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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.

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.

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.

6:30 p.m.

Graphic that says "a good book speaks volumes"The Audio Publishers Association presents AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre, a reading of excerpts on a theme of "changing seasons" and featuring three audiobook superstars--Sean Runnette, Tavia Gilbert, and Robin Miles--and then a question-and-answer period (where you can ask all those burning audiobook questions) led by Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publisher's Association

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, 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.

Tuesday, September 9, 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, September 10, 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.

book chat logo

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.

Broken Harbour

The September selection for the Mystery Thriller Book Club is Broken Harbour by Tana French.
The Mystery Thriller Book Club will meet in the Conference Room, Lower Level.
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 for questions or to RSVP for the next meeting.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

6:00 p.m.

All-Star Superman CoverJoin us for a discussion of Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman, the Eisner Award-winner drawn by Frank Quitely! This masterfully human exploration features the "Man of Steel" being exposed to massive amounts of solar radiation while rescuing a group of doomed astronauts, with severe consequences. No one can anticipate how he'll be affected--except Lex Luthor!

7:00 p.m.

The opening session of Dr. Phil Burnham's six-part monthly series, we will be discussing Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Call 202-282-3072 or come to the Information Desk to register.  Books available to be checked out.

7:45 p.m.

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2:00 p.m.

The September selection for "Legends & Lore DC" book discussion series is Reveille in Washington, D.C. by Margaret Leech.

Monday, September 15, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Americanah Book CoverPlease join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

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, September 16, 2014

4:00 p.m.
Iowa Postcard

In September the Rosedale Book Club will be traveling to Iowa through Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.  Pick up a copy of the book and join the discussion at Rosedale library.

 Picture of the cover of GileadAbout the book:
 John Ames, a 76 year old  preacher, has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter to his almost seven-year-old son, the blessing of his second marriage. It is a summing-up, an apologia, a consideration of his life. The reason for the letter is Ames's failing health. He wants to leave an account of himself for this son who will never really know him. His greatest regret is that he hasn't much to leave them, in worldly terms. Ames writes of his father and grandfather, estranged over his grandfather's departure for Kansas to march for abolition and his father's lifelong pacifism. The tension between them, their love for each other and their inability to bridge the chasm of their beliefs is a constant source of rumination for John Ames.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

7:00 a.m.

connie willis blackoutTo celebrate DCPL's new partnership with the Museum of Science Fiction, Novum will be reading Connie Willis' Blackout this September.

In a world where time travel has become commonplace, stressed-out students regularly travel to the Middle Ages or WW2 in order to fulfill requirements for their graduate thesis. When a head researcher reshuffles the schedules, it just seems like another school snafu... until students find themselves stranded in their times of choice. Worse, they seem to be able to affect events in ways they've never been able to before.

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!

7:00 p.m.

The Good Lord Bird

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.
September 17, Books & Bars will be discussing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride 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 let us know to expect you.  For further information and to RSVP, visit our Eventbrite page or contact Kari Mitchell at

Thursday, September 18, 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.
3:00 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.

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.

The Snow QueenJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Michael Cunningham's 2014 novel, The Snow Queen.

In the novel, Barrett Meeks is newly single and heartbroken when he sees a mysterious light over Central Park.   His search for its meaning echoes in the struggles of his brother Tyler, who faces addiction, and Tyler's fiancee Beth, who faces life-threatening illness.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Image of book cover for "Tropic of Cancer"Discussion of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, in observance of Banned Books Week (September 20-27).  Copies are available at the branch.