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If you've never tried Freegal, the Library's free music downloading service, the holiday season is a great time to start! You'll find familiar holiday favorites, by artists you love, and maybe discover new music to love, too. Your BALibrary card gives you five free song downloads per week - and the songs are yours to keep forever! Just click on the link for Freegal on our home page, then search for your favorites by artist, song title, or album, or just type in words like "Christmas," or "Hanukkah" and see what you find! Some of Freegal's most popular holiday artists include Pentatonix, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, The Piano Guys, Meghan Trainor, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Wham!, and Mannheim Steamroller.

And, if you get your fill of holiday tunes at the mall or on the radio, there are hundreds of thousands of other songs on Freegal, by today's hottest artists and the most popular musical performers of all time. So browse around and get your five free songs a week with Freegal!

The Barrington Public Library District was once again honored with a three star ranking in a national survey published by Library Journal.

See the full Library Journal article here. This year, a total of 7,361 libraries were surveyed, with 257 being named "star libraries." This puts the Barrington Area Library in the top 3% of libraries across the nation, based on five major service measures – physical material circulation, electronic circulation, number of visits, program attendance, and public computer users - from the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The top 30 libraries in each of Library Journal's nine expenditure categories receive three, four, or five star rankings.

As we did last year, the Barrington Area Library ranks higher in e-circulation (the lending of e-books, e-audiobooks, and other digital materials) per capita than most star libraries across the U.S. - in any budget range! In fact, our e-circulation per capita puts us in the top 20% of the star libraries in this service measure. In several other categories, our performance is higher than libraries within significantly larger budget ranges. 21 of the 2018 star libraries are located in Illinois.

We're proud to serve you here in the heart of this wonderful community. Watch for our annual report in a few weeks and learn more about our busy and innovative Library!

You've heard of TED, the non-profit, global phenomenon devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Its goal? To make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. A TEDx event is a local version of TED - talks by our own community members, designed to energize and inspire. This year we were delighted to welcome a trio of inspiring and powerful Barrington area women at our fourth annual TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary, on Thursday, Oct 11, at 7 PM.

Couldn't make the event, or wish you could share these powerful presentations with family and friends? Follow this link to the online videos!

Our 2018 presenters:
• Sam Oliver, Recipient of Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) Lifetime Volunteer Award 2018
• Chrissie Mena, Founder/President of Living60010 and Community Volunteer
• Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque, Pastor of the Community Church of Barrington


Sunday, October 7, 2018 : don't miss Volunteer Match!

Our popular volunteer fair returns, with dozens of opportunities for meaningful volunteer work, right here in our community. NEW this year: we're also collecting used eyeglasses for the local Lions Club, and travel-sized toiletries on behalf of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Bring these items to the Library on Sunday, October 7, between 2-4 PM, and the Lions and the Chamber will redistribute them to people in need.

Organizations who have confirmed their participation in Volunteer Match:
League of Women Voters - Palatine Area
Barrington Area Moms Demand Action
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council on Aging
Barrington Breakfast Rotary
BStrong Together
Citizens for Conservation
FISH Food Pantry
Flint Creek/Spring Creek
Walk-On Farm
Let It Be Us
Lions Club
Rahab's Daughters
CareerPlace
NeuroBalance Center
Native Seed Gardeners
Smart Farm
WINGS
Barrington Area United Way

We will update that list as more organizations are confirmed. No need to register - all are welcome! See you on Sunday.



You've heard of TED, the non-profit, global phenomenon devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Its goal? To make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. A TEDx event is a local version of TED - talks by our own community members, designed to energize and inspire. This year we're delighted to welcome a trio of inspiring and powerful Barrington area women at our fourth annual TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary, on Thursday, Oct 11, at 7 PM.

Come and hear:
• Sam Oliver, Recipient of Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) Lifetime Volunteer Award 2018
• Chrissie Mena, Founder/President of Living60010 and Community Volunteer
• Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque, Pastor of the Community Church of Barrington

Sign up for the waiting list - we will do our best to honor all reservations.. First floor Meeting Room.