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Spring Break Activities. Registration is not required for any activities this week. Ages 8+ are welcome to attend on their own while anyone under 8 must bring an adult.

Friday, 3/24: Drop in any time between 10am-4pm to make a tie dye coaster.

Monday, 3/27 @ 2pm: Watch Lyle, Lyle Crocodile with free snacks.

Tuesday, 3/28 @ 2pm: Watch Puss In Boots: The Last Wish with free snacks.

Wednesday, 3/29 @ 2pm: Watch Strange World with free snacks.

Friday, 3/31: Drop in any time between 10am-4pm to make a Kawaii felt friend. Requires sewing.

3/23--3/31: Bring a friend to play giant Jenga any time EXCEPT when the movies are playing.

Homeschool Hangout is a new event designed by homeschooling families. Drop in at 1pm on March 14th and 28th to meet new friends. All ages welcome. Bring a board game, something to show and tell, art supplies, or just come to hang out. ​​

Story Time. NO story time March 23rd. Ages 0-6 will enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs, crafts, and more on Thursdays at 11:00am with Miss Sarah. Call or stop by the library to register.

Treats and Tales: a book club for grades K-3. Read the book then join us at the library for food, discussion, and voting on the next title. Check at the library for the next date and title.


Rate Your Read: a book club for grades 4-7. Read the book then join us at the library for food, discussion, and voting on the next title. Check at the library for the next date and title.

Book club for adults meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Pick up a copy of this month's title and join in our friendly discussion.

Hinckley Hub Event Calendar for All Things Hinckley

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


World of Reading

April 1, 2023, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Enter a World of Reading at the library! You will be immersed in a variety of worlds, each featuring engaging activities for you to enjoy. From 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. you may explore six worlds featuring farms, art, technology, gardening, sports, and health and wellness. Roam the building to explore what each world has to offer.  


At 1:00 p.m. enjoy the Children’s Community Theatre as they perform scenes from the play Descendants in the Yusunas Meeting Room.


Visit a petting zoo from Friendly Farms and chat with Cowgirl Jessica from Parties with Character. Meet and greet a variety of athletes in Sport World.  Can you recognize the jerseys?  Paint your own Olympic rings. Take a selfie of yourself as the face of the Mona Lisa in Art World and get a (stenciled) tattoo. Test out robots and drones in Tech World, meet rabbits in Garden World, and make a soothing lavender sachet in Health and Wellness World.


Stop by the welcome table first to get a bag for crafts, coloring pages, and other trinkets you may obtain as you wander through the worlds of reading.

This free event is for everyone. No registration is required.


For additional information, please contact Theresa at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3350.


After-hours Concert: NIU Steelband

April 8, 2023, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us in the library’s main lobby for an after-hours concert performed by the Northern Illinois University’s renowned Steelband. The concert will be an eclectic program of musical styles highlighting the versatility and profundity the steelpan.


The NIU Steelband is dedicated to demonstrating the versatility and profundity of the steelpan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.


Created in 1973 by G. Allan O'Connor, the NIU Steelband is the first active steelband formed at an American university. NIU is also one of the few institutions in the world at which students may pursue undergraduate and graduate music degrees with the steelpan as the major instrument of choice.


The ensemble has performed throughout the United States and across the globe. Some of the band’s most notable appearances include a performance for 18,000 soccer fans at Yankee Stadium, tours of Taiwan in 1992 and 1998, concerts with symphony orchestras (including the St. Louis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta), and several performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In 2000, the NIU Steelband had the distinction of placing 2nd at the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad, and represented the USA at the 2002 Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea.


The NIU Steelband regularly appears in concert at public schools, universities, conventions and arts series, and has many recordings to its credit, including Dangerous, which features an eclectic blend of musical styles.


After many years under the leadership of G. Allan O’Connor and steelband legend Clifford Alexis, the ensemble is now directed by Head of Steelpan Studies and Professor of Music, Liam Teague and Music Instrument Technician, Yuko Asada.


This concert is free and open to all. No registration is required. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and music will begin at 6:30 p.m.


For more information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


After-hours Concert: NIU Suzuki Strings featuring High School Students

April 16, 2023, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for an after-hours concert with the NIU Suzuki Strings in the library’s main lobby!


The NIU Suzuki Strings program includes children and their parents or caretakers from ages 4 throughout high school. This method of learning music is modeled after the natural and positive way we learn our native language.  It is through daily listening and practice, positive reinforcement and encouragement of the family and community that children learn to play music. The goal of the Suzuki method is to nurture sensitivity, perseverance, cooperation, confidence, creativity, awareness, and other life skills that strengthen our world one person and relationship at a time.


Our High School students have all been studying violin individually and collectively for several years. They strengthen their school and community music ensembles from all over northern Illinois.  This April 16 at 7:00 p.m.the NIU Suzuki Strings will perform an hour long program of classical works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bach with Tangos, Fiddle Tunes and Popular Music mixed in as well.


This group of 13 teens is all student lead with support from their Suzuki instructors, Courtney McNamarra, Laurie Rodriguez, and Ann Montzka Smelser. Linc Smelser will accompany on the keyboard.


There is no fee for this concert, a free will offering will be collected to support BLUME (Building Leadership Using Music Education) which is a music program in Haiti.


This after-hours concert is free and open to all. No registration is required. Doors will open at 6:30 and music will begin at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided!


For additional information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

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