Book Discussion Groups

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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
Tuesday, April 14
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
Planning and Democracy
by Friedrich A. Hayek
Marshall Webster
Thursday, April 16
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Thursday Evening Book Discussion
Disappearing Earth
by Julia Phillips
Marshall Webster
Thursday, April 16
@ 7 pm
TBD
Middle School Book Club
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
Laura Miller

Tuesday, April 21
@ 10:30 am 
via Zoom
Tuesday Morning Book Discussion
Becoming
by Michelle Obama
Catherine Wilson
Tuesday, April 28
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
Distributive Justice
by John Rawls
Marshall Webster
Thursday, May 7
@ 2 pm
via Zoom
New Yorker Discussion Group
Article to be determined. 
Pete Sullivan
Tuesday, May 12
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
Guests of the Nation
by Frank O'Connor
Marshall Webster
Thursday, May 14
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Thursday Evening Book Discussion
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr
Marshall Webster

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!