On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Barrington Area Library will roll out a redesigned website.

Why a new website?

Since our last redesign in 2011, the use of mobile technology has greatly increased. More than 50% of visitors are now accessing our site through tablets and mobile devices, and it's important to us to provide the best user experience possible.

Our new site is built with responsive technology that will recognize the type of device and the size of the screen you're using, and will instantly adjust to the correct environment. Look for touchscreen-friendly features, menus that can be minimized, and an overall cleaner, brighter look.

What you won't find - a drastic change from our current site. We've done our best to keep links in familiar places and prioritize the services you use most. We'll also continue using the same online library catalog, where you look up items and access your account information.

We hope our new website improves and enhances your customer service experience at the Barrington Area Library.

Please note that on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from approximately 8 AM until 12 PM, the library's online system will undergo an upgrade. This means the following online/automated services will not be available during the upgrade time:

Online catalog
Mobile catalog
My Account features
Credit Card Payment (Online & Self-Check)
Telephone renewal
Library app
OverDrive e-books/audiobooks

We apologize for any inconvenience you experience during this service outage. We hope to restore all online services early in the afternoon on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Barrington Area Library and South Branch will be closed on Thursday, December 3, 2015, for an annual Staff In-Service Day.

The library website and online services are expected to be available during daytime hours. However, due to required emergency maintenance, online services will be unavailable for several hours in the evening. The exact time frame is not known, but online services may be unavailable between 5 PM - 11 PM or later.

Online services expected to be down include:

Library website
Library catalog
Library account information
Online renewal
Research databases
Mango Languages
and more

Please plan accordingly. We regret any inconvenience you experience while this important maintenance work is done.

The Village of Barrington, the Barrington Park District, the Barrington Sesquicentennial Committee, the Barrington Area Library, and generous local sponsors are hosting a weekend of Civil War era events here in Barrington.

On Saturday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Barrington Area Library, Guy C. Fraker, author of Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit, will speak about Lincoln’s career in Illinois. Explore lesser-known facts about Lincoln’s Circuit experience and significant visits around the state, including Lake County. You’ll gain even more appreciation for this well-loved president. Please register.

On Saturday, September 19th, an entire Civil War camp will come to life and open for the public at 10:00 a.m. at Citizens Park. The event will feature an Abe Lincoln impersonator, medical demonstrations, a fashion show presided over by Mrs. Lincoln, and a battle with commentary. Food will be available for purchase by Kooker’s from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The schedule for the day is:

10:00 a.m. Camps Open to the Public

10:30 a.m. General Sherman Addresses Spectators at the Pavilion

11:00 a.m. Artillery Practice Drills at Battlefield

12:00 Noon Fashion Show with Mrs. Lincoln at Amphitheater

12:30 p.m. Medical Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

1:00 p.m. Presentation called “Divided Families” by Mrs. Lincoln at Amphitheater

2:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment with Commentary at Battlefield

2:30 p.m. Post-Battle Medical Surgery Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

3:00 p.m. Presentation of Colors – Camp Closes to the Public

On Sunday, September 20th, the camp will open for the public again at 10:00 a.m.

The schedule for the Sunday is:

10:00 a.m. Camps Open to the Public

11:00 a.m. Artillery Practice Drills at Battlefield

12:00 p.m. Medical Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

1:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment with Commentary at Battlefield

1:30 p.m. Post-Battle Medical Surgery Demonstration at the 17th Corps Hospital Tent

2:00 p.m. Presentation of Colors – Camp Closes to the Public

Also on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Barrington Area Library, enjoy a Civil War presentation on preserving Civil War battlefields by Barrington native and BHS graduate Ron Cogswell, former Chief Operating Officer of the Civil War Trust in Washington, D.C. Please register. A perfect wrap-up to your visit to the Civil War battlefield in Citizens Park!

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 – a community-planned series of conversations on multiple issues, featuring a diverse range of voices. The Barrington Area Library is pleased to announce that it is hosting its first-ever TEDx event on Thursday, October 1, beginning at 7 PM.

Come and hear:

Sarah Bealles, President and CEO of JourneyCare
Dominic Green, Co-founder and co-owner of The Gentleman Farmer
David Hirsch, Founder of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and Director at Private Banking USA
Michael Miles, Co-founder of INCubatoredu, Founder of SeatonCorp

Be inspired by these fascinating speakers, be energized by the conversation generated from their ideas. Join us for this ground-breaking experience! Free but limited to only 100 attendees – register today. Refreshments. Meeting Room.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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