The Barrington Area Library has featured live musical performances for many decades at its popular "Second Fridays" events. This summer, visitors to the Library can enjoy live music on Second Fridays, selected Sunday afternoons, and a Wednesday family concert! Read on to learn more about the performers and to register (where required).

Le Travaillant
Friday, July 8, 8 PM
"Le Travaillant" is Cajun French for "the working man," and these musicians have a great time living up to that name. The boys play Cajun music, bringing the breezy feeling of the bayou to Barrington – you might want to bring your dancing shoes. Register, as seating is limited.

Jammin' in the Stacks - WDCB Radio partners with BALibrary to bring you free jazz concerts!

Chris Greene Quartet
Sunday, July 17, 2 PM  |  Register

Hans Luchs Trio
Sunday, July 31, 2 PM  |  Register

Family Concert: ScribbleMonster
Wednesday, July 27, 10 AM

Sing, play, dance, and get creative with the performers of ScribbleMonster. No need to register, but bring your BALibrary card for admission. Guests from other library districts admitted as space allows.

Children, teens, young adults, and adults: join us for Summer Library Club 2016!
Online registration is now open! Register.

For Kids:
Summer of Adventure at Club BAL | Register  |  Sign in

May 23 - July 31

Why join the Summer Library Club? Summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and positive effects on children’s self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. Kids who join Summer Library Club read, play, and stay curious all summer long, at home, at the library, or on the go. That lessens the effect of learning loss, which often occurs during time off from school. 

Pre-Readers (Birth – K)
Collect stickers for library visits and receive a free book. New for this year: Kids and caregivers may receive a bonus prize when they complete fun challenges at home that encourage early literacy skills.

Readers (Entering grades K – 8)
Keep track of your reading this summer to earn a free book and book bucks to spend on library prizes! Complete challenges and earn more book bucks, as well as online badges!

For Young Adults/Adults:
Books Change Lives | Register  |  Sign in

May 23 - July 31

• Community goal: 1,000 books read! Barrington Bank and Trust will donate $1,000 to Barrington Township   Food Pantry and Cuba Township Food Pantry ($500 each.)
• Individual goal: Read and log five books for club completion.

Just for Young Adults (Grades 9 – 12):

• Receive a sticker for signing up.

• Teens that complete the five book goal will be entered to win a gift card. 4 winners in all.

Photo courtesy of Eric Rieger/HOTTEA

Sunday, June 12, 1-3 PM: All are invited to a reception at the Barrington Area Library for Twin Cities-based artist HOTTEA, who describes his work as “interacting with public spaces non-destructively.” HOTTEA, whose full name is Eric Rieger, will be creating and installing an original work of art, commissioned by the Library for its beautiful atrium. Come and see the artwork, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments.

Rieger's work has been seen on the streets of Chicago and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, on the stages of New York Fashion Week, at musical experiences like the Eaux Claires Festival (and an upcoming appearance at the Sydney Opera House), and on the sands of Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu. He has even appeared on Sesame Street and recently worked at Paisley Park to honor the passing of Prince. His work will be on display at the Barrington Area Library through 2016.


On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Barrington Area Library will roll out a redesigned website.

Why a new website?

Since our last redesign in 2011, the use of mobile technology has greatly increased. More than 50% of visitors are now accessing our site through tablets and mobile devices, and it's important to us to provide the best user experience possible.

Our new site is built with responsive technology that will recognize the type of device and the size of the screen you're using, and will instantly adjust to the correct environment. Look for touchscreen-friendly features, menus that can be minimized, and an overall cleaner, brighter look.

What you won't find - a drastic change from our current site. We've done our best to keep links in familiar places and prioritize the services you use most. We'll also continue using the same online library catalog, where you look up items and access your account information.

We hope our new website improves and enhances your customer service experience at the Barrington Area Library.

Book lovers, you're invited to our second annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 2 - 4 PM!

Come out to meet and chat with authors from the Chicagoland area, learn more about the writing and publishing process (including e-books), and browse an amazing selection of locally written books available for purchase and signing while you enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Scheduled to appear:

Geralyn Hesslau Magrady - finalist in the 2016 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest
James Hosek - finalist in the 2016 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest
Elizabeth Harmon - finalist in the 2016 RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America

Barrington area authors Jim Proebstle, Laura Quinn, Orlando Ceaser, Yvette Klobuchar, William J. Palmer, Dyllis Braithwaite, Sanna Hines, Donn Ziebell, Lina Garcia DDS, Eleanor Anne Sweet, David Boyle, Gloria Rees-Hansen, Bani Bhattacharyya, Mark Papadas, Dellen Blackmon, Michal Bavier, and Ted C. Newman.

30 authors in all!

Discover a great new novel by a fresh new voice, in genres like Young Adult thriller, hard-boiled crime, romances from blushing brides to punk rockers, historical fiction, erotica, and fantasy. Enrich your life with advice on your job search, your self-confidence, your relationships, and your health, and find wisdom to share with your teens and children. There will truly be a book and author for every reader, so join us on Saturday, April 16, from 2-4 PM, for this unique event. A signed book makes a great gift for Mom, Dad, and grad!