March - May 2023 Newsletter

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Imagine That!

A Brief History of Animation

Monday, March 20, 7:00pm

Author and former Disney researcher/ Imagineer Susan Gibberman will present an overview of the development of Disney Animation from its earliest days in the 1920s to the present. (In person/online)

The History Behind


May 10, 7:00pm

Just hearing the name “Oz” conjures up fantastic images, adventures, and heartfelt memories. Laura Keyes separates fact from fiction in the story of its creation. (Virtual in library/online)

- the Happiest Place on Earth

Monday, May 15, 7:00pm Susan Gibberman returns to trace the history of Disneyland and how it developed into theme parks all over the world. (In person/online)

ADULT Programs 2 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to or call 847-566-8702.

Exploring Asia

Illinois Libraries Present: The Weird & Wonderful World with Mary Roach

Wednesday, March 1 7:00pm

Experience an entertaining and hilarious evening with New York Times best-selling science author, Mary Roach, in conversation with Annalee Newitz. (Online)

Soup, Eggroll, Stir Fry and Rice

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00pm

Yvonne Liu Wolf returns to explore classic Chinese food combinations and why they’re central to the Chinese dining experience.

(In person/online)

Cooking Up Some Fun!

Traditional Chinese Tea

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00pm

Yvonne Liu Wolf instructs us on the traditional Chinese rituals of tea handling, teaware, and proper steeping. In person spaces are limited.

(In person/online)

Mongolia: The Farthest Horizon

Monday, May 22, 7:00pm

Food historian Cynthia Clampitt takes us on a trip through Mongolia, the land of Ghengis Khan, and the Gobi Desert. Learn the history and foodways of a remote but fascinating land.

(In person/online)

Game Night

Wednesdays at 6:00pm

March 29, April 26 & May 31

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)

Mastering Chocolate Babka

Monday, April 10, 6:30pm

Chef Jessica Ellington demonstrates how to make a perfect chocolate babka, the rich brioche style bread with an irresistibly rich chocolate filling. (Virtual in library/online)

Painting Class

Monday, May 8 2:00pm or 6:00pm

Paint along with the Dandelion Artist Alliance members

Cody Madura and DCruz

Registration opens April 17.

(In person)

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

Inspiring History

The History of the Bicycle


March 13 7:00pm

Robert Kaplafka presents an illustrated lecture on the history of the bicycle, with an emphasis on Illinois. (Virtual in library/online)

The History of James Taylor & Carly Simon

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm

Gary Wenstrup uses performance and interview clips to trace the careers of this musical power couple. (Virtual in library/online)

A History of the Electric Vehicle: Watts Old is New!

Monday, April 24, 7:00pm

Barbara Barrett explores the rise and fall of the electric car in the early 1900s as well as the unique challenges facing the resurgence of electric cars today. (In person/online)

Flying High: Betty the Pan Am Stewardess

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00pm

Historian Leslie Goddard portrays a stewardess from Pan Am, the most glamorous U.S. airline in the 1960s, and shares some real-life stories. (In person/online)

Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II

INTRODUCTION: Sunday, March 5, 2:00pm


Q&A SESSION: Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm

You are invited to experience the film Invisible Warriors, brought to us by documentary historian Gregory S. Cooke. Register to attend the introduction or the Q&A session, and you’ll receive a link to stream the film from March 5-15. The only way to view this film is through library programs like this one, so don’t miss out! (Online)

4 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to or call 847-566-8702. ADULT Programs

Engaging With Nature

Wild Ones: Cranes Over Illinois

Tuesday, March 7, 7:00pm

Explore the history, habitats and threats Sandhill and Whooping Cranes face. Learn how crane conservation partners help these magnificent birds. (In person/online)

Wild Ones: Seasonal Color with Native Plants

Tuesday, April 11, 7:00pm

Find out about spring ephemerals, some summer staples of native plants, fall foliage favorites, and essential winter warriors. (In person/online)

Echoes of Earth: Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet

Monday, April 17, 7:00pm

Sue Baugh tours the world by car, boat, plane and raft to show us the power and majesty of Earth's oldest rock and mineral sites. (In person/online)

Metropolitan Ecology

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00pm

John Wasik discusses how to go beyond recycling to “green” consumption, creating a natural neighborhood. Learn how to take action everyday to save the planet and our communities. (In person/online)

