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"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens

Published on Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will be reading the Dickens' classic Bleak House in honor of the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth. 

The club will be reading the first half (chapters 1 through 25)  for the meeting March 5 and the second half (chapters 26 to 65) April 2.  Both meetings will be at 7 p.m.

A New Book Club at Chevy Chase -- Just for Kids

Published on Monday, February 6, 2012

When You Reach MeChildren ages 8 through 11 are invited to join a new book club just for kids at Chevy Chase Public Library. They will meet with a children's librarian every first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. for a book talk, fun activities and pizza!

Our focus will be on Newbery Award and Honor books, and the kids will choose the next month's book at the end of each meeting.

We will start Thursday, March 1, with When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newbery Award winner, 2010).

Multiple copies of the book and audio book are available in the children's room.

We hope you will join us!

View Through the End of February

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2012

CCH Ethiopia displayEthiopia is so different in so many fascinating ways:

Chevy Chase D.C. Library Celebrates Female Humorists

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bossypants2011 was a banner year for books by women humorists.  Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Published on Thursday, January 26, 2012

These questions will be a starting point for our discussion on Feb. 1.

The passages are noted like this: 1.1-10, which means “Book 1. Lines 1-10.”


1.    In 1.270-272, Telemachus confides his woes to the goddess Athena (and gives the audience a little back story!).  He says,

“[O]nce this house was rich, no doubt, beyond reproach
when the man you mentioned still lived here, at home.
Now the gods have reversed our fortunes with a vengeance --
wiped that man from the earth like no one else before.”

Earlier, while speaking to the other gods about another famous son, Aegisthus, Zeus says,

Register Now

Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Chevy Chase Library is offering introductory computer classes every Friday at 9:30 a.m. 

We offer "Personal Computer Basics", "Introduction to Microsoft Word",  "Introduction to the Internet", and Introduction to E-Mail". The class schedules are available on the branch calender on this site. 

Registration is required. Please call 202-282-0021 to reserve your spot!

Published on Friday, January 6, 2012
Do our lives seem governed by unseen forces or are we in control?  Many religions defer to “God’s will” for the good and bad experiences we have, and acknowledge that we don’t always know why God would allow us individually or collectively to suffer pain, disappointment, even early death.  Some religious thinkers say that God created us and the Earth and all it contains, but God does not reach down and “manage” our lives.  For the nonreligious, the unknowable hand that steers our paths is ascribed to Fate.  That is, we do not always know what’s around the corner, but our lives and choices are predetermined.  And a third belief system says we conduct our lives with free will.  We choose how we live.

Expert Karin Silverman to Visit Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, January 6, 2012

Karin SilvermanThe Chevy Chase Library is proud to announce that it will be hosting a meditation workshop entitled “Meditation for Healthy Living” on January 11 at 1 p.m.  Karin Sliverman will be teaching meditation techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.  No registration is required.

For more information please email Adult Librarian Emily Menchal at

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our Marvelous Movie Monday afternoon films are geared towards the mature viewer and are shown with subtitles.  After each screening, you are invited to stay for a discussion of the film. 

This winter's films are:

January 9:  The White Balloon  (Iran, 1996, not rated, 81 minutes)
January 23: Before the Rain (Macedonia, 1995, rated R, 115 mins.)
January 30:  Unstrung Heroes (US, 2003, rated PG, 93 mins.)
Feb. 27:  The Social Network (US, 2010, Rated PG-13, 2 hours)
March 5:  Kiss Me Kate (US, 1953, not rated, 109 mins.)
March 12:  The Unsinkable Molly Brown (US, 1964, not rated, 128 mins.)
March 19:  Motorcycle Diaries (US/Argentina, 2004, rated R, 128 mins.)

All films start at 2 p.m. sharp!

Chevy Chase Display Runs Through January 31

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2012
  • What city in Europe has the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant? 
  • What city has the third best subway system in the world?

Madrid! Yes, Madrid, Spain, is the answer to both of the above questions. It was chosen one of the 10 most livable cities on earth by Monocle magazine, and it is now the third richest city in Europe (after London and Paris). It also has one of the highest concentrations of bars and restaurants per capita in the world. It's quite a surprising, fun and cultural city.

Come by, and see our display on Madrid this January 1 - 31.  Watch a video preview of the display.