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Fremont Public Library District

The Fremont Public Library, located at 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. in Mundelein, strives to engage the community, inspire creativity and enrich minds. Fremont Library District’s 37,500 patrons live in portions of Mundelein, Grayslake, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Long Grove, Round Lake, Round Lake Park and Wauconda.

Engaging the community
The library exists beyond its four walls by reaching out to the community in a variety of ways. It hosts concerts at the Tighthead Brewing Company in Mundelein, hands out books to kids participating in the free summer lunch program at the Mundelein parks, provides storytimes to preschools and promotes books to students in the three school districts it serves.

Inspiring creativity
More than 40,000 people of all ages attend programs every year, which includes music concerts, adult lectures, youth entertainers, storytimes, STEM workshops and writing and business seminars.

The library recently updated its technology capabilities by adding two Lulzbot 3-D printers, donated by the Fremont Library Foundation. These 3-D printers give patrons the tools to create models, functioning prototypes, visual aids, real world products, educational materials and art.

As the world continues to focus on the importance of learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Youth Services department now has hands-on Non-fiction kits. These kits allow families to explore anatomy, robotics, nature, architecture, and music at home. Also offered are Launchpads, pre-loaded tablets with educational games to further explore STEM activities.

Enriching minds
The library provides access to an array of online resources to help with research, learning and information needs. Learn more about gardening, research your genealogy, get ahead in your career or compare prices for a new car, with the tools you need. Most of these resources can be accessed at home, 24/7, with the use of your Fremont Library card.

“One of our online resources is Lynda.com,” said Becky Ingram, assistant library director. “It has thousands of professional videos that teach business, technology and other creative skills. For students, we have Brainfuse HelpNow, which offers live one-on-one online tutoring service for homework help and writing assistance.”

Moreover, the library offers access to eBooks through Overdrive, free music through Freegal, full-color digital magazines through RB Digital and movies and audiobooks through Hoopla.

Stop in today to explore all the Fremont Public Library has to offer. For more information, visit www.fremontlibrary.org or call (847) 566-8702.

Cook Memorial Public Library District

The Cook Memorial Public Library District connects a diverse community of 60,000 residents in Libertyville, Green Oaks, Mettawa, most of Vernon Hills and eastern Mundelein, to resources and experiences that educate, enrich and inspire. Two full-service libraries serve this district: Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., in downtown Libertyville, and Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills – and a bookmobile.

“Both libraries are full of activity and offer study rooms, meeting rooms, a large collection of print and digital titles, access to computers and other technology and programming for all ages,” said Dari Carré, library communications coordinator. “District residents may use either library. Our Bookmobile makes regular stops weekly and serves district neighborhoods, preschools, day care centers and senior centers, and we deliver materials to homebound patrons.”

Various computer and technology classes such as Teach Yourself Tech, Windows 10, How to Use Social Media and Staying Safe Online are quite popular and well attended.

Digital Studio classes offer hands-on, how-to opportunities, such as converting analog formats (VHS) to digital (DVD); scanning and restoring photos, slides or negatives; recording a demo; and starting a podcast.

Featured guest genealogists, hosted writers’ and networking groups, an independent research lab, tips on navigating online resources – and even a Trip to Newberry Library – complete the mix of special genealogy programs offered by the genealogy staff.

The Cook Park Teen Zone with its own dedicated study space for high school youth, features book groups and crafts projects, and after-hours video gaming and board gaming.

Both libraries offer drop-ins for other programs, such as book groups and movie matinées for adults and story times and crafts projects for children and families.

Reserve a one-hour appointment with a librarian and learn to use and download from the eLibrary collection. Get help at your own pace from teen tech volunteers on weekends – any device, any question.

Library cardholders can also access thousands of other materials electronically: magazines via Flipster and RB Digital; free music, movies, audiobooks and comic books via Hoopla; books and audiobooks downloadable via Overdrive and CloudLibrary.

Both libraries host various free monthly “lunch break” programs in conjunction with the GLMV Chamber of Commerce. Check for upcoming programs on the library’s website and/or newsletter; all are open to the public and business community. For more information, visit www.cooklib.org; for calendar events, visit webres.cooklib.org; or call (847) 362-2330.