June - Aug. 2023 Newsletter

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JUNE • JULY • AUG 2023

Space For us all

Summer Library Club

June 1 - July 31

Ages Birth – Adult

Visit your library six times in two months to earn prizes!

Teens please see page 6.

Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 - July 31

Ages Birth – Adult

Read or listen to 3 books and record them on the challenge card. Turn in the card by July 31 to receive a chance to win a telescope or an annual family pass to the Adler Planetarium. One winner will be pulled from each age group (Youth, Teen and Adult). One entry per person.

The History of Blues in America

Sunday, July 23, 2:30pm

Music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone covers the history, influence and impact of American Blues Music. (In person)

Infusing Spirits with Herbs

Monday, Aug. 14, 7:00pm

Learn the vast history of fermented beverages, how to decide which herbs to choose, the health benefits of herbs, and discuss flavor profiles with Julia Zoltowsky. (Virtual in library/online)

Out of this WORLD

Space Food

Monday, June 5, 7:00pm

Discover space eats from the early days of space travel, how food is grown on the International Space Station, and what food might look like for future longterm missions with Michelle Nichols. (Virtual in library/online)

Navigate Your Stars:

A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward

Tuesday, June 6, 7:00pm

Join us for an evening with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, where she will discuss her life, literary vision, and unique perspectives on love and loss. (Online)

Astrology 101

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00pm

Jez Layman covers the sun, moon and rising signs; planets and houses; and teaches you how to read your natal chart so you can avoid problems, find strengths, and be your best. (In person/online)

Hollywood Goes to Space

Monday, July 24, 7:00pm

Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek presents classic Hollywood science fiction films that depict space and its residents. (In person/online)


Introduction to Salsa Dancing

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2:00pm

Join dance instructor Denita Inez from Desueño Dance for an introduction to Salsa dancing! This is a footwork workshop, so no partners are necessary. (In person)

Game Night

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:00pm

Whether you are looking for something new or to replay a favorite, from strategy games like Risk to cozy games like Cat Lady, we’ll have a variety of games for you to enjoy. (In person)

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

LIFE On earth

Wild Ones: Babbling Brooks

Tuesday, June 6, 7:00pm

Jeff Weiss will discuss the stressors to our rivers, streams and wetlands. Learn how you can take part in improving water quality and ecosystems for future generations. (In person/online)

Braiding Sweetgrass: A Conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00pm

Robin Wall Kimmerer will share her unique perspective on the interconnectedness of humans and nature, and the importance of recognizing and respecting the gifts of the earth. (Online)

Wild Ones: How Fungi Help Shape the Midwest

Tuesday, July 11, 7:00pm

Dylan T. Taylor will discuss the direct and indirect relationships that savannahs, prairies and dense forests have with native species of fungi. (In person/online)

Wild Ones: Adventures in Food Forestry

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7:00pm

Judy Speer will present the story of 14 years of growth in a (mostly) native food forest in northern Illinois. (In person/online)

Cuisine Quest: South and Central America

Monday, Aug. 28, 7:00pm Take a bite out of The Americas as we join Brian Michalski on his search for the most delectable dishes that Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, and other countries have to offer. (In person/online)


Joseph Goebbels: The Man Who Seduced a Nation

Monday, July 17, 7:00pm

German Historian Anette Isaacs presents fascinating insights into the life and mind of Hitler’s mouthpiece and powerful manipulator, Joseph Goebbels. (Virtual in library/online)

Meet Irena Sendler

Monday, Aug. 7, 7:00pm

In this one-woman show, Paddy Lynn tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who rescued over 2,500 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. (In person)

Robberies, Holdups, and Shootouts: True Crimes of Lake County

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7:00pm

Hear infamous true crime stories of Lake County ranging from the Rondout Train Robbery to the Fox Lake Massacre. (In person/online)

ADULT Programs “Virtual
is not
in library” programs are broadcast on a screen – the performer
physically present.

June is Pride Month Art For us all

What's it Worth? Coin, Currency & Jewelry Appraisals

Wednesday, June 7, 2:00-7:00pm

Lifelong coin collector Dave Ekstrom will offer free appraisals of coins, currency and jewelry (jewelry metals appraised only, not gemstones). Sign up for one 15-minute time slot. (In person)

Juneteenth Celebration: The Art of Jacob Lawrence

Monday, June 19, 7:00pm Art historian Jeff Mishur discusses a selection of works from Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series along with examples of work from his other series subjects. (Virtual in library/online)

A Salon with Gertrude Stein: Picasso, Picasso and Paris

Monday, June 26, 7:00pm

Betsey Means portrays American writer Gertrude Stein, whose home at 27 Rue de Fleurus was a renowned gathering place for expatriate American artists and writers. (In person/online)

