Nov. - Dec. 2023 Newsletter

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ADULT Events

Ring in the Holiday Season Amazing Castles

Monday, Nov. 6, 7:00pm

Explore some of the world’s most extraordinary castles, revealing their intriguing histories and mustsee treasures with Barbara Barrett. (In person/online)

Illinois Libraries Present: Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:00pm

Lori Gottlieb, NYT bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, joins us for a thoughtprovoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season. (Online)

Handbell Choir Concert: Performed by the Random Ringers Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30pm

Listen to the unique, beautiful sounds of handbells as the Random Ringers present a special concert of holiday music. (In person)

For the Love of Books Introducing:


Book Butler


We place the holds so you don't have to! Choose from a list of more than 20 popular authors and automatically be placed on hold for their next book. You’ll never again miss the release date of your favorite authors! Stop at the 2nd floor Help Desk to set up your personal Book Butler account. It’s free for Fremont cardholders only. Baking


Life is Sweet

Illinois Libraries Present: A Taste of Love: with Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pies

Book Club Mania

Monday, Dec. 4, 7:00pm

Book club services are available for Fremont cardholders. Fremont staff will show you how to get your book club set up here at the library and provide tips on leading discussions. (In person/online)

Wednesday, Nov. 8 7:00pm

Senior Connections Fridays at 10:30am

Gingerbread House Making for Adults Monday, Dec. 11, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 or 7:00pm

Book an hour-long slot to make a gingerbread house on your own or with a group of up to 4 people! Please call or chat for registration. Ages 18 and up. (In person)

Nov. 10: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson Dec. 8: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The library leads this lively book discussion for seniors. Pick up a copy of the book at the 1st floor Help Desk. (In person/online)

Great Books

Let Us Help You! Job Center of Lake County Workshops Tuesdays at 1:00pm

Nov. 7: Accelerate Your Job Search Nov. 14: Your Personal Brand and Résumé Nov. 21: Master the Interview

These three workshops will help you get on the fast track with secrets and strategies from workforce professionals to help you put your job search into high gear. (In person/online)

Sneak Peek: Tax Help

The popular AARP Tax Aides will be back in the library in 2024! You will be able to start booking appointments in mid-January. Visit for updates. 2

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

Saturdays at 10:00am Nov. 18: The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer Dec. 16: Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit by P. G. Wodehouse

This group is open to anyone wishing to read and discuss great works of literature. Pick up a copy of the book at the 1st floor Help Desk. (Online)

Booktok Talks

ADULT Events

Join Maya-Camille Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad, for a demo of the perfect Thanksgiving pie and the stories of those who inspired her, just in time for the holidays. (Online)

Sweet Treats of the Midwest

Monday, Nov. 13 7:00pm

Join food enthusiast Amy Gail Hansen as she uncovers the history of Midwestern desserts, including: Bertha Palmer’s brownie, the Twinkie, Rice Krispie Treats, and the Bundt cake. (In person/online)

Game Night

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:00pm

Whether you are looking for a new game to learn or want to replay a favorite, you won’t be bored on board game night! (In person)

Saturdays at 11:00am   Nov. 18: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake Dec. 16: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

Hey, 20s-30s readers! Join our new book club at AREA Coffee in Mundelein to discuss some of the hottest books on the internet while enjoying coffee and pastries provided by the library. Pick up a copy of each month’s book at the 1st floor Help Desk. (Off-site) “Virtual in library” programs are broadcast on a screen – the performer is not physically present.




Grades 6-12

Check It Out!

Lots to Do for Kids!

Special Events

See our new Kids Help Desk and check out the new activities and areas for different ages. We kick off each month with Take and Make crafts, STEM To-Go kits (while supplies last) and an in-library activity.

Teen Interactive Movie: Shrek Friday, Nov. 17, 4:00pm

Join us for an interactive movie screening planned by our Teen Advisory Board! Take part in the movie action with props, sound effects, and more, or just sit back and enjoy the movie & popcorn bar.

Stop in and say hello!

Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 4:15pm

Learn kitchen safety and cooking basics through this hands-on class. Use your culinary skills to prepare a tasty treat! Come check out the new teen spacesone for middle school and one for high school. Relax on comfy new furniture or study with friends in a space designated just for you!

Teen Hot Chocolate Tasting

Monthly Meetups

Tests with No Stress

Games & Pizza

ACT Practice Test with C2 Education


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

Grades 9-12. Take a free ACT practice test with C2 Education at the library. Students should bring their own calculator for the test. Please arrive promptly so that the test can begin on time.

An adult must accompany the child, and siblings of all ages are welcome. Get a drop-in ticket from the Kids Help Desk.

Fridays at 4:15pm, Nov. 3 & Jan. 5

Friday, Dec. 15, 4:00pm

Come taste different types of hot chocolate with us!

Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30am

Teen Advisory Board Mondays at 4:15pm Nov. 13, Dec. 11 & Jan. 8


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

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Friday, Dec. 1, 4:15pm

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

Family Storytime

Toddler Time


9:30 or 10:30am

Baby Bounce

Preschool Storytime

Age birth-15 months

Age 3-5


Age 6 and under

Exam Cram

Teen Chat & Sip



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Nov. 6-22 and Jan. 8-25

Dec. 18 & 19, 4:00-8:00pm

Grades 9-12. Need a place to study for finals? Drop into our Exam Cram room, where snacks and stress-relieving activities will be provided. Bring your friends! No registration required.

