All are invited to the 2017 Local Author Fair at the Barrington Area Library!
Saturday, April 22, 2 - 4 PM | Part of Barrington Books Week

Pirates! Werewolves! Spies! Spaceships! From romantic poetry to timely, relevant non-fiction, from the heights of fantasy to the most down-to-earth contemporary fiction, there's a book for every reader at our Local Author Fair. This year's fair will be our biggest yet, featuring 46 talented, up-and-coming writers. Check out this list, and mark your calendar for this very special afternoon. Browse, enjoy refreshments, meet and chat with the authors, purchase a book for signing - a signed book makes a truly memorable and unique gift! The first 50 attendees who purchase a book will receive a free Local Author Fair messenger bag.

This year's list of participating authors:

Paul Alan
Joan Wester Anderson
T.D. Arkenberg
Lotie Bagotti
Barrington Writer's Workshop
Donald J. Bingle
Dellen Blackmon
Dyllis Braithwaite
Deanna Cabinian
Dennis F. Depcik
Lance Erlick
Kathi Frelk
Virginia Hanson
Elizabeth Harmon
Jason Hill
Julie Kendrick
Bob and Yasmin Kinton
Trudy Kleckner
Vanessa M. Knight
Diane P. Kostick
Christian Larsen
Claudia M. Lenart
Margie Macak
Patricia M. McClure
Cynthia Ripley Miller
Dawn Napier
Catherine Chifflot Nealey
Molly Page
Marsha Portnoy
Georgann Prochaska
James Proebstle
Laura Quinn
Dr. Shakuntala Rajagopal
Patrick Rizio
Kimberley Schumacher
Patricia Shinn Wojtowicz and Christine Petersen Streed
Gerry and Janet Souter
Thomas J. J. Starr
Susan Schulhof
Jen Vakharia
Amy Wagner
C.J. Warrant
Jeffrey Westhoff
Donn Ziebell

A week-long literary festival that celebrates contemporary storytelling alongside our centuries-old fascination with the printed word.


Rebecca Makkai and One Hundred Years of Chicago Arts
Friday, April 21, 7 PM 

Local Author Fair
Saturday, April 22, 2 - 4 PM


Raymond Benson and the James Bond Phenomenon  
Sunday, April 23, 2 PM


Meet The Author: Sonali Dev
Tuesday, April 25, 7 PM

Meet one of the most buzzed-about new romance authors! Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories in which she explores issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in happily ever after. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.


A Brief History of Bookmaking
Wednesday, April 26, 7 PM

Chicago book artist April Sheridan presents the history behind the book as object in this lecture and hands-on workshop. Try it yourself! Register. Meeting Room.


Meet The Author: Charlie Donlea
Thursday, April 27, 7 PM

Chicago area author Donlea found a hit with his first thriller Summit Lake. Hear about that project and help him launch his new book, The Girl Who Was Taken, due to be released on Tuesday, April 25. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.


Barrington Area Library Day
Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden
Friday, April 28, 2017

This event is full with a waiting list.


Meet The Author: Robert Kurson
Saturday, April 29, 2 PM

Bestselling author Robert Kurson discusses his latest, Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, as well as previous works Shadow Divers and Crashing Through. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.


Looking for meaningful, local volunteer opportunities? Drop in on Sunday, April 2, for Volunteer Match!

On Sunday, April 2, from 1:30 – 4:30 PM, the Barrington Area Library will host its first-ever Volunteer Match. 20+ local non-profit organizations will be here to answer your questions and tell you about their volunteer opportunities. Put your time, talents, and energy toward a good cause and know that you're making a difference right here in our community! Drop in and explore all the possibilities.

