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The Underground Railroad in D.C.

Local author and lecturer C.R. Gibbs will highlight D.C.'s history. This presentation will highlight the District's role in the Underground Railroad. Best for teens and adults.

Frida Kahlo : On the Borderline between Mexico and the United States

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month please join us for a lecture by Abigal McEwen, Assistant Professor of Art History and Archeaolgy at UMD, College Park. This lecture will explore the mythology that has grown around Kahlo’s life and work, from her famously  unflinching self-portraits to her mestiza identity and tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, the great mural painter. 
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Meet One of Our Community Helpers!

Join us as we welcome a real life community helper! One of D.C.'s finest, a K-9 handler from MPD and his dog will be appearing at the library to speak about their job. Come meet an officer and their hard working partner. We'll have a simple craft on hand that you can take home as well as some dog themed books available for checkout.  For ages 5 and older.
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Metamorphosis series: 'Wild Seed'

Chevy Chase Library's "Metamorphosis" lecture and discussion series continues.  We will discuss Wild Seed by Octavia Butler.
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Hola Cultura presents 'El Barrio'

Hola Cultura presents their web based doumentary, or "webumentary", El Barrio, followed by a panel discussion about the film at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the first floor of the library.
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'Latino Americans' Documentary Screening and Oral History Interviews

Join us for a screening of Latino Americans, a 2013 documentary supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award-winning series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Starting at 6 p.m., we invite you to join us in the large meeting room on the first floor of the library to share your own personal stories and listen to the stories of others followed by the documentary screening at 7 p.m.
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Hola Cultura Presents Oral Histories of D.C. Latino Settlement Patterns and Affordable Housing

Join us for a special presentation by Hola Cultura in the Large Meeting Room on the first floor of the library. This summer, Hola Cultura brings together D.C. high school students with college interns and University of Maryland professors Ana Patricia Rodriguez and Ronald Luna to investigate Washington, D.C.’s history and affordable housing and gain a better understanding of our changing neighborhoods.

'Metamorphosis' - 'Orlando'

Chevy Chase Library's "Metamorphosis" lecture and discussion series will continue on July 21 at 6 p.m. We will be discussing Orlando by Virginia Woolf. Our guest lecturer for this session will be Roberta Rubenstein, professor of literature at American University. 
Friends Open House

Friends Group of the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library

You are invited to attend an informative meet and greet for the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library Friends. Learn how you can become an active voice  for your neighborhood library. Light refreshments will be served. Door prizes.    
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Rise of An 'Empire': The Black Gay Man on Screen

The characterization of the African American male homosexual on screen has come a long way since the early days of film. How has the gay black man been portrayed on film? What impact have these early roles had on future depictions of race and sexuality?   Join Kevin Beard in conversation for an in-depth  analysis, from the early days of film to Empire.