Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library

Craft Ideas That Make Awesome Mother Day Gifts

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

family with heart in the centerMother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in April or May. 

In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 12. It is a day to make your mom feel special. We live in a world where we tend to forget the value of motherhood. It is time people realize that this day is more special than bestowing her with a few materialistic gifts.

Take time out of your day and make something truly from the heart this year. Gifts could rage from a card, hand-made crafts (flower pot, vase, basket, etc.), a poem, or a custom-made rings. There are so many creative ideas that would make a wonderful gift. Check out some of the arts and crafts books at your local library for more ideas and remember .... make it special! 

Jazzing with the Duke

Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

duke ellingtonThe Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library will present a brief history about jazz with important facts about D.C.'s own Duke Ellington and how he was a major influence for jazz music.

Then we will take a little time to "Jazz" along to some of the Duke's music! 

On Wednesday, April 24 at 1:15 p.m.

For ages 7-10.

What questions do you have?

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

small people with question marksWhen you first walk into a library, I am sure there are a few questions that you will need answers to. Some common questions are:

Published on Monday, March 25, 2013

The CartelHey, looking for a good read?

The staff at  the Dorothy I Height/Benning Library highly recommends The Cartel  by Ashley & JaQuavis, as a good urban fiction read for the month of April. It is very suspenseful and has action throughout, it is one of those books you just can't put down.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The DC Public Library will be open during its regular hours on Thursday, March 7.

Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spring is slowing approaching and Winter will be leaving us soon. Use this time to enjoy the rest of the Winter with a classic book. Parents can share an exciting book right next to the fireplace with their little ones. Stop past your local library to pick up some of these items!

For Seniors! Part 2

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

Michael Jackson Game Cover For WiiJust as you thought the game was over, the staff at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library is ready to start it back up!

The King of Pop may be gone, but his memory will live on in this game that lets you experience the greatness of Michael Jackson. On Feb. 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., come and enjoy Michael Jackson, The Experience -- a game full of fun and entertainment on the Wii game system.

For ages 50 and older.

Hope to see you there and don't forget to bring your moves!

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call us at 202-281-2583.

What Are Some Goals You Want To Accomplish This Year?

Published on Monday, January 7, 2013

The Resolution DietSo, 2012 is finally over and it's time to say goodbye!

This is the right time to look back at 2012 and learn from all the mistakes we made, and to come up with a list of goals for 2013.

According to, here is the top list of goals people make:

Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Discover the Roots of Your Family Tree at the libraryResearching your family history can be an enlightening and rewarding experience. The DC Public Library has a wealth of resources to assist you in your family history project. Whether you’re a beginner or a novice, the library can play an effective role in helping you discover your family roots.

African History and Culture Lecture Tour

Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

crgibbsC.R. Gibbs, noted, local, award-winning historian international lecturer, author and historian of the African Diaspora, will present two lectures and presentations for Black History Month at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library.