June - August 15, 2014: In celebration of the Barrington Area Library's complete renovation, the Gallery in the Library has brought back select works by some of the most popular artists to exhibit here in the past. Stop in and enjoy paintings by Kathleen Eaton, Bruno Vanoudenhove, and Lou Taylor, along with photography by Barbara Pintozzi and former Gallery co-curators Kelly Stachura and Lisa Swarbrick!

Kathleen Eaton is a Chicago area artist interpreting city and suburban life. Her works reflect a fascination with architectural spaces and the unexpected solitude or human activities that occur within them. From this perspective, her paintings explore the emotional landscape between imagination and reality in man-made surroundings. Eaton graduated with a BFA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her works have been featured in shows for over 20 years and many pieces have been acquired for public, corporate, and private collections. You may have seen her large murals at Midway Airport.

We are delighted to feature the works of Kathleen Eaton again in the Gallery in the Library. Her 2012 show, Urban Landscapes, was one of the most popular Gallery exhibits of all time, and resulted in Eaton’s painting Entrance to the Red Line being featured on the cover of the Illinois Library Association Reporter magazine.

For more information on her work, please visit her website at:

Bruno Vanoudenhove uses his photographic background to create photorealistic portraits in black and white acrylics on canvas. Born in Belgium, he is now a resident of Barrington, where he began a career as a freelance architectural photographer. When he first arrived in the United States, he was awed by the tall buildings, and marveled at how this concrete “garden” created a skyline that integrated both form and function, yet ebbed and flowed with nature. He transformed his love for well-known Chicago landmarks into intense and elegant art works. He has studied drawing and painting at Harper College.

We are delighted to feature him again in the Gallery in the Library, showing some of the most popular works from his 2010 show, Black Tie, as well as additional pieces.

For more information on his work, please visit his website at:

Lou Taylor, former resident of Cary and Barrington, was an artist and photographer. After receiving photography training in the Navy during World War II, Taylor also trained at the Modern School of Photography in New York and the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Professionally, he owned LFT Studios, and produced photography, illustration, and fine art for corporate and private collections for 70 years. Personally, Taylor offered community art workshops through the schools and park district, and took great interest in preserving, through photography and art, the treasured rural countryside. The Library was honored to host Taylor’s final public show in May of 2011. Upon his death in December 2011, a number of pieces were gifted to the McHenry County Historical Society to benefit their programs.

The library greatly appreciates the loan of these exhibited works from the McHenry County Historical Society in Union, IL.

For more information or to purchase one of Taylor’s works, please visit: -> Gift Shop -> Rural Images by Lou Taylor

Barbara Pintozzi: Few of us have time to examine closely the intricate patterns, colorful hues, and graceful arrangement of flowers in the garden. Barbara Pintozzi’s garden photographs are a call to slow down and look more thoughtfully at nature and gardens, in order to increase your appreciation for growing things and green spaces.

Shot without a macro lens, these images were inspired by Pintozzi’s observations of her garden, revealing the stories hidden within. The artist hopes that you, too, will hear the flowers speak.

Pintozzi has been working creatively in the arts since childhood. Pursuing music for a time, she took photography courses in college and was active in a camera club. Pintozzi’s photography has received awards from the Chicago Area Camera Club Association, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, and Gardening Gone Wild’s “Picture This” competitions. She also features her photographs in her garden blog, Mr. McGregor’s Daughter, and explores her artistry further in her welded garden sculptures. In her role as Barrington Area Library Trustee, Pintozzi serves as a member of the Gallery in the Library Art Advisory Committee. Pintozzi previously displayed her garden-inspired photography in the show, “In the Garden of Live Flowers,” Spring of 2012.

A ribbon cutting sponsored by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce led off the festivities at The Remix, the library's grand reopening. Pictured: Suzanne Corr, President, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce; Charlotte Neault, Chairman, BACC; John Haniotes, Barrington Bank and Trust; Barbara Pintozzi, Secretary, Barrington Area Library Board of Trustees; William Pizzi, Library Trustee; Karen Darch, Village President of Barrington; Carrie Carr, Library Trustee; Edmund Tobias, D.D.S., Vice-Chair and Treasurer, BACC; Don Minner, President, Library Board of Trustees; Richard Ryan, President Emeritus, Library Board of Trustees; Detlev Pansch, Library Executive Director; Carolyn Welch Clifford, Vice-President, Library Board of Trustees; Kathleen Leitner, Village President of Tower Lakes.

