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BALThe Barrington Area Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing!

Children, teens, and adults can sign up and start logging their reading hours and other fun activities to earn badges, free books, and a chance at grand prizes. One of the sponsors for this year’s program is the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. Click here to sign up for the program!

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The Barrington Area Library will return to regular hours of operation beginning tomorrow, May 3rd.

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Only two of four area public library board of trustee races were contested in the election earlier this month, which also saw some incumbents edged out of holding on to their seats.

Two, six-year terms on the Barrington Area Library board were up for a vote, representing residents in parts of Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties. According to vote totals posted to each county clerk’s website, Jennifer J. Lucas earned the highest vote percentage.

Newcomer Anne Ordway, a real-estate agent, earned grabbed the second highest vote totals, according to the clerks’ results.

“I’m excited to be on the library board and look forward to working with the other board members and making a difference,” Ordway told Pioneer Press in a phone interview. “I’m committed to getting the meeting rooms and study rooms open and using social distancing guidelines when the library reopens.

Without providing specifics, she said she feels the library, which serves the village of Barrington and other nearby towns, has overtaxed taxpayers and could be “smarter” with that money.

Incumbent Denise Tenyer was edged out of winning another term on the Barrington library board. Candidate Josie Croll was also unsuccessful.

Read more here.

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With so many candidates running for various offices, we’d like to remind readers of the candidates The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses:


If you haven’t already, Please Vote tomorrow! 

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There are a number of exceptionally qualified candidates running for office in the upcoming Consolidated Elections April 6th.    

Following is a summary of candidates running for various offices in the order they appear on the ballots for those offices. The Observer has noted those candidates we endorse with a check mark.

Early voting is available to registered voters now through Election Day.

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The League of Women Voters have two local candidate forums scheduled this afternoon.

District 220 School Board candidates Katie Karam, Maggie McGonigal, Michael Shackleton, Steve Wang, William Betz, Erin Chan Ding, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, Jonathan Matta, Thomas J. Mitoraj, Alex Michael Strobl and Robert Windon are scheduled to speak at 1:30 PM today.  To register on Zoom with the Barrington Area Library, click here.

At 3:00 PM, Barrington Area Library candidates Josie Croll, Anne Ordway, Jennifer J. Lucas and Denise Tenyer are on deck to speak.  To register to participate, click here.

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The League of Women Voters has posted recordings of the two Village candidate forums they held Saturday morning.

The session for Village of Barrington Hills President candidates can viewed here, and the session for candidates running for Village Trustee seats can be viewed here.

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The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library are hosting two virtual forums for Village of Barrington Hills candidates seeking office in the April 6 election tomorrow.

Barrington Hills Village President candidates Brian D. Cecola and Dennis Kelly, are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cate Williams will moderate. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/6s4f1dkh.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Kim Inman will moderate a discussion with Barrington Hills Village Trustee candidates Laura S. Ekstrom, David Riff, Thomas W. Strauss, Brent Joseph Burval, Paula Jacobsen and Robert M. Zubak. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/12bj0f4g.

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The following is from the, “ACTION PAC,” website:

“Action PAC is an acronym for Advancing Change Together In Our Neighborhood. The “PAC” is a registered committee with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The PAC was created to provide support for candidates who are interested in running for local offices such as School District Boards, Library Boards, Park District Boards, Community College Boards, and many more local offices.

These offices have been traditionally low-key positions and part of the prolific list of taxing bodies that exist throughout the State of Illinois. Illinois has more taxing bodies than California and many of these taxing bodies have minimal attention focused on them but they are all listed on your tax bill and they have significant budgets and assets. Harper College’s 2019 budget was $106 Million.

The year 2020 has proven to be a catalyst for political engagement on every level and locally the actions and policies of schools, libraries, and park districts are getting much more attention. This newfound attention has resulted in record numbers of candidates for these local offices.

Action PAC exists to support like-minded people who support positive change in local government that focuses on the concerns of taxpayers, citizens, and parents.


To support and elect people to local elective offices that have been traditionally underserved.”

To learn more about these candidates, visit their website here.

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The Barrington Area Library will begin welcoming customers back into the building on Monday, March 1, 2021, for browse and borrow services.

“Browse and borrow” is our way of reorganizing the Library for:

  • quick, convenient visits,
  • a great selection of books, movies, and more,
  • efficient, friendly service,
  • all in a safe and clean environment.

What can customers expect during this phase of the Library’s reopening?

Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-32 and Library policy, all Library staff and customers over the age of two years must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while inside the Library and at outdoor events. If you aren’t able to wear a face covering, please contact us so we can find the best way to assist you.

Please note the following temporary in-person service hours:

Monday – Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 1 to 5 PM

Additional virtual hours and services: Staff will also be available for phone, chat, and email assistance from 9 AM to 9 PM on weekdays, 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 PM on Sundays. Appointments may be scheduled for virtual one-on-one assistance. Most Library programs and events will be online, throughout the week.

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