize this quality in each other. The circumstances of life will bring them together repeatedly, but only so many times. Will they ever find a way to say what has long remain unsaid and find a way to be together?
 

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

bookcoverJoin us on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel adaptation of the Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Follow along as the novel details a childhood friendship during the final days of Taliban rule.

Several copies will be available at the book clubs display on the first floor of the Georgetown library.

As always, pizza and soda will be provided. See you there!

Join us on Goodreads.com

Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013

We frequently hear from customers that would love to join a book club but are simply too busy. Or maybe they cannot find a book club with a meeting time that matches their schedule. That is why DCPL has an online book club, where you can discuss books whenever you have the time, from your computer or smartphone.  

Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coraline book coverThis month’s book club selection is the award winning book Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Coraline and her family move into an apartment building where she makes friends with her kooky neighbors. She also finds a secret door, and despite her neighbor’s warnings, she enters the narrow passage into a parallel world, where everything is wonderful! Her “other mother” showers her with attention, and her toy box is always full!

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

The Healing by Jonathan OdellIn observance of Black History Month, read The Healing by Jonathan Odell. 

'The Warmth of Other Suns'

Published on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Image of the cover of Isabel Wilkerson's prize-winning nonfiction book, The Warmth of Other SunsCalled the Great Migration by historians, the years 1915-1970 witnessed the largest movement of people in the history of the United States, greater than the Gold Rush of the 1850s or the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Fed up with their circumstances in a South that offered little chance at a decent life, black Americans migrated north and west to seek out a better life.

'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'

Published on Friday, February 1, 2013

bookcoverFollow along as Dorothy travels the land of Oz in search of the Wizard that she hopes will send her home to Kansas. Along the way, she makes some pretty spectacular and unusual friends.

Come have some pizza and soda as we discuss this timeless graphic novel.

Several copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be available at the book clubs display on the first floor of the library.

'Pym' by Mat Johnson

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pym coverThe February selection of the Chevy Chase Book Club is Pym by Mat Johnson.  It is a hilarious and insightful book about race, obsession and literature that uses Edgar Allan Poe's bizarre novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym as a jumping off point. 

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