Events

Story time is back! Join us Thursdays at 11:30 in the auditorium above the library. No registration is necessary. Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2.

Summer Reading 2021 will begin on Monday, June 7th! Get ready for activities, contests, prizes, and lots of reading with our theme, "Reading Colors Your World."

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

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Virtual Event: The 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic, World War I, and Wilson

Thursday May 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

On Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 pm historian Jim Gibbons will take you on the roller coaster ride of your life: the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, the decade of the 1910s and World War I.

The year is 1918. Thousands of U.S. troops are involved in World War I and millions will die. In the U.S., an additional war is forming. It is called “influenza" and it will take between 40-100 million more lives. Gibbons will describe all the ups and downs, twists and turns, fear, mourning and joy of the 1910s that will take you into the excitement of the Roaring 20s!

This program is free and open to everyone. Click here to register.

For additional information or help with registration, please contact Teresa at teresai@dkpl.org or (815) 756-9568 ext. 2114.

 

Virtual Concert: French Creole Music from the Illinois Country

Saturday May 15 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole take listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical and cultural education in Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River south of St Louis, Missouri. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries.  Included in L’Esprit Creole is also Doug Hawf on guitar.  A lifelong musician, Doug grew up just a few miles down the Wabash River from the old French Creole settlement of Vincennes, Indiana.

With the blessing of the Creole people of the Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole are its passionate ambassadors, expanding interest and excitement in a region that has been, in many ways, ignored by the history books. What many have considered to be long lost is alive and kicking. A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks has a voice in the tapestry of this world.  It’ll make your soul jump, your head spin, and your heart glad to know that it is still here. As they say in the hills, “On est toujours icitte: We are still here!”
Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole have performed across the United States and Canada at notable events and locations including The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Festival Acadiens in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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 concert is funded in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture grant.

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

Virtual Event: Mind Games 2—The Science of Curious Thinking

Saturday June 5 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Packed with interactive games, William Pack returns with a second edition of his popular Mind Games program. In this virtual program, he reinforces the concepts in Mind Games 1 (But you don’t need Mind Games 1 to understand) and adds even more ways our brain is hard wired to believe things that defy logic and facts. He’ll show you how our brains seek out patterns and try to make meaning out of nothing.

As always, William will remind you on the proven ways to preserve brain health.

Born and raised in Chicago, William Pack is a magician, storyteller, and author. At 11 years old, William got his first job in a magic shop. He performed close-up magic at the famous Schulien’s restaurant, caught cheats for a casino, and demonstrated magic for 13 years at Chicago’s Navy Pier. He is an internationally recognized magic historian and history with his performance. In 2001, he taught actor Will Smith sleight of hand for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the film, Ali. He can currently be seen regularly at the Chicago Magic Lounge.

Click here to register for this event.

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

 

Virtual Event: Garden in a Pot!

Tuesday June 8 @ 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Do you want to grow your own garden, but you don’t have the space? In this class you will learn how to grow edible plants in a small space on your own patio or in a window. Learn how to best prepare pots and what to grow in them.

This virtual event is intended for adults. It is provided in partnership with the DeKalb County Community Gardens and is free and open to all.

Click here to register for this event.

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

 

Virtual Cooking Program: Fabulous 50’s

Saturday June 12 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

From ice cream sundaes to rocket burgers, enjoy the fabulous foods from the 1950’s. Cookbook collector Amy Alessio will lead audience members on a fond but funny look back at mid-century menus. Recipes will be provided!

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.

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.