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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4:30 p.m.
A.D. cover

In remembrance of the flooding of New Orleans nine years ago, we will be reading and discussing A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld. A.D. follows the lives of five real people from different parts of the city - some who stay through Hurricane Katrina, and others who evacuate - from Aug. 27 until Sept. 1.

We will be meeting in the second floor conference room. All ages welcome.


7:00 p.m.

Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month for a fun and interesting discussion of the monthly book.

The September book is Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell. All are welcome! Murder As A Fine Art cover

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Sailing the Wine Dark SeaJoin the History Book Club as we discuss Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill.

In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Cahill explores the legacy, good and bad, of the ancient Greeks. From the origins of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European tribes into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, to the formation of the city-states, to the birth of Western literature, poetry, drama, philosophy, art, and architecture, this book makes the distant past relevant to the present. Cahill argues that Greek society is one of the two primeval influences on the Western world: While Jews gave us our value system, the Greeks set the foundation and framework for our intellectual lives.

Full of surprising, often controversial, insights, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea is a remarkable intellectual adventure--conducted by the most companionable guide imaginable. Cahill's knowledge of his sources is so intimate that he has made his own fresh translations of the Greek lyric poets for this volume.

All are welcome to attend, even if you haven't read the book.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1:30 p.m.

Clip art of people talking about 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.

1:30 p.m.

Book Cover of Alice's Adventures in WonderlandJoin us to discuss the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

2:30 p.m.

Let's take the long way homeFilled with shadow and light; joy and sorrow, Gail Caldwell captures an iridescent memory of her friendship with Caroline Knapp. Writers and dog-lovers, they affected each other's lives as kindred spirits.  

This poignant narrative will stay with the reader long after the actual book ends.

Join us for a discussion of this memoir in Room 220.

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.

This month we will be reading Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newall Jr.

Tuesday, October 7, 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 popular music traditions.

Upcoming reads:

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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(All day)

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

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.

The Mystery Thriller Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Conference Room, Lower Level.

The book selections for the next few months are:

October Joyland Joyland
by Stephen King
November Cuckoo's Calling Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith
December Iron House Iron House 
by John Hart


7:30 p.m.

"Book Cube 1" by Larry Wentzel;FlickrDo you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?”

What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from A to B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C. Whether thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying, or goofy, What The?! seeks to explore and discuss the kinds of books that even other books think are weird. 

What The?! meets on the second Wednesday of the month at a bar or restaurant near Takoma Park Library beginning September 10. Email torin.jensen@dc.gov for questions or to RSVP for the next meeting.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Afterlife with Archie CoverWhen Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, he turns to the only person who can help bring back his furry best friend -- Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Using dark magic, Sabrina returns Hot Dog to the land of the living. But he's not the same ... and as the dead begin to rise, it's up to Archie, Betty, Veronica and the Gang to fight for their lives against the zombie hordes led by their former pal, Jughead!

Join us for a spooky book discussion of Afterlife with Archie!

7:00 p.m.

In the second session of Dr. Phil Burnham's six-part monthly series we will discuss Kate Grenville's The Secret River.  Call 202-282-3072 or come to the Information Desk to register.  Books available for checkout.

7:45 p.m.

A photo of a green forestJoin us every second Thursday at 7:45 p.m. to discuss environmental books.

Tuesday, October 14, 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.

2:00 p.m.

Come discuss The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

We will meet at Bread & Chocolate, 5542 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Bread & Chocolate will also be the location of our Nov. 12 History & Biography Book Club meeting, at which we will discuss A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7:00 p.m.

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Join 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.
 
October 15, Books & Bars will be discussing Taipei by Tao Lin at Gordon Biersch Brewery, located at 900 F St NW. 

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for socializing; book discussion will begin at 7 p.m.  To ensure seating for all, please RSVP here.

For further information,  contact Kari Mitchell at 
kari.mitchell@dc.gov.
7:00 p.m.

His Majesty's Dragon coverNovum's book club pick for October is Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon, a Napoleonic-era romp that will appeal to fans of Horatio Hornblower and Pern alike! Be sure to pick up your copy at the book display in the MLK Popular Library.

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

Thursday, October 16, 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.
 
3:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

6:30 p.m.

AmericanahJoin 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 October title Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. An award-winning story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

In October, 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.

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss the 2014 DC Reads selection: Dinaw Mengestu's 2006 novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

3:00 p.m.

        
bcCome and enjoy a lively discussion with your adult community and friends. the July Book Club Selection is A History of the World in 6 Glasses.

Monday, October 20, 2014

6:30 p.m.

The City of Devi book coverPlease join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Manil Suri's The City of Devi.  

We will meet in the Popular Library, located on the first floor, just off The Great Hall. All those who cannot attend are welcome to post thoughts online in our Goodreads space all month long.

Contact Popular Services at 202-727-1295 for more information on how to join the group.