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Join the Capitol Choices discussions in person

Capitol Choices meets at the Arlington County (Virginia) Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street (directions). We are only a few blocks from the Virginia Square Metro Station and we have plenty of parking if you drive (don't forget to pick up your parking permit at the circulation desk).  If this is your first meeting, please email Capitol Choices at for instructions on how to enter the building.  Several of us bring coffee and chat from 9-9:30, and there's occasionally a group that goes off to lunch afterwards. 


The schedule so far for 2017 is:

January 13

March 24

April 21

May 19

June 16

July 21

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 15



Join the Capitol Choices discussion remotely

Capitol Choices welcomes your participation in our monthly book discussions (see the schedule). If you are unable to meet with us in person, reading group members can add comments on books under discussion via our web site.  Everyone can check our blog for updates (RSS feed and Feed My Inbox available), and/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter; just click on the links in the left-hand navigation on this page.  The Capitol Choices listserv is no longer in use.

Become a reading group member

Capitol Choices offers various ways for you to take part in our discussions. Casual participants can drop in on meetings as they wish, and are welcome to discuss any book on the agenda that they have read. But if you're interested in taking a more active role, you may become a reading group member.

Reading group members are expected to:

* read widely and nominate any eligible book they think worthy for the list;
* read every book nominated in their reading group;
* participate actively by joining the discussion either at meetings or via comments on the web site, or both; and
* vote. Only reading group members are eligible to vote.

Please note: 

  • publishing company employees are welcome to lurk, but due to the potential for conflict of interest unable to join as reading group/voting members.
  • as a regional group, website lurkers cannot join reading groups unless they are able to attend meetings at least twice in year. However, former members who have moved away are still eligible for reading group membership.

Each reading group has a facilitator who acts as a resource for reading group members. They do their best to get books to people in their groups who can't get hold of them and let reading group members know when they have copies to lend. They lead the discussion after the ballots twice a year to discuss the results.

To join a reading group, email Darcie Caswell ( and the facilitator below whose reading group you would like to join between March 18th and July 31.  You will receive an email from with information on how to log in and change your password.  While logged in, click on Members List. Find your name and click on it; click on Edit. Add your contact information and make any changes. Click Save.

Up to Seven, Ruth Anne Champion
Seven to Ten, Jamequa Summerall
Ten to Fourteen, Carolyn LaChance
Fourteen and Up, Ruth Compton