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Thursday, October 6, 7 PM

You’ve heard of TED, the nonprofit, global phenomenon devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Its goal? To make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

A TEDx event is a local version of TED – a community-planned series of conversations designed to energize and inspire. The Barrington Area Library is proud to welcome you to its second TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event, featuring four powerful community catalysts.

Come and hear:
Dr. Brian Harris: Superintendent of Schools, District 220
Bob Lee: Founder, Ride for 3 Reasons
Joyce Palmquist: Executive Director, Barrington Area Council on Aging
Courtney Quigley: Co-founder, Hope’s In, student at New York University

Join us for this extraordinary experience! Free but limited to only 100 attendees. Register now - seats are filling up fast.

 



Your library card - it's a passport to the joy that comes from great books, music, and movies, the satisfaction of successful research and learning, and the fun of year-round library activities for all ages and interests. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and for the sixth year in a row, the Barrington Area Library is celebrating through a unique partnership with local businesses.

All residents of the Barrington Area Library district who sign up for a new library card during the month of September 2016 will receive a free mini tote bag stuffed with valuable coupons from local businesses and a complimentary pad of "sticky notes" from the Library. Patrons who renew expired cards will also receive a bag. Use the coupons, then use the bag whenever you visit the library. Know someone who is new to the neighborhood? Tell them September is the perfect time to come over and get their library card.

In addition, 50 bags will be raffled off to BAL cardholders who attend some of our adult programs throughout the month of September - the more programs you attend, the better your chances for winning!

We thank our 2016 sponsoring businesses for their generous coupon donations:

1. Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
2. Village of Deer Park/Deer Park Town Center
3. iPic Theaters, Arboretum, South Barrington
4. Allure Massage Spa
5. Subway, Hough Street location
6. BG Associates, Certified Public Accountants
7. Gym Guyz
8. Heart of Europe Café
9. 18|8 Fine Men's Salon
10. Diana Matichyn, Coldwell Banker
11. Pinstripes
12. Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art
13. Norton’s U.S.A.
14. Brainstorm Start-Ups/Hough Street.com
15. Frantonio’s
16. Briddick Tile
17. Pinot’s Palette
18. Harmony Studio
19. Ice House Mall
20. Billet-Doux
21. Barrington Dance Academy
22. Advocate Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center
23. Cook Street Coffee
24. The Little Gym of Barrington
25. SportClips



Have you met "Elaine," the beautiful art installation in the atrium of the Barrington Area Library? Created by Minneapolis-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA specifically for the Library, the installation is made of almost 2,000 pieces of colored string, hanging from the wooden beams of the atrium. As daylight moves through the windows, the look of "Elaine" constantly changes and mesmerizes. As a very young visitor described it, "It's raining rainbows!" Invigorating, restorative, inspiring - "Elaine" moves us all in different ways.

We're inviting you to a series of creative, reflective events - Sundays With Elaine - at the Barrington Area Library.

Join us on:
Sunday, September 11, 1:30 - 4 PM, featuring piano music by Eugene Kwok
Sunday, October 23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM


We'll set the atrium with comfortable seating where you can read quietly, reflect silently, and enjoy the artwork, accompanied by live solo guitar or piano music. We'll also provide some workspace where you may relax with adult coloring pages or your own journal/writing project. Turn off your phone, leave your tablet at home, and experience this extraordinary work of art - and lovely library space - in a new way. There is no need to register, but be aware that seating is limited, to preserve a quiet, meditative environment.

New at the Barrington Area Library this fall! Join us for Cooks With Books: preparing, eating, and discussing food with new friends at terrific local eateries! Check out a cookbook from our collection, try a recipe or two, and come prepared to dish on the details. Bring your passion for delicious food and lively conversation. Librarians Ashley and Lizzy look forward to meeting you!

Get Outside and Grill: Saddle Room Tuesday, Sept 13, 2 PM

There’s a little summer left in your grill: meat, veggies, pizzas - if you can bake it, you can grill it. Check out one of our many grilling cookbooks, test a recipe, then tell us how it went. Saddle Room will prepare a few selections to get the conversation sizzling. Register. Saddle Room, 2559 Pratum Avenue, Hoffman Estates (near the Sears Centre).

Sweet and Savory Asian Flavors: PL8 Simply Asian Tuesday, Oct 4, 2 PM

Fresh ingredients, sweet and savory, sometimes spicy, unique blends: Pan-Asian cooking has it all. Let’s talk traditional, fusion, one-pot, searing or steaming foods, and blending flavors with an Asian twist. PL8 will prepare a flavorful spread to get our conversation rolling. Register. PL8, Foundry of Barrington, 736 W Northwest Highway.

Around the Italian Table: Incontro A Tavola Tuesday, Nov 15, 2 PM

Al Dente, Bolognese, Caprese: the Italian ABCs. This cuisine celebrates rich bases, fresh ingredients, and the Italian passion for family, abundance, and gathering around the table. Enjoy a few favorites prepared by Incontro A Tavola, then share a great recipe from one of our cookbooks or your own family traditions. Register. Incontro A Tavola, The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road.



Have you met "Elaine," the beautiful art installation in the atrium of the Barrington Area Library? Created by Minneapolis-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA specifically for the Library, the installation is made of almost 2,000 pieces of colored string, hanging from the wooden beams of the atrium. As daylight moves through the windows, the look of "Elaine" constantly changes and mesmerizes. As a very young visitor described it, "It's raining rainbows!" Invigorating, restorative, inspiring - "Elaine" moves us all in different ways.

We're inviting you to a series of creative, reflective events - Sundays With Elaine - at the Barrington Area Library.

Join us on:
Sunday, September 11, 1:30 - 4 PM
Sunday, October 23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM


We'll set the atrium with comfortable seating where you can read quietly, reflect silently, and enjoy the artwork, accompanied by live solo guitar or piano music. We'll also provide some workspace where you may relax with adult coloring pages or your own journal/writing project. Turn off your phone, leave your tablet at home, and experience this extraordinary work of art - and lovely library space - in a new way. There is no need to register, but be aware that seating is limited, to preserve a quiet, meditative environment.