Poetry Contest for Teens
Entries accepted from Nov 1 – Nov 30
Grades 9-12

Teens in grades 9-12 who love to express themselves through poetry are invited to submit poems for a contest sponsored by the Barrington Area Library.

Write a poem of 30 lines or less to be considered for the VOYA Teen Poetry Contest. (What's VOYA? See their Web site.) We’ll share all entries on our Facebook page. Then, we’ll choose the top three poems to send on to the national competition. A Barrington area teen was a winner just a few years ago - maybe this is your year!

Email your poem, name, age and town to by Friday, Nov 30.


Head of Youth Services Ryann Uden, Sales and Leasing Consultant Chelsea Amato, Sales Consultant Steve Clements and Public Information Manager Karen McBride.

Thank you everyone who clicked and "liked" the Facebook page for Motor Werks of Barrington! The team from Motor Werks dropped by this afternoon to present us with a check for $120 and a delicious cake to share with our staff, to thank us for spreading the word about their Facebook page and the great information found there. The donation will be used to fund something FUN for Barrington Area children. Thanks again!


Motor Werks of Barrington, the luxury auto dealer, has reached out to us with a unique challenge: for every "like" Motor Werks gets on their official Facebook page, they will donate $1.00 to the library (up to $500)! Couldn't be easier or more painless, and you'll also learn more about this terrific local business. There's no catch, but there is a deadline, so click that "like" button by October 2, 2012. We'll make an announcement on October 2 of how we did when our friends at Motor Werks of  Barrington present us with the donation.

What will we do with the donation? The funds will be used by our Youth Services department to do something special for Barrington area kids. So it's a win-win, in our opinion! Thanks in advance for your help.

The Barrington Area Library is proud to unveil a new way for library users to search for books, movies and music and manage their accounts: the Owl iLibrary app for iPhone, iPad and Android! The free app is available for download from the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store. Library patrons will love the fast browsing and convenient account access, along with the elegant, clean design of the app.

How to install and use the Owl iLibrary app:

1) Go to the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store (for Android users)

2) Search for Owl iLibrary (or use the links above - they will take you directly to the app)

3) Install the app

4) Search for "Barrington Library" in the list of libraries

5) Once you've selected "Barrington Library," click the button to log into your account

6) Done! Now you can browse our collections, place holds, renew items - everything you can do in our regular catalog.

The new Barrington Area Library app - just another way we're making your library available EVERYWHERE!

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The Barrington Area Library is proud to host a portion of the Barrington Area United Way's Round Up public art exhibit for the second time. The colorfully painted horses are now grazing at various locations throughout Barrington and four horses have found a temporary stable at the library. Look for tabletop ponies in our Adult Services, Youth Services and Circulation departments, with a larger horse in the courtyard windows of our atrium. The art exhibit lasts throughout the summer, and the horses will be available for purchase at an auction later in the year. See for more information.

Meet our four-legged friends:

Forever Young, sponsored by the Barrington Area Council on Aging. Artist George Stevens.

Best in Dog and Pony Show, sponsored by Quintessential Media Group (and featured in Quintessential Barrington). Artist: Carol VanderMey.

Soaring, sponsored by the Conroy Family. Artists: Lauren Conroy and Sigrid Neptun.

Get Off the Beaten Path, sponsored by the Barrington Area United Way Board of Directors. Artist: John Harff.