Wild Ones: Adventures in Bumble Bee-holding

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00pm

Meet a variety of charming bumble bees like the endangered Rusty-patched bumble bee. Learn to make your yard a more hospitable and welcoming place for pollinators. (In person/online)

Senior Connections

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

Fridays at 10:30am

March 10:

The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

April 14:

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

May 12: How to be Perfect by Michael Schur


Great Books

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

Saturdays at 10:00am

March 25: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

April 29:

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

May 20: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut


us for our monthly book discussion.
us for our monthly book discussion.
“Virtual in library” programs are broadcast on a screen - the performer is not physically present. 5 ADULT Programs

Grades 6-12

Teen Advisory Board

Mondays at 4:15pm March 13, April 10 & May 8

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

Games & Pizza

Fridays at 4:00pm March 3, April 7 & May 5 Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of games and pizza! Register by noon that Friday so we know how much pizza to order.

Game Show

Friday, April 21, 4:00pm Compete in a variety of game shows like Family Feud and Jeopardy to win prizes! Pizza will be served.

Movie PopcornandBar

Friday, March 17, 4:00pm Watch a movie and enjoy a popcorn bar with fun flavors and toppings.

Pop Art Portraits

Friday, May 19, 4:00pm

Learn how to draw a Pop Art style portrait with artist Terri Murphy!

6 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to or call 847-566-8702.

Learn Something New


Virtual Practice Test

Saturday, March 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)

Teen Chefs

Kitchen Safety

Wednesday, March 29, 2:30pm or 6:00pm

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 future Teen Chefs programs.

Volunteer 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 a mandatory training session to learn how to work the table and more. Go online to to choose a training session.

Exam Cram

May 22, 23 & 24 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Grades 9-12

Need a place to study for finals? Drop in to our Exam Cram room, where snacks and stress-relieving activities will be provided. Bring your friends!

Taco Bar!

Thursday, April 27 4:00pm or 6:30pm

Learn how to prepare taco fillings and toppings! Note: You must have previously attended the Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety class to register for this program.

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


All preschool programs are in person and require an adult. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services desk.

Dino Dig Storytime

Friday, March 3, 10:00am

Ages 3-5

Explore dinosaurs in this playful storytime and unearth your own dinosaur by digging into fossils!

Unicorn Storytime

Saturday, March 18, 10:00am

Ages 6 and under Gallop to the library for a magical storytime and craft with Ms. Rachael!

Favorite Characters Storytime

Tuesday, May 9, 10:00am

Ages 6 and under Sing and read along with favorites like Pete the Cat, Elephant & Piggie, and many more!

Baby Bounce Playdate

Wednesday, May 17, 9:30am

Birth-15 months

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

Before Kindergarten

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

For Fremont Library Cardholders only.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, May 25, 10:00am

Ages 3-5

Join us for this Mother Goose storytime full of rhymes, movement and fun! Wrap up your visit with a craft. Siblings welcome.

YOUTH Programs 8 Preschool and all ages programs are in person and require an adult/caregiver to attend with the child.

Weekly Storytimes

Storytimes are the first full three weeks of March and April, and on a break in May. An adult must accompany the child; siblings welcome. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services desk.

Programs ALLAGES

All of these programs require an adult to attend.

Together for Childhood

Juntos Por La Niñez

Wednesdays at 6:00pm

March 1, April 5 & May 3

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.

Kirk Players Preview:

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30pm

Enjoy a sneak peek of the humorous, thrilling new Kirk Players show. Drop in.

Chasing Charming

Family Storytime

Mondays at 6:30pm

Ages 6 and under Stories, songs, and a craft for families to enjoy together. Pajamas optional!

Toddler Time

Tuesdays, 9:30am & 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 & 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

Ages 3-5

Explore the world of reading with your active preschooler!

Peeps House Decorating

Saturday, March 25, 2:00pm

Decorate a graham cracker house for Peeps. Please register.

Raising a Reader

Celebration with

Sunday, April 23, 2:00pm

¡Celebra con Cielito Lindo!

Celebrate with Cielito Lindo!

This bilingual band brings joy to audiences of all ages. All families are welcome. Todas las familias son bienvenidas. Please register.

