Tuesday, May 6, 2014

(All day)

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

7:00 p.m.

war R U S S K A I A ▲ L I T E R A T U R A meets at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss the major philosophical and moral questions found within both classic and lesser-known Russian literature.

We will read War and Peace, Volumes 1 and II by Leo Tolstoy for our April discussion.

The discussion will take place until 8:30 p.m. in Room 109.

For more information, contact My Nguyen in Popular Services at 202-727-1295 or

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

(All day)

H&B Book ClubJoin us for the H&B (history and biography) book club, where we will be reading some of the more popular and entertaining titles dealing with the world’s stimulating past events and people. We will meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 219.

Every month we will chose a new book covering a different time period and region of the world.  This is an excellent opportunity for students of the world to expand their knowledge and its scope. 

For April, Book Coverwe are reading about the private life of film icon Katherine Hepburn in Charlotte Chandler's insightful biography: I Know Where I'm Going: Katherine Hepburn, A Personal Biography. Take the time to read about the events that shaped the life of the star who influenced millions, and then join other library patrons as we discuss the book.

Contact us with any questions or for more information by email at or by phone at 202-727-1180.  Hope to see you there.

6:30 p.m.

Lawrence in Arabia CoverAre 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 Scott Anderson's book: Lawrence in Arabia.  Fans of the Epic Peter O'Toole film will recognize many of the intriguing characters of 1962 epic.  Anderson's book covers the real lives and adventures of the men who shaped not only the outcome of World War I, but the Middle East of today.  Take the time to read about T. E. Lawrence, Curt Prufer, William Yale and Aaron Aaronsohn and see how their personalities and actions resulted in the world we live in today. 
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 Devil in the White City

Come join us in discussing the New York Times bestseller, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.

This book intertwines the histories of Daniel H. Burnham and others organizing the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who uses the fair as an opportunity to prey upon the crowds who come to the fair. Written in a narrative style, Larson focuses on the difficult work and many setbacks Burnham went through to make the fair happen and to conform it to his vision.

The murderer Holmes is a chilling figure, just as driven at Burnham but his work results in the death of at least 27 people at his hands.

Larson builds the suspense throughout the book, alternating chapters between his two narratives and weaving together the excitement around the fair and the horror of the murders. We're sure to have an exciting discussion about urban life, turn-of-the-century America and the beauty and depravity of which humanity is capable.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

(All day)

Cover image of Don't Look Now by Daphne Du MaurierThey 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:

Cover image of Brokeback Mountain by Annie ProulxEach 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 209 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.

(All day)

The Environmental Book Club meets every second Thursday. 

Book Cover of Thw World Without US
April 10
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

How would our planet respond without the human presence?
Book Cover of Darwin's Armada May 8
Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman

Cultural historian Iain McCalman steps back in time and recounts the lives and scientific discoveries of Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Wallace.
Book cover "The Ocean Life" by Callum Roberts June 12
The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea by Callum Roberts. 

Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Callum Roberts offers an account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time.

Tuesday, May 13, 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, May 14, 2014

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.

The Expats

The May selection for the Mystery Thriller Book Club is The Expats by Chris Pavone.
The Mystery Thriller Book Club will meet in the Conference Room, Lower Level.
7:30 p.m.

Read and talk about popular nonfiction titles!

Jan. 15: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Berlin by Erik Larson
Feb. 12: The Big Sea: An Autobiography by Langston Hughes
March 12: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan 
April 9:  Bossypants by Tina Fey
May 14: Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
June 11: Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

Thursday, May 15, 2014

(All day)

The CircleJoin us for a brand 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 next title will be The Circle by Dave Eggers, the story of a young woman's journey at a cutting-edge internet company.

Note: For our first meeting, we will meet at Northeast Branch Library at 330 7th St. NE. You can pre-register at

(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. 

11:00 a.m.
Talking book and playerThe Talking Book Club meets in Room 215.

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

Call 202-7272142 for more information.
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 LowlandJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Jhumpa Lahiri's 2013 novel, The Lowland.

The novel explores the different paths taken by two brothers -- political activist Udayan and quieter Subhash -- in 1960s Calcutta and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences that both men's choices have for themselves, each other, and those around them.

7:30 p.m.

Look at MePlease join Palisades Book Club for a discussion of Look at Me by Anita Brookner.

Monday, May 19, 2014

6:30 p.m.

12 Years a Slave, book The purpose of the American History Book Club is to generate an informal discussion of major political and social issues that appear in American History. We will select a recently published book on a topic such as the Civil War or the Depression and use that work as a jumping off point for debate. Participants need not have read the whole book but simply think about the problems the book explores.

The American History book club will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Shepherd Park Library, three blocks from the Takoma Park metro. The first meeting may only cover the first part of the book. In the second meeting of the month, we'll try to complete the discussion of the core argument of the book.

There is no requirement to sign up ahead of time.  Just come to an informal gathering and be ready to enter into a lively discussion on topics of American History.  

6:30 p.m.

I Kiss Your Hands Many Times book cover.Please join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Marianne Szegedy-Maszak's I Kiss Your Hands Many Times. This selection is part of our "Tastes Like Fiction" series. 

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.

7:00 p.m.

Join us in the Medium Conference Room as we discuss When America When America First Met China book coverFirst Met China by Eric Jay Dolin.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

6:30 p.m.

History of Philosophy by Dion Scott-KaukuresThe Philosophy Café is an informal gathering of individuals who enjoy discussion of philosophical ideas.

Each meeting, we will select a classic philosophy book that covers some well known puzzles of the field of philosophy. The topic might be the nature of truth or the existence of free will. The philosophical works chosen will be short and perfectly sized for quotation and analysis. We will try to decide on our individual positions regarding these classic issues by the end of our discussion. Eventually, we hope to create a running blog to be read by the Shepherd Park community that gathers together the results of our discussions.

We will meet the third Tuesday of each month on the second floor of Shepherd Park Library, three blocks from the Takoma Metro station.

No registration is required.


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.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

7:00 p.m.

faultinourstarscoverAre you a D.C. young professional between the ages of 21 and 35? Do you like discussing books and drinking beer — preferably at the same time?

Come to the Young Prose Book Group, a casual and friendly gathering sponsored by the DC Public Library. We'll be discussing The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
RSVP to or check out our Meetup page for more information.

7:00 p.m.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, held in the Popular Library, meets every third Wednesday.

Cover of "The New Moon's Arms." May 21
The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson

Seasoned slans and those who are thinking, "Man, did they just misspell 'fan'?" alike are welcome.

Thursday, May 22, 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.

(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.

(All day)

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 every fourth Thursday for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults.

In April, we will be discussing Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, the latest book by popular science writer Mary Roach.

Copies of the book are available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and we will be meeting at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park.

For more information -- including the title we'll be discussing and this month's meeting location--check out our MeetUp page or email or

6:30 p.m.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled HosseiniJoin us to discuss And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

And the Mountains Echoed begins simply with a father telling a story to his two children, followed by a series of interlinking stories of how we love, how we take care of each other, and the effect our actions have on the future. From Kabul to Paris, the story expands, becoming gradually more complex and compelling with each page.

And the Mountains Echoed is Khaled Hosseini's third novel, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Pick up a copy today and discover what the Daily Beast calls "not just a well spun tale, but an accomplishment of the most elusive of literary challenges—the humanization of a war ravaged population in the eyes of the very people complicit in their ruin."

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.

7:00 p.m.

Discuss a different Mystery each month.

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

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.

For more information--including the title we'll be discussing and this month's meeting location--check out our MeetUp page or email or


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