Antioch Public Library
757 N. Main St.
(847) 395-0874; www.apld.info
Story and craft: Children ages 3-6 will listen to books about nocturnal animals, and make their own porcupine using a paper plate, markers and construction paper Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
Craft: Children ages 3-12 will listen to stories about trees before practicing threading skills on these festive ribbon trees Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Registration required.
Lake Villa District Library
1001 E. Grand Ave.
(847) 356-7711; www.lvdl.org
Presentation: Join Jeff Mishur for an overview of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibit “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London” Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. The exhibit includes Rembrandt’s sublime “Portrait of the Artist” and 47 other masterpieces. He will provide a slide lecture of the exhibit as well as the history of the art collection at Kenwood House. Bring a lunch, beverage and dessert provided. Registration required.
Game day: Teens in grades 7-12 can challenge friends on a variety of Wii and XBox games Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Registration is required and is limited to 20 participants.
Cook Memorial Public Library District
413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
(847) 362-2330; www.cooklib.org
Presentation: Bob Ritzwoller, CPA at the Tranel Financial Group, will discuss “Minding Your Business” Dec. 12 at noon. Ritzwoller will teach participants how small business owners can pay for affordable health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses with pretax dollars. Registration required. A $5 boxed lunch will be available from Fodrak’s, 327 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
Genealogy: Families with children in grades 3 and up will have the opportunity to explore the history and heritage of their family Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Children and at least one adult companion can attend an informative one-hour program with professional genealogist and author Jennifer Holik and learn how to research and capture their family story. Registration closes Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road
(847) 634-3650; calendar.vapld.info
Writer’s group: Aspiring novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and others are invited to join this supportive writer’s group Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Fremont Public Library
1170 N. Midlothian Road
(847) 918-3225; www.fremontlibrary.org
Concert: Folksingers Bill and Kate Isles will perform songs from their first holiday album, “The Holly & the Ivy,” a collection of familiar holiday hymns and carols in an acoustic format Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Registration requested.
Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave.
Show time: A casting call for all actors, stage crew and musicians will be held Dec. 12 at 3:15 p.m. Learn and perform through music, drama games, drama practice and readers’ theater practice. No experience is required.