Book Clubs

The DC Public Library offers a variety of book clubs for residents to gather and discuss their love of books. Below is a selection of the many reading groups and book discussions. Please note that sometimes book club events are canceled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check the calendar to make sure an event is scheduled on the date you wish to attend. You can also call the library where the event is scheduled to find out more. If you'd like to be part of a book club but can't make it it to the meetings, we also have a number of online book clubs that you can find on our Read Feed page

A Song of Ice and Fire Book Club

A Song of Ice and Fire book club reads the series by George R. R. Martin that the popular HBO show, Game of Thrones, is based on. Click here to see discussion questions for our upcoming meetings. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month at Petworth Citizen at 829 Upshur Street NW, a block from the Petworth Library. You can see more events by following our group on MeetUp or our Facebook group. Write Lisa.Warwick@dc.gov with any questions. 

Books & Bars Book Club

Join us at Gordon Biersch at 9th and F streets NW on the third Wednesday of each month 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 more information, check out the Books & Bars page, or contact Kari Mitchell at kari.mitchell.dc.gov

Capitol Hill Reads

This group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss recent literary fiction titles. We frequent a variety of spots throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood including the Southeast and Northeast libraries, community centers, restaurants, and coffee shops. To find out what we are reading and where next month's meeting will be held, email David.quick2@dc.gov or check out the Meetup page.

Cleveland Park Library Mystery Book Club

This club meets the first Thursday of each month at Teaism, 400 8th Street, NW, downstairs [Archive/Navy Memorial Metro]. The group chooses the books each month, two to three months in advance. All types of crime writing are considered, from cozies to noir. Monthly notice is sent by e-mail. You don't have to join the group to receive the e-mail. For more information, contact Barbara Gauntt at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library. Call 202-282-3072 for more information.

Francis Gregory Adult Book Club

This club for adults only meets every fourth Wednesday at Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library.  Selections include fiction (mystery, romance, history, short stories, classics, etc.) and nonfiction (biography, travel, finance, etc.). The facilitator invites suggestions from customers, book club members and staff. Past selections include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Wake of the Wind by California Cooper and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. Call 202-727-6044 for more information.

Francis Gregory Children's Book Club

This book club meets once a month and is aimed towards children who are 7 and up. Join us for a friendly relaxed afternoon as we briefly discuss the selection for the month and then watch a corresponding film. You don't have to read the book beforehand as we will make copies available to all participants. Selections vary but we aim to create a lively engaging atmosphere. For questions call 202-698-3873. 

Georgetown Book Club

The Georgetown Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library branch of DC Public Library to discuss primarily recent literary fiction titles and the occasional nonfiction title. For more information, please e-mail julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call 202-727-0232.

Heroes of Cinema

Are you a film buff? Are you looking to nurture your budding love of film? Come to the Southeast Neighborhood Library and join a monthly discussion of a film from DC Public Library's exciting online streaming resources including the Criterion Collection and InstantFlix. Each month's conversation will revolve around a different film -- you can view the film ahead of time on our website using your library card! During the discussion, we will have the film queued up so that we can refer to specific scenes. To find out what we are reading and where next month's meeting will be held, email David.quick2@dc.gov or check out the Meetup page.

History Book Club

History Book Club at the Northeast Neighborhood Library meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 pm. We informally discuss a diverse selection of popular history books including narrative non-fiction, biographies and memoirs. For more information or this month's book selection contact Faith at faith.kelley@dc.gov or call 202-698-1363.

Moveable Feast Classics Book Group

The Moveable Feast Classics Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m., rotating between Georgetown, Palisades, and Cleveland Park Libraries.  This is an opportunity to revisit an old favorite, finally get to something you’ve always meant or wanted to read, or explore something new to you. We have recently read Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann, and Siddartha, by Hermann Hesse. For more information, please contact Meredith Morris at Meredith.morris@dc.gov.

Palisades Library Book Club

During the Palisades Neighborhood Library renovation, the Palisades Book Club will meet at Georgetown Neighborhood Library, beginning March 21, 2017.

This club meets once a month on the third Tuesday at the Palisades Neighborhood Library. The club reads a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction with occasional forays into poetry and plays. Everyone makes suggestions, and the club chooses the selection by group consensus. For more information, contact the library at 202-282-3139.

Queer Book Club

Queer Book Club is a small but enthusiastic community that meets monthly to discuss queer-themed books spanning a variety of genres. To find out when and where our next meeting will be held email johnna.percell@dc.gov.

Southeast Friends Book Club

Come discuss a variety of titles from all different genres and time periods in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Titles for this group are chosen by attendee recommendations and votes. Find out more information by calling 202-698-3372.

Takoma Park Book Club

Interested in reading and discussing contemporary literature?  Join the Takoma Park adult book club.  We meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month to have a lively group discussion for an hour or so. Members vote on book selections. Contact us at 202-576-7252 for more info.

Takoma Park Book to Film Club

Which is better, the book or the movie? Throw in your two cents at the Book to Film Club. Contact us at 202-576-7252 to discover the most recent title. Popcorn will be provided, and we meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month,

West End Book Club

This club meets at the West End Neighborhood Library the third Tuesday of every month. Call 202-724-8707 for more information.