Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Neighborhood Library


TED Talks Summer Screening Series at Benning

"Ideas Worth Spreading"

The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and TED is here! Come join the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library for its TED Talks Summer Screening Series. We will be showing a collection of talks that will make you laugh, maybe cry, and most importantly, make you think. Tuesday, June 16, 2 p.m.: "What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?" by Yassmin Abdel-Magied "The Little Problem I Had Renting a House" by James A. White Sr. Tuesday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 28, 2 p.m.:

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.

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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

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Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.

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.

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7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.


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.