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Keep It Real: Preparing Kids for a Diverse World #1

When: Tuesday, October 27 – 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In collaboration with Be the Change Barrington

Join local coalition Be The Change Barrington, Youth Services Librarian Demitra, and Community Engagement Librarian Sam to discuss Raising White Kids by Dr. Jennifer Harvey, ...

Keep It Real: Preparing Kids for a Diverse World & Dr Harvey Interview

When: Tuesday, November 10 – 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In collaboration with Be The Change Barrington

Live-streamed author interview! Learn from Dr. Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids, about steering conversations about race and privilege between adults and young people ...

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Voter Information: Your election authority is your county of residence. The library district spans several counties. Information on registration, early voting, vote by mail, and ballot dropboxes can be found at the following links.

Local Resources Relating to COVID-19 and the Shelter In Place Order: medical information, care for seniors and others needing assistance, help for the hungry and for small businesses, much more. To add a resource, please contact Community Engagement Librarian Sam Adams-Lanham at sadams@balibrary.org.

Foundation Directory Online: Hoping to use your time at home to research funding opportunities for your non-profit? Candid has provided BALibrary customers with a temporary remote access link. You may share this via email with other non-profit leaders, but Candid respectfully asks that it not be shared on social media.

Community Calendar - Local non-profit organizations may submit events for listing on our online community calendar.

Community Information Screen - The library dedicates one of its large, in-house video display screens to promoting community events. Local non-profit organizations may submit Powerpoint slides, or submit flyers/posters via email in PDF or other formats, for the library to create slides. We regret that we are not able to take posters, brochures or other printed materials for display in the library. Librarians are available to assist you in scanning posters for our community information screen. Complete details.

Community Pages - Local clubs and organizations may add their information to the library catalog. When library customers search for books and movies on related subjects, information about your nonprofit will also appear in the search results. For details, please contact the Community Engagement Librarian at sadams@balibrary.org.

Services to businesses - In addition to non-profit organizations, the library offers many services to local businesses. See our business page.

Services to schools - Visit the Kids' website to learn about book bag loans, school visits, and group tours.




TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2019 - The Barrington Area Library held its fifth annual TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 17, 2019. Star* Cunningham, Leslie Ferris Yerger, and Andy Milne were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2018The Barrington Area Library held its fourth TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 11, 2018. Sam Oliver, Chrissie Mena, and Reverend Dr. Zina Jacque were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2017 - The Barrington Area Library held its third TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 5, 2017. Joy Wagner, Renee Blue, and Douglas McConnell were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2016 - The Barrington Area Library held its second TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 6, 2016. Courtney Quigley, Dr. Brian Harris, Bob Lee, and Joyce Palmquist were the featured speakers.

TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary 2015 - The Barrington Area Library held its first TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary event on October 1, 2015. Sarah Bealles, David Hirsch, and Michael Miles were the featured speakers. The TEDx Program was designed to help communities spark conversation and connection through "ideas worth spreading." Please view Sarah, David, and Michael's videos and continue the conversation!