Book Discussion Groups

All library book discussion groups meet in the library's Conference Room (unless otherwise noted) and light refreshments are usually served.

Registration


Advance registration is required for teen book discussions. Please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk for more information.

Available Copies of Books


A limited number of paperback copies of discussion books are available on a "first-come, first-serve" basis at the Circulation Desk or (for teen discussion groups) at the Youth Services Desk. You can also click on each book title (below) to check the availability of the item in our regular collection.

Great Books Foundation Discussion Series


A "Great Books" discussion concentrating on literary classics (both traditional and modern) meeting at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May (sometimes June). Open to all and no registration required.
      
Next Discussion:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
The Inherited Clock (short story)
By Elizabeth Bowen
                                         
View the complete schedule (with book selections) for 2016-2017.
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (book cover)

High School Book Club


A bi-monthly discussion group for grades 9 through 12 held during the school year. Registration required; limited copies of the book available at the Youth Services Desk. For more information please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk.

Next Discussion:
Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
By Adele Griffin
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone (book cover)
Middle School Book Club
A discussion group for grades 6 through 8 held during the school year. Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk.

Next Discussion:
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
By Ji-li Jiang
Red Scarf Girl (book cover)

Senior Book Discussion Series


A general book discussion geared toward seniors and held roughly every 6 weeks from September through June, usually on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Focuses on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles selected in advance (over the summer) by the group. Open to all and no registration required.
    
Next Discussion:
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
By Bill Dedman
                   
View the complete schedule (with book selections) for the 2016-2017.
Empty Mansions (book cover)

Thursday Evening Book Group


A general book discussion held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. Books are usually selected by the group 3 to 6 months in advance and alternate between fiction and nonfiction. Open to all and no registration required.
  
Next Discussion:
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Americanah
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
                   
Visit the Thursday Evening Book Group website, which lists a complete schedule (with book selections) of upcoming discussions as well as additional info about the group.
Americanah (book cover)