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Grace Jones

Busting Backstage

Musical memoirs from a female perspective

Good rock memoirs take you on tour and convey the band’s operatic highs and the Spinal Tap lows. It’s too bad that even the good ones written by men can neglect or demean the women in their lives. These women in and around the music business have written fascinating memoirs about making art and controversy in a sphere often monopolized by male voices. Look for famous cameo appearances in all of them.

Elizabeth Keckley.

Elizabeth Keckley Speaks: “My Life in Washington”

See influential African American Elizabeth Keckley brought to life.  A little known leader, Keckley was seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln.  This multimedia event will include a “now and then” slideshow of downtown Washington.  


Defiant Damsels of Historical Fiction

These gritty grrrls defy the damsel in distress trope!

Young people's literature is filled with characters of emotional depth and range, internal conflict, conviction, and courage that impressionable young girls can relate to and/or draw inspiration from. As this is the season for doling out awards to film, TV, and books, I am sharing my favorite historical fiction books teeming with gritty grrrls and intrepid womenfolk who defy the "damsel in distress" trope despite their complicated circumstances.

A scene from the play, "A Matter of Worth".

A Woman’s Worth, A Playwright’s Journey

Meet Marcia Cole! An accomplished local playwright and member of the Aspiring Writer’s Circle will  discuss her creative process and the  inspired path she followed to create her play, A Matter of Worth.  

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker cover

Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series

March 20: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiavarini

Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C.?  Cleveland Park Library hosts a local history book discussion series!

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"What Happened to You?"

Women Speaking for Themselves on the Many Manifestations of Disability

Illness and disability come in many forms, and aren't always well understood by those not experiencing them. Women and girls living with disabilities are frequently subject to "multiple discriminations" and are among the most vulnerable, because of the "persistence of certain cultural, legal and institutional barriers" (UN). Presented in honor of Women's History Month, the following list of women share what life is like for them as they navigate disability, the aftermath of illness, and living a life of one's own.

"The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Adult Book Club

"The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Join us to discuss March's book club selection, The Signature of All Things by # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 

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Fabulous Females

Books to Enjoy for Women's History Month

March is fast approaching, so let's celebrate Women's History Month!  Here are some of my favorite young biographies of some fabulous females. Discover the stories of these less well-known ladies who left their mark in the fields of athletics, politics, science, and more. 

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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.