Sunday, October 7, 2018 : don't miss Volunteer Match!

Our popular volunteer fair returns, with dozens of opportunities for meaningful volunteer work, right here in our community. NEW this year: we're also collecting used eyeglasses for the local Lions Club, and travel-sized toiletries on behalf of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Bring these items to the Library on Sunday, October 7, between 2-4 PM, and the Lions and the Chamber will redistribute them to people in need.

Organizations who have confirmed their participation in Volunteer Match:
League of Women Voters - Palatine Area
Barrington Area Moms Demand Action
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council on Aging
Barrington Breakfast Rotary
BStrong Together
Citizens for Conservation
FISH Food Pantry
Flint Creek/Spring Creek
Walk-On Farm
Let It Be Us
Lions Club
Rahab's Daughters
NeuroBalance Center
Native Seed Gardeners
Smart Farm
Barrington Area United Way

We will update that list as more organizations are confirmed. No need to register - all are welcome! See you on Sunday.

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 - talks by our own community members, designed to energize and inspire. This year we're delighted to welcome a trio of inspiring and powerful Barrington area women at our fourth annual TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary, on Thursday, Oct 11, at 7 PM.

Come and hear:
• Sam Oliver, Recipient of Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) Lifetime Volunteer Award 2018
• Chrissie Mena, Founder/President of Living60010 and Community Volunteer
• Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque, Pastor of the Community Church of Barrington

Sign up for the waiting list - we will do our best to honor all reservations.. First floor Meeting Room.

Construction continues on the Library grounds. Weather permitting, striping will take place in the parking lots and roadways on Saturday, Sept 29. Watch for new outdoor lighting to be installed, beginning Monday, Oct 1. Thanks for your patience as we complete these important improvements to our campus, making it safer and more welcoming to our visitors.

All are invited to Rootsfest, Sunday, Sept 9, 1:30 - 4:30 PM, inside and outside at the Barrington Area Library!

Join us for a celebration of ROOTS - roots that sustain and nurture us, that help us grow, that connect us.

EXPERIENCE art in nature:
Plein art painters
will create beautiful works of art right before your eyes
Read a "Tale on the Trail" as you journey through Citizens Park

EXPRESS your own creativity through our community drawing activity - participants can win a beautiful coloring/drawing journal from artist Catherine Chifflot Nealey

MARVEL at the skills of master woodturners - and maybe try a little woodturning yourself!

EXPLORE the living world: Get expert tree care advice and see a root exhibit from Bartlett Tree Experts of Lake Barrington, get answers to all your gardening questions and make a children's craft with the Cook County/North Suburban Master Gardeners | Try hands-on learning activities and crafts with Smart Farm of Barrington, the Lake County Forest Preserve District (see their salamander and "soil critters"), Barrington Area Conservation Trust (discover Monarch Mania!), and Citizens for Conservation (explore prairie plants).

LISTEN to the warm harmonies and acoustic roots music of popular local band The Corner Boys, while you RELAX AND ENJOY refreshments and conversation with your neighbors, in our Meeting Room. Make a souvenir leaf bookmark to take home! Our friends from Cook Street Coffee and Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters will be serving up delicious samples of some of their best coffee drinks. Talk to the friendly folks from Milk & Honey Farmstead in Wauconda and learn more about eating local. You'll be able to pull up a chair and watch some of the plein art painters from the Meeting Room, too! Don't forget to fill out a raffle ticket before you leave!

DISCOVER your personal roots at our "Genealogy Reference Desk."

No need to register - just drop in, bring a friend, bring the family! We're still planning more surprises for Rootsfest, so check back for updates.

Summer Learning Challenge has ended for 2018 - what an amazing and record-breaking summer it has been! We're proud to say that our friends at Barrington Bank & Trust will generously donate $1,000 to the Cuba Township and Barrington Township food pantries, because the readers of the Barrington area not only met our community goal of 400,000 minutes read, they smashed it by topping 1 million minutes! Thank you - it is a joy to share our love of books and learning with this wonderful community.

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