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Monday, September 22, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Destiny of the RepublicJoin us in the Medium Conference Room as the History/Biography Book Club discusses Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard.

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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group to discuss Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter.

Pale Horse, Pale Rider contains three short novels, - "Old Mortality," a story of race tracks, of the Deep South, of the survival and shattering of a family legend; "Noon Wine," Texas and a dairy farm rescued from decay by a man who turns out to be an escaped lunatic from Dakota and of the tragedy that ended it all; "Pale Horse, Pale Rider,"a mystical story of the narrow ledge between life and death, set at the time of the flu epidemic. Stories full of simplicity, beauty, clarity, distinction and a sense of drama implicit in character and circumstance, mark Katherine Anne Porter's work.

The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December. All welcome!

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

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

7:00 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!

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Adult Read:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life!

Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Copies are available at the reference desk.
Ages 20 and older.
Z Teen Read:
by Michael Thomas Ford

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

Copies are available at the reference desk.
Ages 13-19.

7:30 p.m.

Fun Home cover imageThis year, national Banned Books week will be focused on the freedom to read comic books and graphic novels. Celebrate the value of these misunderstood forms of storytelling as we discuss Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.  This graphic novel with GLBT themes was challenged in two different communities' libraries for obscenity.  We will be talking about the challenges to the book as well as how and why other comics and graphic novels are censored.
Copies of Fun Home are available for checkout at the Petworth Library.  Also, please feel free to bring your favorite comic or graphic novel and share why you love it.

Thursday, September 25, 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 or call 202-671-3122.

6:30 p.m.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen OyeyemiIn the winter of 1953, Boy Novak moves to a small Massachusetts town and marries a widower, becoming stepmother to his captivating daughter, Snow Whitman. When Boy gives birth to a baby girl named Bird, born dark-skinned, and the Whitmans are exposed as light-skinned African-Americans passing as white, Boy struggles to come to terms with the society's -and her own- aesthetic obsession.

Join us as we discuss this reimagining of the classic fairy tale Snow White and what New York Times Book Review describes as “gloriously unsettling… evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson."

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.

7:30 p.m.

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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 September selection, Chang-rae Lee's 2014 novel On Such a Full Sea, takes place in a future America in which cities have become labor colonies. Young heroine Fan works in the settlement that was once Baltimore, but she soon departs in search of the mans she loves. Will she find him? And what will she face along the way?

We will be meeting at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park.
For more information, check out our MeetUp page or email or

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 for questions or to RSVP for the next meeting.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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
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