June - Aug. 2024 Newsletter

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JUNE 1 – JULY 31

Ages Birth – Adult

Visit your library six times in two months to earn prizes! Teens, please see page 6.



12:00 - 2:00PM

All ages

Summer adventure begins with a trip to your library!

Join the Summer Library Club, snack on free refreshments, and enjoy a variety of entertainers.


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 either a one-year family pass to the Field Museum in Chicago or an Outdoor Adventure kit! Winners will be pulled from each age group (Youth, Teen and Adult). One entry per person.

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

Designer Hacks for Easy Fresh Flower

Arranging: Workshop

Mondays, June 10, 2:00pm or June 17, 7:00pm

Join Heather Coughlin, designer-grower of Pure Bloom Flowers, for a live demonstration and handson workshop on how you can create gorgeous flower arrangements. Please bring your own vase. (In person)


+ Connect

Thursdays, June 20, July 18 & Aug. 15, 7:00pm

Calling all crafters! Bring your work-in-progress and connect with others who love to create. Drop in! (In person)

Bedtime Book Club

Thursdays, June 27 & July 25, 7:45pm

Transform a board book into a touch-and-feel interactive story at this book club for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. (In person)

Game Night

Monday, July 22, 6:00pm

Do you want to search for gems during the Renaissance, build train lines to various cities, or collect cats? Come and play Splendor, Ticket to Ride, Cat Lady, and more. (In person)



Ancient Egypt

Monday, June 24, 7:00pm

Explore Ancient Egypt’s remarkable culture with Nancy McCully as she takes us to the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, the temples near Luxor, and Abu Simbel. (In person/online)


Introduction to Country Line Dancing

Monday, Aug. 5, 7:00pm

Join dance instructor Denita Inez from Desueño Dance for an introduction to country line dancing! No partners are necessary for this footwork workshop. (In person)

Linocut Printmaking: with Dandelion Gallery & Studio

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2:00pm or 6:00pm

Learn the skill of linocut printmaking with artists from the Dandelion Artist Alliance. (In person)

A Walk Around the City of Westminster

Monday, July 29, 7:00pm

Take a virtual walk with John Gowing to Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and other iconic sites around Westminster. (In person/online)

Hidden Memory:

An American World War II Story

Monday, Aug. 12, 7:00pm

Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares the inspiring story of her family’s journey from Japan and through the incarceration camps of World War II. (In person/online)

ADULT Events “Virtual in library” events are broadcast on a screen – the performer is not physically present. 3


Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00pm

Wild Ones Presents: Steve Byers and Nancy Williamson as they discuss their journey in establishing the first national wildlife refuge in the Chicago metro area. (In person/online)

Snakes of Illinois: Friend or Foe

Tuesday, July 2, 7:00pm

Forty species of snakes inhabit Illinois! Learn about the role snakes play in our lives with U of I Extension Educator, Jesse Davis, hosted by Wild Ones. (In person/online)

Chasing Mother Nature

Monday, July 15, 7:00pm

Led by an experienced storm chaser, this presentation will take you on an electrifying journey into the world of storm chasing with awe-inspiring footage and personal anecdotes. (In person/online)


Battle Against Buckthorn and Its Buddies

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:00pm

Community Ecologist with The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Sarah Michehl, reveals how to rid your property of invasive plant species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and more at the August Wild Ones meeting. (In person/online)


Picnic Cuisine for Your Next Great Outdoor Adventure

Monday, July 1, 6:30pm

Join Chef Susan Maddox to learn new recipes to fill your picnic basket this summer. Samples included! (In person)

How Corn Changed Itself and Then

Changed Everything Else

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 7:00pm

Join Cynthia Clampitt to learn how, and why, corn transformed the Heartland and helped create today's world. (In person/online)

Senior Connections

Fridays at 10:30am

June 14: All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

July 12: The Wind Knows My Name by Isabel Allende

Aug. 9: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

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

Great Books

Saturdays at 10:00am

June 22: Autobiographies by Frederick Douglass

July 20: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Aug. 24: The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

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

Booktok Talks

Saturdays at 11:00am

June 15: The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

July 20: Happy Place by Emily Henry

Aug. 17: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

This club for 20s & 30s readers meets at AREA Coffee to discuss some of the hottest books on the internet. (Off-site)

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


Queer in Hollywood: LGBTQIA+

Depictions in Classic Film

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00pm

Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents groundbreaking portrayals of queer individuals and the impact of the Production Code on their depictions in classic cinema. (In person/online)

Gender in Film: Women

Wednesday, June 19, 7:00pm

Kelli Marshall joins us to discuss the ways Hollywood has traditionally represented women onscreen: mothers, damsels, femme fatales, and domestic or romantic agents. (In person/online)

The Mummy (1999) Movie Night

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00pm

Join us for a screening of The Mummy (1999) and excavate your own prehistoric fossils or gems! Snacks provided. Ages 16 and up. (In person)



Thursday, July 11, 2:00pm – Barbie (PG-13)

Thursday, July 18, 2:00pm – Oppenheimer (R)

Relive the hype of Barbenheimer from summer 2023 by catching each film again on the big screen! Snacks and covered drinks welcome. (In person)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie Night

Wednesday, July 24, 6:00pm

Join us for a screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and a themed craft! Snacks provided. Ages 18 and up. (In person)

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

Thursday, June 6, 2:00pm-5:00pm

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

Citizenship Class

Wednesdays, July 31-Oct. 30, 5:00pm

If you are in the process of naturalization, or would like to start, prepare for the citizenship test with a free class provided by Mano a Mano Family Resource Center. To learn more about the 8-week class, come to the information session on Wednesday, July 17, 5:00pm. (In person)

Be Safe Online

Monday, Aug. 19, 7:00pm

Gain practical tips on avoiding credit card and identity theft online by managing passwords, avoiding malware and viruses, and showing online smarts. (In person/online)

Trivia Night

Monday, Aug. 26, 7:00pm

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

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

Teen Summer Library Club


Teen Advisory Board

Mondays at 4:15pm

June 3, July 1 & Aug. 5

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

June 1 - July 31

Grades 6-12. Stop by the Teen Help 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!

Games & Pizza:with Tie Dye

Friday, June 7, 4:00pm

Join us for board games, pizza, and tie dye outdoors at the library! One item to tie dye will be provided. Register by noon that Friday so we know how much pizza to order.

Teen GRADES 6-12

Teen Movie and Popcorn Bar

Friday, June 21, 4:00pm

Watch a movie and enjoy a popcorn bar with fun flavors and toppings.

Teen Pop Taste Test

Friday, July 19 4:00pm

Come try oddball pop flavors with us!


Kitchen Safety

Wednesday, June 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!

Summer Meal

Wednesday, July 31 4:00pm or 6:30pm

Learn how to prepare a tasty summer meal! Note: You must have attended the Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety class prior to taking this class.

6 For summer, teens are considered to be in the grade they are entering in the fall.

Teen GRADES 6-12

Teen DIY Spa

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4:30pm

Create a variety of sugar scrubs, facials, and bath bombs in this hands-on class. Registration by phone or in person, starting July 15 for Fremont cardholders only.

Teen Chat & Sip

Friday, Aug. 2, 4:15pm

Join us for this "unbook club" style program. We will chat about what you're reading, watching, & listening to while sipping on a tasty beverage! Register by 2pm so we have enough drinks.

SummerVolunteer Training

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 to learn how to work the table and more.

Go to fremontlibrary.org/teens for more information.

Teens' Personal Reading Challenge

Challenge yourself to read more this year! Pick up a reading challenge sheet in the Teen Area, or download it online from fremontlibrary.org/teens. Participants are entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card of their choice!

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 4 bookmarks from our monthly selections and get a free book when you show your Fremont library card!

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

Adventure Begins At YOUR LIBRARY

Summer Library Club

June 1 – July 31

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

Preschool -Adventures-

Bedtime Book Club

Thursdays, June 27 & July 25, 7:45pm

Adults only

Put the little one to bed and come to this book club for parents, grandparents, and caregivers where you will transform a board book into a touch-and-feel interactive story. Please register.

The following events require a drop-in ticket from the Kids Help Desk.

Fun in the Sun Storytime

Saturday, June 15, 10:00am

Ages 6 and under Sun, surf, sand, and all things SUMMER are the stars of this fun-filled storytime!

Creepy Crawly Storytime

Tuesday, August 27, 10:00am

Ages 6 and under

Buzz on down to the library for a silly storytime and craft all about bugs, spiders, and other creepy crawlies!

