Community: Let's Grow Together

Community Events

Non-Profit Know-How: "New Normal"

When: Wednesday, June 10 – 1:00pm - 2:00pm

How will your operations change as we move through the phased recovery plan? What resources are available to bolster non-profits? Community Engagement Librarian Sam will share research; bring your own ...

Avoiding Anxiety

When: Wednesday, June 24 – 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Advice for Unusual Times

In collaboration with Amita Behavioral Health

What are the things we can control in our current environment? We’ll talk with local mental health expert Katie Torres, ...

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Need help or want to help during these challenging times? Visit our COVID-19 Resource Guide. Local resources for health care, mental health, senior concerns, food pantries, employment and small business, + much more. We update regularly. To add a resource, please contact Community Engagement Librarian Sam Adams-Lanham at

Local Resources Relating to COVID-19 and the Shelter In Place Order: medical information, care for seniors and others needing assistance, help for the hungry and for small businesses, much more.

Foundation Directory Online: Hoping to use your time at home to research funding opportunities for your non-profit? Candid has provided BALibrary customers with a temporary remote access link. You may share this via email with other non-profit leaders, but Candid respectfully asks that it not be shared on social media.

Community Calendar - Local non-profit organizations may submit events for listing on our online community calendar.

Community Information Screen - The library dedicates one of its large, in-house video display screens to promoting community events. Local non-profit organizations may submit Powerpoint slides, or submit flyers/posters via email in PDF or other formats, for the library to create slides. We regret that we are not able to take posters, brochures or other printed materials for display in the library. Librarians are available to assist you in scanning posters for our community information screen. Complete details.

Community Pages - Local clubs and organizations may add their information to the library catalog. When library customers search for books and movies on related subjects, information about your nonprofit will also appear in the search results. For details, please contact the Community Engagement Librarian at 847-382-1300 X 3140 or email

Group Visits - Prearranged group visits are available for schools, preschools, governmental units, non-profit organizations, and businesses in the Barrington Public Library District. Library staff can provide library tours, technology workshops, research tips, book talks and story time presentations. E-mail Youth Services or Adult Services to arrange a tour.

Librarian Roadshow - Librarians can visit your community group or meeting to present on a wide variety of interesting and useful topics. Complete details.

Services to businesses - In addition to non-profit organizations, the library offers many services to local businesses. See our business page and contact Business Liaison Librarian Annette Bochenek at or by phone at 847-382-1300 X 3050.

Services to schools - Visit the Kids' website to learn about book bag loans, school visits, and group tours.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2018The Barrington Area Library held its fourth TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 11, 2018. Sam Oliver, Chrissie Mena, and Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2017 - The Barrington Area Library held its third TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 5, 2017. Joy Wagner, Renee Blue, and Douglas McConnell were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2016 - The Barrington Area Library held its second TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 6, 2016. Courtney Quigley, Dr. Brian Harris, Bob Lee, and Joyce Palmquist were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2015 - The Barrington Area Library held its first TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 1, 2015. Sarah Bealles, David Hirsch, and Michael Miles were the featured speakers. The TEDx Program was designed to help communities spark conversation and connection through "ideas worth spreading." Please view Sarah, David, and Michael's videos and continue the conversation!