Benning/Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library

Step Afrika! Reads

Story Time and Mini Dance Workshop for All Ages

Step Afrika! Reads promotes reading and literacy skills with a special story time, then invites kids to get up on their feet to participate in a mini workshop with the artists from Step Afrika!'s newest production, nxt/step at several of our library locations.Each year, Step Afrika!

2012 Summer Reading Kick-Off

Day Care Centers

Join us June 4 at 10:15 a.m. to celebrate the start of summer and our awesome Summer Reading program, Dream Big -- Read!Wear your swimsuit and prepare to get splashed -- but only after you have used sidewalk paint and chalk to draw what you DREAM!

A 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' Birthday Party

Join us as we celebrate the birthday of Eric Carle, author of

Free HIV Testing

In the quiet, relaxed environment of the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, on Thursday, May 17, Metro TeenAIDS will offer free, confidential HIV testing to teens and adults, ages 13-24 (though no one will be turned away).The test is very short and can save your life.Representatives will also be on hand to share vital information about how to live healthier. 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo or the 5th of May, commemorates the Mexican Army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). The Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library will celebrate the culture and heritage of Cinco de Mayo with stories, activities and movies on Saturday, May 5th.10:30 a.m.: Ages 3 - 81:30 p.m.: Ages 9 - 12

Springtime Matinee Movie

Spring into fun with your favorite friends!

Family Literacy Day

Come join us at the library on Saturday for Family Literacy Day, from noon to 3 p.m.We will celebrate the occasion with a day of fun educational activities for children and families: FREE books, givaways and MORE!The program is sponsored by DC Child Care Connections and Reading is Fundamental.

Jazzing up the Radio: Maintaining Tradition

East of the River Jazz

On Saturday, June 2, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., we will host "Jazz FM: Maintaining Tradition," a presentation on jazz music and history in the D.C. and Baltimore areas.

Etiquette/Manners Classes

First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions

Ms. Vicki Fleming, certified etiquette trainer for children, will be holding classes for youth ages 6-8 in the month of May. Though activities that encourage learning through movement and interaction with their peers, Fleming's classes will be address topics such as rudeness, good hygiene and teasing, in a conversational, upbeat and relaxed manner. 

'Louder Than a Bomb': On Film, in Person

On Wednesday, June 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team presents a screening of Louder Than a Bomb, a 2010 documentary by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel.