Jan. - Feb. 2023 Newsletter

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Get Inspired!

What inspires you? This year we are upgrading the library to further the library’s mission to engage, inspire and enrich while offering even more great programs, materials, online resources, and reading incentives. Take a look inside to see what’s happening!

JAN•FEB 2023

A r t & T r a ve l

The Revolutionary Art of Rembrandt

Monday, Jan. 16 7:00pm

Olga Cardamone takes us on a virtual tour of multiple museums across the world to showcase the best known works and hidden gems of Dutch master painter Rembrandt. (Virtual in library/online)


Tenacious Tour du Mont Blanc

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:00pm

Brian Michalski guides us along Europe’s worldfamous Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Italy, and Switzerland. (In person/online)

Vincent Van Gogh: His Life and Work

Monday, Feb. 20, 7:00pm

Go on a virtual museum visit with Olga Cardamone as we explore the master works of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. (Virtual in library/online)

In Cod We Trust: A Deep Dive into the History of Fish and Chips

Wednesday, Feb. 22 6:30pm

Claire Evans looks at what lies beneath a nostalgic dish’s contentious international history: from secret fishing grounds and Cod Wars to today. (Virtual in library/online)

Senior Connections

The library leads this lively book discussion for seniors. (In person/online) Fridays at 10:30am

Jan. 13: The Light of Days by Judy Batalion

Feb. 10: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Great Books

This group is open to anyone wishing to read and discuss great works of literature. (Online) Saturdays at 10:00am

Jan. 28: Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

Feb. 25: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

With Us 2 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call 847-566-8702.
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Love Letters

Monday, Jan. 30, 7:00pm

Paddy and Jon Lynn present a comedy/drama that centers on two longtime friends who meet in second grade and share their life experiences with one another through a series of letters. (In person/online)

Bad Boys & Girls: The Characters

We Love to Hate

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:00pm

Annette Bochenek presents the characters from classic cinema who audiences love to hate. The program will include photos, video clips, and captivating stories. (In person/online)

Inciting Joy: A Conversation with Ross Gay

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7:00pm

Kick off your new year with a conversation about joy with best-selling essayist and award-winning poet Ross Gay. Brought to you by Illinois Libraries Present. (Online)

12 Things that Make Life on Earth

Monday, Feb. 6, 7:00pm


Meet Jane Austen

Monday, Feb. 13, 7:00pm

Actress Laura Rocklyn portrays Jane Austen in 1815 as she shares her thoughts and feelings about her novels and how their publication changed her life forever. (Virtual in library/online)

Earth has sustained life in many different forms for more than 3 billion years. Michelle Nichols highlights an (incomplete) list of 12 things that make our planet special. (In person/online)

Wi l d Ones

Starting Native Plants From Seed

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7:00pm

Starting native plants from seed can be challenging until you know the tricks to sparking germination. (In person/online)

Illinois Native Pollinators

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:00pm

Meet the native bees, butterflies, wasps, and other pollinators that are under serious threat from a variety of stress factors causing an unceasing decline in their populations. (In person/online)

Get Your

D r a ma We O n G a m e

Trivia Night

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7:00pm

How much do you remember about history? Pop culture? Books and movies? Join us for a fun-filled night of trivia! Winner receives a prize. (Online)

Game Night

Monday, Feb. 27, 6:00pm

Are you the type of person who loves to win "longest road" in Settlers of Catan? Join us for a fun-filled night of board games! We’ll have a variety of games for you to enjoy. (In person)

Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call 847-566-8702.

3 Adults

Teen Grades


Teen programs are all in person unless noted.

Make New Friends!

Games & Pizza

Fridays, Jan. 6 & Feb. 3 4:00pm

Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of games and pizza! Register by noon that Friday so we know how much pizza to order.

Teen Advisory Board

Mondays, Jan. 9 & Feb. 6 4:15pm

Give your opinion and help brainstorm teen programs and more while eating snacks, also earning a service hour.

Paint Pouring

Friday, Jan. 20 4:00pm

Make a poured paint masterpiece! Pizza will be served.

Escape Room

Friday, Feb. 17 3:00pm

Work with a group to break out of an escape room designed by the library’s Teen Advisory Board. Prizes awarded to winners. Pizza will be served.

