Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library

Published on Thursday, March 4, 2010

Benning Library will offer basic computer classes in the month of April.  
Come and sign up today!

Monday  4/12/10 Computer Basic - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday 4/13/10 Computer Basic - 7 p.m.
Monday   4/19/10 Basic E-mail - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday  4/20/10 Basic E-mail - 7 p.m.

For more information, call 202-442-7740 or 202-442-7741.


First Teen Program at the New Benning Library!

Published on Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Benning Teen Book Club is scheduled to meet on April 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the teen space at the BRAND NEW Benning Library. We will be discussing the book: The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz.

And the Winners Are...

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Benning Interim Library wants to congratulate the top 3 winners of Martin Luther King's, "My Dream Is..." Essay Writing Contest. 




1st Place Winner - Ashley Kibler

2nd Place Winner - Jade Hall

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3rd Place Winner - John Clark

Grand Opening Party: Saturday, April 10

Published on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The new Benning Library at 3935 Benning Rd. N.E. is open.Benning Library

Join the Library for a Grand Opening Party filled with crafts for kids, story time, and lots of entertainment on Saturday, April 10. Come check out spoken word artist Jali-D, participate in games unplugged and a hand dancing demonstration, and enjoy performances by Double Nickels Theater, Washington National Opera and Beat Ya' Feet Kings. Hope to see you there.

Read answers to frequently asked questions about the Benning Neighborhood Library.

Titles You Won't Want to Miss

Published on Friday, February 19, 2010

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, Alephonsian Deng, and Judy Bernstein

What is the What by Dave Eggers with Valentino Achak Deng

The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays by Chinua Achebe

Coming Soon to Benning Road...

Published on Friday, February 19, 2010

Our excitement grows as we move closer to the grand opening of the new Benning Neighborhood Library. The new building will include:

  • 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials
  • Children's Program Room 
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens, and children  
  • 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Mobile laptop cart with 20 computers 
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers 
  • Large program room that accommodates up to 100 people 
  • Two twelve-person conference rooms 
  • Parking for 14 vehicles 
  • Vending area 
  • Public art by a Ward 7 artist 

Stay tuned for the upcoming Grand Opening!!! 

Pick up a Good Book This Month

Published on Friday, February 19, 2010

Looking for a great read? Try some of these African-American authors:

River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarkson  Cover image of River, Cross my Heart by Breena Clarkson

Orange, Mint and Honey

by Carleen Brice


by Sapphire

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

by Pearl Cleage Cover image of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

Red River

by Lalita Tademy

Be Careful What You Pray For

by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Up to No Good

First Meeting: Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Friday, February 12, 2010

Do you love urban fiction? Do you enjoy reading authors like:Teri Woods, Nikki Turner, Shannon Holmes, K'wan and Deja King?

Benning Library is forming an urban fiction book group that will meet once a month. The first book group discussion will meet Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. For further information, call 202-442-7740.

Recent releases:

Damaged by Kia DuPree
10 Crack Commandments by Erica Hilton
Alibi by Terri Woods
Notorious by Kiki Swinson

A Little History...

Published on Friday, February 12, 2010

In 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week. Woodson believed that national attention needed to be brought to the contribution of black people throughout American history.

The month of February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 the weeklong holiday was extended to the month of February and renamed Black History Month. The 2010 theme for Black History Month is "The History of Black Economic Empowerment."

Celebrate Black History Month by reading an black author or by reading about black history.

Published on Saturday, January 9, 2010

Discuss The Turnaround by George Pelecanos on February 9, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

From Kirkus Book Review: