Barrington and the surrounding area are full of amazing authors and storytellers: meet them at the Barrington Area Library's first annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, April 18, from 2-4 PM.

More than 25 authors have signed up to participate in what we hope will become a Barrington Area Library tradition. Enjoy author readings, panel discussions, book signings, and keynote speaker Sonali Dev, whose debut novel, A Bollywood Affair, has won honors from NPR, ALA, and more! You'll meet and hear from poets, illustrators, and memoirists, chroniclers of Barrington history, and creators of fiction both historical and futuristic. It's the perfect afternoon for every book lover! Books available for purchase and signing (hint: signed books make wonderful gifts!). Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, but please register in advance, if possible.

Other authors scheduled to appear:
Mike Bavier | Bani Bhattacharyya  | Dyllis Braithwaite | Orlando Ceaser | Toni Diol | Lance Erlick | Theodore Grippo | Buddy Gunn | Bev Halvorsen | JUST ADDED: Elizabeth Harmon | Frank Heiberger | Diane P. Kostick | Claudia Marie Lenart | Terry Loncaric | John Monek | Mitsuo "Duke" Ogata | Michael J. Pearson | Charles Peraino | Georgann Prochaska | Jim Proebstle | Laura Quinn | Shakuntala Rajagopal | Susan Marie Schulhof | David C. Smith | Eleanor Anne Sweet | Todd Tarbox | Donn Ziebell

 We regret that author Sharon Shea Bossard has had to cancel her appearance.



All are welcome to attend these upcoming programs for small business owners, job seekers, entrepreneurs, or anyone seeking to get more out of their networking and communication skills! Free and open to the public - please use the links below to register.

Improv Your Presentation & Communication Skills
Monday, March 9, 7 PM

Join Team Improv Talk –– former MLB pitcher Jim Mecir and Second City trained improv pro Ellen Schnur –– for a laugh–on–your–feet workshop! Learn secrets from the mound and the stage that will improve your presentation and communication skills. Engage your audience in exciting new ways and create stronger, collaborative teams like a pro! Register. Meeting Room.

LinkedIn Networking and Prospecting For Small Business
Wednesday, March 25, 7 PM

Invaluable for job searches, LinkedIn can also help market your business to consumers and other businesses. Michael Yublosky reviews the top benefits of LinkedIn and immediate action steps to build your brand, expand your network, increase your visibility, and find qualified prospects. Co–sponsored with SCORE Chicago. Register. Meeting Room.



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.