Created by Chicago-based, internationally-shown artist Barbara Cooper and our community, through a series of workshops, using recycled materials donated by area residents and organizations.

Inspired by trees and forests, libraries and communities, and our ever-deepening understanding of how all of life is networked together. Learn more about the work on our Gallery in the Library web pages.

Co-commissioned by the Barrington Area Library and the Lake Barrington office of Bartlett Tree Experts.

Opening Reception: Sunday, Sept 24, 1:30 - 4 PM

All are welcome to join us as Network is officially unveiled! No need to register.

1:30 PM:  ribbon cutting and presentation by the artist.
2 - 4 PM:  enjoy a string quartet and refreshments while you experience Network and chat with artist Barbara Cooper.
Take home a free tree seedling, courtesy of Bartlett Tree Experts -- while supplies last.

Join us for a variety of programs inspired by Network

The Root of Tree Care + Tree Walk
Sunday, Oct 8, 2 – 4 PM
Many of a tree's health challenges begin below ground. Mark Younger, certified arborist, Lake Barrington office of Bartlett Tree Experts, explains how to help your trees thrive through root care. After the presentation, we'll head outdoors to see harmlessly exposed tree roots, then take a tree walk in Citizens Park. Dress for the weather and for safe walking. Register.

BACT and BAL Discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Tuesday, Oct 10, 7 PM

In this groundbreaking work, Wohlleben argues that forests are a social network made of families just like ours – complex, supportive, competitive, and always communicating. In partnership with Barrington Area Conservation Trust – all are welcome! Refreshments. Register. Meeting Room.

Trees: The Neighborhood Builders
Thursday, Nov 9, 7 PM

Whether providing wildlife habitat, being essential to ecosystems, or contributing to the health and happiness of people, forests help build healthy communities. Jessica Turner-Skoff, Ph.D., Treeologist at The Morton Arboretum, discusses the multifaceted roles trees play in enriching the world around us. Register. Meeting Room.

Click here for more Network-inspired programs, and watch for more in the Spring and Summer of 2018!

Check out this cool time lapse video of one of the workshops!