DIY Family Craft: Photo Magnets

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Make custom memorabilia for your fridge! In this workshop families will be able to turn their family photos into magnets. No prior experience is required. Please bring photos you would like to use in this craft. We will not be able to print photos in color.This program will be first-come, first-served as supplies are limited.For […]

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Badminton at the Library

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Do you love playing badminton at school or in your backyard? Join The DeKalb Public Library to learn more about badminton basics, including how to hold your racket, serving, and different types of shots. All badminton equipment will be provided.This free program is intended for adults and teens. It is first come, first served as […]

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Folk Music Concert with Andy & Judy Daigle

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Andy and Judy Daigle play the guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and other instruments. They will perform original songs in many different styles, such as traditional Folk, roots music, country swing or bluegrass. We invite the audience to participate by singing along, clapping, or stomping to the original tunes. As contemporary folk singer/songwriters, Andy and Judy […]

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After-hours Concert: Jersey Brothers

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

The Jersey Brothers perform music from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and their contemporaries – with historical notes from the groups popular and on-going career. Seasoned performers, Norm and Randy Murray have appeared on the same bill as The Four Seasons, Johnny Rivers, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Diamonds and Bill Haleys Comets. This after-hours […]

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DIY Workshop: Mental Health Journal

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

  The Dekalb Public Library for a DIY workshop surrounding the theme of mental health. Patrons will be able to make and take home their own mental health journal that includes a daily check-in, doodle space, resource list, and more! There will be information provided to patrons on where Health and Wellness books can be […]

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Virtual Community Feedback Open House

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

DeKalb Public Library is embarking on a strategic planning process and needs your help! As we plan for the future, we need to hear honest feedback and brilliant ideas from you—our patrons and community residents. Bring your experiences, insights, hopes, and recommendations for the library to this virtual open house. Library staff will be present […]

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Dungeons & Dragons

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Strategy, role-playing, and twenty-sided dice – join us and pick your vice! Participants will engage in long form RPG gaming, building character, cooperation and leadership skills in the process. Whether you are a novice or a veteran player, join us for the experience of Dungeons and Dragons!No prior experience is necessary, all materials will be […]

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Ben’s Bubble Show

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Bubble magic! Bubble Illusions! Bubble Sculptures! Bubbles are simple yet mesmerizing. Whether it is the clear-cut spherical shape or beautiful, swirling colors that make them so astounding, bubbles enthrall people everywhere.When Ben is crafting bubble creations for his whimsical bubble world, you will not be able to look away. Who would have thought that a […]

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Health Booth: Sun Protection

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Stop by the DeKalb County Health Department booth to learn tips and tricks about sun safety and protection. Patrons will be able to snag a lip balm with SPF 15 or a single use SPF 46 sunscreen.The booth will be held in the main lobby. All ages are welcome to stop by!For additional information, please […]

Meet Mirabel!

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Meet Mirabel! There will be singing and activities! Enjoy an interactive story and chat with Mirabel.After the program up to 20 families may receive an autographed keepsake photo at this in-person drop-in event. While waiting for your turn to meet personally with Mirabel for a picture, you can enjoy a variety of butterfly crafts.No registration […]

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Latin Live Music: Bachata

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Time to put on your dancing shoes! Join us for a short history lesson about the popular Latin dance music: Bachata! Afterwards, patrons will be able to learn how to dance Bachata with easy-to-follow steps. No prior experience is necessary! Este evento será en inglés y español.For additional information or help with registration, please contact […]

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Pressed Flower Candles

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

With the flowers in bloom, please come to the library to create a beautiful (and incredibly easy) pressed flower candle! Registration is required for this event as space is limited. This workshop is intended for teens and adults. If you have any questions or need help with registration, please contact Grace at graces@dkpl.org or call […]

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Badminton Basics

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Are you a backyard badminton enthusiast? Are you interested in learning badminton skills? In this class, Badminton World Federation certified coaches will teach you some of the fundamental skills of badminton such as how to hold a racket and how to hit different types of shots. Participants will also learn how to play some fun […]

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Watercolor Bookmarks

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Watercolor isn’t as difficult as some people think- it’s a fun, forgiving medium that anyone can do with a little instruction and practice. In this activity, you will learn the basics of blending and layering, and how to use markers for that extra wow factor. This event is intended for ages 11 and up. Registration […]

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An evening with Michelle Zauner

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join DeKalb Public Library for an evening with musician and author Michelle Zauner as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart. Jessica Hopper joins her in conversation. Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie-pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She […]

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After-hours Folk Music Concert

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Andy and Judy Daigle play the guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and other instruments. They will perform original songs in many different styles, such as traditional Folk, roots music, country swing, or bluegrass. We invite the audience to participate by singing along, clapping, or stomping to the original tunes. As contemporary folk singer/songwriters, Andy and Judy […]

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After-hours Concert: Cherry & Jerry Ragtime Blues

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Cherry & Jerry will perform music of the ragtime era, approximately 1900-1920, in this after-hours concert. It’s history, and it’s fun! Along with ragtime, they’ll bring you some songs from the dawn of jazz & blues. You’ll hear music by famous composers such as W.C. Handy and Scott Joplin as well as some lesser-known but […]

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Early Blues Show with Cherry & Jerry

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

“There’s a certain excitement about early blues music, as if the composers just wanted to see what effect they could create with a sharped note here or a flat note there,” says musician Jerry Rabushka. Things we’re used to — the repetitive chords and the twelve-bar phrase — were new; so new that some publishers […]

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Free Comic Book “Half” Day

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Celebrate the love of reading by choosing a free comic from a selection purchased for you from Graham Crackers Comics in DeKalb, and checkout as many graphic novels or manga that you can carry from DeKalb Public Library’s collection. Enter to win a $20.00 gift card from Graham Crackers at 901R Lucinda Avenue, DeKalb, located […]

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Architectural Walking Tour

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join historian Steve Bigolin on an architectural walking tour of North 1st Street to North 4th Street and Locust Street to Fisk Avenue. Learn more about the rich history of the neighborhood around the library! There is no cost for this program. Registration is required. This program is dependent on the weather. Participants will meet […]

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Family Fun Science: Boxterpieces

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

DeKalb Public Library is excited for the second Family Fun Science Boxterpieces! It’s time to use your creativity and (mostly) recycled supplies to build a masterpiece. Will you use cardboard, tape, and paper towel rolls to make a garage for toy cars? How about boxes, foil, and tape to make an astronaut costume? We will […]

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Cinco de Gatos! Cat Yoga

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Celebrate Cinco de Gatos with a special edition of cat yoga! Meet adorable cats and kittens from TAILS while enjoying a yoga lesson. If you can, please bring a bag of kitten food or some kitten formula to donate. Please register for this workshop, as space is limited. There will be room for 5 walk-ins. […]

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Myanmar Story Time & Craft

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

The Northern Illinois University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies is presenting a special storytime and craft about Myanmar! Khaing Wai Wai Zaw, a Fulbright FLTA Scholar, will tell a traditional Burmese folktale, and depending on what the children want, will teach children either the traditional Burmese Golden Kite Game (ရွှေစွန်ညို) or a traditional Burmese dance! […]

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Coding for Adults: HTML

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Calling all moms, dads, entrepreneurs, college students, or any adult interested in coding! For this program DeKalb Public Library will be exploring HTML, the foundation of all web pages. Students will learn HTML terminology, how to create tags, headings, images, videos, links, and more. This program is designed for patrons with no coding experience who […]

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DIY Bath Salts

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join DeKalb Public Library for our DIY Bath Salts Workshop! In this workshop, patrons will be able to make a Sleepy Time Bath Salts Blend. This simple and easy recipe of bath salts is perfect for helping with sleep and relaxation. Registration is required for this event as space is limited. This workshop is intended […]

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The 55th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

The Beatles most well-known album turns 55 years old in 2022. It was the summer of love in 1967 and The Beatles were leading the psychedelic parade. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #1 in their list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time in 2003, while Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones recently called it “rubbish.” […]

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Cricut Cutting for Beginners

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

This series of classes introduces the Cricut Explore Air Machine and the Cricut Design Space to new and interested users! We start by creating accounts, maneuvering through menus, downloading, and editing designs. Each class will introduce a different type of material to make unique home décor and/or personal items. This month’s project will feature making […]

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Hands-on Autoharp Music Workshop

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Do a little … Play a lot! “Harpin Howard” Solomon supplies you with pre-tuned autoharps, finger picks, and chord song sheets, provides an example of how a song goes, and gives everyone in the circle a chance to play the same song at a comfortable speed and complexity level. As a group, everybody will receive […]

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Family Fun Science: Build a Worm Farm

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join Dekalb Public Library for a verm-y good time! We’ll be celebrating some heroes of the soil this month: worms! Our worm experts Susan and Erin will be teaching us all about vermiculture, the cultivating of worms. Look at a model of worm, find out what foods they eat, touch worms, and decorate and assemble […]

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Coding for Adults: CSS

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Calling all moms, dads, entrepreneurs, college students, or any adult interested in coding! For this program we will be exploring CSS, a coding language meant for the presentation of a web page’s content and is a continuation of Coding for Adults: HTML taking place on April 6th. CSS is used to modify any HTML tag, […]

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Coding for Adults: HTML

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Calling all moms, dads, entrepreneurs, college students, or any adult interested in coding! For this program we will be exploring HTML, the foundation of all web pages. Students will learn HTML terminology, how to create tags, headings, images, videos, links, and more. This program is designed for patrons with no coding experience who want to […]

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After-hours Concert: NIU Steelband

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

They’re back! Join DeKalb Public Library in the 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 […]

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Acrylic Silhouettes

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Acrylic painting might seem a bit complicated from afar, but with some practice, everyone can do it! You can follow step-by-step instructions or create your own abstract masterpiece with the help of some art-teachers in training from NIU. This event is intended for ages 13-17. Registration is required, as space is limited. For more information […]

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An Evening with Jenny Lawson

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join DeKalb Public Library for a virtual evening with award-winning humorist Jenny Lawson as she discusses her most recent bestseller, “Broken (in the best possible way)” and her brilliantly funny body of work. Jenny is an American journalist, author, and blogger known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. “The Bloggess” […]

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Hand Sewing Basics with Homeschool Happenings

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Learn to thread a needle and do a few basic stitches in this session of Homeschool Happenings. Participants will have the opportunity to make a finished project such as a bag to take home with them. Fabric crafts will also be available for those who don’t want to complete a project. Parental supervision is recommended […]

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Volunteer Fair

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Have you been looking for something to do to give back to your community? Join the DeKalb Public Library for its first annual volunteer fair! We will have over 20 local charities on-site to provide information and answers to your questions, so you can select the right volunteer position to fit your interests and schedule. […]

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Contemporary Broadway Concert

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Vocalist Layni Katz and pianist Deane Myers perform Broadway hits from the 60s through the 2000s. Toe tappers to showstoppers! Enjoy your favorites from Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, The Lion King, and many more! Deane and Layni are both graduates of DePaul University and have performed in the Chicago area for over 30 years. […]

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Knit & Crochet Circle

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Whether you’re a veteran yarn worker or someone who wants to learn the craft, everyone is welcome! Bring a project to work on, or simply show up and learn. Enjoy time together with fellow crafters as we exchange patterns and ideas. This free program is intended for teens and adults. No registration is required. For […]

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Family Fun Science: Candy Science

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Get ready for a sweet time! DeKalb Public Library will be doing multiple fun candy experiments this month for our Family Fun Science program. They will be engineering with marshmallows, studying chromatography with jellybeans, and using chemistry to make gummy worms dance. Join them for some sugary science! In order to social distance, DeKalb Public […]

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NIU Teen STEM Café: Jobs of the Future

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Many of the jobs that are important now (social media manager, smartphone app developer) didn’t even exist a few decades ago. How can today’s teens anticipate and prepare for the jobs of the future – jobs that can solve the global problems we’re facing and preserve our world for future generations? At the next Teen […]

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Variety Show

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

  Kevin Adair’s slogan is, “I Do Things.” This can be experienced live in Kevin’s variety show that includes comedy, magic, juggling, poetry, and storytelling! Kevin keeps the audience involved and engaged from start to finish. Magic flows throughout the room as illusions appear in the hands of audience members (COVID Protocols permitting). Then, the […]

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Life Hacks: Crochet and Knitting Basics

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

This series of programs is designed to teach various life hacks. Learn the basics of knit or crochet in this life hacks class. Yarn and tools will be provided for the class, although you are welcome to bring your own! Size I or H crochet hook OR size 7 or 8 knitting needles are recommended. […]

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Recovery is Possible

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Dive deep with an individual who is living her life of recovery from Bipolar Disorder. Hear her incredible journey from multiple hospitalizations and living at the Chicago YMCA to working full time, getting married and purchasing her own home. Learn about the NM Ben Gordon Center Living Room which is open to any DeKalb County […]

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Torn Paper Mosaics

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Create wonderful works of art using nothing but torn pieces of paper, some glue, and your imagination! This program is intended for those in grades 6-12. Registration is not required. This event will meet in the teen room. For more information or help with registration, please contact Susan at susang@dkpl.org or (815) 756-9568 ext. 3400.

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Family Fun Science: Light-Up Valentines Day Cards

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

It’s time to light up someone’s life! Join DeKalb Public Library to learn about simple and complex circuits and use our knowledge to build a card that really lights up. We’ll provide the copper tape, templates, batteries, and LEDs to make your Valentine’s Day card spectacular! In order to social distance, we have space in […]

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Making Smart Purchases with Consumer Reports Online

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

When you make a purchase, whether big or small, you want to make sure that you’re getting a quality item. Join DeKalb Public Library to learn how to use Consumer Reports Online and search unbiased ratings for items as big as a car and as small as a handheld vacuum. This free program is intended […]

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Sensory Mindfulness

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join DeKalb Public Library for an immersion into the flow of mindfulness using all your senses. Take a guided walk, then spend time at several separate stations designed to engage mindful creativity that you can use in your daily life. For those who struggle with sitting still and finding peace, learn ways to be actively […]

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Blackout Poetry

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Write your own poems that double as beautiful works of art by drawing over words from books and magazines! This program is intended for those in grades 6-12. Registration is not required. For more information or help with registration, please contact Susan at susang@dkpl.org or (815) 756-9568 ext. 3400.

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Teens to Wellness: Anxiety and School Pressures

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

This free 4-week series will talk about common things that all teens face. Each week with discuss a new topic: anxiety and social pressures, gender expression and identity, healthy relationships, and career paths. Feel free to attend one or all of the programs. Engage with YSB therapists as they explore these challenges your teens face […]

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