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Story Time still has spaces open. Ages 0-8 and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, stories, crafts, and more on Wednesdays at 10:30. Contact the library to register.


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:

Variety Show: Magic, Ventriloquism, and Comedy

February 17, 2024, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

John P. Hopkins returns to the library to thrill us with his popular and expansive variety show. John will enthrall us with his magic, stun us with his ventriloquism, and delight us with his comedy. This action-packed show will keep the audience glued to edge of their seats!


John has been making people laugh for over 25 years and it’s been his great pleasure. In addition to his flawless sleight-of-hand he also incorporates juggling, ventriloquism, pick-pocket,  and audience participation with lots of laughs to craft a performance not to be missed. 


“John was terrific. I could hear them laughing all the way in my office and that’s in a separate building!” -White Pines Theater


This program is free and open to all, no registration is required. It is intended for all ages, so bring the entire family!


Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


For additional information, please contact Chelsea at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1700.



Chicago Blues Legends

February 22, 2024, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This month we will be looking back at the legacies of some of the artists who helped to shape the foundations of the Chicago blues.  This program will include an overview of some of the history surrounding the recording and performance careers of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, Luther Allison, Muddy Waters, and many more.


This program is free and intended for teens and adults. No registration is required.


For more information, please contact Tom at (815) 756-9568 ext. 2150 or

Charcuterie with Class VI

March 2, 2024, 5:15pm - 6:00pm

Indulge in a delightful experience of all things charcuterie! Tom Sherman of Class VI wine bar in DeKalb will share techniques for assembling a perfect array of savory meats, artisanal cheeses, nuts, fruit, and other accompaniments, after which attendees will be able to sample and ask questions.


This demonstration and tasting will be followed by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher’s after-hours performance in the Main Lobby, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come for the food, and stay for the music!


This event is free and open to all ages. No registration is required. Charcuterie samples will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


This program is sponsored by the DeKalb Kiwanis Club’s “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body” initiative.


For more information, contact Chelsea at or (815)-756-9568 ext. 1700.



World of Reading

March 16, 2024, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Step into the enchanting World of Reading at our library-wide event! Immerse yourself in six captivating worlds, each brimming with adventure and wonder.  Explore the charming realms of Frog & Toad, journey through the magical land of Narnia, embark on a quest in Pokémon world, dive into the vibrant universe of Manga/Comic Books, boldly go where no one has gone before in Star Trek World, and rediscover beloved tales in Fairy Tale World.


But that’s not all!  Join us for a day filled with crafts and activities, suitable for readers of all ages.  Plus, don’t miss the chance to meet-and-greet with Princess Belle herself.


Mark your calendar and join us for a day of literary exploration and fun at World of Reading. Admission is free, and memories are guaranteed.


Partially funded by the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library.


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



Women of Ragtime with Cherry & Jerry

March 23, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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 some rarely played tunes.


This performance is free and open to all. No registration is required.


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

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