Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library

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

Published on Monday, September 28, 2009

Through OverDrive, the library offers free music downloads.

You can listen to classical, folk, pop & rock, blues, choral or world music.

You must have a library card to use this service.  To get started, visit the help page.

Published on Monday, September 14, 2009

Books and Authors allows you to search by character, subject, location and/or time period.

For example, if you choose detective, adventure and the 2000s decade, you will find Michael Connelly’s A Darkness More than Night: A Novel, about a former FBI profiler who “agrees to try his hand at identifying a murderer whose modus operandi suggests he may be a budding serial killer.”  You will also find the John Deal series by Les Standiford, a series of action thrillers that feature “gritty private detective John Deal who, often aided by police detective Vernon Driscoll, faces a wide array of dangers including terrorists and other assorted criminal types. Most of the cases are somehow related to government intrigue.”

Published on Monday, July 20, 2009

Book Adventure is a free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

Kids can search books by grade level,  fiction/nonfiction and types of books.

Prizes include an activity booklet, a free six-month subscription to Highlights and free one-week access to Quiz Hub.