Have a little old-fashioned holiday fun with us on Thursday, December 22!

11 AM – 1 PM:  Enjoy sweet treats in the atrium while Librarian Liz gives you great book suggestions.
Pick up a “Share A Book’ personalized bookmark and some library swag.

11 AM – 4 PM:   Escape holiday stress – color a beautiful bookmark or full page design.

1 – 4 PM:   Enjoy a fresh bag of hot popcorn while you browse for books and movies.
Take an “elfie” in our holiday photo booth.
Pick up a “Share A Book’ personalized bookmark and some library swag.

Drop in for a little while or spend the day with us - we'll be the ones decked out in our holiday flair...


Have a BAL card? Submit your 3D print project, now!

3D printing is amazing, but if you want to get the most out of your project, your work is just underway after the print comes off the platform. Here are some tips to take your 3D print to the next level. 

A movie director doesn't yell "Cut!" on the set and turn the movie over to the film studio; he relies on multiple takes, angles, and then editors go over the project to make it the best it can be. The same is true for the design process. It is unlikely that you will design a print perfectly and have it come out looking like a finished product, but there are a few simple steps you can take after the print is complete to get a more polished appearance. If it is your first time using a 3D printer, I'd recommend that you start out by selecting a pre-designed print that is well reviewed in a 3D model repository such as Thingiverse. In this example, we will take a pre-designed Pokeball with pink parts and make it look like the real thing!


I recommend using a high resolution setting in your software. At the Barrington Area Library, we typically use a layer height of .14 millimeters on projects as long as they take less than 6 hours to print at that resolution. If supports are needed you can remove them after the job is complete with needle nosed pliers.


Even though the resolution is .14mm, you will still be able to pick out the lines on your print, and after removing supports the print might need some attention. Sanding with a course sandpaper will eliminate many of the surface blemishes and provide a smoother finish. After using a course sandpaper, use a fine grit sandpaper to remove any additional inconsistencies. Below is a picture after sanding with a course sandpaper. Make sure to sand in an open space and use a facemask or respirator when needed.

Prime & Paint

Priming is a step that many people will skip over, but it helps to add an even base and further remove any surface scratches. Additionally, you may not always have control over which color filament is used on your 3D print. For this Pokeball, there were three different colors, so primer helps to mask any color beneath. You can use a spray primer or use a brush and a liquid primer.

After your base coat of primer is applied and dried, you can either use a brush or a can of spray paint to add your color. When the project has large surface areas that are the same color, spray paint is a great choice and a big time saver. When using spray paint, be sure to follow all of the instructions on the can, such as to use in a well ventilated area. 

Other projects may have significantly more detail and can benefit from the use of modeling materials and fine paintbrushes. One of our talented patrons, Dan Tisoncik, primed and painted a 3D printed model of Barrington's Catlow Theater. This took significantly more time and skill to paint, but the tremendous result speaks for itself. 


After you complete a pre-designed print, you might want to take the next step and design your own project. There are some wonderful resources on to get you up and running with 3D design. If this is your first design, I would recommend using the free, web-based software, Tinkercad. Remember, the design process can be a challenge, but you'll walk away with new skills and I'll bet the desire to make another project! 


On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the library's online system will be updated.
Many online services will be unavailable from approximately 8 AM to 3:30 PM that day.

This includes:

Online and Mobile Catalogs
"My Account" features
Credit Card payments
Phone Renewals
Stacks library app

Thank you for your patience as we implement this important update to our system.

Join us for 12 Days of Make, a fun, informal opportunity to try a different craft every day - just in time for holiday decorating and gift giving!

From Monday, Nov 7 through Friday, Nov 18, we'll be in the library atrium from 2:30 - 4 PM. Just drop in and get ready to create! See the schedule of crafts below. Try a few, try them all - you're sure to find inspiration. Many of the projects feature our MakerLab equipment, so you'll learn something new, too!

Have you met "Elaine," the beautiful art installation in the atrium of the Barrington Area Library? Created by Minneapolis-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA specifically for the Library, the installation is made of almost 2,000 pieces of colored string, hanging from the wooden beams of the atrium. As daylight moves through the windows, the look of "Elaine" constantly changes and mesmerizes. As a very young visitor described it, "It's raining rainbows!" Invigorating, restorative, inspiring - "Elaine" moves us all in different ways.

Sundays With Elaine is a series of creative, reflective events at the Barrington Area Library.

Join us on:
Sunday, October 23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM, featuring relaxing guitar music from Jerry Tiberi

We'll set the atrium with comfortable seating where you can read quietly, reflect silently, and enjoy the artwork, accompanied by live solo guitar or piano music. We'll also provide some workspace where you may relax with adult coloring pages or your own journal/writing project. Turn off your phone, leave your tablet at home, and experience this extraordinary work of art - and lovely library space - in a new way. There is no need to register, but be aware that seating is limited, to preserve a quiet, meditative environment.