Chicago Architecture: The Latest and Greatest

Monday, July 10, 7:00pm

Architectural historian Laurie Petersen presents on the latest and greatest architecture projects in Chicago, from stunning new skyscrapers to restored gems in the neighborhoods. (In person/online)

4 Registration is required for all programs unless noted.

Gender in Hollywood: Men

Monday, June 12, 7:00pm

Kelli Marshall joins us to discuss the four ways Hollywood has traditionally represented men onscreen: macho men, comedy nerds, wounded warriors, and beasts. (In person/online)

Making Change: The History of LGBTQ Activism Since 1950

Wednesday, June 14, 7:00pm

John D’Emilio will trace LGBTQ activism from its start in the 1950s to the early 21st century, when LGBTQ communities became more visible in society than ever before. (In person/online)

Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call 847-566-8702. ADULT Programs

Stay Crafty!

June & July (no craft in August)

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.

DIY Tie Dye

Wednesday, July 5, 4:00pm or 6:00pm

Bring a white garment and try your hand at creating your very own tie dye masterpiece! Dye is provided. Please bring your own white garment. Rain date: July 12. (Outdoors)

Marbled Paint Pours

Friday, Aug. 11, 9:30am or 11:00am

Saturday, Aug. 12, 9:30am or 11:00am

make Something New Take Me To Your Reader

Join Librarian Karin Irene to make marbled paint pours! Open to ages 16 and up. Registration for Fremont Library Cardholders opens on July 10. Choose one time slot. (In person)

Senior Connections

The library leads this lively book discussion for seniors. (In person/online)

Fridays at 10:30am

June 9: The Maid by Nita Prose

July 14: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Aug. 11: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

Join us for our monthly book discussion.

Great Books

This group is open to anyone wishing to read and discuss great works of literature. (Online)

Saturdays at 10:00am

June 24: Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

July 29: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Aug. 26: Lyrics, 1962-1985 by Bob Dylan

Join us for our monthly book discussion.

“Virtual in library” programs are broadcast on a screen – the performer is not physically present. 5 ADULT Programs

Teen Grades 6-12

Teen Summer Library Club: Space for us all June 1 -July 31

Grades 6-12. Stop by the Youth Services desk to complete a short activity to spin the prize wheel. Each visit earns you an entry in the Grand Prize raffle for a $100 gift card. After 6 visits you’ll also earn a free book!


TTeen Advisory Board

Mondays at 4:15pm

June 12, July 10 & Aug. 14

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


Summer Reading Challenge

Read 3 things and enter for a chance to win a prize! Details on page 2.

Teen Personal Reading Challenge

Go online to fremontlibrary.org/teens to download the 2023 Reading Challenge Form or pick one up at the library. For every 5 books read you’ll receive an entry in the raffle to win $100, awarded at the end of the year!

Books of the Month

We select a Middle School and a High School book each month and have them available for checkout. Read and collect the bookmarks from 4 selections and earn a free book to keep!

ACT, SAT, or PSAT Virtual Practice Test

Saturday, July 8

Grades 9-12. Take a VIRTUAL free practice ACT/SAT/PSAT test from C2 Education at home. Students can take the test anytime that works well for them that day. Complete the online form from C2. (Online)

For summer, all students are considered to be in the grade they are entering in the Fall.
6 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to fremontlibrary.org/events or call 847-566-8702.

Teen Egg Drop Lander

Wednesday, June 28, 7:00pm

Can you build an Egg Drop Lander that will protect your ‘Eggstronaut’? Compete against other teams to see if you can successfully land your egg and win a prize. Supplies provided.

Games & Pizza: with Tie Dye

Friday, July 7, 4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of board games, pizza, and tie dye outdoors at the library! One item to tie dye will be provided.

DIY Glow-in-the-

Dark Galaxy Jar

Wednesday, July 19, 4:00pm

Create your own custom glowing galaxy in a jar!

DIY Succulent Mug

Friday, Aug. 18, 4:00pm

Create a custom succulent planter mug with us!


Want to volunteer at the Summer Library Club Table this summer? Are you a teen 13+?

We would love your help this summer!

Attend one mandatory training session during May 12-June 10 to learn how to work the table and more. Go to fremontlibrary.org/teens for more information.

Teen Chat & Sip

Fridays, June 2 & Aug. 4, 4:15pm

Join us for this “unbook club” style program. We will chat about what you’re reading, watching and listening to while sipping on a tasty beverage!

Teen Space Food Taste Test

Friday, June 16, 4:00pm

Try some food similar to what astronauts might eat in space! We will provide small samples of a variety of freeze-dried and dehydrated foods for you to taste.

Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety

Wednesday, July 26, 2:30pm or 6:00pm

Learn kitchen safety and cooking basics through this hands-on class. Use your culinary skills to prepare a tasty treat!

Teen Chefs: Breakfast Time!

