Events

​​Registration for Summer Reading is open now. Registration for individual events is available at the library.

Download the July Calendar or visit the library for a print copy.

Try out these upcoming programs from the DeKalb Public Library, generously shared with the Hinckley community:

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Virtual Cooking Program: Doughnuts and Dainties

Saturday July 17 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Easy to make and eat, enjoy hearing about some small dessert trends from past decades in this humorous, nostalgic look back with cookbook collector Amy Alessio. Leave with recipes and ideas!

Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. Her latest reference book is the co-authored of 50+ Programs for Adults, Teens, Tweens (American Library Association, 2019). Her fiction includes the Amazon bestselling Alana O’Neill mysteries with vintage recipes, and romance under a pseudonym. She was the Windy City RWA Northern Illinois Librarian of the year in 2012. She served on the Young Adult Library Services Association Board of Directors and is an adjunct faculty for Dominican University. She is a romance reviewer for Booklist and has given over 300 presentations to libraries and large groups on vintage cooking and crafts. Learn more at www.amyalessio.com.

Click here to register. This event will also be live streamed to the library’s Facebook page. Click here to watch it on Facebook.

This program is part of the “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body” initiative with the DeKalb Kiwanis Club.

For additional information or help with registration, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

Virtual Cooking Program: International Vintage Desserts

Saturday August 7 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Enjoy hearing about kolackies, baklava, German Chocolate Cake and other favorite vintage dessert trends with international origins in this delicious event with cookbook collector Amy Alessio. Learn how some favorite foods changed in this country and leave with recipes.

Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. Her latest reference book is the co-authored of 50+ Programs for Adults, Teens, Tweens (American Library Association, 2019). Her fiction includes the Amazon bestselling Alana O’Neill mysteries with vintage recipes, and romance under a pseudonym. She was the Windy City RWA Northern Illinois Librarian of the year in 2012. She served on the Young Adult Library Services Association Board of Directors and is an adjunct faculty for Dominican University. She is a romance reviewer for Booklist and has given over 300 presentations to libraries and large groups on vintage cooking and crafts. Learn more at www.amyalessio.com.

Click here to register for this event. It will also be live streamed to the library’s Facebook page. Click here to watch it on Facebook.

This program is part of the “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body” initiative with the DeKalb Kiwanis Club.

For additional information or help with registration, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

 

Virtual Event: Lights Out, Everybody – Mystery and Horror during the Golden Age of Radio

Thursday August 12 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This virtual presentation uses sound clips from some of radio’s best-known mystery and horror programs (including Escape, Inner Sanctum and Lights Out) to illustrate how radio could truly be a “Theater of the Mind” and use music, voices and sounds to create indelible, and often frightening, “pictures.”

Steve Darnall is the host of a radio show in Chicago (Those Were the Days) dedicated to the “Golden Age” of radio. Over the years, he’s spoken at dozens of libraries on topics related to different aspects of radio history.

Click here to register for this event. Only 100 people will be able to watch via Zoom, so if the meeting is full, please watch live on the DeKalb Public Library Facebook page.

For additional information or help with registration, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

 

Virtual Event: Women of Ragtime

Saturday August 14 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Women ragtime composers faced challenges – it wasn’t considered very “ladylike” to write this kind of music, and once they got married, they were expected to give up their career and raise a family. Still, a surprising amount of ragtime was written by young women, and much of it was very successful in its time.

We’ll share some music by May Aufderheide, the Indiana composer who is considered the best of the female composers; Charlotte Blake of Detroit, who was known not only for ragtime but also for popular songs; and Irene Giblin, who got her start demonstrating sheet music in a St. Louis department store. Along with that were some famous singers; vaudeville performer Sophie Tucker had an unusual rag written especially for her.

“Cherry & Jerry” is Isaac Cherry on percussion and Jerry Rabushka on piano. Based in St. Louis, the duo is also part of the larger “Ragged Blade Band,” and has toured music of the ragtime era throughout a several state area. They’ve found this music is great for good times – brewpubs, wineries, markets, festivals, and more! They’ve appeared in the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, MO, the Oddities and Curiosities Expo in Chicago and Tulsa, the RAGBRAI bicycle event in Iowa, and the St. Louis World’s Fare in their hometown. A typical performance includes some well-known songs of the early 20th century as well breathing life back into as some rarely played tunes.

Click here to register for this event. It will also be live streamed to the library’s Facebook page. Click here to watch it on Facebook.

For more information or help with registration, contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.