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 Thursday, January 10, 2013

bookcoverCome join us Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel.

A story about another story, this memoir follows a mother and lesbian daughter’s interactions as the daughter airs the family’s dirty laundry. Follow along as the author hilariously embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.

Join us for a lively discussion, pizza, and soda! We will meet in the lower level conference room.

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

bookcover“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
-- Nicole Krauss, The History of Love 

Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Freshwater RoadFollow Celeste Tyree to Pineyville, Miss., in Freedom Summer 1964 as she leaves the University of Michigan and her middle-class existence to embark on a journey that will change her life forever. 

Celeste has volunteered to help organize the voter registration project.  Shuck, Celeste's father, is a bar owner and ex-numbers man living in Detroit, fearful of his daughter's latest venture.  His fears increase when a young girl whom Celeste has befriended goes missing. 

'The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court'

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cover image of Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court's secretive nature lends it an aura of mystery not shared by the other branches of American government. Reports on the goings-on of the court rarely go beyond the hearings themselves; everything else is sheer speculation and few are the brave who would dare risk this at the cost of never again being given a viable quote by a justice.

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

bookcoverCome join us on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the graphic novel Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.

In every chapter of this book, the main character, Brás, dies. Each chapter picks up at a different point in his life where he lives and dies again. Follow along as Brás finds variety and meaning in his daily interactions and lives life to the fullest, because at any moment he could die.

Come discuss this thought-provoking graphic novel and get a slice of pizza and some soda.

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

The Library Card

Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chevy Chase offers three different book clubs! Check one or more of them out:

Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Deogratias: A Tale of RwandaThe holiday season is one of the best times of the year. The food is great, the company is even better. There's nothing quite like the joy that comes from giving and getting gifts.

But, the season can also be overwhelming. Thanksgiving turns into Christmas. You've spent all of your money on gifts and parties. You're exhausted and stretched thin by your family. There's only so much you can take of those pesky grandparents or Aunt so-and-so marveling at how tall you've gotten. Or, maybe, the holiday season is rough because you don't have any of that.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cover of Sherman Alexie's novel The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time IndianAll budding cartoonist Junior wants is a good education—and to survive high school while getting it. So he goes off the reservation in search of it at a new high school, where he’s picked on by just about everyone, and the only other Indian is the mascot.

Join us Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room on the main floor for a discussion of this imaginative, semi-autobiographical National Book Award winner by Sherman Alexie.

Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The UntellingBellevue's High Noon Book Club will meet Monday Dec. 10 at noon to discuss The Untellinga novel by Tayari Jones.

Come and pick up your copy at the Bellevue Library.

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