Events

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

Download the June Calendar and 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:

 

 

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.

Virtual Event: A Beginner’s Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

Thursday July 8 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This virtual presentation looks at some of the biggest shows and stars to emerge from the early years of radio, including Jack Benny, Bob Hope and The Shadow, with sound clips and stories about how radio became America’s first mass medium, transforming the United States of America from 48 states into a national listening community.

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. 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: African American Composers

Saturday July 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Black composers were on the forefront of American popular music; ragtime itself was the combination of African syncopation over a European march beat and formed the basis for the development of blues and jazz. Growing up as the children of former slaves, many black composers and musicians had to navigate – and even perpetuate – racism in popular entertainment as they grew their careers.

We’ll look at composers such as Chris Smith and Shelton Brooks, and also some leaders in the field such as W.C. Handy, “father of the blues,” and Ernest Hogan, “father of ragtime” and the star of the first all-Black Broadway show in 1898. From there we’ll head over to share music by some of the contributors to Handy’s groundbreaking “Blues Anthology.”

“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. This event 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.

 

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.