Book Discussion Groups

UPDATE: Library Program Venue Changes Starting January 27

The library’s Conference Room will be unavailable for programming starting January 27 while the library prepares to move to a temporary location for the Library Expansion & Renovation Project. Until the temporary location opens (probably early March), some of the library’s regular discussion groups will meet in other locations and/or have alternate schedules:

  • Great Books Foundation Discussion Series: Will meet in the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls Street) on January 28, February 11, and February 25. Those discussions will begin at 7:30 pm instead of 7 pm. 
  • Middle School Book Club: Will not meet in February. 
  • New Yorker Discussion Group: Will meet as regularly scheduled on February 6 and March 5 at 2 pm in the Falls Church Senior Center (223 Little Falls Street). 
  • Thursday Evening Book Group: The February 6 discussion will be postponed until Thursday, March 12, when the group will likely start meeting in the library’s temporary facility (601 S. Oak St.).
  • Tuesday Morning Book Discussion: Will meet on March 3 in the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls Street) on Tuesday, March 3, at 10:30 am.

All discussion groups that previously met regularly in the library’s Conference Room will relocated to a programming room in the library’s temporary facility (601 S. Oak St.) after it opens. 


Upcoming Book Discussions

Date & Time Discussion
Thursday, February 6 
@ 2 pm
New Yorker Discussion Group
I Was a '60s Socialist (January 21st WaPo magazine)
by John B. Judis 
Tuesday, February 11
@ 7:30 pm
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
Federalist Papers: #39, #51 by James Madison 
& #70 by Alexander Hamilton
[temporarily @ FC Community Center]
Tuesday, February 25
@ 7:30 pm
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
Goblin Market 
by Christina Rossetti
[temporarily @ FC Community Center]
Tuesday, March 3
@ 10:30 am
Tuesday Morning Book Discussion
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
[temporarily @ FC Community Center]
Thursday, March 12
@ 7:30 pm
Thursday Evening Book Discussion
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann
[rescheduled from February 6]
Thursday, March 19
@ 7 pm
Middle School Book Club
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullmann

Book Discussion Group Descriptions

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.

  • View the complete schedule (with book selections) for 2019-2020.
  • In November and December this group only meets once a month (on the 2nd Tuesday).

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion

A general book discussion 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.

General Information

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 the Middle School Book Club. 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.

Have Your Own Book Club?

Thinking about starting your own book club with friends? Check out the Book Club To Go Kits, which include 10 paperback copies of a book, discussion questions, and more!