After a 14-month renovation project, 1,200 guests attended “The Remix,” the Barrington Area Library’s grand reopening on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Crowds formed early to watch a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m., hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants in the ribbon cutting included the Library’s Board of Trustees, Barrington Village President Karen Darch, Tower Lakes Village President Kathleen Leitner, Chamber President Suzanne Corr and Chamber Chairman Charlotte Neault. Applause rang through the library’s beautiful atrium as the ribbon was cut, and the festivities got underway.

Guests enjoyed live jazz from guitarist Jerry TIberi and the Jazz For You quintet, while sampling food from Barrington favorites, like Frantonio’s, Clarke’s Bakery and Deli, Cooper’s, Sergio’s, and Heinen’s/Hissho Sushi. Library Executive Director Detlev Pansch and department heads gave tours of the completely renovated library, pointing out highlights like the new MakerLab, digital creation studios, meeting rooms of all kinds, and the exciting, interactive new Youth Services department. Visitors received a warm, tail-wagging welcome from some four-legged friends, too, a group of Barrington area TDI certified therapy dogs, who also participate in the library's "Read To Rover" programs. A surprise visit from the Gelato D'Oro gelato truck capped off a fun afternoon. See an online photo gallery here.

Thank you, Barrington, for a wonderful turnout to our grand reopening, for your patience during the construction project, and your ongoing support for (almost) 100 years of library service in Barrington!

We were delighted by the following two videos which highlight some of the exciting new services and spaces here at the library, as well as capturing the fun of our Remix event. Thank you to 365 Barrington and Living 60010 for sending out these young, enthusiastic, and very talented reporters!

VIDEO: Inside the the New Barrington Area Library from Living60010 on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 22, 2014: we invite you to experience The Remix, the official grand reopening celebration of the Barrington Area Library!

Join us at 1 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony with our Board of Trustees, library administrative personnel, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, and elected officials from the Barrington area.

Then, you and your family can enjoy:

  • tours of the newly "remixed" Barrington Area Library, including the brand new Business & Technology Center, and the Youth Services department everyone is talking about;
  • a meet and greet with our furry "Read To Rover" friends - trained therapy dogs and their human companions;
  • live jazz from the Jazz For You combo;
  • delicious treats from Frantonio's, Wild Asparagus, Cooper's, Sergio's, Clarke's, and Heinen's;
  • souvenir photos from Photo Booth Express;
  • a surprise visit mid-afternoon from Gelato D'Oro - while supplies last;
  • free library tote bags and other giveaways - while supplies last.

We would be so honored if you would join us for this day of celebration. We are grateful for the support we receive from everyone in the Barrington area, and for your continued patience through 14 months of construction. This is your new community gathering space, so come over and make yourselves at home!

Read To Feed

Summer Library Club 2014 for Adults and Young Adults
Monday, June 2 – Friday, August 15

Shop, Eat, and Read To Help People In Need

Indulge your love of reading while helping our community. Read To Feed challenges adults and young adults to read more than 1,500 books in our Summer Library Club. If the goal is met, select Barrington businesses will donate a portion of one day's proceeds to help feed the hungry. All proceeds benefit the Barrington Township Food Pantry and the Cuba Township Food Pantry.

Thank you, Read To Feed Participating Businesses!

The following businesses generously tallied up proceeds from one particular day this summer and have agreed to donate those proceeds to our local food pantries if library club readers meet their 1,500 book goal. As of August 12, we are just 97 books away from that goal! Please patronize these businesses and thank them for partnering with the library and supporting the Barrington and Cuba Township Food Pantries.

Jimmy John’s
Cooper’s Pizza
Norton’s USA
Paul’s Burrito Express
Nature’s Select Pet Products
Savory Salads
Calibrè Coffee
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria and Pub
Bear Family McDonald’s Restaurants
Cook Street Coffee

Hit a road block on your genealogy search? Curious if there's any truth to a long-held family secret or story? Don't know much about your family tree? We're looking for Barrington Area Library cardholders who aren't camera shy to be part of an exciting video project. If selected, an experienced librarian will help you uncover your family history. Use the form below to apply online, or contact Kate at for more information.

Journeys in Genealogy was recently featured on 365 Barrington.