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After 25 years of serving as President of the Barrington Area Library Board of Trustees, Richard J. Ryan stepped down from the position on Tuesday, May 10. Ryan is succeeded in his role as president by fellow trustee Lawrence J. Weiner who has served on the board since 1998.

The Barrington Area Library has reached its one millionth check-out in a fiscal year for the first time in the library's history. The one-millionth item was circulated sometime in the evening of Friday, April 30.

The current exhibit at the Barrington Area Library is a display of instantly recognizable images and places: Buckingham Fountain, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, The Chicago Theater and the Barrington Area Library itself. The exhibit consists of black and white photorealistic paintings by Bruno Vanoudenhove. The public is invited to meet the artist and see his work at an artist's reception Friday, May 14, 7 pm.

Since the 1970s, April has been designated as National Autism Awareness Month. In honor of this designation, The Barrington Area Library is currently showing a collection of paintings made by Joe Rosenbloom, who is autistic, and a collection of photographs by Thomas Balsamo used in the book Souls: Beneath and Beyond Autism by Sharon Rosenbloom.

For artist Richard Helland, creating art is as transforming as the final product. Helland works with watercolors using the "saturated process" which means paintings directly on fully saturated watercolor paper allowing the paint to flow and move on its own. Helland's watercolors are currently on display at the Barrington Area Library as part of the exhibit "Watercolor - Bright and Bold."