You've heard of TED, the non-profit, 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 on multiple issues, featuring a diverse range of voices. The Barrington Area Library is pleased to announce that it is hosting its first-ever TEDx event on Thursday, October 1, beginning at 7 PM.

Come and hear:

Sarah Bealles, President and CEO of JourneyCare
Dominic Green, Co-founder and co-owner of The Gentleman Farmer
David Hirsch, Founder of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and Director at Private Banking USA
Michael Miles, Co-founder of INCubatoredu, Founder of SeatonCorp

Be inspired by these fascinating speakers, be energized by the conversation generated from their ideas. Join us for this ground-breaking experience! Free but limited to only 100 attendees – register today. Refreshments. Meeting Room.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and for the fifth 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 2015 will receive a free mini tote bag stuffed with valuable coupons from local businesses. 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!

Look inside your tote bag for a library pen and newsletter, plus coupons from the following generous businesses*:

Acacia Organics
Advocate Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center
Allure Massage Spa
Ayur-Jyoti Massage & Holistic Healing
Barrington Cultural Arts Center
Barrington Dance Academy
Barrington Martial Arts
Chessie’s Restaurant
Fancy Art, N.F.P.
Foss Swim School
Frantonio’s Italian Deli & Café
Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Inc.
Norton’s U.S.A.
Pepper Park Coffee
Reber Auto Service
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
The Sanctuary Salon and Spa
Tattered Tiques
Tootsies Shoes
Wireless Zone of Barrington

*Please note that due to differing coupon counts, each bag may have coupons from only some of the listed businesses, not all. Get your bag early for the biggest variety.

The Barrington Area Library has held a Summer Library Club for many decades, with themes ranging from food to music to travel. Over the last two years, in an effort to revitalize the Summer Library Club for adults and young adults, the library has partnered with local businesses to provide assistance to area food pantries. Adult and young adult readers are given a reading challenge - this year's challenge was 1,000 books in two months - and if the challenge is met, the businesses make a financial contribution to the food pantries.

This summer, the Barrington Bank & Trust stepped up in a big way by being the sole sponsor of Summer Library Club, offering a $1,000 donation to be split between the Barrington Township Food Pantry and the Cuba Township Food Pantry. Thank you to the adult and young adult readers of our community for reaching the 1,000 book goal, and THANK YOU, Barrington Bank & Trust, for this very generous donation!

All of us at the Barrington Area Library believe that reading is good for mind, heart, and spirit, and this community endeavor proves that in a very powerful way. Barrington Township Supervisor Eugene R. Dawson put it this way: "Wow! How do we begin to thank you for your extremely generous monetary donation for the benefit of the Barrington Township Food Pantry? It's not often we get a donation of this amount and I can tell you, we were very excited to receive your generous check...People often think that because we are located in Barrington that there is no need for assistance. However, as you know, there is always a need to help someone. We will be able to provide food and use the money to stock our pantry shelves."

Library Executive Director Detlev Pansch (left), Community Librarian Ashley Johnson (second from right), and Barrington Bank & Trust Senior Vice President of Business Development John Haniotes (right) present a check to Cuba Township Supervisor David F. Nelson (center) and staff at the Cuba Township Food Pantry.

Lots of smiles as the check is presented to Barrington Township Supervisor Eugene R. Dawson and staff at the Barrington Township food pantry.


Generous Sponsor of Barrington Area Library Summer Library Club 2015

Please note the following important information concerning parking at the Barrington Area Library:

Repair work on the back/upper parking lot has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 26.

The back parking will be closed off at 9 PM on Tuesday, August 25, and will not be available until some time on Thursday, August 27.

Please do not park in or pass through the back lot during this time.

Thank you for your patience as we make improvements to our campus.

Update: around noon on Friday, July 31, we exceeded our 1,000 book goal! Thank you, adult and young adult Barrington area readers, and thank you to our sponsors, Barrington Bank & Trust, for their generous $1,000 donation to the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries!

Time is running out on Summer Library Club - and we need your help!

This year's club for adults and young adults came with an exciting challenge from our sponsor, Barrington Bank & Trust: if we can get adults and high school students to read and log in 1,000 books this summer, Barrington Bank & Trust will donate $1,000 to local food pantries. (The total will be split between the Barrington Township Food Pantry and the Cuba Township Food Pantry.) So, you can help feed hungry people in the local community just by reading and telling us what you've read!

That's it! You'll also be entered into a drawing for some unique and fun prizes but the real reward comes from helping others. We know this wonderful, generous community will come through by helping us reach our 1,000 book goal by July 31 2015!