Wednesday, June 4, 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.

7:00 p.m.

Unfamiliar FishesCome to our monthly book group to discuss Sarah Vowell's latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, which covers the imperialist expansion of the United States into Hawaii. Piggy backing on her earlier book The Wordy Shipmates about New England Puritans, she now follows their descendants across another ocean as they follow their fortunes to Hawaii and try to Christianize and Americanize it.

With her characteristic humor and sense of the absurd, the author travels to Hawaii and tries to capture the unique blend of cultures that has developed there.  Blending the present and the past, Vowell captures an often forgotten part of American history.

Join us as we talk about manifest destiny, what happens when cultures collide and how we interact with the past.

All are welcome for the discussion, whether they have read the book or not.

Thursday, June 5, 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.

Photo of Tree FrogJoin us Thursday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m.
for a book discussion.
Book Title: Will be announced at the May meeting. 

2:30 p.m.

Cover image of Barren GroundThis 1925 novel depicts the life of Dorinda Oakley in rural Virginia from the 1890s through the early 1920s.

Through the use of new scientific methods, Dorinda turns the barren land she inherits into a fruitful dairy farm.  She strives for independence, and attains material success. 

Please join us for a discussion of this work, portraying a post-Civil War agrarian South in the midst of change 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.

Let's celebrate summer reading with a discussion of book candidates that combine scientific pursuit with literary finesse!

Tuesday, June 10, 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, June 11, 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.

The Gods of Gotham

The June selection for the Mystery Thriller Book Club is The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye.

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, June 12, 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.

7:45 p.m.

Book cover "The Ocean Life" by Callum RobertsJoin us Thursday, June 12 at 7:45 p.m. to discuss
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.

Monday, June 16, 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.

Claire of the Sea Light book cover.Please join The Fiction Lover's Book Club as we discuss Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light

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, June 17, 2014

4:00 p.m.
Greetings from North Dakota Postcard


North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state, and is where the Rosedale Book Club will be visiting in June with Louise Erdrich’s The Round House.

Join the discussion at Rosedale Library, and help us decide where we will go next!

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.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Little GreenJoin 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.
For June, Books & Bars will be discussing Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley.

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.

Cover of "Dawn" by Octavia E. Butler.The June meeting of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will discuss Dawn by Octavia E. Butler.

Come, kick back, crack open a good book, and engage with the stomach-turning strangeness of alien life, all in the sumptuous environs of the Popular Library.

Thursday, June 19, 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 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 House of MirthJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we celebrate DC Public Library's Summer Reading for Adults program by discussing Edith Wharton's classic novel, The House of Mirth.

First published in 1905, Wharton's novel follows socialite Lily Bart as she struggles to find love and security in New York City in the Gilded Age.

Explore more adult Summer Reading events in the calendar.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Join us to discuss Chinua Achebe's memoir, There Was a County, about Biafra.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, June 23, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

(All day)

Please join the Southeast Book Club on the last Tuesday of each month -- except April when we will meet on April 22nd - for a fun and interesting discussion of the monthly book.

All are welcome! 

Ten Poems to Change Your Life cover In April, we will discuss Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden.

It is available for checkout at Southeast all month.
Tale for the Time Being cover On May 27, we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. 

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, June 25, 2014

7:00 p.m.

incoldbloodcoverAre 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 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
RSVP to or check out our Meetup page for more information.


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