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New at the Barrington Area Library this fall! Join us for Cooks With Books: preparing, eating, and discussing food with new friends at terrific local eateries! Check out a cookbook from our collection, try a recipe or two, and come prepared to dish on the details. Bring your passion for delicious food and lively conversation. Librarians Ashley and Lizzy look forward to meeting you!

Get Outside and Grill: Saddle Room Tuesday, Sept 13, 2 PM

There’s a little summer left in your grill: meat, veggies, pizzas - if you can bake it, you can grill it. Check out one of our many grilling cookbooks, test a recipe, then tell us how it went. Saddle Room will prepare a few selections to get the conversation sizzling. Register. Saddle Room, 2559 Pratum Avenue, Hoffman Estates (near the Sears Centre).

Sweet and Savory Asian Flavors: PL8 Simply Asian Tuesday, Oct 4, 2 PM

Fresh ingredients, sweet and savory, sometimes spicy, unique blends: Pan-Asian cooking has it all. Let’s talk traditional, fusion, one-pot, searing or steaming foods, and blending flavors with an Asian twist. PL8 will prepare a flavorful spread to get our conversation rolling. Register. PL8, Foundry of Barrington, 736 W Northwest Highway.

Around the Italian Table: Incontro A Tavola Tuesday, Nov 15, 2 PM

Al Dente, Bolognese, Caprese: the Italian ABCs. This cuisine celebrates rich bases, fresh ingredients, and the Italian passion for family, abundance, and gathering around the table. Enjoy a few favorites prepared by Incontro A Tavola, then share a great recipe from one of our cookbooks or your own family traditions. Register. Incontro A Tavola, The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road.



Have you met "Elaine," the beautiful art installation in the atrium of the Barrington Area Library? Created by Minneapolis-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA specifically for the Library, the installation is made of almost 2,000 pieces of colored string, hanging from the wooden beams of the atrium. As daylight moves through the windows, the look of "Elaine" constantly changes and mesmerizes. As a very young visitor described it, "It's raining rainbows!" Invigorating, restorative, inspiring - "Elaine" moves us all in different ways.

We're inviting you to a series of creative, reflective events - Sundays With Elaine - at the Barrington Area Library.

Join us on:
Sunday, September 11, 1:30 - 4 PM
Sunday, October 23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM


We'll set the atrium with comfortable seating where you can read quietly, reflect silently, and enjoy the artwork, accompanied by live solo guitar or piano music. We'll also provide some workspace where you may relax with adult coloring pages or your own journal/writing project. Turn off your phone, leave your tablet at home, and experience this extraordinary work of art - and lovely library space - in a new way. There is no need to register, but be aware that seating is limited, to preserve a quiet, meditative environment.

The Barrington Area Library has featured live musical performances for many decades at its popular "Second Fridays" events. This summer, visitors to the Library can enjoy live music on Second Fridays, selected Sunday afternoons, and a Wednesday family concert! Read on to learn more about the performers and to register (where required).

Le Travaillant
Friday, July 8, 8 PM
"Le Travaillant" is Cajun French for "the working man," and these musicians have a great time living up to that name. The boys play Cajun music, bringing the breezy feeling of the bayou to Barrington – you might want to bring your dancing shoes. Register, as seating is limited.

Jammin' in the Stacks - WDCB Radio partners with BALibrary to bring you free jazz concerts!

Chris Greene Quartet
Sunday, July 17, 2 PM  |  Register

Hans Luchs Trio
Sunday, July 31, 2 PM  |  Register

Family Concert: ScribbleMonster
Wednesday, July 27, 10 AM

Sing, play, dance, and get creative with the performers of ScribbleMonster. No need to register, but bring your BALibrary card for admission. Guests from other library districts admitted as space allows.

Children, teens, young adults, and adults: Summer Library Club 2016 ends on Sunday, July 31!

Watch this space for an update on the $1,000 food pantry donation from Barrington Bank & Trust.

Why join the Summer Library Club? Summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and positive effects on children’s self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. Kids who join Summer Library Club read, play, and stay curious all summer long, at home, at the library, or on the go. That lessens the effect of learning loss, which often occurs during time off from school. 

Pre-Readers (Birth – K)
Collect stickers for library visits and receive a free book. New for this year: Kids and caregivers may receive a bonus prize when they complete fun challenges at home that encourage early literacy skills.

Readers (Entering grades K – 8)
Keep track of your reading this summer to earn a free book and book bucks to spend on library prizes! Complete challenges and earn more book bucks, as well as online badges!

For Young Adults/Adults:
Books Change Lives |

May 23 - July 31

• Community goal: 1,000 books read! Barrington Bank and Trust will donate $1,000 to Barrington Township   Food Pantry and Cuba Township Food Pantry ($500 each.)
• Individual goal: Read and log five books for club completion.

Just for Young Adults (Grades 9 – 12):

• Receive a sticker for signing up.

• Teens that complete the five book goal will be entered to win a gift card. 4 winners in all.

Photo courtesy of Eric Rieger/HOTTEA

Sunday, June 12, 1-3 PM: All are invited to a reception at the Barrington Area Library for Twin Cities-based artist HOTTEA, who describes his work as “interacting with public spaces non-destructively.” HOTTEA, whose full name is Eric Rieger, will be creating and installing an original work of art, commissioned by the Library for its beautiful atrium. Come and see the artwork, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments.

Rieger's work has been seen on the streets of Chicago and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, on the stages of New York Fashion Week, at musical experiences like the Eaux Claires Festival (and an upcoming appearance at the Sydney Opera House), and on the sands of Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu. He has even appeared on Sesame Street and recently worked at Paisley Park to honor the passing of Prince. His work will be on display at the Barrington Area Library through 2016.