- April 23, 2012
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), April 30, is the culmination of the year-long, daily celebration of children, families, and reading. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
The Barrington Area Library celebrated with with a week of fun, Spanish language activities for children, including storytimes, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Assistant Librarian Barbara Alvarez also visited some local school children who shared Spanish language stories in the two videos below.
Youth Services Assistant Librarian Barbara Alvarez visited Ms. Guerrero's class at Roslyn Elementary School, too, and they shared a Spanish language favorite, Book Fiesta.
Youth Services Assistant Librarian Barbara Alvarez recently visited Roslyn Elementary School, where teacher Blanca Moran and her Kindergarten students read us a story. Check out the video!
Want to learn more about el día de los niños/el día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)? Visit the official Web site from the American Library Association.
- April 02, 2012
The Barrington Area Library is proud to introduce Freegal, a new service providing free, legal music downloads to Barrington Area Library cardholders.
Beginning Monday, April 2, 2012, patrons with a valid BALibrary card can go to the Freegal Web site and download three free songs each week. Songs are provided from the Sony Music catalog, a huge collection of music spanning many decades and genres and hundreds of thousands of songs. Popular artists like Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson are available, along with bands like Foster the People, Train, Mumford & Sons and The Fray. Familiar classics by Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand can be accessed with one click of the mouse and the eclectic listener can browse genres from acapella to zydeco. Classical music is available as well.
"We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons, who have been asking for downloadable music for quite some time. Freegal offers the wide variety of popular music our patrons want, along with ease of use and compatibility with lots of devices," said Head of Adult Services Rose Faber. Songs are downloaded in the mp3 format, with no DRM (digital rights management), so they can easily be transferred from home computer to mobile devices.
Try Freegal today! Click the Freegal link and type in your full library card number and start listening to great music in minutes. Have questions about Freegal? See the FAQ section on the Freegal Web site or stop in and talk with an Adult Services librarian.
Trouble accessing Freegal?
1) Make sure your Barrington Area Library card is still valid. Not sure? Stop by the Hospitality Desk.
2) Getting an "About Freegal" screen? Try clearing your browser cache, or, if using Internet Explorer, change to Compatibility View.
To change to Compatibility View:
As soon as you enter the Freegal site, click the Compatibility View icon in your toolbar.
It looks like the icon that is circled in red in the image to the left.
- March 19, 2012
Library pick-up lockers and book returns are now back in service at all locations, including the Village of Barrington Hills.
Thank you for your patience as we gave our remote locations a Springtime sprucing up.
- March 15, 2012
For Immediate Release March 15, 2012
Contact: Karen McBride, Public Information Manager, 847-382-1300 X205 email@example.com
Barrington Area Library Trustees vote to move forward with renovation plan
After several months of study and consideration, Barrington Area Library trustees have unanimously voted to move forward on plans to renovate the 33-year-old library facility. The vote took place at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, March 12.
After a failed attempt to build a new library through a 2008 referendum, the trustees pursued an alternative goal of renovating and refurbishing the existing building. In 2010, the board commissioned a Strategic Facilities Plan, which evaluated the current facility and provided a number of potential scenarios for renovation. Now that the renovation project has been approved, the board and library administration will move forward in a responsible, deliberate fashion to eventually provide what Executive Director Detlev Pansch calls, “a 21st century library with a vastly improved customer experience.”
The current library building opened its doors in 1978 with an addition completed in 1992. Some mechanical systems date back to the original building and consequently are in great need of repair or replacement. With these major capital improvements already in sight, the board felt this was the optimal time to consider other improvements to the building and grounds. "We are confident that the interior renovation of the library will benefit all our patrons. When complete, we will have transformed the facility into a more functional, accessible space giving us the ultimate flexibility in delivering our services. In addition, we will have replaced aging mechanical systems which are on their last legs,” states Board President Don Minner.
The cost of the renovation project will be covered through current budget reserves, rather than a tax increase. The board felt this was the best option for preserving the library building as an important community asset while remaining fiscally responsible. The next phase of planning for the renovation consists of giving the existing building a thorough and detailed analysis, evaluating the activities and service points of each department and the space needed for those activities. This analysis will be provided to the architect, who will use it to begin the initial design phase. Outdoor parking lots and lighting will also be reconsidered as well as the information, technology and space needs of new generations of library users. The project may be completed as early as the summer of 2013, if the renovation proceeds according to the proposed timetable. “With thoughtful planning now, we hope to keep the entire project running smoothly on course and minimize disruption to our patrons,” states Pansch.
The Barrington Area Library is located at 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL. Serving more than 44,000 residents of Barrington and many surrounding communities, it is the largest library district in Illinois, geographically speaking, covering 72 square miles. The library is open 7 days a week and offers a comprehensive selection of books, DVDs, music and more for children and adults. Learn more at the library’s virtual branch: balibrary.org.
More news on the library renovation: "Library board approves $98,000 for plans," Barrington Courier-Review, Friday, March 16, 2012.
- February 24, 2012
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA, we welcome author and historian Stacy Cordery to the Barrington Area Library. Cordery will speak about her latest book, Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts, on Tuesday, March 6, 1:30 PM. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation, courtesy of event cosponsor the Lake Forest Book Store.
Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low was a Southern belle both brazen and modest, traditional in manner and yet impossibly forward-thinking. Despite a life of relative privilege, she faced tremendous challenges in life yet was determined to teach women to be self-reliant, adventurous and morally responsible. Cordery is an award-winning professor of history at Monmouth College and the author of biographical works on President Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Her latest work on Juliette Gordon Low has won her praise from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and the work was selected as one of the Christian Science Monitor’s “Twenty Non-Fiction Books to Watch for in 2012.” If you are currently involved with the Girl Scouts, have fond memories from your childhood or simply want to learn more about a fascinating female in American history, register for this free program. Enjoy complimentary tea and Girl Scout cookies, too.
Register on the library's Web site with this link: Stacy Cordery and Juliette Gordon Low registration or by calling 847-382-1300.
Praise and media for Stacy Cordery and Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.
Interview with Cordery by Diane Rehm, American University Radio/NPR.
Interview with Cordery by Jeff Glor, CBS News Author Talk
Wall Street Journal: "The merit badge here goes to Stacy Cordery's biography..."
- Congratulations, Kindergarten Reading Club
- Barrington Area Library Trustees Consider Renovation Plan
- BASV "Express Yourself" Exhibit and Book Signing, January 2012
- Read About Our New Online Catalog
- Barrington Area Library Celebrates Another Successful "One Book One Barrington" Community Reading Event
- Barrington Area Library Partners With Local Businesses for National Library Card Sign-Up Month
- Barrington Area Library Hits The Refresh Button With Help From Design Student
- South Branch Reopens, Willow Recreation Center Lockers Back In Service
- Barrington Area Library One of 17 Libraries in Illinois Recognized for Exceptional Service
- After 25 Years, Barrington Area Library Board President Steps Down
- Barrington Area Library Hits One Million Mark For First Time
- Black Tie by Bruno Vanoudenhove: Art Exhibit of Chicago and Barrington Landmarks
- "Expressions Through Art" Exhibit at Barrington Area Library Spotlights Autism
- Barrington Area Library Opens Art Exhibit: Watercolors - Bright and Bold by Richard Helland
- Library Poetry Contest Winner Also Wins on the National Level
- Two Barrington Area Librarians Chosen to Participate in Statewide Leadership Program
- Barrington Area Library Names New Trustee: Kathleen A. Peterson
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