Baby Bounce Playdate

Wednesday, August 28, 9:30-11:00am

Birth-15 months

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

Weekly Storytimes

June 3-20, July 8-25 & Aug. 5-22

An adult must accompany the child, and siblings of all ages are welcome. Get a drop-in ticket from the Kids Help Desk. Please note the July storytimes start on July 8!

Family Storytime

Mondays at 6:30pm

Ages 6 and under

Stories and songs for families to enjoy together. Pajamas optional!

Toddler Time

Tuesdays at 9:30am or 10:30am

Ages 1-2

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

Baby Bounce

Wednesdays at 9:30am or 10:30am

Birth-15 months

Cuddles and connection are the focus of this gentle storytime for the youngest readers.

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays at 9:30am or 10:30am

Ages 3-5

Explore the world of reading! Books, felt stories, rhymes, songs, and more delight your active preschooler.

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

Jump into June! Registration opensMay13

See a Juggler, Be a Juggler!

Thursday, June 6, 4:30pm

All ages

This interactive show dazzles with professional juggling tricks and comedy then invites YOU to join in and be the juggler too! No experience necessary.

Adventure of the Lost Treasure: with Science Heroes

Saturday, June 8, 11:00am

All ages

Experience the fusion of science and stories with Science Heroes: Adventure of the Lost Treasures!

Smarty Pants and the Big Balloon Show: Choose Your Own Balloon Adventure

Saturday, June 22, 3:00pm

All ages

Choose Your Own Balloon Adventure this summer with Smarty Pants! Magic, comedy, kid-inspired improv, and amazing GIANT balloons!


Safety with the Mundelein Fire Department

Friday, June 28, 9:30am

All ages

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

Chess Nuts: Solitaire Chess Challenge

Wednesday, June 12, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up

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

Read to Rover

Wednesday, June 12

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

Ages 7 & older

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

Drama Club

Thursday, June 13, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

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

Electronics Engineering Lab

Wednesday, June 19, 4:30pm

Grades 3-5

Test your creativity with electronic circuits, batteries and LED lights!

Superhero Training Academy

Thursday, June 20 2:30pm or 4:30pm

All ages

Build your superhero skills with crafts, games, and activities to help you save the day! Capes and costumes encouraged.


World Records

Tuesday, June 25 4:30pm

Grades 3-5

Let's see if we can (unofficially) beat any world records!

Craft Camp: Printmaking

Thursday, June 27, 4:30pm

All ages

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

For summer, all kids are considered to be in the grade they are entering in the fall. Parents are required to attend most events, and registration is required unless noted. 9 KID EVENTS

Little Miss Ann

Tuesday, July 2, 10:30am

All ages

Sing and dance along with the fabulous Little Miss Ann at this interactive music show! Drop in.

Traveling World of Reptiles

Thursday, July 11, 6:30pm

All ages

Encounter live reptiles at this show with Dave DiNaso

STEPS! with Improv Playhouse

Wednesday, July 17, 5:30pm

All ages

STEPS! is part improv show, part play, and part dance party extravaganza!

A Zoo To You: Petting Zoo

Saturday, July 20, 11:00am-12:00pm

All ages

Feed and pet farm animals at the library! Outdoors, rain or shine. Drop in anytime from 11am-12pm.

Fly into JuLY! Registration opensJune15

Miss Jamie’s Farm

Saturday, July 27 10:30am

All ages Sing and dance at this interactive musical show about life on the farm! Drop in.

Book Lover's Craft

Tuesday, July 9, 5:00pm

All ages

Books bring us together! Make a craft celebrating your favorite books. Dress for a mess.

Chess Nuts: Adventure Chess

Wednesday, July 10, 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 with an adventure theme.

Read to Rover

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30 & 7:45pm

Ages 7 & older

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

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

Moana Interactive Movie

Saturday, July 13, 1:00pm

All ages

Follow along for games, jokes, and activities that match up with the iconic film. Bring a blanket to sit on!

Camping Skills

Tuesday, July 16, 5:30pm

Grades K-5

Do you like the outdoors? Learn skills to be more prepared for your camping adventures.

Learn to Play Chess

Saturday, July 20, 3:00pm

All ages

July 20 is National Chess Day! Drop in to learn the basic rules and moves of chess. Beginners of all ages are welcome.

Adventure Quest:

with Mark Andertoon

Tuesday, July 23, 6:00pm

Grades K-5

Draw an adventure step-by-step with Mark Andertoon.

