Nov. - Dec. 2022 Newsletter

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A Season of Fun at the


Drive-Up Window Weather outside too much for you? Use our handy Drive-Up Window to pick up your holds! The Window is just past the outside return slots. Select “Fremont Public Library Drive-up window” as the location when placing your hold, or let us know when you arrive that your hold is waiting at the Checkout Desk. The Window is also a place where you can return kits and board games. If you call ahead, we’ll set aside the Adult Craft or Youth Take and Make for you to pick up there! The Window is operational during regular library hours until 5 minutes before closing.

In Person Events for Adults

Writing Gatsby: The Real Story Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:00pm

William Hazelgrove presents the heartbreak, hardship, and triumph behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's creation of the “Greatest” American Novel, The Great Gatsby. (In person/online)

Moon Over Mundelein Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm

Join the Lake County Astronomical Society for an evening of astronomy fun! View the Moon, planets and more through their excellent telescopes. Rain date: Nov. 9. (Outdoors)

Autumn Paint Class

Monday, Nov. 14, 2:00pm or 6:00pm

Paint an autumn-inspired piece using nature mono-prints, instructed by Dandelion Artist Alliance members Cody Madura and DCruz. Register in person or by phone beginning October 17. (In person)


Duncan Hines: More than Cake Mix Monday, Nov. 28, 7:00pm

Explore the traveling salesman’s life and legacy, from the sought-after restaurant recommendations Hines included in his Christmas cards to the ubiquitous products bearing his name. (In person/online)

A Christmas Carol: Movie Magic Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7:00pm

Susan Gibberman presents a deep dive into the history of the movie adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Muppets, Mr. Magoo, and more. (In person/online)

Game Night

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 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 or call 847-566-8702.

Fun for Adults Online Only Events Illinois Libraries Present: An Evening with Caitlin Doughty Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:00pm

Join us for a conversation with Caitlin Doughty, author, mortician, advocate, and founder of the reform collective, The Order of the Good Death. (Online)

Ongoing Library Events Genealogy Interest Group

Wednesdays, Nov. 2 & Dec. 7, 10:00am Our Genealogy Librarian will be available to answer your questions and help you with your searches. (In person)

No One Sees Indians: Native Americans in the Media

Guided Meditation & Chair Yoga

Rhodes Scholar Ernest M. Whiteman III discusses the many representations of Native Americans in media and how these representations inform audiences’ perceptions of Native peoples and issues. (Online)

Join instructor Isabel Raci, C-IAYT, online for a gentle session of guided meditation and chair yoga. (Online)

The Life of Betty White

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm

Illinois Libraries Present: A Conversation with Shauna Sever Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:00pm

Shauna Sever, author of Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland, joins us to celebrate baking this holiday season. (Online)

Brunch Done Right with Chef Susan Maddox

Join with your fellow writers to share your work and improve your writing. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month on Zoom. (Online)

Senior Connections

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

Fridays at 10:30am Nov. 11: The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Dec. 9: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab


Jim Gibbons presents the life and career of beloved actress and personality Betty White, including her upbringing in Illinois, television career, and enduring popularity. (Online)

Fremont Writers Group

The Invi sibl e Life of Addi e LaRu

Monday, Dec. 5 7:00pm

Thursdays at 11:30am

The Rural Diaries

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00pm

Great Books

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

Saturdays, Nov. 19 & Dec. 17, 10:00am Check the events calendar for the selected title for each month.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:00pm

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Join Chef Susan Maddox to learn how to make brunch a special occasion for the holidays or anytime! (Online)

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


Read books in 2022 and you could win $100!

Did you challenge yourself to read more this year?


It’s not too late! Remember to bring your challenge sheet to the Youth Services desk to get your raffle entries in before Dec. 30.

Grades 6-12

Games & Pizza

Fridays at 4:00pm Nov. 4, Dec. 2 & Jan. 6

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

To download the challenge form visit


Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley


A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Namey Read and collect 4 bookmarks from our monthly selections and get a free book! Find it in the library or online.

ACT, SAT, or PSAT Virtual Practice Test Saturday, Nov. 12

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

Teen Advisory Board Mondays at 4:15pm Nov. 7, Dec. 5 & Jan. 9

Earn a service hour! Give your opinion to help brainstorm teen programs and more. Snacks will be served. (In person)

Watercolor Food Illustration Class Friday, Nov. 18, 4:15pm

Illustrating with watercolors is more fun when you paint food! Join Audrey Ra, who will teach you how to paint some gorgeous food illustrations. (In person)

Exam Cram Grants, Loans, and Scholarships Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30pm

Learn insider information on grants, loans, and scholarships to help make your college planning successful and affordable. Minimum of ten registered families required for the program to run. (Online) 4

Dec. 19-20 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! (In person)

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

Preschool Fun

All preschool programs are in person and require an adult.

Mindfulness Storytime Friday, Nov. 11, 10:00am

Age 2-6 Relax and unwind with a good story and peaceful techniques for breathing and mindfulness. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services desk.

DIY Snowglobe

Monday, Dec. 5, 10:00am

Age 3-5 Create your very own paper plate snow globe to enjoy the winter weather without stepping foot outside. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Weekly Storytimes

First three weeks of each month. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services desk. Please note: Weekly Storytimes will take a break Dec. 23-Jan. 8 and will resume on Jan. 9.

Snowman Storytime

Saturday, Dec. 17, 10:00am Age 2-5 Cool off at this ‘frosty’ storytime with a craft. Siblings welcome. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services desk.

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.

