The TARDIS – legendary icon of the worldwide phenomenon known as Doctor Who – is landing at the Barrington Area Library on Sunday, March 8! Doctor Who debuted on British TV screens in 1963 and has been building a seemingly infinite fan base ever since. The Barrington Area Library is hosting an afternoon of celebration, the Dr. Who-Palooza, for Who fans young and old.

The TARDIS will be landing inside the newly-renovated library between 1:30-3:30 p.m., so bring your camera for a photo op alongside a life-size version of the Doctor’s very own TARDIS. Don’t know what a TARDIS is? It’s a large, blue, British police call box that allows the Doctor to travel through space and time. The library’s TARDIS won’t allow you to escape from your overdue library books, but it will make an amazing photo for your Facebook page!

The photo ops don't stop there.  Visit the library’s Studio 1 and the staff will help you add yourself to some Doctor Who images using green screen technology.  Visit the library’s own Lady Cassandra, who is always ready for her close up!

Along with photography fun, stay awhile and work on some family-friendly crafts.  Always wanted to make your own Siege Mode TARDIS?  Now you can!  Need a new coaster?  Create one with Doctor Who decals created in the library’s state-of-the-art MakerLab! Fancy a new bow tie? Library staff will demonstrate how to create a unique bow tie out of duct tape.

Cosplay is the theme of the day, so attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Doctor Who characters.  All who come dressed in their Whovian finery will receive a fantastic souvenir made in the library MakerLab.  Light refreshments will be served to keep the party going. The library is open from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays, and the Dr. Who-Palooza will begin at 1:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to everyone with a love for Doctor Who.  Registration via the library website – – is recommended, or register by phone at 847-382-1300. Tell ‘em the Doctor sent you! The Barrington Area Library is located at 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, Il. 60010. See the library events calendar at – library events for more details, or call 847-382-1300.




February 1, 2015: The Barrington Area Library will be closed today due to severe winter weather. No deliveries will be made to the pick-up lockers and materials will not be picked up at the return boxes. If you have recently returned items to one of those boxes, you will not be charged for the extra day.

Samples of wedding crafts - banner for chairs, cupcake art, save the date card

Planning a wedding or wedding shower this year? Is your Pinterest board full of wedding craft ideas but you could use a little extra help? Sign up for one or all of our crafty wedding workshops! You can also stop by anytime during January 2015 to see examples of these projects in our MakerLab.

DIY Your Wedding

Tuesday, Jan 13, 7 PM

Just got engaged? You need this class on how to DIY all things wedding! We’ll share lots of great ideas to get you thinking, and give you a quick course on many projects you can do easily with our MakerLab equipment. Register. Takes place in the first floor conference room.

3D Printed Cake Toppers and Laser Cut Gifts

Thursday, Jan 15, 7 PM

Learn how to make a unique wedding cake topper of the bride and groom. Then, watch as we demonstrate how to make gifts for your guests using our Laser Cutter. Register. Takes place in the first floor conference room.

Wedding Invitations and Decorations on the Silhouette Cameo Cutter

Monday, Jan 19, 7 PM

Why settle for generic wedding invitations when you can design something truly unique? Learn how to download and customize patterns from the web to cut on our Silhouette Cameo. Register. Takes place in the first floor conference room.

Photo Scanning and Wedding Slideshows

Saturday, Jan 24, 10 AM - 4 PM

Learn how to scan your photos, negatives and slides, and then learn how to create a professional quality slideshow to impress your guests. Great for wedding anniversaries, too! Drop into Studio 1 or the first floor conference room.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the library's online systems will undergo an upgrade. This is not an extensive upgrade, and it is expected to take only a few hours that day. Nevertheless, the following systems will be unavailable from approximately 6 AM - 1 PM on November 18:

Library Catalog
Mobile Catalog
"My Account" features
Telephone renewal
Credit card payment
Owl iLibrary app
OverDrive e-books/audiobooks
3M Cloud Library e-books
OneClickdigital audiobooks
Comics Plus

We'll keep you posted on our progress - thanks for your patience!

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Barrington Area Library Executive Director Detlev Pansch and Business Liaison Librarian Barbara Alvarez presented the first of two donation checks to area food pantries. A check for $567.00 was presented to Cuba Township Supervisor David F. Nelson and staff to be used to stock the shelves of their food pantry. This money was donated by generous local businesses during the library's Summer Library Club for adults and young adults. Patrons were asked to read 1,500 books during the summer months, while businesses pledged a portion of one day's proceeds if that reading goal was met. Nine businesses made contributions to the final total of $1,134.00, which will be split between Barrington Township and Cuba Township. Donating businesses included:

Cooper’s Pizza
Paul’s Burrito Express
Nature’s Select Pet Products
Savory Salads
Calibrè Coffee
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria and Pub
Cook Street Coffee

Top donating businesses were Calibrè Coffee in South Barrington, Paul's Burrito Express, Cooper's Pizza, and Cook Street Coffee, all in Barrington. We thank all who participated, either by making a donation, or by signing up for Summer Library Club and logging in books read. "We were excited about the possibility of doing something new with Summer Library Club, by keeping a focus on reading, but adding in an aspect of social good," stated Executive Director Pansch. "The library staff was really energized by the opportunity to contribute in a positive way to relieving hunger right here in our community." Some additional funds were donated by individual library staff members.

Barrington Area Library Executive Director Detlev Pansch (far left) and Business Liaison Librarian Barbara Alvarez (far right) present a food pantry donation check to Cuba Township Supervisor David F. Nelson (center) and his staff on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.