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Barrington Area Library Partners With Local Businesses for National Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 2011 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. The Barrington Area Library is particularly excited about this year's observance, as the library rolls out two new library card designs, including a bright green card just for children. The new designs are part of the library's ongoing rebranding project, intended to give the library's public relations materials an updated and more consistent look.

To celebrate the new designs, the library has partnered with two local businesses for a fun campaign that adds even more value to a library card. From September 1 - 30, 2011, displaying a Barrington Area Library card at the Barrington McDonald's and Norton's U.S.A. will result in additional savings. The Barrington McDonald's, owned by the Bear Family Restaurant group, is offering a buy one, get one free deal on all McCafé drinks, hot or cold. Norton's U.S.A., owned by local businessperson Deborah Leydig, will offer customers 15% off one item simply for displaying a Barrington Area Library card.

Patrons do not need one of the new cards to take advantage of the savings. "Barrington Area Library cards might be black, green, blue or even yellow! Of course, our patrons are welcome to come in for a new card, but your old card remains valid with us and with our local business partners," states Karen McBride, Head of Public Information at the library. If you own a Barrington area business and would like to extend a special offer to Barrington Area Library cardholders, contact the library's Public Information office at 847-382-1300, x 205.

The Barrington McDonald's is located at 227 W. Northwest Highway in Barrington, IL. Norton's U.S.A. is located at 400 Lageschulte Street, Barrington, IL and online at

The Barrington Area Library is located at 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL, 60010. The main phone number is 847-382-1300. The library Web site may be found at The Barrington Public Library District serves 44,157 residents in all or part of Algonquin, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, North Barrington, Palatine, Port Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, and some unincorporated areas. It covers a 72-square-mile area, making it the largest library district in Illinois, geographically speaking.

"There's no problem a library card can't solve" is a quote from the book summary for The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.

Barrington Area Library Hits The Refresh Button With Help From Design Student

At a time when people are just as likely to visit the library to hear live music, use a computer, or view world class art, how does a public library spread the word that books are only one part of its mission? The Barrington Area Library has used a variety of logos, color schemes and publications - from newsletters to Web pages - in its 96 year history, all of which have helped define and elaborate upon its role within the community.


South Branch Reopens, Willow Recreation Center Lockers Back In Service

The library's South Branch location has reopened beginning Monday, June 6, at 9 AM. The pick-up lockers at Hoffman Estates Park District Willow Recreation Center, Algonquin & Lexington Roads, are also back in service as of June 6. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced due to these construction-related closures.

Barrington Area Library One of 17 Libraries in Illinois Recognized for Exceptional Service

In a report issued by the Library Journal, the Barrington Area Library has been recognized for exceptional service with a three star rating. The Library Journal issued its national ranking of libraries, the Index of Public Library Service on October 1. The index rates 7,407 public libraries across the nation and awards star ratings for exceptional service. The Barrington Area Library is one of 17 libraries in Illinois and one of 258 libraries nationally to receive the special recognition of a starred rating.


After 25 Years, Barrington Area Library Board President Steps Down

After 25 years of serving as President of the Barrington Area Library Board of Trustees, Richard J. Ryan stepped down from the position on Tuesday, May 10. Ryan is succeeded in his role as president by fellow trustee Lawrence J. Weiner who has served on the board since 1998.