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Fremont Public Library District

The Fremont Public Library, located at 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. in Mundelein, invites the community to come in and stay a while. 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.

There’s a lot to do at the library, from creative children’s programs to informational talks and educational classes for adults. Teen programs are guided by other teens in the community via the Teen Advisory Board, which develops their skills as leaders.

The library is a great place to be. There are several study rooms and larger meeting rooms that may be reserved for free with your library card. Comfy chairs throughout the library make studying, researching, or lounging a breeze. The newly updated computer lab breaks free from desktop computers, now allowing patrons to go where they’re most comfortable with a laptop. Where better to get it done than at the library?

Learn more about a topic, research your genealogy, get ahead in your career, or compare prices for a new car with online resources. Most of these can be accessed 24/7 with your library card.

“A great online resource is Lynda.com,” said assistant director, Becky Ingram. “It has thousands of professional videos teaching business, technology, and other creative skills. Also, Brainfuse HelpNow offers live one-on-one online tutoring services for homework help and writing assistance.”

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

Stop in and stay a while today to explore all the Fremont Public Library has to offer. There’s something for everyone! 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, Indian Creek, most of Vernon Hills and eastern Mundelein, to resources and experiences that educate, enrich and inspire. Two full-service libraries, and a Bookmobile, serve this district: Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; and Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Dr., in Vernon Hills.

“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,” and by year-end 2019, “Aspen Drive Library will be expanded to better serve the southern part of the library district with much needed space for the children’s, adult and teen areas. Our Bookmobile makes regular stops weekly and serves district neighborhoods, preschools, day care centers and senior centers, and delivers materials to homebound patrons.”

Popular computer and technology classes cover everything from internet and computer basics to website coding. Get out your old photos and your VHS tapes and learn how to convert them to digital format in the library’s Digital Studio, or record a demo or a podcast.

DIY projects in the library workshop appeal to all ages with sewing machines to create clothing and crafts and a vinyl cutter to create decals or logos.

The genealogy library staff offers guest genealogist visits, hosted writers and networking groups, an independent research lab and online resources.

High school youth enjoy the Cook Park Teen Zone space where there are book groups and crafts projects and after-hours video gaming and board gaming. Typical drop-in programs at both libraries feature book clubs, free movie matinées for adults and story times and crafts projects for children and families. A unique Authors Out Loud program features a free series of author visits and requires registration.

Based on materials desired, the eLibrary gives cardholders easy and free access to a variety of electronic platforms, such as Flipster, RB Digital, Hoopla, Libby and CloudLibrary, for music, movies, books, and audiobooks, comic books and magazines.  Need more help? Book a one-hour eLibrary appointment with a librarian, or meet on weekends with a Teen Tech tutor about any device, any question.

Both libraries host various free monthly GLMV Chamber of Commerce “Lunch Break” programs and all are open to the public and business community.   

For more information, visit www.cooklib.org; for all calendar events, visit www.webres.cooklib.org or call (847) 362-2330.