Benning/Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library

Kevin Beard

Rise of An 'Empire':

The Black Gay Man on Screen

The characterization of the African American male homosexual on screen has come a long way since the early days of film. How has the gay black man been portrayed on film? What impact have these early roles had on future depictions of race and sexuality?   Join Kevin Beard in conversation Thursday June 25 at 7 p.m. for an in-depth  analysis, from the early days of film to Empire.

Can I Afford My Life?

Financial Literacy

On April 24 at 3 p.m., a Capital Area Asset Builder (CAAB) representative will paint a picture of the holistic process of becoming financially fit. We will discuss old money behaviors, habits and triggers that play a vital role in how we control our finances. Basic investing & budgeting, how to get out of debt and the importance of savings will also be discussed.

Image from BiPolarized film.  Closeup photo of man's face looking upwards surrounded by dark sky and cityscape looks like it is moving around the man.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Films by and about people with disabilities

DC Public Library proudly screens four films from the Fourth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival.  Watch entertaining and evocative films that will challenge concepts and/or assumptions about disability, regardless of race, religion, or geography. Bipolarized Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Dr Sandra Jowers- Barber

Happy Birthday Dr. Dorothy Irene Height!

Celebrate the Legacy of Dorothy I. Height

Join us in celebration of Dorothy I. Height's 103rd birthday with a presentation from Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber entitled, "A Century of Black Life History and Culture: 21st Century Black Women Still Specialize in the Wholly Impossible." This presentation -- held in the large meeting room on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. -- is open to all ages.

ME+YOU+US David Robert Bliwas

ME+YOU=US Zine Release Party

Celebrating a collection of inspirational quotes For women By women

Photo: David Robert Bliwas In honor of Women's History Month, the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library releases its zine, ME + YOU=US:Inspirational Quotes for Women by Women.

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LISTEN!: The First Love Project Podcast is Now Live!

Celebrating the first love experience through audio stories

The First Love Project Podcast celebrates first-love experiences through the personal stories of some of Benning Neighborhood Library's wonderful staff members. Through open and honest monologues and dialogues with Diamond Newman (Library Associate), the listener is presented with themes of insecurity, physical attraction, heart-break, trust, forgiveness and all things that are associated.


C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of 2016 African American History Month, distinguished historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation at the Capitol View and Dorothy I. Height/Benning neighborhood libraries in February, beginning at 7 p.m. The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Forensic Mystery Workshop

Calling all teen CSI enthusiasts!!! Join educators from the National Museum of Health and Medicine for an exciting afternoon in forensic investigation.  This program is free and open to all.August 13, 2014 at 2 p.m.

WE DID IT!: '100 by Summer' Made 140+ Sign-ups!

I had already shelved my books and was busy helping customers. It was just another regular day. But, I noticed something. A lot of the customers who I had engaged with did NOT own a library card. How could this be? Then I remember saying, “100 by Summer.” This was in March.