Toddler Time

Tuesdays, 9:30am & 10:30am

Age 1-2 Jump, wiggle, dance, and sing at this high-activity storytime for your busy toddler!

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays, 9:30am & 10:30am

Age 3-5 Please note the new times! Explore the world of reading with your active preschooler.

Family Storytime Mondays at 6:30pm

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

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


Pumpkin Catapults

School Age Fun

Monday, Nov. 14, 4:30pm

The following programs are in person unless noted.

Solitaire Chess Challenge Wednesdays at 4:30pm Nov. 2, Dec. 7 & Jan. 11

Grades 3-5 with an adult Using miniature pumpkins, craft a catapult and experiment to see how to get your catapult to fling the furthest!

Drama Club

Grades 3 and up Work as a team to solve solitaire challenges with chess pieces! Join us in the Library or on Zoom your choice. (In person/online)

Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5 Play charades, practice skits, and learn some warm-ups to train your voice and acting skills.

Build a Volt Meter

Monday, Nov. 21, 4:30pm

Grades 3-5 with an adult Assemble your own voltage tester with simple electronic supplies.

Cranberry and Marshmallow Structures

Rhythm Rescue Author Visit Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:30pm

Grades K-5 with an adult Let’s make music together! Author Vicky Weber teaches rhythm and basic musical notes as she shares her book, Rhythm Rescue in this interactive program.

Monday, Dec. 12, 4:30pm

Read to Rover

Snowflake Science

Ages 7 & older Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to a trained therapy dog. Signed waiver required.

Grades K-5 with an adult Learn about how unique and beautiful snowflakes are through art projects and science experiments. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 & Dec. 14 7:00pm-8:00pm

Grades 3-5 with an adult See who can create the tallest tower using seasonal snacks and toothpicks. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Thursday, Dec. 15, 4:30pm

Read and collect four bookmarks from our Books of the Month and bring them in for a free book!


Elementary School

Nov. Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds

Nov. Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson

Dec. The Lost Package by Richard Ho

Dec. Pacey Packer, Unicorn Tracker by J.C. Phillipps

Middle School Nov. Free Lunch by Rex Ogle Dec. Sort of Super by Eric Gapstur 6

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

All Ages Fun

The following in-person programs are for children of all ages and require an adult to attend.

Fiesta de Encanto

Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:00am

The whole family is invited for crafts and activities inspired by the movie Encanto.

Build a Penguin Pal

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:00pm

Interactive Movie Thursday, Dec. 29 3:30pm

Come enjoy an interactive movie experience with your family while watching the movie Frozen. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Design and build your own stuffed penguin pal. You'll get to name it and then hear a story about a silly penguin just like yours.

DIY Pomander Ball

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4:30pm

Learn the history of the pomander ball, then design and create your own out of oranges and cloves!

Life-Size Candy Land

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:00am-12:00pm

Step into the delicious world of sweets with a life-size game of Candy Land and meet characters from the iconic game in real life! Sign up for a 30-minute time slot. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Monthly Fun All ages; drop in anytime

Leaves of Thankfulness November

Write or draw what you're thankful for on a colorful leaf, then add it to our fall decorations.

How Many Snowballs? December

Can you guess how many snowballs are in the jar? Make your guess; winners will receive prizes!

STEM To-Go Favorite Characters Election November

Support your favorite storybook character candidate in our Fremont Favorite Characters Election!

Nov. Craft Stick Helicopter Dec. Light Up Winter Cottage

Grades K-5 What will you make today? Bring Science, Technology, Engineering or Math home with you! Available on the first of the month while supplies last. Limit one per child.

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


Fremont Public Library District 1170 North Midlothian Road Mundelein, IL 60060 Phone: 847-566-8702

Monday–Thursday 9am to 9pm Fridays 9am to 6pm Saturdays 9am to 5pm Sundays 1pm to 5pm

Special Hours Open at 1pm on Monday, Nov. 7

Closed in morning for staff training.

Close at 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 23 Closed Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Closed Dec. 24 & 25 – Christmas Closed Dec. 31. & Jan. 1. – New Year

Stay Crafty!

Stop by the Reader’s Services desk to find out what adults can craft up this month! Crafts are available on the 1st of each month while supplies last. Limit 2 per person, please.

Take and Make

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

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A Season of Giving This year as you consider your gifts to worthy causes, we appreciate you adding your library to your annual giving. The Friends & Foundation of Fremont Library work to prepare withdrawn items for sale at bargain prices to give the items one more chance at life, avoiding landfills. All proceeds from the sales as well as from this annual campaign are sent right back to the Library to provide free books for kids and teens, staff training opportunities, and supplies to enhance our programs and services. To make your donation, visit and click “Donate” or mail a check to Friends & Foundation of Fremont Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. Mundelein, IL 60060. The Friends & Foundation are a 501c3 organization. All donors receive a thank you letter and are recognized on a poster in the library unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you for your support!

IT’S TIME FOR AN Back when the new library building was built in 2000, a portion of the second floor was set aside as an unfinished “shell” space with anticipation that community growth would find us needing this space in about 20 years. The library’s district indeed has grown, and we are still walking on the original carpet in most of the building some 22 years later. It’s time to replace the carpet and furnish the shell space! The Board and Library Administration have been saving money from each year’s budget in anticipation of this work, which will begin early next year. The end result will combine all books for adults on the second floor and provide unique individual study areas for remote and freelance workers and students. The first floor will feature an improved teen area, give middle schoolers a place of their own, and provide new seating and collaborative spaces for all ages. Details about the project and the impact it will have on the availability of materials and study spaces will be available on the library’s website at