T-Rex Tea Party

Wednesday, July 24, 4:00pm

Grades K-2

Roar and stomp your way to the library for crafts, games, and a tea party with your best dino manners. Light refreshments will be served.

Craft Camp: Tape-Resist Art

Thursday, July 25, 4:30pm

All ages

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

Library Olympics

Tuesday, July 30, 5:00pm

All ages

Everyone is worthy of a gold medal! Join us in the Fremont Library Olympics and take on a series of challenges in celebration of the Paris Summer Olympics.

Kindergarten Club

Saturday, August 3, 10:00am

Grade K

Sail into August! Registration opensJuly15

Starting kindergarten this year? Meet other new kindergartners and practice some kindergarten skills!

LEGO Challenge

Tuesday, August 6, 2:00pm or 4:30pm

Grades K-5

We will be problem-solving, using critical thinking and engineering skills. Stack up your skills with brick-building fun!

Book Tasting

Wednesday, August 7, 5:00pm

Grades K-5

Have you ever wondered what a book tastes like? Come get your fill and get a "taste" of some new books and genres! Light refreshments will be served.

Dan Gogh’s Magical Camp Adventure

Thursday, August 8, 6:00pm

All ages

Wander off the beaten path and join Dan Gogh where magic, comedy, and art are all part of the adventure!

Chess Nuts: Multi-Player Chess

Wednesday, August 14, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up

All skill levels welcome for a multi-player twist on the classic game of Chess.

Children's Artwork Showcase

Thursday, August 15, 4:00pm

All ages

Use the supplies provided to create a masterpiece that we will display in the library for everyone to enjoy. Drop in.

Craft Camp: Tie-Dye Art

Thursday, August 22, 4:30pm

All ages

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

For summer, all kids are considered to be in the grade they are entering in the fall. Parents are required to attend most events, and registration is required unless noted. 11 KID EVENTS

Fremont Public Library District

1170 North Midlothian Road

Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: 847-566-8702


Library Closed

Thursday, July 4

Genealogy Interest Group

Wednesdays at 10:00am

June 5, July 10 & Aug. 7

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

Fremont Writers Group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm

Join fellow writers to share and improve your writing. (Online)

Mindful Movement & Guided Meditation

Thursdays at 11:30am

Online: June 6, July 18 & Aug. 1

In person: 2nd & 4th Thursdays

Learn to calm your mind and body with Isabel Raci, certified meditation teacher, C-IAYT.

Community Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 10


Help save lives and make a difference! Donate blood at Versiti’s mobile donation center at the library. Registration opens June 17. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

(Bus in parking lot)


Jodie Nalezny, President

Laurie MacKay, Vice President

Jay Kasten, Treasurer

Sharon Smogor, Secretary

Kelsey Cole-Burns

Micki Pflug Mounce

Allison Wilmes

Library Director: Laura Long


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

Permit No. 203

Thank you!

The Friends & Foundation sincerely thank those who purchased items from the Nook or donated books to Discover Books.

Special thanks to the following for their monetary gifts in 2023:

Donations of $1,000 or more:

Joyce Black in memory of Hugh Black

Cindy Boehm

Sharon Suoja Strle, Barbara and Brittany Buck in memory of Frank S. Strle

Donations in memory of:

Freddie Flaks from Ken Flaks

Ann Nowak from John Hawkins

John Schockmel from Janet Schockmel

Janet Wheeler from Sharon Suoja Strle

In memory of Dorothy Ryan:

Jack & Sue Forshaw

Christine Marszalek

Shelley Martin Jean Murphy

In memory of Leonard Becker:

Russell & Karna Chrusciel

Mary Jane Denison

Tonia & Wade Hardtke

Marvin & Kathi Johnson

James & Laurel Kaiser

Mary Barrett

Cindy Boehm

Diana O’Banion

Edward Witte

Michael & Mary Ellen Witte

General Donations:

Jay & Sherry Kasten

Dan & Colleen Liberacki

Dr. V. Chowdary & Aruna Jampala

Rosemary Collard

Michael & Elisa Decker

Doug DePalma

John & Kristina Epstein

Myra Felton

Rachel Geske

Sybil Hoffman

Siddesh Kamat

Alex Liu

Marla Ma

James McMullen

Stan & Pam Mish

LaRayne & Fred Scharm

Bernie & Barb Silbert

Lyle & Ann Marie Staab

Linda Streb

George & Allison Wilmes

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