Your library card - it's a passport to the joy that comes from great books, music, and movies, the satisfaction of successful research and learning, and the fun of year-round library activities for all ages and interests. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and for the sixth year in a row, the Barrington Area Library is celebrating through a unique partnership with local businesses.

All residents of the Barrington Area Library district who sign up for a new library card during the month of September 2016 will receive a free mini tote bag stuffed with valuable coupons from local businesses and a complimentary pad of "sticky notes" from the Library. Patrons who renew expired cards will also receive a bag. Use the coupons, then use the bag whenever you visit the library. Know someone who is new to the neighborhood? Tell them September is the perfect time to come over and get their library card.

In addition, 50 bags will be raffled off to BAL cardholders who attend some of our adult programs throughout the month of September - the more programs you attend, the better your chances for winning!

We thank our 2016 sponsoring businesses for their generous coupon donations:

1. Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
2. Village of Deer Park/Deer Park Town Center
3. iPic Theaters, Arboretum, South Barrington
4. Allure Massage Spa
5. Subway, Hough Street location
6. BG Associates, Certified Public Accountants
7. Gym Guyz
8. Heart of Europe Café
9. 18|8 Fine Men's Salon
10. Diana Matichyn, Coldwell Banker
11. Pinstripes
12. Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art
13. Norton’s U.S.A.
14. Brainstorm Start-Ups/Hough Street.com
15. Frantonio’s
16. Briddick Tile
17. Pinot’s Palette
18. Harmony Studio
19. Ice House Mall
20. Billet-Doux
21. Barrington Dance Academy
22. Advocate Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center
23. Cook Street Coffee
24. The Little Gym of Barrington
25. SportClips