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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.


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 or visit

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

6:00 p.m.
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Wyatt O'Brian Evans
An evening with the author, entertainer and motivational speaker...a true Renaissance Man!
in Auditorium A-5    for more information call 202-727-1291

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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

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.

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

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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

(All day)

Book cover image of Fear and Loathing in Las VegasThey always say the book is better than the movie. Check out the Read the Book First! Book Club & Film Series to decide once and for all if "they" are always right or not!

For the Book Club portion of this program, we'll be reading and discussing the following books:

Book cover image of An Ideal HusbandEach Book Club discussion will be followed by a screening of the film adaptation the next Monday evening.

Whether you've already read the book or seen the movie, come down to room 207 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a lively discussion of the Book Club's pick of the month.

Don't have time to read the whole book? Aim to read whatever you can of the month's pick and join us!

Contact Sarah Arnold at or Shawn McDermott at with questions.

7:45 p.m.

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

6:30 p.m.

The Invention of Wings book coverPlease join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings

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.

Tuesday, August 19, 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.

4:00 p.m.
North Carolina Postcard

In August the Rosedale Book Club will be traveling to North Carolina through Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind Than Home.  Pick up a copy of the book and join the discussion at Rosedale library.

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About the book:
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall, North Carolina,  means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to—an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's.

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
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.
(All day)

The Spanish Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month. Assorted books and topics.

For book lovers comfortable with the Spanish language.

For more information, please contact or call the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library at 202-671-3122. 

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