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.





Thanks to all participating businesses! This promotion has now ended.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, as designated by the American Library Association. While residents of the Barrington Area Library district may apply for a card at any time, and a library card always brings value and savings into your household, the library likes to offer extra encouragement during the month of September. This year, we've come up with something new and exciting for those who sign up for a new card, who renew an expired card, and even for those who have cherished their BALibrary card for years.

Two women stand at a customer service desk, holding small tote bags

Kelly and Laura are ready to give you your library tote bag full of valuable coupons when you sign up for a library card - this month only, while supplies last

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014, patrons who sign up for a new Barrington Area Library card or who renew an expired Barrington Area Library card will receive a mini library tote bag and library pen. In addition to being a great place to tuck in your library books, movies, and CDs, this bag is also stuffed with valuable coupons from a huge variety of local businesses! Participating businesses* include:

• Allure Massage Spa
• B. Chones
• Barrington Bank and Trust Company, N.A.
• Barrington Martial Arts
• Calibre Coffee
• Calico Corners
• Carol & Company
• Clarke’s Bakery & Deli
• Cooper’s Pizza | Big Iron Horse BBQ
• Cory Cosman @
• Costco Wholesale
• Frantonio’s Italian Deli & Café
• Georgio’s Pizzeria & Pub
• Grassroots
• Hair By Justyna Salon
• Heads Up Boutique
• Holistic Acupuncture
• Huntington Learning Center
• JC Licht | Epco Paint & Decorating Center
• Jennifer Michaels Hair Studio
• Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art
• McDonald’s
• Meatheads
• Nature’s Select Premium Pet Products
• Norton’s U.S.A.
• Peaces Art & Adornment
• Savvy Spirit
• Solisq
• T.T. Patton
• Tootsies Shoes

While we want to welcome newcomers to the library, and those who may have let their card membership expire, we also want to reward long-time customers. So, we'll be giving away an additional 50 tote bags with coupons to current BAL cardholders who enter their name, card number, and contact information into the online form below. One entry per card number, please. Drawings will be held on Friday, September 5, Friday, September 12, and Friday, September 19.

Great deals don't last forever, and this offer ends after we've given away 250 mini tote bags. If you want yours, get here soon to sign up for a card or to renew your card. Current cardholders - the earlier you enter your information into the contest form, the better your chances of winning! Happy National Library Card Sign-Up Month from your friends at the Barrington Area Library, and THANK YOU to all of these generous local businesses who participated.

*Please note: due to varying numbers of coupons that were donated, some bags may not contain coupons from every listed business. For the biggest and best selection, get your card soon!

Due to an important upgrade to the library's Polaris system, many online services will be unavailable on Monday, August 11, 2014. Unavailable services will include:

Self Check-In/Check-Out stations
Online library catalog and mobile catalog
Credit Card Payments (Online and Self Check)
Telephone and online renewal
Owl Library app
3M Cloud

We anticipate that these services will be unavailable from 7 AM until approxiately 5 PM on Monday, August 11. Even though the self-check stations will be down, you will still be able to check out and check in library materials that day, at the Customer Service Desk. In the event that online services become available earlier in the day, we will keep you informed. Thanks for your patience as we implement this significant upgrade.