Elephant & Piggie Party

Wednesday, April 26, 5:00pm

Appropriate for grades K-2, but all ages welcome. Elephant & Piggie are coming to read their favorite stories and play games! Drop-in ticket required.

YOUTH Programs Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to or call 847-566-8702. 9

School Age



Sign up now; space is limited!

DNA Extraction Lab

Monday, March 6, 4:30pm

Grades 3-5

Extract DNA from fruits and vegetables!

Get Crafty with Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, March 8, 5:00pm

Grades K-2

Make wild and wacky crafts based on the iconic creations of Dr. Seuss.

Chess Nuts: Doubles Chess

Wednesday, March 15, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Play chess in an exciting new way-as teams of 2 vs. 2! All skill levels welcome.

Craft Camp:

Origami and Paper Crafts

Tuesday, March 21, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Design, create, and make projects using paper.

Read to Rover



March 8, April 12 & May 10

Ages 7 & older

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

LEGO Challenge

Monday, March 27, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

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

Build a Minecraft Torch

Tuesday, March 28

Grades K-2: 2:00pm

Grades 3-5: 3:30pm

What if your favorite games came to life? Avoid slimes and creepers by building your own light-up Minecraft torch!

Bats Aroundthe World

Thursday, March 30, 6:00pm

Grades K-5

See live bats up close and meet a variety of their exotic furry friends.

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


Registration opens March 15 for April programs.

Poetry Writing Workshop

Tuesday April 4, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

Get inspired with prompts and techniques for poetry writing. All attendees get a notebook to keep.

Chess Nuts: Beginner's Chess

Wednesday, April 12, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up

Learn the essential first steps of playing chess.

Excellent Egg Drop


April 13, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Design a structure that can protect your egg during a big fall!

Toothpick and Gumdrop Bridges

Monday, April 17, 4:30pm

Grades 3-5

Explore popular bridges for ideas and design your own using toothpicks and gumdrops. Compete to see which can hold the most weight!

Earth Day Planter


April 19, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Go green for Earth Day with a scientific project using recycled materials!


Registration opens April 17 for May programs.


Nuts: Classic Chess

Wednesday, May 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.

Drama Club

Thursday, May 11, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

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

Map Your World

Tuesday, May 16, 5:30pm

Grades K-5

Come as a family to create a map of your neighborhood, room, road trip, or fictional land. Your imagination is the limit!

LEGO Fidgets

Wednesday, May 17, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

Using only LEGOs, follow along and learn how to make LEGO fidgets.

School age programs are in person and registration begins each prior month. 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

Sunday, April 9

Friday, April 28

Sunday & Monday, May 28 & 29

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.

Fremont Writers Group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm

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

Genealogy Group

Wednesdays at 10:00am

March 1, April 5, May 3

Get tips from our Genealogy Librarian (and the group) on 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)

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Permit No. 203

The Friends & Foundation of Fremont Public Library thank you for shopping in the Nook and donating funds to support the efforts of the library to engage, enrich and inspire the community. This year the library received $84,611 in donations, thanks partly to a large onetime gift. This money will be beneficial to the 2023 remodel project. Thank you all! The following donors gave in 2022:

Special recognition for these donors who gave over $1,000:

Carol Van Dusen

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


American Legion Auxiliary for Joan Gratz & in memory of Francis Smith

Mary Barrett

Rosemary Collard

Michael & Elisa Decker

John & Kristina Epstein

Eunice Finkle

Ken & Freddie Flaks

Rachel Geske

Luisa Ginnetti

Jane Graber

Barb Holway

Dwayne & Clarissa


Judy Knoblock

Cindy Boehm

Joyce Black in memory of Hugh C. Black

Darrin Nowicki

LaRayne & Fred Scharm

Bernie & Barb Silbert

Ronald & Charlene Kuligowski

Maggie Lam

Dean Lang

Zach Levine in memory of Owen Ear

Colleen & Dan Liberacki

Lester Lobel

James McMullen

Stan & Pam Mish

Stacey Nerdin

Lyle & Ann Marie Staab

Linda Streb

Patsy & Dianne Sweeney

Sofia Tahseen

Barbara Thill in memory of Steve Sommers

Frank Weiss

George Wilmes

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