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Saturday, July 26, 2014

1:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the July Southwest Library book discussion.  Madeleine Korbel Albright's memoir Prague Winter is the featured title.Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1:00 p.m.

bookmanJoin us for a book-tastic  time filled with fun!

A book club just for kids promoting literacy and love for reading in children!

An open program for children ages 3-8.

3:00 p.m.

Actors on StageHave you always wanted to be an actor? Want to dust off those drama club skills from high school? Join us this summer to read through one-act plays on Sunday afternoons! Meet in room 207 at 3 p.m. to show us your acting skills.

The one-act play is a gem of literary form, with the same depth of emotion and character development as a full-length play packed into a shortened dramatic event, a form that dates back to the Greek playwright, Euripides. Find one-acts at the library, like Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and other one-act plays.




Monday, July 28, 2014

6:30 p.m.

12 Years a Slave, book The purpose of the American History Book Club is to generate an informal discussion of major political and social issues that appear in American History. We will select a recently published book on a topic such as the Civil War or the Depression and use that work as a jumping off point for debate. Participants need not have read the whole book but simply think about the problems the book explores.

The American History book club will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Shepherd Park Library, three blocks from the Takoma Park metro. The first meeting may only cover the first part of the book. In the second meeting of the month, we'll try to complete the discussion of the core argument of the book.

There is no requirement to sign up ahead of time.  Just come to an informal gathering and be ready to enter into a lively discussion on topics of American History.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Come make new friends and reconnect with old friends. The club meets the third Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Engage in thought-provoking conversations and share your interests.

At each meeting, the book for the month is chosen. The Deanwood Library will provide a copy of the book to check out if you have a DC Public Library card.

Light refreshments are served.

Free and open to the public.



     
 

7:00 p.m.
Longitude book cover Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month for a fun and interesting discussion of the monthly book.

The July book is Longitude by Dava Sobel. All are welcome! 



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2:00 p.m.

book coverJoin the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group and discuss The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is the elegantly styled classic story of a young, unorthodox teacher and her special--and ultimately dangerous--relationship with six of her students.

The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December, at 2 p.m. in the Medium Conference Room. All welcome!

7:00 p.m.

IN CASE OF ZOMBIES: READ THESE BOOKS.

Join our Adult and Teen Zombie Book Club each month to discuss zombie-related books & prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Bring your books and your brains...! Don’t worry, we’ll provide the snacks!
 
Married with Zombies by Jesse PetersenAdult Read:
Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen

This book is a heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.
Now, Sarah & David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.


Copies are available at the reference desk
Ages 20 & up


Zom-B Underground by Darren ShanTeen Read:

Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan

Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the outbreak, and B is woven into life -- and battle -- in the new military regime quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Why exactly was B saved? And is there anyone left in the world to trust?

Copies are available at the reference desk
Ages 13 -19

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

The Young Prose Book Meetup is a casual and friendly book Meetup for young professionals in DC between the ages of 21 and 35 who like discussing books and drinking beer! We usually meet on the last Wednesday evening of each month at Kitty O'sheas DC in Tenleytown. Please RSVP to victor.benitez@dc.gov or visit http://www.meetup.com/youngprose.

7:30 p.m.

The Fine Art of Small TalkAre you ready to improve your life skills by reading self-help books and talking about social and psychological matters that are important to you?

If you believe that to feel well and be happy one must develop a degree of self-awareness, and that learning is a lifelong process, you will find Palisades’ new book club quite riveting!  Each month, we will read a book about personal psychology and self-improvement.  

Our new library associate, Reza Saber, a journalist and professor at George Washington University, will be your host. Pick up your copy at the library, read it, and come to discuss your findings with fellow Small Talk Book Club members on the last Wednesday of each month. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Read along with us this summer as we highlight our science collection and pick your poison, fact or fiction?

Science Fact:
July 31, 7 p.m. - A discussion of the book The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

Science Fiction:
August 12, 7 p.m. - A screening of The Time Traveler's Wife based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger

Friday, August 1, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

(All day)

Trashy Book ClubJoin us for our romance book club to discuss all your favorite bodice rippers!