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 4:00pm or 6:30pm

Learn how to prepare a delicious breakfast! Note: You must have previously attended Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety to register for this program.

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All programs are in person unless noted and are just for the teens in the grades listed for the program. 7

Summer Library Club: See details on page 2

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Keep Reading This Summer!

In addition to the Summer Reading Challenge (see page 2) there are reading incentives that are available all year long. Stop at the Youth Services Desk to learn more about:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Kids birth to pre-K

Ready to Read

Grades K-3

100 Books Before High School Grades 4-8

Books of the Month

All ages

Preschool Programs

The following programs require a drop-in ticket from the Youth Services Desk unless noted.

Bilingual Storytime

Fridays, June 2 & July 7, 10:00am Viernes, 2 junio y 7 julio, 10:00am


First full three weeks of each month (calendars are available at the Youth Services Desk).

Siblings of all ages are welcome.

Baby Bounce

Wednesdays at 9:30am & 10:30am

Birth-15 months

Toddler Time

Tuesdays at 9:30am & 10:30am

Ages 1-2

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays at 9:30am & 10:30am

Ages 3-5

Family Storytime

Mondays at 6:30pm

Age 6 and under

All ages/Todos los edades Sing, read and play in English and Spanish at this storytime for families. Cante, lea y juegue en esta hora de cuentos para familias.

Day of Play

Saturday, June 3 10:00am-4:00pm

All ages Engage your senses with a variety of toys and activities.

Fit4Mom Workout Class

Friday, June 9, 10:00am

Adults with children under age 5 Suit up for exercise with your little one along for the ride! Please bring a stroller with a seat for each child. Space is extremely limited; please register.

Sensory in Space

Thursday, June 29, 10:00am

Age 5 and under

Explore Earth and space in this sensory-filled playtime.

Many Moons Storytime

Wednesday, July 5, 10:00am

Age 6 and under “Zoom zoom zoom” into the library for a look at the many moons of our Solar System.

Baby Bounce Playdate

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 9:30am

Birth-15 months

Babies and their grown-ups are invited for socializing, play and reading!

Mermaid Magic Storytime

Saturday, Aug. 12, 10:00am

Ages 2-5

“Swim” on down to the library for stories and activities featuring the magic of mermaids!

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

YOUTH Programs

For summer, all students are considered to be in the grade they are entering in the Fall.

Together for Childhood:

Juntos Por La Niñez

Wednesdays at 6:00pm

June 7, July 5 & Aug. 2

Grades K-5

Bring your family for crafts, games and prizes hosted by Together for Childhood Network. Traiga a su familia para manualidades, juegos y premios. Drop in.



Registration opens May 15

Craft Camp: Mosaics

Thursday, June 8, 5:30pm

All ages

Each craft camp features a different style and technique for making art. Come and create!


Tuesday, June 13 2:00 & 5:00pm

Grades K-5

Learn about the wonders of the moon through art projects and science experiments.

Chess Nuts: Sci-Fi Chess

Wednesday, June 14, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up

All skill levels are welcome for a game of head-to-head chess on a variety of unique, sci-fi-themed boards.

Read to Rover

Wednesday, June 14

7:00, 7:15, 7:30 & 7:45pm

Ages 7 & older

Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog. Signed waiver required. One time slot per child.

Take Home Kits

Stop at the Youth Services Desk in the beginning of the month to see what you can take and make! While supplies last.


June: Windmill

July: Electromagnet

August: Anemometer

Grades K-5

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

It's Juggle Time!

Monday, June 5, 2:00pm

All ages

Family Space Food

Taste Test

Friday, June 16, 4:00pm

Grades K-5

Is the moon made of cheese? Probably not, but come take a bite out of some astronautapproved snacks!

LEGO Challenge

Tuesday, June 20, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Use problem-solving, critical thinking, and engineering skills with brick-building fun!

LED Zeppelin

Monday, June 26, 6:30pm

Grades 3-5

Transform a helium balloon into a light-up Zeppelin using LEDs.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Tuesday, June 27 3:00 & 5:30pm

Kids entering Kindergarten

Are you getting ready to go to Kindergarten this year? We’ll work on skills that will help you be confident in elementary school.

See a live comedy juggling show, then join an interactive workshop to learn juggling tricks yourself!

Bug and Reptile Show: with CrossTown Exotics

Wednesday June 21, 4:00pm

All ages

Get up close with fantastic beasts both familiar and exotic! Animal experts present fascinating, educational, up-close encounters with various reptiles and bugs.


Sunday, June 25, 3:00pm

All ages

Bring your dancing shoes and imagination to this concert starring the award-winning ScribbleMonster!

Fire Safety Class: with the Mundelein Fire Department

Friday, June 30, 9:30am

All ages

Learn the basics of fire safety from a reallife firefighter! Firefighter Dan is ready to answer all your questions and show off a real fire engine.

