Book Discussion Groups

Curbside Pickup Now Available

In response to COVID-19, the library is closed to the public until further notice. We are now providing curbside pickup service (by appointment) and continue to offer many of our programs and services online

Online Discussions

We are offering many of our regularly scheduled book discussions online (via Zoom) while we are closed. If you are interested in participating, please email the discussion contact in advance for more info and to receive a Zoom invite. 

Upcoming Book Discussions

Date & Time Discussion Contact
Thursday
June 25
@ 3 pm
Teen Book Discussion Group (via Zoom)
The Maze Runner 
by James Dashner
Laura Miller
Thursday
July 2
@ 2 pm
New Yorker Discussion Group (via Zoom)
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Pete Sullivan
Thursday
July 9
@ 7 pm
Thursday Evening Discussion Group (via Zoom)
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
by Patrick Radden Keefe
Marshall Webster
Tuesday
July 14
@ 7 pm
Great Books Discussion Series
Eichmann in Jerusalem
by Hannah Arendt
Marshall Webster
Thursday
July 23
@ 3 pm
Teen Book Club (via Zoom)
Rapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon Hale
Laura Miller
Thursday
July 23
7 pm
Jane Austen Book Discussion (via Zoom)
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Marshall Webster
Tuesday
July 28
@ 7 pm
Great Books Discussion Series (via Zoom)
On Friendship and On Solitude
by Michel de Montaigne
Marshall Webster
Wednesday
July 29
@ 7 pm
Mystery Book Discussion (via Zoom)
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Catherine Wilson

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).

Teen Book Club

A discussion group for rising 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!