Heading to College

ACT, SAT, or PSAT Virtual Practice Test

Saturdays, Jan. 21 & Feb. 11

Grades 9-12. Preparing for the ACT, SAT, or PSAT test for college? Take a VIRTUAL free practice test, from C2 Education at home anytime that day. (Online)

How to Reduce College Costs

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30pm

This workshop introduces financial strategies to reduce costs, improve admissions chances, and increase scholarship opportunities. Minimum of ten registered families required. (Online)

Teen Chefs

Kitchen Safety

Wednesday, Jan. 18 4:00pm or 6:15pm

Learn kitchen safety and cooking basics in this hands-on class. Use your culinary skills to prepare a tasty treat! This is a required intro class for any other Teen Chefs programs.

Prepare a New Recipe

Wednesday, Feb. 22 4:00pm or 6:30pm

Learn how to prepare a new recipe. You must have previously attended the Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety class to register for this program. Registration opens Jan. 19 at 9am.

Teens' Personal Reading Challenge

A new year brings a new Teen Reading Challenge! Fill in your Challenge Sheet and earn a ticket for every 5 books you read. The more tickets you turn in, the better your chance of winning the grand prize!

Teen Book of the Month

Collect four bookmarks from our monthly selections and hand them in at the Youth Services Desk for a free book!

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Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events


All preschool programs are in person and require an adult.

Weekly Storytimes

Storytimes resume Jan. 9 and run for 3 weeks each month. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services Desk. Siblings welcome.

Family Storytime

Mondays, 6:30pm Age 6 and under Stories, songs, and a craft for families to enjoy together. Pajamas optional!

Toddler Time

Tuesdays, 9:30am & 10:30am Age 1-2

Jump, wiggle, dance, and sing at this high-activity storytime for your busy toddler!

Baby Bounce

Wednesdays, 9:30am & 10:30am Birth-15 months Cuddles and connection are the focus of this gentle storytime for the youngest readers.

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays, 9:30am & 10:30am Age 3-5

Explore the world of reading with your active preschooler!

1,000 Books

Before Kindergarten

Build a foundation for lifelong reading by sharing stories with young children. Read any book you choose and collect prizes on your way to reading 1,000 books before starting Kindergarten!

For Fremont Library Cardholders only.

National Puzzle Day Craft

Saturday, Jan. 28, 10:00am Age 2-8

Celebrate National Puzzle Day by using puzzle pieces in nontraditional ways!

Foaming Snowman

Monday, Jan. 30, 10:00am Age 3-5

Explore the scientific properties of exothermic reactions by making and melting your own snowman.

Pick up a handy calendar reminder at the Youth Services Desk. Registration

Family Book of the Month

Discover a new picture book each month as a family! Collect 4 bookmarks from the monthly selections and earn a prize book to keep. No library card necessary.

Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 10:00am Age 3-5

Experience the magic of the winter season at storytime! Drop-in ticket required.

Eye-Spy Bottles

Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:00am Age 3-5

Craft an eye-spy bottle and challenge yourself to uncover its mysteries.


is required for all programs unless noted Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call


The following programs are in person and require registration unless noted.

Make It!


Jan. DIY Harmonica Feb. Kaleidoscope Grades K-5

Bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math home with you! Available on the first of the month on a first-come, first-served basis! Limit one per child while supplies last.

Together for ChildhoodJuntos Por La Niñez

Wednesdays, Jan. 4 & Feb. 1 6:00pm

Grades K-5

Bring your family for crafts, games, and prizes hosted by Together for Childhood Network Hablamos Español.

Cocoa Club Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30pm Grades K-2

Cuddle up with cozy stories and a craft. Attendees will build a hot cocoa kit to take home.

LEGO Challenge Thursday, Jan. 26, 4:30pm Grades K-5

Stack up your skills with brick-building fun!

Ceramic Snowman Kit

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Grades K-5

Take home everything you need to paint a ceramic snowman. Email required for registration.

Play It!

Chess Nuts

Wednesdays, 4:30pm Jan. 11: Solitaire Chess Challenge Feb. 8: Classic Chess Grades 3 and up

All skill levels are welcome to play and learn the game of chess, with classic games and unique challenges.

Drama Club Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30pm Grades 3-5

Play charades, practice skits, and learn some warm-ups to train your voice, and acting skills.

Read It!

Read to Rover

Wednesdays, Jan. 11 & Feb. 8 7:00pm--8:00pm Age 7 & older

Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to a trained therapy dog. Signed waiver required.

