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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

7:00 p.m.

The Orphan Master's SonJoin DC Public Library librarians on the third Wednesday of each month at a neighborhood bar 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.
 
August 20, Books & Bars will be discussing The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson at Bistro D'oc518 10th St NW across from Ford's Theater.


Arrive early at 6:30pm for socializing; book discussion will begin at 7 p.m.  To ensure seating for all, please let us know to expect you. For further information and to RSVP,  contact Kari Mitchell at kari.mitchell@dc.gov.
7:00 p.m.

Three Parts Dead cover imageNovum's book club pick for August is Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead, a necromantic romp through a steampunk city where vampires run nightclubs and gods keep the sewers running.

Novum, MLK's sci-fi & fantasy book club, meets every 3rd Wednesday in the MLK Popular Library. Join our mailing list to receive event reminders, author news, and more!

7:30 p.m.

Read and talk about popular nonfiction titles!

May 14: Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
June 11: Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
July 9: At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
August 20: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
September 10: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
October 8: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
November 12: You are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
December 10:  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(All day)

Discuss a different Mystery each month.

Call 202-282-0193 for the current month's book.

(All day)
Talking book and playerThe Talking Book Club meets at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in Room 215.

See the daily calendar for MLK Library for information about specific titles for upcoming meetings.

Brown bag lunches welcome; we provide coffee, tea and cold water. 

Call 202-727-2142 for more information.
 
4:00 p.m.

Image of table cloth with letters for book tasting superimposed on itTasting/sampling of a variety of new and popular books to see which ones people might like to read.  Refreshments will be served.  Image of "book burger" to promote book tasting

6:30 p.m.

GoldfinchJoin us for a new book club for and by the book lovers of Capitol Hill. Every month, we will read a different book, in a different location on the Hill.

Discussion will be led by staff from a variety of our neighborhood's most bookish, including staff from the Southeast Neighborhood Library, Northeast Neighborhood LibraryRiverby Books, and others. 

Our August title is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Winner of both the Pulitzer and Carnegie Medals, Tartt's most recent book is an epic personal journey set against the tale of a stolen work of art.

In August, we will meet at Pound the Hill at 621 Pennsylvania Ave SE. You can pre-register at Meetup.com.

7:00 p.m.

Join our Adult Book Club every third Thursday of the month. We have a lively group discussion for an hour and read mostly literary fiction titles.

Members vote on the next book to read each month -- please call the branch for title information at 202-576-7252.

7:30 p.m.

Five Days at MemorialJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Dr. Sheri Fink's 2013 nonfiction title, Five Days at Memorial.

In the book, Dr. Fink explores the desperate life and death decisions of the staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina--and the later legal consequences of these choices. 

This meeting is part of DC Public Library's ongoing celebration of Adult Summer Reading. Want to learn more? Check out dclibrary.org/adultsummerreading.

Sunday, August 24, 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, August 25, 2014

7:00 a.m.

Join us on Monday, August 25th at 7 p.m. as we discuss The Violinist's Thumb: and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by our Genetic Code by Sam Kean. We meet in the Medium Conference Room.
Violinist's Thumb

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

7:00 p.m.



The Remains of the Day 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 August book is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. All are welcome! 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Book cover artJoin Caire Griffin and the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group for an author talk and discussion on Nowhere To Run.

In Nowhere To RunCalvin, a senior and track star at a Washington, D.C., public high school, has gone to confront Norris, a thug who’s trying to extort protection money from Calvin’s mom. Confident that he can outrun Norris, he hasn’t given the potential outcome enough thought, a mistake Calvin often makes. He’s only saved from violence when his best friend, Deej, comes to his rescue. The deal Deej makes with Norris will come back to haunt Calvin: Norris now “owns” the runner’s knees. The threat is implicit—if Calvin doesn’t cooperate, Norris will destroy his running career. The deliberately ambiguous conclusion will leave engrossed readers weighing Calvin’s options and making their own hard decisions for him. Dialogue, situations, relationships and issues all ring pitch perfectly but ever so discouragingly true.

author photoThe Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December, at 2 p.m.. All welcome!

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl. In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

(All day)

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in the main-floor meeting room.

We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month.

For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.

6:30 p.m.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. StedmanJoin us on Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss August's book club selection, The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

After four years on the Western Front in World War I, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island many miles from the coast, with supply boats arriving only once a season. After years of isolation on the island with his wife Isabel, and several miscarriages, one night a baby's cry is heard. To Tom's terror and Isabel's delight, they find a boat washed ashore carrying a crying baby and a dead man. Despite Tom's reluctance, Isabel convinces the baby is a gift from God, and the couple take the baby home and name her Lucy. When Lucy is just two-years-old, they all return to the mainland, and Isabel and Tom are once more reminded of what they left behind before and since leaving their isolated island.

Pick up a copy today and discover this New York Times bestseller that O magazine calls “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page.”
 
The Francis A. Gregory Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Copies are available for check-out.

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.

6:30 p.m.

Cover for "Search Inside Yourself"Are you looking to improve your career or achieve a more positive overall outlook? If this sounds exciting to you then you should join the Motivational and Self Improvement book club! 

This book club we will feature a new and inspiring book from the self improvement genre and give the group the opportunity to share thoughts and review the themes of the book. The featured book for August is Search Inside Yourself by Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests.  Take on new challenges and new ideas with the Motivational Self Improvement book club, where positive change becomes a reality.

This book club will meet in the Popular Library.For more information feel free to contact the the Popular Library at (202) 727-1295 and leave your contact information. See you there!         
                 

7:30 p.m.

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.

Our August selection is I Am Malala, the recent nonfiction book by Malala Yousafzai, the education advocate from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban in 2012, miraculously recovered, and remains dedicated to education and additional humanitarian causes.

We will be meeting at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park.
 
For more information, check out our MeetUp page or email erika.rydberg@dc.gov or julia.strusienski@dc.gov.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

1:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the next monthly Southwest Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Sat., August 30.  Copies of the August selection, Edmund DeWaal's bestseller The Hare with Amber Eyes are available for checkout at the information desk.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund DeWaal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

(All day)

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

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.

Come discuss contemporary fiction and non-fiction selections the first Tuesday of every month.   

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Smartest Kids in the WorldAre 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 Amanda Ripley's intriguing look at education around the world in her new book The Smartest Kids in the World. In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed-ded in these countries for one year.

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.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval EnglandJoin the monthly History Book Club as we discuss The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer. This non-traditional look at early British history encourages the reader to think about what the minutiae of daily life was like for people during that time. The author draws a vivid picture of what people wore, ate and did during the fourteenth century. This social history largely draws on primary sources and so helps the reader to understand what the people of the time were thinking and feeling as well.











Thursday, September 4, 2014

1:30 p.m.

Clipart of people discussing a book.The 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.

How to Breath Underwater by Julie OrringerThe nine stories in Julie Orringer's How to Breath Underwater covers a variety of subjects from youth to adulthood. Full of sharp insights, these tales present hard-won wisdoms.  For example, in the story The Isabel Fish, Maddy, the main character, must take a lesson in scuba diving, even though she dreads the lesson, in order to confront a past, tragic event, and heal from it.  The characters of these stories metaphorically learn to breath underwater in order to grow and survive.
Join us for a discussion of some of these breathlessly poignant stories at 2:30 p.m. in Room 219.

6:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at Barnes & Noble, located at 12th and E Streets, NW.  The monthly selection is listed on dclibrary.org/clevelandpark, or call 202-282-3072.

7:00 p.m.

The first meeting of the new West End non-fiction book club. We will be reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.