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Take a Journey Into Genealogy

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 kmills@balibrary.org for more information.

Journeys in Genealogy was recently featured on 365 Barrington.

Blind Date With An E-Book

Celebrate February, the month of romance (well, and the month of bad weather), with a blind date! We mean a blind date with an e-book, of course, delivered right to your favorite personal device, like a tablet or iPad.

How does it work?
Between February 1-28, send an email to AdultRef@balibrary.org. Put the phrase "blind date" in the subject line, and then tell us what type of books you like to read. Sweet romances? Breath-taking thrillers? Murder and mayhem? LOL funny? Include your library card number in the email, and then we'll surprise you with a "blind date" e-book downloaded onto your device.

Try it! And whether your first date is a success or a flop, you can always request another title.

Bring Your Own Device: tech classes at the library

Did you get a new smartphone, e-reader, or tablet recently? The library offers many free, downloadable resources - so stop paying for content! Bring your tablet, smartphone and/or e-reader to any of the free classes listed below. We will be downloading apps and other media during these classes, so remember to bring your device's password and your library card. Register for the sessions of your choice. We'll meet on the library's second floor in the new Reading Commons area - walk to your left as you exit the stairway or elevator.

Too cold to make it to a class? Watch a recording of the January 7 classes!
Here's the link you need to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPMqgi1dI7o

e-books and audiobooks

Monday, Jan 20, 7:30 PM

Saturday, Jan 25, 11:30 AM

Saturday, Jan 25, 3 PM

music, movies & more

Monday, Jan 20, 6 PM

Saturday, Jan 25, 1:30 PM

e-books for e-readers

If you have a Nook GlowLight, Kindle Paperwhite, or another black and white e-reader, this class is for you!

Saturday, Jan 25, 10 AM

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Library Assistant Phil Collins leads one of our BYOD classes in the new Reading Commons area on the second floor of the library. Join us next time!

 

 

 

Local voices and community conversations

All are invited to join in two very special community conversations this month, sponsored by the Barrington Area Library and taking place at The Garlands of Barrington.

Photograph of Sam Oliver standing in her officeSam Oliver has been a resident of the Barrington area since 1968, raising four children here with her husband Bob. The Olivers loved the area right away for its natural, open spaces, so it's not surprising she has devoted herself to local organization Citizens for Conservation, serving as staff director since 1984. In addition, she has started or served in any number of organizations, focusing on the environment, health and education.

Meet this inspirational Barrington resident on Monday, November 18, 7 PM, at The Garlands of Barrington Surround Sound Theater. "I think this community is a good example of one in which people see a need and come together to make it better for as many people as possible,” says Oliver. If you've ever wondered what it takes to turn an idea or concern into a practical solution, you'll enjoy the opportunity to chat with our own Sam Oliver. Register, seating is limited.


Book jacket for Smart On The Inside, white background with black lettering, pastel colored accentsEileen Gold Kushner struggled with learning disabilities as a child. Told that she simply wasn't "trying hard enough," it wasn't until she was a married adult raising three children that she was finally diagnosed with dyslexia. Understanding the problem gave her a new opportunity to realize her many strengths, and Kushner and her husband are now successful franchise owners.

Hear her story, as told in the book Smart On The Inside - A True Story About Succeeding In Spite of Learning Disabilities, on Thursday, November 21, 7 PM, at The Garlands of Barrington Performing Arts Center. Kushner is committed to helping children and adults with disabilities realize their full potential, but her story holds lessons for all of us. Register for this special evening. Books available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

These events are open to the public and are free of charge.


The Garlands of Barrington is located at 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL. The entrance to The Garlands is just southeast of the Barrington Area Library on Northwest Highway (Route 14). For more information on these and other events, see the library's web site: balibrary.org

 

Dare To Be Scared Writing Contest

(With special thanks to Kelly Stachura, Agatha Christie, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Snoopy...)


Creative writers: using one of the two prompts below, write a short story to help us celebrate October, the month of mystery and mayhem. You might win a gift certificate to Anna Shea Chocolates in South Barrington. Entries accepted between October 1-31, 2013. Entries may be up to 2,000 words in length.

The Body In The Library...

A. It was a dark and stormy night. Inside the Barrington Area Library, a lively crowd gathered to fete the artist whose works were on exhibit in the Gallery. More visitors waited in the lobby for a Second Fridays concert to begin. The librarian at the Popular Materials Desk had just answered a patron's questions about making taffy apples (after all, Halloween was just around the corner) when a thud was heard. There on the floor, between the DVD shelves, lay a body!

To be continued by you, Gentle Reader, on the library's Facebook page. Post your own ending to this scary saga!

B. Submit a short story based on "The Body in the Library," starting with that famous first line, "It was a dark and stormy night..." The best short story wins! Submit entries to the library's Facebook page or email entries to rfaber(at)balibrary.org.