Stories in the Sky Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4:30pm Grades 3-5

The night sky is full of stories to tell. Discover more about our constellations through stories and hands-on activities.

Solve a Rubik's Cube

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:30pm Age 6 and up

Learn the step-by-step method to solving the Rubik's Cube, one layer at a time.

Pokémon Party

Monday, Feb. 27, 4:00pm Grades K-5

Crafting, games, and quizzes are part of our celebration of all things Pokémon!

Picture Book Club

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:30pm Grades K-2

Read and discuss a picture book, then make art inspired by the book.

The library offers a myriad of opportunities for youth of all ages to encourage reading, including our new “Ready to Read” program for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade! Keep reading to learn more.

The New Year brings a new opportunity to renew daily reading habits.
6 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call 847-566-8702.

Joy in January Fun in February

A Few of My Favorite Things

Share what you love by drawing or writing on a heart for our Favorite Things Mural during the month of February. Drop in anytime.


These programs require an adult to attend and require registration unless noted.

JiggleJam with Jodi Koplin

Take and Make

Youth Services offers different crafts each month; stop at the desk to see what’s available!

Frosty Scavenger Hunt

Frosty is all mixed up in the Youth Area! Pick up a scavenger hunt guide and find all of the snowy pieces to win a prize. Drop in the entire month of January.

Snowflake Salt Painting

Monday, Jan. 16, 2:00pm or 4:30pm

Make beautiful snowflake patterned artwork with this unique painting technique.

ready to New!

Grades K-3

Explore the world of reading! Whether you read independently or have books read to you, record your books on the treasure map. Collect prizes on your way to reading 500 books! For Fremont Library Cardholders only.

Grades 4-8

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11:00am Get ready to wiggle, jiggle, and giggle at this lively, interactive music show. Puppets, shakers, and bubbles add to the fun!

Family BINGO Night Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30pm

It's BINGO night for the whole family! Play a few rounds of bingo with prizes and enjoy light refreshments.

Think Outside the Box Friday, Feb. 24, 4:30pm Castles, robots, and other masterpieces abound in this self-directed, exploratory art program.

Challenge yourself to finish 100 books before starting high school. Choose any titles you like and collect prizes on your way to reading 100 books. For Fremont Library Cardholders only.

Books of the Month

Collect four bookmarks from our monthly selections and bring them in for a free book! We offer separate titles for elementary and middle school students. No library card required.

Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call 847-566-8702.


Fremont Public Library District

1170 North Midlothian Road Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: 847-566-8702 www.fremontlibrary.org

Stay Crafty!

Stop by the Reader’s Services desk to find out what adults can craft up this month!

Crafts are available on the first of each month while supplies last. Limit 2 per person, please.

Genealogy Interest Group

Wednesdays, Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 at 10:00am

Get tips from our Genealogy Librarian (and the group) in how to use Ancestry and other tools to research your family tree. (In person)

Guided Meditation & Chair Yoga

Thursdays at 11:30am

Isabel Raci, C-IAYT, leads us through a session of guided meditation and chair yoga every week. Sign up for the link. (Online)

Fremont Writers Group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm

Meet up with fellow writers to share your work and improve your writing. (Online)

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram & TikTok!

Photos at the Library: Fremont staff may take photos or videos of program participants for library publicity. Please notify staff if you do not wish yourself or your child to be photographed.

Non-Profit Organization

U.S. Postage Paid Mundelein, IL 60060-1237

Permit No. 203

New Year = New Library!

Bids are out and plans are underway to upgrade our library: replacing the carpet, combining collections and creating new spaces for middle and high school students. In anticipation of this project we are not able to host the AARP Tax Aides, but we can direct you to other sites nearby. Call or go online to fremontlibrary. org/taxes in late January for alternate locations.

Pardon our noise! While the actual construction is being pushed into spring and early fall, we are still getting ready. Our shelves and collections are being shifted and prepped for their new configurations, which may cause a little more noise in the library. We will encourage use of the first floor during the loudest work upstairs. For current updates, go online to fremontlibrary.org/remodel.

In the meantime, if you don’t want the noise or it’s too cold outside, please take advantage of our Drive-up Window. You can pick up craft kits, materials, and more without leaving your vehicle! Call the library at 847-566-8702 for more information.

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5pm Sunday
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