Sept. - Oct. 2023 Newsletter

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AUTUMN COMES to the library!



Flora Fauna

Wild Ones: Landscaping with Native Plants

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7:00pm

Learn why using native plants is an important part of environmentally-friendly gardening and landscape design with Dave Neu. (In person/online)

Flower Sculpture Art Social

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2:00pm or 6:00pm

Create your own flower sculpture inspired by Latin regions using your hands and tools, instructed by artists from the Dandelion Artist Alliance (In person)

Space for Us All, Indeed!

This past summer was quite busy with another successful Summer Library Club, “Space for Us All” which was enjoyed by more than 2,000 patrons! We also had a change at the helm of the library. After 20 years of service, Library Director Scott Davis retired on June 30. Becky Ingram has been serving as Interim Director during the director search, which should be completed by the end of October.

This past spring the library embarked on a remodel to re-carpet most of the library and to transform the formerly walled-off “shell” space on the second floor into a vibrant public space with a spectacular view and new seating areas. Work continued in August to finish the carpeting and bring the fiction books upstairs to unite all of the books for adults on one floor. When the work is complete, the teens and middle schoolers will have their own spaces on the first floor, with expanded areas for the early primary grades as well. Expanded and improved spaces to read, study, eat, learn, and have fun will encourage us all to use our library for all it has to offer. Please join us for a celebration on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2:00 to 4:00pm!

James Herriot: A Simple Life

Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30pm

Join Claire Evans as she recounts the life of Alf Wight, an unassuming country veterinarian who rose to international fame later in life under the pen name James Herriot. (Virtual in library/online)

Wild Ones: Rethinking Fall and Spring Cleanup

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7:00pm

Dave Eubanks from Eubanks Environmental will share what he has learned from working with native plants about creating healthier environments through smart fall and spring practices. (In person/online)

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

Food Folklore

Food Fads: From the 40s, 50s, and 60s

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7:00pm

Join historian Leslie Goddard for a nostalgic look at the food innovations and marketing approaches that transformed how we ate during the midcentury. (In person/online)

The Fantastical Workings of The Brothers Grimm

Monday, Oct. 9, 7:00pm

Jim Gibbons presents on the lives and works of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and their influence on the fairy tales of today. (In person/online)

Fangs Frights

Twilight Movie Night

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:00pm

Join us for a screening of Twilight and a themed craft! You will be able to paint a small terracotta pot for your own live cactus to bring home. Snacks provided. Ages 18 and up. (In person)

Family Friends

Genealogy Interest Group

Wednesdays, Sept. 6 & Oct. 4 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)

The Canterville Ghost

Monday, Oct. 16, 7:00pm Megan Wells performs Oscar Wilde's famous novella of a mostly funny ghost. (In person/online)

Hidden Cemeteries

Monday, Oct. 23, 7:00pm Dr. Emilie Lucchesi introduces the graves lost during the expansion of cities, how they were discovered, and what they have taught social scientists and anthropologists. (Virtual in library/online)

Tricks & Treats: A Cultural History of Halloween

Monday, Oct. 30, 7:00pm

Learn about the true origins of the spookiest night of the year, some of the wildest ways people have celebrated the night, and the legends that surround it with William Pack. (In person/online)

Your Smart Home

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7:00pm

The future is now! Learn about products from Apple, Amazon, and Google to make your home smarter with Michael Gershbein. (In person/online) Primer

Monday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Learn about the site, including Ancestry Trees, and review what it has to offer with Caron Brennan. (In person/online)

Trivia Night

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:00pm

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

Senior Connections

Fridays at 10:30am

Sept. 8: I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Oct. 13: Violeta by Isabel Allende

The library leads this lively book discussion for seniors. Copies of the books are available at the 1st floor Help Desk for checkout. (In person/online)

Great Books

Saturdays at 10:00am

Sept. 30: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Oct. 21: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk This group is open to anyone wishing to read and discuss great works of literature. Copies of the books are available at the 1st floor Help Desk for checkout. (Online)

Programs “Virtual in library” programs are broadcast on a screen – the performer is not physically present. 3

Teen Grades 6-12

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Games & Pizza

Friday, Sept. 1, 4:00pm

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

Teen Advisory Board

Mondays, Sept. 11 & Oct. 2, 4:15pm

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

Teen Chefs - New Recipe

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4:00pm & 6:30pm

Learn how to prepare a new recipe!

Note: You must have previously attended the Teen Chefs: Kitchen Safety class to register for this program.

Teen Chat & Sip

Friday, Oct. 6, 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!

Teen Halloween: Laser Tag

Friday, Oct. 20, 5:30pm-7:45pm

Join us for a night of Laser Tag, food, and a costume contest in the library after hours! Parents/siblings will not be allowed to stay in the library after closing at 6pm.

Young Adult Book of the Month: Grades 9-12

Sept: Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti

Oct: Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil

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

All programs are in person unless noted and are just for the teens in the grades listed for the program. 4 Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Go online to or call 847-566-8702.


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

The start of a school year is a great time to make sure your child has a library card.

Children’s library cards do not expire until the child turns 18, so they can continue using their library cards all the way through high school. Adult cards expire every 3 years so we can make sure the address and contact information is still up to date. Stop in today to renew your card or get a new one and see all the things your library has to offer!


