Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

The DC Public Library will be closed for Memorial Day on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30.

Fall-Winter Discussion Series

Home Sweet Home?

Is home a familiar space or a foreign place?  Can it be both at once?  Homes can be cozy spots of safety, fortresses against danger, battlegrounds, and concealments.  Homes are places where world dramas play out on domestic stages.  Homes are where people live, grow and test the boundaries of filiation and affiliation, where a reckoning develops between forming an identity and retaining a sense of belonging.  In this series, we will consider the notion of “home” as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal; it is a place that exists on a cultural and emotional level that is intrinsically linked with the physical attributes of architecture and design.Each session will begin with a 30-minute lecture about the book, its author and its historical context.  A facilitated group discussion will follow each lecture. The books and discussion dates are below. This series will meet at Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Please contact to receive emails about the program.  We are grateful for the financial support for the series from the Chevy Chase Library Friends, and hope you will join us for the series.

In Praise of Audio Books for Kids


Dr. Denise Johnson, assistant professor of reading education, at the College of William and Mary, says of audio books: "It's the mode of presentation, the narrator's use of of inflection, interpretation and effective pacing which engages the reader's senses.  The listener becomes absorbed into the story line.  Does listening to audio books count as reading?  If reading is understanding the content of the story, then audio books succeed.

September Book Club: "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

Meeting: Monday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Welsh journalist Jon Ronson examines the spectrum between "normalcy" and "psychopathy" in this 2011 book.  Part pop-psychology, part investigative journalism, part creative nonfiction, The Psychopath Test made ripples in the cultural zeitgeist.

Children's Book Club

'A Week in the Woods' by Andrew Clements

Eleven-year-old Mark Chelmsley transfers to rural New Hampshire's Hardy Elementary School with just weeks left of the school year, a temporary stay while his family gets settled.

Summer Reading End Party

Join us for an evening of fun, treats and listening to Park Ranger Tony discuss nocturnal animals living in Rock Creek Park.  

Mystery Book Club: "Cold Moon" by Jeffery Deaver

The August selection of the Chevy Chase Library Mystery Book Club is Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver.

History Book Club: 'Amazing Grace' by Eric Metaxas

The August selection of the Chevy Chase History Book Club is Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas.

Teen Summer Reading Creature Feature

This Friday: Beetlejuice

At 2 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 3, we will be screening the Tim Burton comedy Beetlejuice as part of "Own the Night" our teen summer reading program. This movie is PG and is open to teens 11 and older.Hope to see you there!

Saturday Crafts!

This Saturday: Braided Bracelets

This Saturday, Aug. 4, we will be making stylish, colorful braided bracelets.The program starts at 1 p.m. in the Teen Space.  Hope to see you there!

Teen Self-Defense Workshop

The Chevy Chase Library will be hosting a teen self defense workshop as part of our "Own the Night" teen summer reading program.  The workshop will be on Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Our guest instructor from the self-defense organization Defend Yourself will teach: