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48W447 Hinckley Rd.
P.O. Box 206
Big Rock, IL 60511

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UPDATE: Big Rock Library will be closed from March 17 and we hope to reopen on April 9. We hope to minimize the opportunity for transmission of the virus to the community and our volunteers. We hope you have a few good books to read and we will hope to see you on April 9th.

NEW NEWS...INTERLIBRARY LOAN.The Big Rock Library is excited about the Interlibrary Loan that is now available to our patrons. If we do not have a book or other materials you are seeking in our collection, just fill out a blue request form (available at the information desk) and we will order your request from another library. Materials are delivered every Thursday. Due dates are determined by the lending library but are usually 3-4 weeks from the shipping date.

AND MORE NEW NEWS .. A thank you to our local Lions Club of their recent donation of a magnifying floor lamp. It has bright daylight LED lights and a large vewing surface, It has a very convenient design and is easly to operate. You are welcome to try one out at the Big Rock Library. The magnifier is very helpful for reading fine print, doing needlework or assembling intricate models, doing crosswords, sorting coin or stamp collections or for any other fine work. Thank you Lions Club members for addressing vision problems in our community.

NEW NEWS ..amazonsmile..You shop. Amazon gives...The Big Rock Historical Society Smiles at AMAZON SMILES. When you shop at Amazon, you will be asked if you wish to contribute to a local non-profit oganization. Big Rock Historical Society is registered with as a place to receive 0.5% of a shopper's order if they so choose. Thanks to you if you choose to support our local historical society as you shop.

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2020 SUMMER READING - will begin after school ends next spring. Big Rock Library card is required.

Special Events - Come to upcoming events at the Big Rock Library, presented by Certified Health Coach Virginia Waterstreet to learn more about a healthier life. Coming soon to the Big Rock Library. Please RSVP - Virginia 630-392-3644 or . The next event will be Nov. 11th at 7 "Goodbye Stress- Hello Metabolic Power!"

BOOK CLUB - Our "ONE BOOK CLUB" is reading "call Library for current book" 630-556-3604 or email at for sign up. One Book Club will meet on October 28th

STORY TIME - Currently on Thursday 10:45 am on 1st & 3rd Thursday. Next scheduled STORY TIMES on October 3rd, October 17th, and November 7th - Call the Library and Check ahead for Story Time



STEALTH HEALTH Wellness Class Healthy New Year....Simplfied. Contact Email or phone 630-392-3664 for upcoming events.The October 7th session will be Brown Baggin. The November Event will be on November 11th and will be "Goodbye Stress - Hello Metabolic Power!"

ANY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP - Last Monday of every other month at 6:30 pm. Schedule will continue on 


ONE BOOK GROUP - Our newest book group will only discuss one book and will meet on the Last Thursday of every other month at 6:30 pm. . Call to find our new book Next One Book Club will be - Call to confirm schedule - October 28th and April 25th.

NEW NATIVE AMERICAN AND NATURAL HISTORY BOOKS - upstairs at the Library during Library hours.

BIG ROCK GENEALOGY & HISTORY QUESTIONS - contact Email or phone 630-698-0626



Next BOOK SALE Second Saturday, - 1 to 3 PM

2020 SUMMER READING PROGRAMstarts on .. and ends on ..

KNITTING FOR A CAUSE - Knitting for Your Cause is an informal chance to get together to make items for charity - - hats, scarves or gloves for the homeless, cancer caps, or baby blankets for hospitals, etc.. Our Thursday evening volunteers is willing to teach people to knit if you've always wanted to learn to knit. We have a yarn donation to use for whatever cause you choose to do. It's a social time to enjoy conversation and meet your neighbors. If you are interested in this activity, please email us at or call the Library at 630-556-3604 for more information.




Story Time:

For the Younger children has been changed to 1st and 3rd Thursday morning at 10:45 am. Come enjoy a story or two, a craft, and an indoor or outdoor parade with shakers, tambourines, and bells. Library cards not required to take part. Join the fun!!! Call Library for current Story Times. 630-556-3604


We will be continue to have a "Book Review". Just bring in your favorite book and review it. The Book Discussion will be every other month on the last Monday, November 25th and January 27th. When trying to decide what to read next, the library feels these books bits (good & bad) will give participants some ideas for what to read next. We will be discussing any book that you have enjoyed - Fiction or Non-Fiction. Anything to do with books and reading. Bring a book that you have read and liked, and share a short verbal summary. Tell us what you liked about it - maybe someone else would enjoy reading it too!

The newest One Book Group will meeting on the last Thursday evening of every other month. We will be discussing . ?? at 6:30 pm. The group will meet on the last Thursday evening of every other month ... 

Ladies Night Out will not be limited to Ladies. All are welcome. See above STEALTH HEALTH



The Green Library:

We are the Recycled Library From our 1908 House to our 9000 books. We even have a recycling bin for paper on the site. Please check the Big Rock Historical Society website, we are working on helping you find a place to recycle many other household items. THANK YOU BIG ROCK

JULY 1, 2016 Old News, but Exciting News..... eReadIllinois is available for the Big Rock Library. Call the Library or stop in to get your device set up.

Big Rock Library Magic Wall  link to Magic Wall


Go to and click “Login” in the upper right corner. You will be prompted to fill in your library card number, then some basic information. You will need to download the Axis 360 app to your device. Please note that e-books are not compatible with first generation Kindles.


Big Rock Library link to Big Rock Library Catalog on line

In August, ResourceMate, the company that handles the library data, has the Big Rock Library catalog ONLINE. (Yes, we do have one copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.) You will be allowed to put books on hold and request to renew things you have already checked out. This is a giant leap for us. Now you can log in online at your convenience to check for materials. We want the library to be available to you wherever you are.


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Mondays 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursdays 10:00 AM to 8 PM
Saturdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Closed on Holidays
Weather Closing: If the Hinckley-Big Rock schools are closed because of severe weather, the library will also be closed.


Desk: 630-556-3604
Off hours: Mary Hauge 630-556-3371
Email Mary Hauge

Kathy Rudolph is our Library Assistant. Email Kathy


Library Card Donation
The Library was officially Ten years old on July 26, 2019. Annual card donation renewals currently remain at $10 for an individual card.

We have some new volunteers that will begin their training soon. Please call Mary Hauge if you have a couple of hours a week or a month that you have time to volunteer at the desk at 630-556-3604

Plowing Match Celebration
The Plowing Match is a time of celebration. We look forward to September 18, 19, & 20, 2020 for the 126th Plowing Match.


Big Rock Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) corporation.


Big Rock Library Magic Wall  link



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