A Statement from the Barrington Area Library: On Building An Engaged and Inclusive Community.

The recent killing of George Floyd, among other killings and systemic injustices experienced by black Americans and people of color, has horrified and disturbed communities across our country – including our own. In the wake of this tragedy, people across the country and in our community are speaking out, assembling, and sending the message that racism and hate are unacceptable in our institutions and communities.

As a First Amendment institution, the Barrington Area Library stands with those who choose to exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to free speech. Freedom of speech includes the right to read, view, listen to, create, and access information free from censorship and this right underpins our work as library professionals. The First Amendment also guarantees the right to assemble peaceably and petition the government for a redress of grievances. It is a necessary civic duty to exercise these rights and the Barrington Area Library is here to support all residents in that endeavor.

As an institution dedicated to serving all members of our community, the Barrington Area Library also stands with those working to end systemic racism, inequality, and other barriers that limit opportunity and potential within our community.

As part of our mission to preserve the history of the Barrington area, the Library is collecting your photos and stories about life during these challenging times. If you’d like to share your photos and experiences, we’re sure future generations would like to know that Barrington stood united.

Stories and photos can be emailed to Adult Services Librarian Kate Mills, kmills@balibrary.org, for inclusion on our local history web pages.

Student Reese does E-Lessons from home.

As part of our mission to preserve the history of the Barrington area, the Library is collecting your photos and stories about life during these unprecedented and challenging times. If you’d like to share what life has been like while sheltering in place, working or e-learning from home, or being on the front lines in health care or essential services, we’re sure future generations would like to know how we got through it all.

Stories and photos can be emailed to Adult Services Librarian Kate Mills, kmills@balibrary.org, for inclusion on our local history web pages. Contact Kate if you have any questions about this project, or Barrington area local history in general!

She liked to climb the apple tree, 1925.  This photo is from the Art Rice Collection.  If you have photos to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org.

 

Downtown Barrington Business District.  On the right, McLeister's Soda Shop and next to it the Ben Franklin Store, May, 1966.  If you have photos to share, email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org.


This is Ella, Anna, Laura, and Carrie.  The Dix Sisters.  We'd like to thank Tim Dunn for sharing his photos of the Lines Family with us.  If you have photos to share, email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org.

With snow on the ground and more on they way, we thought you'd like to see some winter scenes in the Barrington Area. Here's Flint Creek Savannah, courtesy of the Citizens for Conservation.

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org

With snow on the ground and more on they way, we thought you'd like to see some winter scenes in the Barrington Area. Here's Millrose Farm in the 1950s.

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org

The Signal Hill Chapter of the DAR will be placing wreaths at the graves of our veterans at Evergreen Cemetery, Saturday, December 14th at noon.  Please join them in honoring our fallen heroes.

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org

This photo from the Library's 2019 Comic Con Barrington shows off costumes in style!

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org

This photo from the Paul Thompson Collection, shows off Barrington from the air. Mr. Thompson took photos of Barrington while flying with his good friends, Louie and Connie Bos.

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org

This photo from the Barrington Courier-Review shows young Jack Trude being congratulated by his teammates when his uncle, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org

This photo of the night sky, visible in Barrington Hills, is courtesy of Tom Auchter. 

If you have photos of the Barrington Area you would like to share, please email Kate at kmills@balibrary.org