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Anne Ordway – Elected Barrington Area Library Board Member

“Dear Editor,

I’m hearing Book Banning is a topic of conversation in the upcoming April  4, 2023 elections for the Barrington School & Library Boards.  In my time on the library board, no parent or patron has approached the Barrington Area library to ban a book.  Parents with concerns about books in schools view a public library different than a school library.

I ran for the Barrington Area Library Board in 2021 and won a seat on that board.  I ran because I am a frequent user of the library and closing it to the public for an extended period of time piqued my interest in library leadership.  We have current Library board members who want to do something about misinformation.  How exactly is misinformation to be defined?  Labeling what one doesn’t want to hear as misinformation is censorship and has no place in a public library.  At no time would we want a librarian to claim something is full of misinformation and then deny a book to a patron, or refuse to order a book for the library.

To assure The Barrington Area Library stays relevant, open, and with materials to offend everyone, I recommend voting for Chase Heidner, Kristin Cunningham, and Kelly Dittmann for the Barrington Area Library Board Trustee positions.

Thank you,

Anne Ordway – Elected Barrington Area Library Board Member


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The vote tally of House Bill 2789 that passed the House Wednesday.

Libraries in Illinois, including at K-12 schools, could see their funding cut if there are efforts to restrict books under a bill that passed the House Wednesday.

House Bill 2789 would limit federal pass-through tax dollars through the Illinois Secretary of State’s office for libraries that remove or restrict certain books.

State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray, D-Downers Grove, used a recent controversy in her district around a book titled “Gender Queer” that she said “the Proud Boys hate group” and “radical fringe” parents protested. The book has sexually explicit themes some parents found objectionable.

“All too often, we see the books targeted by these hate groups and radical fringe parents are books having to deal with LGBTQ+ identities or Black and brown authors,” Stava-Murray said.

State Rep. Martin McLaughlin, R-Barrington Hills, said the measure “strong arms” local communities and is “a complete assault” on local control.

“And for the state to tell a local library board ‘listen to the professionals, follow the professionals,’ I don’t understand why we have local elections anymore if a bill like this passes,” McLaughlin said.

Local school board and library board elections across the state are set for April 4.

Read more here.

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2023 BAL

We are pleased to endorse Chase Heidner, Kristin Cunningham and Kelly Dittmann for election to the Barrington Area Library Board of Trustees. When each was asked why they were running for office, their answers were as follows:

Chase Heidner: “The library should be the center of any strong community. I’m running for library board because I believe in the potential our library has. Currently, our Barrington Area Library is underutilized and is in need of a clear strategic long-term plan. I want to promote growth and engagement with our community as well as provide much needed transparency. The library is, after all, funded by the taxpayers of this community. I am going to make sure that the library uses its resources in a way that is aligned with the wants and values of our community. Additionally, I want our community to have access to every resource available to encourage research and education. Research has always been incredibly important to me. I want to make sure every citizen in Barrington knows that no matter your age or what topic you’re interested in, the library will be the center of research and knowledge moving forward.”

Kristin Cunningham: “I am running for the library board because I care about the library and I would like to help shape its future.

The Barrington Library is an important community resource for not only education, but socialization as well. One of my goals for the library is to prioritize the patron experience and to make sure that the community knows all of the great resources that are currently available to them. We have so many apps, magazine subscriptions and programs that a lot of people aren’t even aware of. I’d like to stay engaged with the community and promote all of the current educational tools that are available to them simply by using their library card. Another goal is fiscal responsibility and transparency. I think it’s essential to have a long-term plan and remain responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ money. Effective planning will ensure that the library we love will remain an amazing asset for our children and grandchildren in the future.”

Kelly Dittmann: “Sharing my experience and abilities for the benefit of the community has been a passion of mine for last 20+ years. Running for Barrington Area Library trustee is a great opportunity to utilize my past board experience(s) to make our community a better place for all, while strengthen the library experience for patrons. As market trends shift, I look forward to advocating for a fresh perspective on innovation and investment for the next-generation patrons and our library’s future.”

