Summer Reading 2019: May 28 - August 19
For Kids, Teens, and Adults

Our popular summer reading event has a new name and a new look! Get ready to sign up on May 28 - or, bring the family to our Summer Kickoff Party on Thursday, May 30, from 4 - 6 PM and sign up in person!

How it works:
1. Use your computer, tablet, or mobile device.
2. Create an account at
3. Sign up for 2019 Summer Reading.
4. Get busy: you'll earn points and real/digital badges by logging in your reading, reviewing, and other fun learning activities.
5. Win big: visit the Library to collect your badges and prizes.

All readers can earn:
➠ One free paperback book (reader's choice, while supplies last)
➠ One Summer Reading Pass, good for a free activity at a participating location in the Library district
➠ One Library lanyard

Grand Prize:
Readers of all ages that complete the reading goal will be entered to win a one-year, six-person membership to the Morton Arboretum. Three passes in all, one winner in each category: Birth - Preschool, Kindergarten - Grade 8, Adult.

Read It Forward:
Read for those in need. When our community of readers reaches a collective 500,000 points (equivalent to 25,000 books or 500,000 minutes read!), Barrington Bank and Trust will generously donate $1,000 to the Cuba Township and Barrington Township Food Pantries.

Thank you to all our Summer Reading sponsors:
Barrington Bank and Trust
Barrington Park District
Barrington's White House
Pinot's Palette South Barrington
Pinstripes South Barrington
Windy City Bulls

Photo copyright Kimberley Butler One Author One Barrington April 2019 photo of author Neil Gaiman

Photo of Neil Gaiman - copyright Kimberley Butler

April 2019: Join us as we share and discuss books by author Neil Gaiman.

We love Gaiman's unique take on imagination, nostalgia, and childhood, and we think you might, too. Join us for a whole month of activities that explore the magic found in our own imaginations. All ages welcome except where specified. April 1: look around our Gallery in the Library for a scavenger hunt of surprising, slightly magical photo opportunities! Ask for the scavenger hunt sheet at the Business & Technology Desk (first floor), and you might win an Amazon gift card.

Neil Gaiman is an award-winning, prolific author of short fiction, novels, comic books, and graphic novels for children and adults. Born in the UK, he has lived in the midwestern United States since 1992, and currently serves as professor in the arts at Bard College, New York. His works have been made into movies and television programs, and have sold tens of millions of copies. 

Book Discussions

Family Book Club: Fortunately, the Milk
All ages w/caregiver
Monday, April 22, 6:30 PM OR Saturday, April 27, 2:30 PM
Father arrives home late from getting milk for breakfast, then describes how alien abduction, pirate attack, and time travel got in his way. Read the book together as a family, then come for discussion and activities. All are welcome: recommended especially for children ages 4 - 8 and their families. Register using the date links above. Program Room.

Creative Workshops, Entertaining Events

An Evening of Illusions with Jeanette Andrews  |  Register
Friday, April 26, 7 PM
All ages
Magician and artist Jeanette Andrews leads this evening of elegant, interactive magic and illusions. Hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists today, her performances have been praised by PBS and the Chicago Tribune. Meeting Room.

Laser-Cut Coraline Charms
Tuesday, April 23, 3 PM
Celebrate the enchanting world of Coraline with a themed, laser-cut keychain. Drop in. Atrium.

Heroes On The Air  |  Register
Wednesday, April 24, 7 PM
Radio historian and Those Were the Days host Steve Darnall guides an audio-visual tour of the 1930s, starring heroes (Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, and Superman) who made their way from comics to radio—and legendary heroes who began in radio and went on to conquer the world. Register. Meeting Room.

Faerie Lanterns
Tuesday, April 30, 2 PM OR Tuesday, April 30, 7 PM
Create a fantastical lantern that will illuminate the silhouette of a whimsical landscape or creature. Register using the date links above. Meeting Room.  

We invite you to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report, with a welcome message from new Executive Director Jesse Henning, an in-depth look at new and innovative programs like Spring Fling and StoryFest, and interesting statistics defining a successful and busy year. You can download it (PDF) with the icon at the top left, or use the controls in the bottom right to view it as a fullscreen publication or zoom in.

We are also pleased to announce that we have received a coveted three star rating in this year's Library Journal survey of American libraries. This puts the Barrington Area Library in the top 3% of libraries across the nation based on five major service measures – physical material circulation, electronic circulation, number of visits, program attendance, and public computer users - from the 2015-2016 fiscal year. For more details on this honor, visit this page.

Our Youth Services librarians have compiled a list of their favorite books, published in 2018, for young readers. We hope they become some of your new favorites, too!

The Barrington Public Library District was once again honored with a three star ranking in a national survey published by Library Journal.

See the full Library Journal article here. This year, a total of 7,361 libraries were surveyed, with 257 being named "star libraries." This puts the Barrington Area Library in the top 3% of libraries across the nation, based on five major service measures – physical material circulation, electronic circulation, number of visits, program attendance, and public computer users - from the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The top 30 libraries in each of Library Journal's nine expenditure categories receive three, four, or five star rankings.

As we did last year, the Barrington Area Library ranks higher in e-circulation (the lending of e-books, e-audiobooks, and other digital materials) per capita than most star libraries across the U.S. - in any budget range! In fact, our e-circulation per capita puts us in the top 20% of the star libraries in this service measure. In several other categories, our performance is higher than libraries within significantly larger budget ranges. 21 of the 2018 star libraries are located in Illinois.

We're proud to serve you here in the heart of this wonderful community. Watch for our annual report in a few weeks and learn more about our busy and innovative Library!