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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Lime green small tote bag with wording "library barrington area I cannot overstate the power of libraries in my life, quote from Elizabeth Gilbert" Bag is sitting on a wooden table, trees in the backgrouind

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and for the fifth 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 2015 will receive a free mini tote bag stuffed with valuable coupons from local businesses. 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!

Look inside your tote bag for a library pen and newsletter, plus coupons from the following generous businesses*:

Acacia Organics
Advocate Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center
Allure Massage Spa
Ayur-Jyoti Massage & Holistic Healing
Barrington Cultural Arts Center
Barrington Dance Academy
Barrington Martial Arts
Chessie’s Restaurant
Fancy Art, N.F.P.
Foss Swim School
Frantonio’s Italian Deli & Café
Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Inc.
Norton’s U.S.A.
Pepper Park Coffee
Reber Auto Service
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
The Sanctuary Salon and Spa
Tattered Tiques
Tootsies Shoes
Wireless Zone of Barrington

*Please note that due to differing coupon counts, each bag may have coupons from only some of the listed businesses, not all. Get your bag early for the biggest variety.

The Barrington Area Library has held a Summer Library Club for many decades, with themes ranging from food to music to travel. Over the last two years, in an effort to revitalize the Summer Library Club for adults and young adults, the library has partnered with local businesses to provide assistance to area food pantries. Adult and young adult readers are given a reading challenge - this year's challenge was 1,000 books in two months - and if the challenge is met, the businesses make a financial contribution to the food pantries.

This summer, the Barrington Bank & Trust stepped up in a big way by being the sole sponsor of Summer Library Club, offering a $1,000 donation to be split between the Barrington Township Food Pantry and the Cuba Township Food Pantry. Thank you to the adult and young adult readers of our community for reaching the 1,000 book goal, and THANK YOU, Barrington Bank & Trust, for this very generous donation!

All of us at the Barrington Area Library believe that reading is good for mind, heart, and spirit, and this community endeavor proves that in a very powerful way. Barrington Township Supervisor Eugene R. Dawson put it this way: "Wow! How do we begin to thank you for your extremely generous monetary donation for the benefit of the Barrington Township Food Pantry? It's not often we get a donation of this amount and I can tell you, we were very excited to receive your generous check...People often think that because we are located in Barrington that there is no need for assistance. However, as you know, there is always a need to help someone. We will be able to provide food and use the money to stock our pantry shelves."

Library Executive Director Detlev Pansch (left), Community Librarian Ashley Johnson (second from right), and Barrington Bank & Trust Senior Vice President of Business Development John Haniotes (right) present a check to Cuba Township Supervisor David F. Nelson (center) and staff at the Cuba Township Food Pantry.

Lots of smiles as the check is presented to Barrington Township Supervisor Eugene R. Dawson and staff at the Barrington Township food pantry.


Generous Sponsor of Barrington Area Library Summer Library Club 2015