All three have invested an immense amount of time reaching out to as many people as possible throughout their campaign seeking to meet voters and answer any questions on their respective candidacies.

If you did not have the pleasure of speaking with them, you can always learn more about what Chase, Kristin and Kelly stand for by clicking here.

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Early voting will be available to voter starting tomorrow. For locations and times, visit your county’s information at:

To obtain expanded information, visit Cook County, Kane County, Lake County or McHenry County early voting sites.

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BAL Vote

A Barrington Area Library candidate’s forum is this Tuesday, March 7th, at 6:30 PM

The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area will be hosting a series of candidate forums beginning next week to help voters make informed choices in the April 4th election.

First up in this series is the Barrington Area Library trustee candidates (virtual forum),from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, Tuesday, March 7th. Registration and other information can be found here.

This forum will be recorded and made available on the group’s YouTube channel via lwvpalatinearea.org.

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Candidate Forum

Barrington CUSD 220 PTO Presidents’ Council

The District 220 PTO Presidents’ Council extends an invitation to the Barrington 220 community of voters to attend its School Board Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Barrington Area Library*.

There are seven school board candidates running for three seats on the Board of Education in the upcoming April 4 election. The seven candidates include:

  • Barry Altshuler (Current board member)
  • Leah Collister-Lazzari (Current board member)
  • Katey Baldassano
  • Diana L. Clopton
  • Nelda Munoz
  • Leonard Munson
  • Matt Sheriff

The event will start with a short period of introduction by each candidate, followed by a question and answer session using questions from the audience and questions submitted in advance online.

The forum is open to all District 220 voters and is free of charge. All interested community members are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited to 120 attendees and will be first come first serve.

Questions may be submitted here.

*Barrington Area Library provides meeting room space as a community service. The Barrington Area Library neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individuals or organizations.

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220 Forum

This year, CUSD220 has seven candidates for the three open Board of Education seats. The PTO Presidents’ Council is hosting a nonpartisan candidates’ forum IN PERSON at the Barrington Area Library on Wednesday, March 1.
Come learn about the different candidates and what they would do if elected. Have questions you’d like them to answer? Submit your questions using this link.

There is no RSVP for this in person event. (The League of Women Voters is holding a different forum virtually on Saturday, March 11 that does require preregistration.)

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The seedlings closeup.

From the Barrington Area Library:

The Seed Library opens on Wednesday, February 1, beginning at 10 AM!

Drop in on Feb 1 to see what’s available in the Seed Library this season (or plan in advance by visiting our Seed Library website). Master Gardeners will be here to answer questions and share seed starting tips. Learn how to make custom garden items with the laser cutter, help us create painted rocks for our fairy garden (and for you, too!), and pick up Take-And-Make Kits for kids and adults.

Take-And-Makes, info tables, and activities run from 10 AM – 4 PM on February 1; after 4 PM tomorrow, the Seed Library will be open during all regular Library hours. While supplies last. Seeds are organic and non-GMO.”

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Submitted by Elgin Symphony Orchestra

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra invites the public to learn about composers Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Robert Schumann at free, educational discussions at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Barrington Area Public Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington, and noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

The discussions are part of the ESO’s Listener’s Club series about the composers and music featured in its concerts.

ESO violinist Eric Pidluski will share the histories of these composers and provide insights into Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.”

Registration is requested for these free programs. Reserve a seat for the Barrington Area Library event at www.balibrary.org. Reservations for the Gail Borden Library event can be made at www.gailborden.info.

ESO February concerts

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will perform Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

Pianist Albert Cano Smit and guest conductor Kyle Ritenauer, who is a finalist for the ESO’s music director search, will be featured.

To purchase concert tickets, visit www.elginsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased by phone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling the ESO box office at (847) 888-4000.

Tickets start at $20; $10 for students; free for youth 17 and younger with an accompanying paid adult.

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BAL 2022

“The Library will be closed on Saturday, Dec 31, and Sunday, Jan 1.

We wish you a very happy new year!”

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