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  • The great deformation the corruption of capitalism in America
  • Who owns the future?
  • The buy side : a Wall Street trader's tale of spectacular excess
  • Die empty : unleash your best work every day
  • Compelling people : the hidden qualities that make us influential
  • Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

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Resume Reminders

May 10, 2013 - The library has lots of resume books on the shelf waiting for you. Take a look at these titles when polishing your resume to make sure your marketing materials stand out (click cover to place a hold):


Don't forget The Careers College database. Learning Module (LM) #3 discusses resumes and how your can make sure your information makes it to interview stage. Access this database at the library, or Barrington cardholders can sign in from home.

Our Adult Learning Center is also accessible remotely to Barrington cardholders (or at the library for everyone). Upload your resume to have it critiqued by a reviewer, and download their comments and suggestions the next day.

Illinois WorkNet also features a series of resume webinars, including one on preparing your resume. You can also download slides from ILWorkNet's last resume webinar here.

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Money Smart Week

April 16, 2013 - Money Smart Week is almost here. Have you signed up for any of our special programs?

You can also tune in here on Saturday, April 20 at 9 am (CST) to watch Detroit Public Television's special Money Smart Week program Be A Money Smarty. Check back right here for the live webcast.

Created by Mark B. Robinson CIMA® AIFA® specifically for Money Smart Week, the Be a Money Smarty! presentation will be delivered in a high-energy ‘lightning round’ fashion, where 4 recognized experts ‘leave it all at the podium’ and share their ‘top 5 tips’ in just 10 minutes. Hosted by veteran television talent, Christy McDonald, this program will now be made available live, in real-time, via web stream, at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th. In this entertaining and informative lightning round format, you’ll obtain the latest, up-to-date information on today’s hottest money topics, including how to:

- Establish-Use-Maintain Credit, Manage Debt; Michigan State University Extension Educator Erica Tobe.

- Avoid Scams, Fraud, Identity Theft; Michigan Department of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division Chief Katharyn Barron.

- Understand Annuities and Long-term Care Insurance; New England Financial-a MetLife Company Managing Partner Mike Amine.

- Get Control Over Your Money, Now: Mark B. Robinson, CIMA® AIFA® is the Be A Money Smarty! developer and moderator.

Free to view and free from sales pitches, you’ll receive top-notch information from a source you can trust; and no one will try to sell you anything! Developed and presented by Mark B. Robinson CIMA® AIFA® along with experts in debt, credit, housing, annuities, long-term care insurance, scams, identity theft and investment fraud, Be A Money Smarty! will be sure to entertain and inform. Tune in and get smart quick!

As a production of Detroit Public Television, the Be A Money Smarty! program will be made available for free on Saturday, April 20th at

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Pizza with Nick!

Join us on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 PM as we welcome Nick Sarillo of Nick's Pizza & Pub!

Nick Sarillo is the founder, CEO and “primary keeper” of the Purpose and Operational Values of Nick’s Pizza & Pub (Elgin & Crystal Lake) – the sixth busiest independent pizza company in per-store sales in the United States. Nick’s Pizza & Pub has margins nearly twice that of the average pizza restaurant and boasts an 80 percent employee retention rate in an industry in which the average annual turnover is nearly 150 percent. Nick credits his company’s success to his purpose-­driven culture, which is the focus of his new book, A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business. Nick is a regular speaker at entrepreneurship and HR conferences, and his insights have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Inc., Fast Company and Investor’s Business Daily.

We're delighted to welcome Nick to the Barrington Area Library, along with our cosponsors at the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Share Nick's wisdom and insights for free, along with a sample of his famous pizza! Tuesday, April 9, 7 PM - seating is limited, please register online NOW for this fantastic opportunity.

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Make sure you're "leaning in"...

March 18, 2013 - It is hard to miss seeing Sheryl Sandberg's smiling face and this book cover image on the news/internet/everywhere at the moment. If you haven't had a chance to read what all the buzz is about, reserve a library copy of "Lean In" by clicking here. (Also, some great interviews with the author here, here and here!). You can also place a hold on the e-book in Overdrive.

Here are some additional titles available at the library about women in leadership.

While you are waiting for "Lean In" in arrive, out some of the great resources for women in business offered by Illinois WorkNet, the Small Business Administration, and the Barrington Chamber of Commerce:

Women Business Owners Symposium & Webinar

The Women's Business Development Department of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will be presenting a Women Business Owners Symposium at the UIC Forum on March 29, 2013 from 8:30 am-3:00pm.
On March 26, 2013 at 1:00pm, Illinois workNet will be hosting a webinar featuring guest speakers who will be panelists at the Symposium, Ms. Joanne Tica-Steiger, Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative and Ms. Meg Herman, Director of Entrepreneurial Services at the Women's Business Development Center-Chicago. They will answer many of your questions about opening your own business, getting started, facing challenges, and finding resources and supportive services.