Registration is required unless noted. Go online to All programs are just for the teens in the grades listed for the program.

Wednesdays 9:30 or 10:30am

Tuesdays Age 1-2

Thursdays 9:30 or 10:30am


Special Events for All Ages


Sing & Soar: with Nanny Nikki

Dress for Mess!

Join us for a fun and interactive musical show including sing-along songs, dancing, puppets, and more! Please register.



Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 of 11:30am

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 beginning Nov. 15 by phone, chat or in person.

Craft Camp: Bird Feeders Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30pm

These storytimes are designed for families with children ages 5 and under. An adult must attend with the child. Get a drop-in ticket from the Kids Help Desk.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 10:00am

Spanish Bilingual Storytimes

Fridays, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15, 10:30am

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

Polar Bear Storytime

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10:00am

Roar along with friends at this storytime all about polar bears. Stay for a craft at the end!

Fun with Friends! Together for Childhood: Juntos Por La Niñez Wednesdays at 6:00pm Nov. 1, Dec. 6 & Jan. 3

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.

Friday, Jan. 5, 10:30am

Sing, read and play in English and Ukrainian. Співайте, читайте і грайтеся англійською та українською! 6

Frosty Flubber

Grades 3-5. Can you build a snowman tall enough to tower over the rest? Using non-conventional building materials, compete to craft the tallest snowman! Registration opens Nov. 15.

Monday, Dec. 18, 10:30am   Ages 3-5. It's cold, it's stretchy, it's slimy! Make Frosty Flubber! Registration opens Nov. 15.

Thursday, Dec. 28, 11:00am or 4:00pm

Make a friendship bracelet for yourself and one for your bestie. Supplies are provided. Drop in.

Homeschool Learn & Grow Together   Fridays, Nov. 10 & Dec. 8, 2:00pm

New Year's Eve Party Crafts Friday, Dec. 29, 2:00pm

Grades K-5. Join Miss Avocado as we explore our wonderful world! Work at stations to uncover new perspectives about a topic. Please register.

Start your New Year countdown at the library! Create crafts and learn games to play at your own New Year celebrations. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Bluey Party

Thursday, Jan. 4, 10:30am

Wackadoo! Come on down for this party featuring dancing, games, and activities inspired by "Bluey." Registration opens Nov. 15.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:00am

Ukrainian Bilingual Storytime

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 4:30pm

DIY Friendship Bracelets

Drama Club

Yeti Storytime

Slip, slide or sled over to the library for a storytime all about yetis-then look through the library on a yeti scavenger hunt!

For ages 15 months and under. Create a painting with your baby's footprints. Space is limited – please choose only one time slot. Registration opens Nov. 15.

Winter Break Fun for All Ages

Cozy Storytime

Snuggle up for stories and songs about all things soft, cuddly and cozy! Bring or wear your favorite "cozy" item.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 6 9:30am or 10:30am

Snowman Stretch STEM Challenge For all ages. Each craft camp features a different style and technique for making art. Come and create! Please register.

Special Storytimes

Baby Footprint Art

Tuesday, Nov. 28 3:00 or 5:30pm

Sunday, Nov. 12, 3:00pm

Polar Bears YETIS


Children's Artwork Showcase

Read to Rover

Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Ages 7 & older. Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog. A signed waiver is required. One 15-minute time slot per child. Please register.

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

Light Up LEGOs

Monday, Nov. 20, 4:30pm   Grades 3-5. Illuminate your imagination with LEGO blocks and simple circuits. Please register.

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

Chess Nuts

Classic Chess

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up. All skill levels are welcome for a game of head-tohead chess on a variety of unique boards. Please register.

Solitaire Chess Challenge Wednesday, Dec. 20, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up. Work as a team to solve solitaire challenges with chess pieces! Please register.

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


Fremont Public Library District 1170 North Midlothian Road Mundelein, IL 60060

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Mundelein, IL 60060-1237 Permit No. 203

Phone: 847-566-8702 Monday–Thursday 9am to 9pm Friday 9am to 6pm Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 1pm to 5pm


Open 9am-5pm on Nov. 22 Closed all day Nov. 23


Closed Dec. 24 & 25


Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

Stay Crafty!

Visit the Help Desk to pick up each month’s craft kit. Crafts are available on the first of each month while supplies last. Limit 2 per person.

Genealogy Interest Group Wednesdays, Nov. 1 & Dec. 6 10:00am

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


Did you know? Our recent remodel was funded in part by generous donations from patrons like you! $75,000 in donations were dedicated specifically to the new teen area of the library. This year the Friends gave an additional $13,000 from a combination of donations and book sales to help fund the Summer Library Club and special events this fiscal year. We also received $4,000 in memorial donations specifically for books and e-books, and these dollars were put to use immediately. Your local library is a great investment! Please consider a donation to support more efforts to provide spaces, events, classes and materials to engage, inspire and enrich the community. All donations go through the Friends & Foundation of Fremont Library. This group of dedicated volunteers prepares withdrawn books and other media for sale at bargain prices in the Library’s Book Nook. All proceeds from the sales, as well as money that comes back from the books donated in the blue bins in the parking lot, are filtered right back to the library. To make your donation, scan the QR code or visit the library’s website and click “Donate” or mail or drop off a check to Friends & Foundation of Fremont Library*, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. Mundelein, IL 60060.

Guided Meditation and Chair Yoga Thursdays at 11:30am

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

Fremont Writer’s Group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm Join fellow writers to share and improve your writing. (Online) Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram & TikTok!

*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.

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