So Many Books...

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

So Many Books...

...So Little Time!

Start the New Year off right.  Join a book group at MLK.

The Karlsson Book ClockDid you know that there are six book clubs based at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library?  Discovering these groups is like finding buried treasure in the middle of downtown Washington, DC! 

Fiction Lover's Book Club

The Fiction Lover's Book Club has been meeting monthly since July 2011.  The group reads mostly fiction (bestsellers, award winners, local authors, and popular favorites) as well as nonfiction that reads like fiction or has an engaging, compelling story to tell, as part of a "Tastes Like Fiction" series.  Participants also view a "Fiction Lover's Film Companion" series, which consists of films that highlight subjects touched on in their reading.  The group next meets on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiana.  This will be followed by a discussion of Home by Toni Morrison on Feb. 19, celebrating Black History Month.

"Tastes Like Fiction" Series

The "Tastes Like Fiction" series acknowledges the fact that many fiction lovers also love engaging or riveting nonfiction works.  The next title in the series is Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace, by Kate Summerscale, to be discussed on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m., celebrating Women's History Month.

Fiction Lover's Film Companion

The next Film Companion screening will be Big Night on Monday, Sept. 28, followed by Dead Presidents on Monday, Feb. 25, celebrating Black History Month, and The Piano on Monday, March 25, celebrating Women's History Month.  All films are showing at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, on the Lower Level.

For more information about the Fiction Lover's Book Club and the Fiction Lover's Film Companion, call Popular Services at 202-727-1295.

Literature Lover's Book Club

By contrast, The Literature Lover's Book Club is the library's longest running book group.  The group meets monthly to discuss a variety of lively literature including fiction and nonfiction, poetry, essays, short stories and drama.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss prize winning author Ha Jin's short story collection, A Good Fall.  This will be followed by a discussion of Metamorphoses, a play by Mary Zimmerman on Thursday, March 7.  All meetings are held in Room 221.  For more information, call Information Services at 202-727-1251.

Russkaia Lite​ratura

Russkaia Literatura meets approximately every six weeks to discuss the major philosophical and moral questions found within both classic and lesser-known Russian literature.   The group will next meet on Monday, Feb. 25 to discuss the first four books of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.  The discussion will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Popular Library, located on the first floor, just off The Great Hall.  For more information, call Popular Services at 202-727-1295.

Battle Book Cl​ub

Drop in for Battle Book Club, an "any book" discussion where teens debate about what’s hot and what’s not. Hang with friends, play games, find out what you should be reading and vote on which books and characters are the best and the worst. Debate, Eat, Vote, Read! Battle Book Club meets the third Thursday of every month in Teen Space, Room 208.  For more information, call Teen Space at 202-727-5535.

Talking Book ​Club

The Talking Book Club gets its name from the Talking Book program administered by the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Eligible D.C. residents can acquire these recorded books from Adaptive Services, which acts as the Regional Library of the NLS BPH for the District of Columbia.  The Talking Book Club reads a book from the collection of the NLS BPH each month. Brown bag lunches are welcome at discussions, held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with coffee, tea and cold water provided. 

The group next meets on Feb. 14 to discuss Freedom's Daughters by Lynne Olson, celebrating Black History Month.  The meeting will be held in Adaptive Services, located in Room 215.  This will be followed by a discussion of Not For Ourselves Alone, by Geoffrey C. Ward, et. al. celebrating Women's History Month on March 14.  These discussions are open to the public and any participant who does not qualify for the Talking Book program should check the library catalog at, or visit the Popular Library to have the staff help locate copies of the discussion titles in audio or print.  For more information, call Adaptive Services at 202-727-2142 or contact

A Feel For Boo​ks

A Feel for Books is an ongoing book discussion series for adult developing readers and their tutors and teachers.  Sessions are held in Room 302 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  Sessions are open to any adult learner in the District and are held in October, December, February, April and May/June. Please call 202-727-1616 for more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help share your love of reading with others.