At the national level, "SBA provides resources to help women business owners to succeed. From registering your business, to hiring your first employee, we’re here to help you start and grow your small business." Find links to a wealth of information & resources specific to women business owners here.

And last but not least, at the local level, consider groups like Barrington's own Women's BizNet, a networking group that is part of the Barrington Chamber of Commerce. Attend educational & informational networking lunches with other women business owners and community members in the area.

Ladies, what else are we missing? Or what additional resources would be useful for you? Let us know in the comments. Thanks!

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Electronics Recycling: Saturday, March 9 in Barrington (Langendorf Park)

Don't Miss This!




Gather up all the "retired" electronics from around your home and office and bring them to the Barrington Community Expo this Saturday, March 9 between 10am and noon, when Vintage Tech Recyclers will be accepting used electronics. Drop-off is free and open to the public at the Expo site, Langendorf Park Fitness and Recreation Center, 235 Lions Dr. in Barrington.


Accepted items: computers, wires and cables, scanners, laptops, computer parts, microwave ovens, CRTs and LCDs, battery back-ups, cell phones, monitors, computer mice, CD/VCR/DVD players, printers, keyboards, stereo equipment, TVs, MP3 players, fax machines, PDAs, video game consoles.

Recycling raw materials from end-of-life electronics is the most effective solution to the rapid and ever-growing e-waste problem. Most electronic devices contain a variety of materials that can be recovered for future uses.


Consider these recycling facts:

- In the U.S., 300-400 million electronic items become obsolete every year - but less than 20 percent of that e-waste is recycled.

- The average American household has at least 24 electronic products.

- Recycling one million desktop computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of 16,000 passenger cars.

- By recycling 100 million cell phones, approximately 7,500 pounds of gold could be recovered - allowing that amount of gold to go into new products.

- One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the U.S.

- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year.


Don't add to our already overfilled landfills - there IS a better way to get rid of those old electronics!Join the Barrington Chamber and Vintage Tech Recyclers to help the environment - bring your unwanted electronics to the Barrington Community Expo this Saturday, March 9 from10:00am til noon.


The annual, family themed, admission-free Barrington Expo this year features more than 40 exhibitors, including a health care fair and the Lions Hearing Screening van; family entertainment with a performance by the Bataille Academie of the Danse (11am-noon) and pictures with Elmo; child ID fingerprinting by the Barrington Police Dept.; and concessions by Francesca's Famiglia.


Along with plenty of raffles, giveaways, and prizes, everyone who visits the Expo is eligible to register for a chance to win a $500 Barrington-area shopping spree.


For information about the Expo, visit or call Christina Keeley, 847-381-2525 or email For more information about Vintage Tech Recyclers and recycling services, visit


The Barrington Community Expo is proudly presented by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce


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Resume help from Illinois WorkNet

March 6, 2013 - From Illinois WorkNet:
Skip the Maze
Are you tired of navigating the maze of "resume help" online? If so, register to attend this great webinar to get first-hand advice on resumes from our panel of experts. They will cover a series of questions and review resume examples with you in real-time. Make sure to come ready with questions!

This webinar will address the different types of resumes, give you the must haves and things to avoid at all costs, and provide practical guidelines for selecting the best resume format for the situation.

This is the first in a two part series to help you showcase your talents.

There will be two sessions for this webinar:

March 19th at 10:00 a.m. (CST)
March 21st at 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Register by clicking here.

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Barrington Business: Fancy Art NFP

February 19, 2013 - The Barrington Area Library is pleased to present local business Fancy Art. Located at 113 E. Main St. in Barrington, Fancy Art is in a central area of our community. Learn more about the artwork and services available at Fancy Art in this video. For more information, visit or call 877-FNCY-ART or 847-307-4045.

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New business books in Overdrive

For you e-readers out there, we have new nonfiction / business available for you to check out and download to your devices!

(for those new to library e-book lending, here are instructions for downloading to an Android device, iPad/iPod/iPhone, Kindle, or other e-reader).

Don't miss (click on cover image for download link):

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IRS tax assistance for small businesses

February 14, 2013 - Small business owners, did you know the IRS has online webinars and workshops to help answer your tax questions?

Visit for more information, including links to videos and workshop schedules.

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Tips for attending job fairs from Illinois WorkNet

The Illinois WorkNet center will be holding two free webinar sessions with tips on how to maximize your success at job fairs - both in person and online:

"Get Ready and Get Hired! Attending job fairs near you or online gives you the opportunity to connect with local employers who are looking to hire!

Please join Illinois workNet for a webinar geared to helping you shine at the next job fair you attend. Two sessions for your convenience will be held February 20, 2013 at 10AM and February 21, 2013 at 1PM.

The panel will discuss what employers expect from job seekers attending a job fair including appearance, resume, question to ask and answer and following up after the event."

Register for one of these informative sessions here:

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