Here is a list of participating organizations - we'll add more as they come in:

► Barrington Area Council on Aging
► Native Seed Gardeners
► The Michael Joseph Foundation
► Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
► Barrington Area Conservation Trust
► JourneyCare
► Barrington Area United Way
► Barrington Noon Rotary
► BStrong
► Barrington Area Development Council
► The Build Team
► Citizens For Conservation
► Buehler YMCA
► Smart Farm of Barrington
► National Alliance on Mental Illness - Barrington Area
► Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
► League of Women Voters
► Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble
► Relay for Life - Barrington
► Boy Scouts of America
► Joyful Hands - Habitat for Humanity
► Hands On Suburban Chicago
► Walk On Farm
► Saint Anne's Project Hope

Love comics, cosplay, gaming, LEGOs, crafts, and pop culture?
Don't miss Comic Con Barrington!


Artist Alley: meet comic artists and creators like Artistic Dragon Studios, Donovan Scherer, Kumate Works, Fred Herring, Jhim43, Zach Lehner, Darrick "DC" Chen, and Paul Alan.

Be amazed by LEGO creations from Ara Bonsignore and the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club.

Come decked out as your favorite character for a cosplay contest, costume parade for kids, photo booth, and cosplay workshop led by professional Lisa Hale.

Keep your eyes open for a meet and greet photo op with impersonator Rick Aspen as he brings Captain Jack Sparrow to life!

Enjoy crafts, gaming including PokemonGo, live model drawing, and a character-creation class for kids with comic creator Jim McClain.

It's free, it's open to the public, all you have to do is register and show up! Register online.
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In the spirit of all those other year-end lists, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on what an outstanding year it has been at the Barrington Area Library. Read the list below or click through the slideshow to see the year in pictures.


We begin with three highlights (there were many, many highlights!) from last February's "Barrington Creates" celebration.

1. The LEGO Library, created by Ara Bonsignore. It took Ara one month to build this incredibly detailed replica of our library. See photos and get more details at 365 Barrington.

2. The giant Barrington coloring mural, created by artist Sara E. Michaels. Sara drew the original in black and white, we printed it on our giant poster printer, and you got busy coloring! We put up three versions of the mural so everyone would have a chance to color.

3. The CreatorFair, an afternoon event celebrating the creative spirit right here in Barrington. More than 20 local artists, makers, designers, and craftspersons came out and demonstrated their talents. See photos and more details.

Then in April, it was...

4. Star Wars Sunday! Young and old fans of the classic and beloved movies came out in costume to enjoy crafts, trivia, photo opportunities, and all things Star Wars.

5. Our new library website, with a cleaner, more responsive design that works well on every type of device. We love the results and we hope you do, too!

6. Our annual Local Author Fair. 30 authors from Barrington and all over the Chicago area brought their books and came out to meet and greet with potential readers. We can't wait for this year's event!

June brought an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience to Barrington...

7. The "Elaine" atrium art installation by HOTTEA. Minnesota-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA describes his work as “interacting with public spaces non-destructively.” HOTTEA, whose full name is Eric Rieger, has created an original work of art, "Elaine," commissioned by the Library for its beautiful atrium. You have to see it to fully appreciate it - stop in anytime the library is open. well as the return of a summertime favorite.

8. Summer Library Club for Kids. In 2016, 1,432 Readers and Pre-Readers signed up for the club, reading a total of 14,700 books! Barbara Rose School won the club, with the highest percentage of students who read 10 or more books over the summer.

9. Summer Library Club for Adults. More than 200 adults and young adults signed up for the club, which has a unique twist: readers are challenged to help us reach our total goal of 1,000 books read, so that our sponsors at Barrington Bank and Trust will keep their promise: a $1,000 donation split between the Barrington Township and Cuba Township food pantries!

Our list ends with a highly memorable evening in October...

10. TEDxBarringtonArea Library 2016. As with our first year, we were blown away by the wisdom, passion, and "Ideas Worth Spreading" shared by our four 2016 speakers: Bob Lee, Courtney Quigley, Dr. Brian Harris, and Joyce Palmquist. Watch our speakers from 2015 and 2016 online right here.

What a wonderful year! While these special events and experiences rank high on our list, we hope you also enjoyed the classes, workshops, meeting rooms, concerts, plays, books, movies, music, art displays, and customer service you received at the Barrington Area Library all year long. It's our pleasure to serve this beautiful and supportive community. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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