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Dare To Be Scared Writing Contest

(With special thanks to Kelly Stachura, Agatha Christie, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Snoopy...)


Creative writers: using one of the two prompts below, write a short story to help us celebrate October, the month of mystery and mayhem. You might win a gift certificate to Anna Shea Chocolates in South Barrington. Entries accepted between October 1-31, 2013. Entries may be up to 2,000 words in length.

The Body In The Library...

A. It was a dark and stormy night. Inside the Barrington Area Library, a lively crowd gathered to fete the artist whose works were on exhibit in the Gallery. More visitors waited in the lobby for a Second Fridays concert to begin. The librarian at the Popular Materials Desk had just answered a patron's questions about making taffy apples (after all, Halloween was just around the corner) when a thud was heard. There on the floor, between the DVD shelves, lay a body!

To be continued by you, Gentle Reader, on the library's Facebook page. Post your own ending to this scary saga!

B. Submit a short story based on "The Body in the Library," starting with that famous first line, "It was a dark and stormy night..." The best short story wins! Submit entries to the library's Facebook page or email entries to rfaber(at)balibrary.org.

Show your library card for great deals and discounts!

September 2013 is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, as designated by the American Library Association. Public libraries and the endless array of resources they offer to library cardholders add tremendous value to their communities. A library card acts like a ticket to a world of literature, research, technology tools, meeting and study space, live entertainment, the fine arts, and much more.

To celebrate, the library has partnered with eighteen Barrington Area businesses - wow! - for a fun campaign that adds even more value to your library card. From September 1 - 30, 2013, displaying a Barrington Area Library card at one of these participating businesses will mean big savings. To get the details on these amazing offers, download the flyer (PDF) or stop in and pick up a copy at our public service desks (available September 1, 2013). Thank you to the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce for their support of this year's National Library Card Sign-Up Month local business partnership!

Participating businesses include:

Accelerated Rehabilitation Center
Barrington Martial Arts
Bear Family Restaurants/Barrington McDonald's
BlueCherry Frozen Yogurt
Bravura Home & Gift Shop
Fancy Art, *NFP
Felde Chiropractic
Frantonio's Italian Cafe & Catering
Hair By Justyna Salon
Huntington Learning Center
JMK Simple Solutions, LLC
Nature's Select Super Premium Pet Products
Nieminski Robbins & Associates, CPA
Norton's U.S.A.
Signarama of Barrington
Sol Food Natural Soaps
SOLISQ - accessories by Gina Ahn
TCF Bank

Don't have a card? Stop in and register - it only takes a few minutes! The card is your passport to savings year-round, because once September has passed, you can still use it for free books, DVDs, e-books, audiobooks, song downloads, and so much more. Wondering if your old card is still valid? "Barrington Area Library cards might be black, green, blue or even yellow! As long as your information with us is current, your library card remains valid with us and with our local business partners," states Karen McBride, Head of Public Information at the library. Not sure if your card is up-to-date? Come on over and we'll be happy to help. Offer applies to Barrington Area Library cards only.

Please patronize and thank our business partners! Shopping locally really makes a difference in the community.











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Summer Library Club Popcorn Challenge!

Update: July 26, 2013: Miss Becky has fired up the popcorn machine! Come up to the second floor before 5 PM today and enjoy a free, hot and yummy bag of popcorn, to celebrate all your hard work in Summer Library Club this year!



The Barrington Area Library's Summer Library Club is drawing to a close for 2013. This year's theme was "Have Book, Will Travel" so we've decorated the library with lots of travel-themed imagery. One very unique feature is our Popcorn Challenge School Map, located in the Youth Services department. The map features 10 Barrington Area schools on a winding path. Every time Barrington Area kids log in another 2,000 summer library club activities, the library van begins to move around the map, visiting each school on its delivery route, from North Barrington to Barbara Rose.

If 20,000 library club activities are logged in by Friday, July 26, 2013, we'll celebrate by providing free, fresh, hot popcorn to all visitors on that day!
So come on, kids - get your activities logged in before it's too late and Summer Library Club is over for another year! The club for Preschoolers and Students officially ends on Sunday, July 28.

 

Have Book, Will Travel: Summer Library Club 2013

It's no secret that a great read can really take you on a journey of heart, mind and spirit - so we're been celebrating the transportive power of reading with this year's Summer Library Club, "Have Book, Will Travel!"

Summer Library Club for kids is now over.

Teens and adults, your club ends on August 16.

For Young Adults (entering grades 9-12)

June 3 - August 16
Take a reading adventure this summer and earn prizes on your journey! Choose a free book at the reference desk just for signing up. Read and review seven books on the library Web site throughout the summer to be eligible for the grand prize. We’ll also give away weekly prizes to keep you revved up and reading.

For Adults

June 3 - August 16
Pack your bag with books and an e-reader and join us on the road to summer reading fun. Register on the library’s Web site (balibrary.org), by phone or in person. Keep an online log of what you’re reading, whether you’re poolside, jet-setting around the globe or just enjoying the sweet life here in Barrington. Log in your audiobooks, too! Then visit the library to collect your rewards. All participants receive free books and Ravinia lawn tickets, while supplies last. To make it even more fun, we’ll have semi-monthly drawings and a grand prize for those who read six or more titles.

Need tech help? Just drop in!

Sometimes you don't need a whole class - you just want to sit down with a friendly, knowledgeable person and get your tech questions answered.
And you don't want a sale pitch! That's why we offer our convenient drop-in sessions. You don't need to register and we can focus on your specific questions. Here's what we're offering in the next few weeks.


 

Petting Zoo: iPads, Tablets, E-Readers
Tuesday, June 4, 10 AM - Noon

Stop by our table in the lobby every Tuesday between 10 AM and noon to check out the latest devices. Bring your questions about devices, apps, and downloading too!

Appy Hour
Tuesday, June 4, 4-6 PM
Librarians Gwyn and Liz will chat about a variety of fun and interesting new apps. This month, they will feature Mango Languages and Freegal Music.

VHS to DVD Transfer Demonstration
Thursday, June 6, 10-11:30 AM
You've got great memories on those VHS tapes. Now you can transfer them to DVD in our Media Lab. Librarian Gwyneth will demonstrate the easy-to-use equipment, then set up some time in the lab to try it yourself.

Check out our June/July events calendar for even more drop-in tech help sessions!