7:00 p.m.

Book Club with a BeatGot a love of music? Want to know more about your favorite band? Curious where that beat came from? Join us the first Tuesday of every month in room 221 to discuss and listen to our incredible, popular music traditions.

Upcoming reads:

Have a book recommendation or question about this program? Email margaret.gilmore@dc.gov

7:00 p.m.

The August selection of the Chevy Chase Library's Book Club is The Disaster Artist : My Life Inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made  by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

The hilarious and inspiring true story of how a mysterious misfit got past every roadblock in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms: a $6 million cinematic catastrophe called The Room.

The book club will meet on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available on a display near the information desk at the branch.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionAre you fascinated by history?
Are you intrigued by the lives of other people?
Want to spend some time reading entertaining books and talking to like-minded individuals?

If so, join us for the H&B (history and biography) book club, where we will be reading some of the more popular titles that deal with the world’s stimulating past events and people. 
 
This month we will be discussing Daniel Okrent's entertaining look at booze, mobsters, and government in his book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Why did Americans fight so hard to end a favorite past time, and what did it take to repeal it only 13 years later?  Mr. Okrent's book discusses the incredible lengths that Americans would go to get their fix of their favorite intoxicants.  Last Call is a delightful and fascinating look at one of America's most intriguing periods.

We hope you will join us on the second floor in Room 221 for an entertaining and enlightening discussion on this and other interesting works.

7:00 p.m.

Through the Perilous FightIn 1814, the British invaded Washington, D.C. and burned many of the government buildings located here.

As the 200-year anniversary of this disastrous moment in American history approaches, join us as we discuss Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation by Steve Vogel, which covers the period of time when it looked like the new nation might not survive. But during this time of turmoil the country rallied, and after witnessing the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner."

How did a newborn nation react to the sacking of its capital? How did the United States rally to win the war despite this setback? How do we in the nation's capital today connect to this important piece of local history? 

All are welcome to participate, even if you have not read the book.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

(All day)

Book Cover of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott FitzgeraldMay's book will be F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby.

The next month's book will be announced at each meeting of the Palisades Village Book Club, which meets every first Thursday.

1:30 p.m.

Clip art of a group discussing a bookThe Village Book Club meets every first Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Call or check the Palisades Library website for the book title.

2:30 p.m.

The Accidental Tourist by Anne TylerIn August, a month often associated with vacations and tourists, we will discuss The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler.  Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985, the main character of Tyler's book is Macon Leary, who writes travel books for business travelers like himself wanting the comforts of their home wherever they are.  Set in Baltimore, we are surrounded by memorable, quirky characters including Edward, the dog.  Join us for a discussion of this delightful and poignant work in Room 219.

Monday, August 11, 2014

6:30 p.m.

12 Years a Slave, book The purpose of the American History Book Club is to generate an informal discussion of major political and social issues that appear in American History. We will select a recently published book on a topic such as the Civil War or the Depression and use that work as a jumping off point for debate. Participants need not have read the whole book but simply think about the problems the book explores.

The American History book club will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Shepherd Park Library, three blocks from the Takoma Park metro. The first meeting may only cover the first part of the book. In the second meeting of the month, we'll try to complete the discussion of the core argument of the book.

There is no requirement to sign up ahead of time.  Just come to an informal gathering and be ready to enter into a lively discussion on topics of American History.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Come and have an adventure in books! We will discuss non-fiction books that deal with history, or biography. The second Tuesday of each month.

Call 202-282-0193 for the current book that is being discussed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

12:00 p.m.

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Join the conversation!  This Twitter book club meets every second Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to compare notes with library staffers on what you're currently reading.  Love it or hate it, we want to know. 

Or you can share in person. Just drop into the Popular Library during the meeting and get a free book or audiobook and a stylish but sturdy library tote to carry home your treasure.

The meetings are held from until 1 p.m at

#brownbagdc
at @dcpl

7:00 p.m.

Defending Jacob

The August selection for the Mystery Thriller Book Club is Defending Jacob by William Landay.

The Mystery Thriller Book Club will meet in the Conference Room, Lower Level.