Book Discussion Groups

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

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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 search our online catalog for any of the titles.

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.* Open to all and no registration required.
  
Next Discussion:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7 p.m.
The Tragedy of the Commons
by Garrett Hardin
                                                                     
View the complete schedule (with book selections) for 2018-2019.

*Note: In August, November, December, and January, this group only meets once a month (on the 2nd Tuesday).
Garrett Harden (portrait)
Middle School Book Club
A discussion group for grades 6 through 8 held during the school year. Registration required; limited copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk each month. For more information please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk. 
   
Previous Discussion:
Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 7 pm
The True Meaning of Smekday
By Adam Rex
The True Meaning of Smekday (book cover)

The New Yorker Discussion Group


Enjoy reading The New Yorker but wish you had someone to chat about it with? Drop into the monthly New Yorker reading group to share your thoughts on what you’ve read in a variety of articles. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 2-3 pm. Pick up the articles at the senior center or at the circulation desk of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library. A librarian will coordinate the discussions.

Next Discussion:
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2 pm

Location:
Falls Church Senior Center
223 Little Falls Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
new yorker

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, October 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Stay with Me
By Ayobami Adebayo
                            
View the complete schedule (with book selections) for the 2018-2019.

Stay with Me (book cover)

Teen Book Club


A monthly discussion group for grades 9 through 12. Registration required; limited copies of the book are available at the Youth Services Desk each month. For more information please call 703-248-5034 (TTY 711) or stop by the Youth Services Desk.
 
Next Discussion:
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7 pm
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (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, November 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
The Left Hand of Darkness
By Ursula K. Le Guin
                                     
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.
The Left Hand of Darkness (book cover)