Chevy Chase
Neighborhood Library

Mystery Book Club: "The Coroner's Lunch" by Colin Cotterill

The October selection for the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill. 

Children's Book Club: 'Swindle'

"At the back of the drawer, a flash of color caught Griffin's eye.  He reached in and pulled out an old faded card.  On one side of the card was a message: Top Dog Bakery Products - For the Sandwich of Champions, on the other side there was a colored drawing of a baseball player shouldering a bat.  Griffin read the name at the bottom of the card: George Herman (Babe) Ruth."

Mystery Book Club: 'Dead Even' by Brad Meltzer

The September selection of the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is Dead Even by Brad Meltzer.

History/Biography Book Club: 'Pearl Buck in China' by Hilary Spurling

The September selection of the Chevy Chase History/Biography Book Club is Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling. 

Author Talk with Robert Prather

Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver

Was there real Long John Silver? Is the most famous of fictional pirates actually based on the life of a real man?Did he live near by in Alexandria, Va.?Who was Johnathan Swift? Where are his legendary silver mines? 

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.