Sept. 5-21 and Oct. 2-26. Pick up a drop-in ticket at the Youth Services desk prior to each storytime.

Baby Bounce


9:30am & 10:30am

Birth-15 months

Toddler Time


9:30am & 10:30am Age 1-2

Preschool Storytime


9:30am & 10:30am

Age 3-5

Family Storytime


6:30pm Age 6 and under

An adult must accompany the child and siblings of all ages are welcome. 5



An adult must accompany the child.

Fall Fun Storytime

Saturday, Sept. 9, 10:00am

Ages 5 and under

Read, sing, and dance along at this storytime all about fall. Drop-in ticket required.

Life-Size Sunflowers

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:00am

Ages 3-5

Celebrate the beauty of sunflowers by crafting your own. Can you make one as tall as you are? Siblings welcome. Please register.

Sign & Sing with Pediatric Interactions Inc.

Monday, Sept. 25, 10:00am

Ages 0-4 years

Join us for songs and sign language as your child develops their language and communication skills. Please register.

Giraffe Storytime

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:00am

Ages 5 and under

Sing, dance, and wiggle at this storytime about our favorite very tall animal-giraffes! Drop-in ticket required.

Good and Ghosty S TORYT I M E

Tuesday, Oct. 31 9:30am & 10:30am

Ages 5 and under

Jump, wiggle, dance, and sing at this fun and friendly storytime!

Costumes encouraged. Drop-in ticket required.


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Fizz, Bubble, and Goo

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

Chemistry concepts come alive. Combine everyday materials to watch them fizz, bubble, and goo!

Fire & Ice with Mad Science

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2:30pm

Grades K-5

Witness thrilling experiments with dry ice, sizzling scissors, and special bubbly showers and learn how giant beach balls can float in the air.

Light Up Wind Turbine

Monday, Sept. 25, 3:30pm

Grades 3-5

Can you generate your own electricity? Come and build a working wind turbine that can power LED lights.

Writing Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

Expand your imagination and sharpen your writing skills with story starters, prompts, and creative writing exercises.

Spy School

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:00pm

Grades K-5

Decode secret messages, follow the clues, and learn the tricks behind being a spy.

Mario Party

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30pm

All Ages

Visit the library to celebrate all things Mario!

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Together for Childhood

Juntos Por La Niñez


Sept. 6 & Oct. 4, 6:00pm

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.

Homeschool Learn & Grow Together

Fridays at 2:00pm

Sept. 29: Frogs

Oct. 13: Spiders

Grades K-5

Join Miss Avocado as we explore our wonderful world! Work at stations to uncover new perspectives about a topic.

Chess Nuts

Wednesdays at 4:30pm

Sept. 13: 4-Player Chess

Oct. 11: Cartoon Classics

Grades 3 and up

All skill levels are welcome for chess.

Read to Rover


Sept. 13 & Oct. 11


Ages 7 & older

Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog. A signed waiver is required. One 15 min. time slot per child.


Registration opens Sept. 15 unless noted.

Day of Play with Chalk

LEGO Challenge


Monday, Oct. 9, 10:00am

All Ages

Engage your senses with a variety of hands-on activities, including outdoor chalk art (weather permitting). Drop in.

Pumpkin Play

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:00am

All Ages

Explore pumpkins inside and out. Dress for a mess.

Candy Catapults

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30pm

Grades K-5

Test your engineering skills and use unexpected materials to make a catapult that launches candy.

Fall Luminaries

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:30pm

All Ages

Craft your own paper bag lantern to make the perfect DIY night-light.

Morris the Magic Man

Saturday, Oct. 21, 11:00am

Grades K-5

Join Morris the Magic Man in this puppet-filled, fun and engaging magic show!

Monday, Oct. 23, 4:30pm

Grades K-5

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

Wide World of Monsters with Mark Andertoons

Thursday, Oct. 26, 5:00pm

Grades K-5

In this silly spooky class, kids will learn to draw weird monsters from around the world.

Magic Tree House Party

Friday, Oct. 27, 4:00pm

Grades K-5

Come along for adventurous activities inspired by the Magic Tree House books.

Zombie Slime

Monday, Oct. 30, 4:30pm

All Ages

Make wobbly, creepy, colorful "zombie" slime with common household ingredients. Dress for a mess.

All programs are in person and adults are required to attend most programs. 7

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

Sept. 3 & 4 for Labor Day Sept. 22 for Staff training and re-carpeting.

Stay Crafty!

Visit the 2nd floor Adult 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, please.

Guided Meditation and Chair Yoga

Thursdays at 11:30am

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

Fremont Writer’s Group

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:15pm

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

ESL Classes

Mundelein High School provides English as a Second Language classes at the library on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Aug. 29. Registration day is Tuesday, Aug. 22, 9:00am-1:00pm.

Space For Us All Celebration

You are invited to celebrate our new teen and adult spaces and our improved amenities for all ages. We’ll take a break from our normal library services for a party in the stacks Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2-4pm. Come for fun and refreshments and see your newly remodeled library. Study rooms will still be available: please be aware that they are not soundproof and the noise may travel that day.

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