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.

Thursday, October 6, 7 PM

You’ve heard of TED, the nonprofit, 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 – a community-planned series of conversations designed to energize and inspire. The Barrington Area Library is proud to welcome you to its second TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event, featuring four powerful community catalysts.

Come and hear:
Dr. Brian Harris: Superintendent of Schools, District 220
Bob Lee: Founder, Ride for 3 Reasons
Joyce Palmquist: Executive Director, Barrington Area Council on Aging
Courtney Quigley: Co-founder, Hope’s In, student at New York University

Join us for this extraordinary experience! Free but limited to only 100 attendees. Register now - seats are filling up fast.


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
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