All programs are in person and adults are required to attend most programs. 9

JUly In the sky!

Registration opens June 15

Color Chaos

Tie Dye

Thursday, July 6 3:00 & 4:00pm

Age 3 to Grade 5

Bring a white fabric item and tie-dye it any color of the rainbow! Dye is provided; please bring your own white garment. Rain date: July 13. (Outdoors)

Ice Age Mammals: with Dunn Museum

Thursday, July 27 5:00pm

Grades 3-5

Witness amazing Ice Age pieces up close with staff from the Dunn Museum. Siblings welcome.

Smarty Pants Out of this World Space Show

Monday, July 31, 3:00pm

All ages

Enchanted Tea Party

Saturday, July 22, 2:00 & 3:00pm

Grades K-5

Wear your finery to meet our royal guests for a special Tea Party! Bring your own non-breakable teacup.

Chess Nuts: Solitaire

Chess Challenge

Wednesday, July 12, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up

Work as a team to solve solitaire challenges with chess pieces!

Read to Rover

Wednesday, July 12 7:00, 7:15, 7:30 & 7:45pm

Ages 7 & older

Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog. Signed waiver required.

Blast off this summer with the Out of this World Space Show by Pants! Magic, comedy and totally amazing, eye-popping GIANT Balloon props!

Craft Camp: Chalk Art

Thursday, July 13, 5:30pm

All ages

Each craft camp features a different style and technique for making art. Come and create!

Solar System


Monday, July 17, 4:30pm

Grades K-2

Moons, planets and stars align in this craft project!

Astronaut Training Camp

Friday, July 14, 11:00am & 4:00pm

All ages

Do you have what it takes to join astronauts on a journey through space? Take part in a series of challenges, games, crafts, and activities!

Drama Club

Tuesday, July 18, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

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

Summer Time Capsule

Friday, July 21, 4:00pm

Grades K-2

Capture summertime memories in your own time capsule. Bring your own memorabilia. We will provide the container and supplies for decorating.

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



Registration opens July 17

Backyard Bug Hunting

Thursday, Aug. 3, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Build a “bug box” to catch interesting bugs around your neighborhood.

Chess Nuts: Classic


Wednesday, Aug. 9, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up

All skill levels are welcome for a game of head-to-head chess on a variety of unique boards.

Read to Rover

Wednesday, Aug. 9 7:00, 7:15, 7:30 & 7:45pm

Ages 7 & older

Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog. Signed waiver required.

Craft Camp: Yarn


Thursday, Aug. 10, 5:30pm

All ages

Each craft camp features a different style and technique for making art. Come and create!

DIY Chia Pet

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5:00pm

Grades K-5

So ugly, it’s cute! Make your own growing chia pal.

Campfire Stories

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:00pm

Grades 3-5

Gather around the campfire for some spooky stories and a snack, then try writing your own.

Encanto Interactive Movie

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2:00pm

Come enjoy an interactive movie experience with your family while watching the movie Encanto

Tall Tales and Silly Songs: with Todd Downing

Sunday, Aug. 6, 3:00pm

Everyone loves those tall tales! With catchy tunes and lively songs, it's a sure bet to have kids and parents moving and grooving!

All programs are in person and adults are required to attend most programs. 11 YOUTH Programs

Fremont Public Library District

1170 North Midlothian Road

Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: 847-566-8702


Monday–Thursday 9am to 9pm

Friday 9am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Library Closed

Tuesday, July 4

Fremont Writers Group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm Join fellow writers to share and improve your writing. (Online)

Guided Meditation & Chair Yoga

Thursdays at 11:30am

Seek calm, take time to relax and focus in the comfort of your own home. (Online)

Genealogy Group

Wednesdays at 10:00am

July 5 & Aug. 2

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

ESL Registration

Tuesday, Aug. 22


Mundelein High School ESL teachers will be available here to register students for the upcoming school year. Classes at the library are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm. Classes are free!

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Upgrade Update

The first half of our remodel project will be finished before June 1st, and construction will be paused for 2 months for Summer Library Club activities. In August the work will resume to re-carpet the library, move collections, and add furnishings. Here are some highlights:


The snack area will be expanded with more seating.

High School teens will have their very own space with awesome furniture and ongoing activities.

Middle Schoolers will have a new space to meet and hang out.

New seating and play areas will be added for grades K-2.

A new quick computer/copy center for adults and teens will be on the first floor.

Laptops for in-library use will be brought to the first floor and allowed anywhere in the library.


Adult Fiction and audiobook collections will be moved to the same floor as Large Print and Non-Fiction. Book browsing will be enhanced making it easier to find your next read!

Computers will be given new carrels and a quieter area.

New pieces of furniture perfect for individual study and remote workers will be added.

More collaborative, moveable, comfortable furnishings will be added as we have funds.

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