Join the Barrington Area Library, the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, Barrington 220, and the Barrington PTO Presidents’ Council as we celebrate four years of community reading with a new name: Barrington Reads!
Like One Book, One Barrington, Barrington Reads presents two terrific books, a great mix of programs and conversation about building character as we build community.
New this year: attend a program for the chance to win one of our Barrington Reads books!
You can read about and register for all of the Barrington Reads events on this Web page. Please note that programs and discussions take place at locations throughout the Barrington area.
About the Books
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is our fiction selection for 2014. Recently retired Harold receives word that an old friend is dying. He quickly writes her a letter and steps out to drop it in the mail. A chance encounter with a convenience store cashier inspires him to deliver the letter in person, launching a pilgrimage of over 600 miles. Walking with only the clothes on his back and the contents of his pockets, Harold meets many strange and wonderful people and, over time, discovers himself, too.
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough is our nonfiction selection for 2014. What role does failure play in a child’s success? Author Tough argues that occasional failure creates children who are curious and resilient, with the character and important skills to persevere through life’s challenges.
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7 PM
Barrington High School Auditorium
Join us for a thought-provoking, in-person presentation from Paul Tough.
In his book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Tough argues that the qualities our children need have more to do with character than test scores. New research suggests that curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit are keys to lifelong success. Showing how nature and nurture are intertwined, Tough explores how childhood stresses modify life success and the surprising ways that parents do - and do not - prepare their children for adulthood.
Tough is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, and a regular contributor to the public radio program This American Life.
Presented through the generous support of the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, the Barrington PTO Presidents’ Council, and Barrington 220.
Sunday, Feb 23, 1 PM
Barrington High School Guidance Resource Center
We chat with Rachel Joyce, author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Barrington’s own Liz Luby interviews Joyce via Skype. Bring your questions for the author!
Joyce is also an award-winning writer for BBC Radio 4, after a twenty-year career as an actor, performing leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Help Us Create Our Living Library!
Communities are built upon the stories and experiences that their members share. During the month of February, the library would like to collect your stories. We’ll be conducting very short (2 minutes or less) video and audio interviews throughout our community. The video and audio clips will be added to our Barrington Reads Web site. To be interviewed on a topic of your choice, please contact Liz Kirchhoff at email@example.com or (847) 382-1300 x 3040.
Book Discussions and Events
Let’s discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, our Barrington Reads fiction selection for 2014. Two opportunities – please register for the date of your choice.
Monday, Feb 10, 7 PM
Friday, Feb 21, 2 PM
The Garlands of Barrington Burnham Room
Night School: The Art of the Beautiful Letter
Thursday, Feb 6, 7 PM
TT Patton, 123 E. Station Street, Barrington
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry begins with an all-important, unexpected piece of mail. In this age of social media and email, many people argue that the art of letter writing is dying. Not so! From paper selection to calligraphy, Theresa from TT Patton teaches us to craft a beautiful and memorable letter. Register, space is limited.
England, Coast to Coast
Saturday, Feb 8, 2 PM
The Garlands of Barrington Surround Sound Theater.
Walk 200 miles across the North of England - from the Irish Sea to the North Sea - with John Lynn. Take in the scenery and the sense of adventure on the famed Coast to Coast Walk from St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors National Parks: enjoy their beauty as well as a side trip up England's highest peak, Scafell Pike.
A Ride for Three Reasons with Bob Lee
Sunday, Feb 9, 2 PM
The Garlands of Barrington Center for the Performing Arts.
Barrington’s own Bob Lee captured our imaginations with his charity bike ride through the United States. Raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society, the National Hospice Foundation, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and now Be@Ease, Bob’s ride took in a wide swath of America and its people. He shares highlights of his amazing journey, his dynamic photography, and inspiration on how we can all make a difference.
English High Tea
Saturday, Feb 22, 2 PM
Barrington High School Cafeteria.
Get in the mood to read Harold Fry with this fun and informative program! Enjoy a full English High Tea catered by chef Dave Esau. Barrington’s own Elizabeth Todd-Middleditch discusses the history of tea and the customs that have come to be associated with it. Register early, spots are limited!
Exploring the Journey
Wednesday, Feb 19, 7 PM
Barrington High School Guidance Resource Center.
A representative of H.E.R.E. (Help Encouragement Resources Education) in Barrington leads a conversation about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. The challenges that Harold faces are present in our lives, too – what can his story teach us about how to handle those challenges?
Raising Children From the Long View: Perspectives on Success
Tuesday, Feb 25, 9:30 AM
Barrington High School Room C271.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Tim Hull leads a discussion on our two Barrington Reads book selections. While they’re different in many ways, they converge on a common theme - developing character. How do we help our children find their path to success and happiness?
Featuring Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
One Book One Barrington 2013 officially ended on Saturday, April 27, at our wonderful Swing It! dance and concert. We're still counting, but hundreds of people participated in this year's OBOB, making it our biggest and most successful yet.
We couldn't have done it without our generous co-sponsors and community partners who provided funding, guidance, programming, locations and so many other key elements of One Book One Barrington. Our primary co-sponsors were the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and the PTO President's Council. We would like to give all of our partners a special thank you here - please let them know you appreciate their work in our community and their support of the library and its programming.
About the book:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a WWII airman and former US Olympic distance runner. After the crash of his B-24, Zamperini floated through the Pacific in a tiny life raft, ultimately traveling 2,000 miles before being captured and enduring Japanese prison camps for two years.