Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library

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:

Saturdays at 2 p.m., February 6-27

Published on Saturday, January 9, 2010

Watch the Film Roots (NR):

2/6 Roots

2/13 Roots: Legacy, Parts 1 & 2

2/20 Roots: The Next Generation, Parts 1 & 2

2/27 Roots: The Next Generation, Parts 3 & 4

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.

Published on Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ages 12-17 are invited into the teen space at Benning library on Fat Tuesday to make Mardi Gras masks, listen to traditional Zydeco music, and taste authentic New Orleans snacks.

Mardi Gras mask with ribon and beads.
Wear your purple, green, and gold... all materials for crafts will be provided.

Saturday, February 13, noon, Ages 2-6

Published on Saturday, January 9, 2010
Red floating hearts on a red background

  Learn about Valentine's Day and make a gift to give away to a loved one.

"My Dream Is..."

Published on Monday, November 23, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream; what’s yours? Participate in an
essay contest, and you could win a prize. Submit entries between
December 15 and January 13. A first-, second- and third-place winner will
be selected. For more information, call 202-442-7740/7741. Ages 6 -

Published on Thursday, October 8, 2009

For the latest on construction progress, check out our Benning Library construction update page.

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What was being a slave in the United States really like?  This database has links to more than 4,000 interviews with former slaves in the 1930s. The stories cover both what it was like to be a slave and what it was like to be free.  Here are some excerpts:

“One instrument of torture is worthy of particular description. This was an oak club, a foot and a half in length and an inch and a half square. With this delicate weapon she would beat us upon the hands and upon the feet until they were blistered.”  
–Lewis Clarke

“I had been in jail but a short time when I heard that my master was sick, and nothing brought more joy to my heart than that intelligence. I prayed fervently for him—not for his recovery, but for his death.”               –William W. Brown