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Thursday, August 21, 2014

(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 lorena.holguin@dc.gov 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 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.

7:30 p.m.

Five Days at MemorialJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Dr. Sheri Fink's 2013 nonfiction title, Five Days at Memorial.

In the book, Dr. Fink explores the desperate life and death decisions of the staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina--and the later legal consequences of these choices. 

This meeting is part of DC Public Library's ongoing celebration of Adult Summer Reading. Want to learn more? Check out dclibrary.org/adultsummerreading.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

1:00 p.m.

bookmanJoin us for a book-tastic  time filled with fun!

A book club just for kids promoting literacy and love for reading in children!

An open program for children ages 3-8.

3:00 p.m.

Actors on StageHave you always wanted to be an actor? Want to dust off those drama club skills from high school? Join us this summer to read through one-act plays on Sunday afternoons! Meet in room 207 at 3 p.m. to show us your acting skills.

The one-act play is a gem of literary form, with the same depth of emotion and character development as a full-length play packed into a shortened dramatic event, a form that dates back to the Greek playwright, Euripides. Find one-acts at the library, like Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and other one-act plays.




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

6:00 p.m.

“I had killed a man, for money and a woman. I didn't have the money and I didn't have the woman.”
― James M. Cain, Double Indemnity

Come join the Takoma Park Book to Film club for some classic noir fiction and film.  Please inquire with the librarian at the information desk for a copy of the book.
We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

7:00 p.m.



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

The August book is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. All are welcome! 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Book cover artJoin Caire Griffin and the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group for an author talk and discussion on Nowhere To Run.

In Nowhere To RunCalvin, a senior and track star at a Washington, D.C., public high school, has gone to confront Norris, a thug who’s trying to extort protection money from Calvin’s mom. Confident that he can outrun Norris, he hasn’t given the potential outcome enough thought, a mistake Calvin often makes. He’s only saved from violence when his best friend, Deej, comes to his rescue. The deal Deej makes with Norris will come back to haunt Calvin: Norris now “owns” the runner’s knees. The threat is implicit—if Calvin doesn’t cooperate, Norris will destroy his running career. The deliberately ambiguous conclusion will leave engrossed readers weighing Calvin’s options and making their own hard decisions for him. Dialogue, situations, relationships and issues all ring pitch perfectly but ever so discouragingly true.

author photoThe Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, except for November and December, at 2 p.m.. All welcome!

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl. In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.

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 victor.benitez@dc.gov or visit http://www.meetup.com/youngprose.

Thursday, August 28, 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 anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.

6:30 p.m.

Cover for "Search Inside Yourself"Are you looking to improve your career or achieve a more positive overall outlook? If this sounds exciting to you then you should join the Motivational and Self Improvement book club! 

This book club we will feature a new and inspiring book from the self improvement genre and give the group the opportunity to share thoughts and review the themes of the book. The featured book for August is Search Inside Yourself by Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests.  Take on new challenges and new ideas with the Motivational Self Improvement book club, where positive change becomes a reality.

This book club will meet in the Popular Library.For more information feel free to contact the the Popular Library at (202) 727-1295 and leave your contact information. See you there!         
                 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

1:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the next monthly Southwest Book Discussion at 1 p.m. on Sat., August 30.  Copies of the August selection, Edmund DeWaal's bestseller The Hare with Amber Eyes are available for checkout at the information desk.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund DeWaal

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. 

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 margaret.gilmore@dc.gov

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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

(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.

2:30 a.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.

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.

7:00 p.m.

The first meeting of the new West End non-fiction book club. 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 Newell Jr.

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.

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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.

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 torin.jensen@dc.gov for questions or to RSVP for the next meeting.

Thursday, September 11, 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 sarah.arnold@dc.gov or Shawn McDermott at shawn.mcdermott@dc.gov with questions.

7:45 p.m.

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