Benning/Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library

Programs in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

 The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom represents a pivotal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. By the 1960s, racial, social and economic unrest had reached a boiling point. As a result, a coalition of leaders from the "Big Six” and civil rights, labor and religious organizations planned a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C.

Forgotten Roots: Muslims in Early America


Please join us for a discussion with Amir Muhammad of Americas Islamic Heritage Museum on the history of Muslims in the colonies and early United States. 

Summer Reading Kickoff

Join the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m for the Beneath the Surface (Teen) and Groundbreaking Reads (Adults) Summer Reading Program Kickoff. Come learn about the DC Public Library summer reading program and participate in a gardening activity. Light refreshments will be served.Ages 12 and older.This program is free and open to the pubic.

Summer Read

Sidewalk Art

Summertime means hot weather, outside fun, bathing suits and popsicles.Add a lot of colored chalk, a group of day care centers and we have a Summer Reading Adventure.Join us for some special summer time fun -- especially for the younger set -- at 10:30 a.m. on the following Mondays:June 3 (Kick-off for Summer Reading)July 22Aug. 16

Let's Play with Some Dough -- Play Dough That Is!

Join us as we make a mess of fun with Play Dough.Want a flower in a pot? Make one with some Play Dough!Want a toy car? Make one with some Play Dough!Join us in the Benning Library Children's Room at 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:June 24July 19Aug. 19Best for ages 2-7.

A Short Introduction to Muhammad

Muslim Journeys Event

Please join local author Jonathan Brown of Georgetown University on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of his book, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction.

Read In

Book Discussion on Jackie Robinson

Please come out and join us on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. There will be a book discussion -- Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay -- and a movie trailer viewing on #42, "Jackie Robinson." 

Dearest Mummy

Craft Ideas That Make Awesome Mother Day Gifts

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in April or May. In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 12. It is a day to make your mom feel special. We live in a world where we tend to forget the value of motherhood. It is time people realize that this day is more special than bestowing her with a few materialistic gifts.Take time out of your day and make something truly from the heart this year. Gifts could rage from a card, hand-made crafts (flower pot, vase, basket, etc.), a poem, or a custom-made rings. There are so many creative ideas that would make a wonderful gift. Check out some of the arts and crafts books at your local library for more ideas and remember .... make it special! 

Jazzing with the Times

Jazzing with the Duke

The Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library will present a brief history about jazz with important facts about D.C.'s own Duke Ellington and how he was a major influence for jazz music.Then we will take a little time to "Jazz" along to some of the Duke's music! On Wednesday, April 24 at 1:15 p.m.For ages 7-10.