Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Neighborhood Library

Takeout service available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Closed from 2 - 3 p.m.every day for sanitizing.

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Meals Served July 1 -- Aug. 9

DC Public Library is participating in the 2019 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 1 -  August 9. No registration is required.   Lunch will be provided Monday – Friday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the following library locations:

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Dialogue With Neighbors

A Community Conversation Series

Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018. Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.


2017 Black History Month Lecture Series

Presented by C. R. Gibbs

Please join C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher, who will present a series of lectures at several DC Public Libraries throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.  All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m.   "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia"

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Lights! Camera! Uncensored!

Celebrating Banned Books Week Through Film

September 6 The Color PurpleFrancis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 6 p.m. September 16 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneFrancis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 6 p.m. September 21

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Self Defense Class During Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, a self defense class will be taught at Benning Neighborhood Library on Tuesday, March 15, from 6-8 p.m. This two hour session will be led by D'Angelo Kinard of Advanced Sports Performance and will teach basic self defense techniques to use in various situations. There will be an emphasis on defending against larger/stronger assailants. A waiver must be signed by each participant before class to participate.

Byte Back Registration

Register for a PC Basics class with Byte Back. Classes begin the week of January 11th. In PC Basics you will learn to:    Be able to name basic computer parts and functions Practice typing and using a mouse correctly Learn how to use email Search the Internet Create and manage files and folders Understand memory and storage basics


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.