Artists, Makers, and Creative Types – the Barrington Area Library Needs You!


Multi-colored Barrington Creates logo with lowercase b, green text reading February 2016
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For the last five years, the Barrington Area Library, like many libraries around the world, has offered a “One Book” reading selection. As we met to begin planning our 2016 “Barrington Reads” event, it quickly became clear that we were all pining to do something very different – to think “outside the book,” if you will. After many brainstorming sessions, emails, spreadsheets, and mock-ups, we decided to make 2016 a year of celebrating the creative spirit in Barrington, with a month-long event entitled “Barrington Creates.”

Multi-colored Barrington Creates logo with lowercase b, green text reading February 2016

I’ll tell you more about the events, workshops, and programs in some upcoming posts, but today I’m asking for your help!

On the weekend of February 27-28, 2016, we’re hosting our first-ever CreatorFair, featuring creative works from residents and businesses in the Barrington Area Library district. Kids ages 9-13 will have their own CreatorFair on Saturday, February 27, from 2-4 PM, while adults will be featured on Sunday, February 28, from 1:30 – 4:30 PM. While items cannot be sold at the library, presenters may bring brochures, business cards, and other marketing materials to touch base with interested customers. In addition to creative work, children are invited to display their collections, too.

So…are you a painter? Calligrapher? Photographer? Illustrator? LEGO Master? Miniature enthusiast? Knitter or fabric artist? Sculptor? 3D Printing Wizard? Wood carver? Picker/repurposer? We want to shine the spotlight on your work! Visit our website and fill out the online application (note the separate applications for children and adults – children’s applications must be submitted by a parent).

Even if you aren’t an artist or maker, visit our website to check out the amazing line-up of Barrington Creates programs, such as:

Community Build: Giant Light-Up Sign  Register
Monday, Feb 1, 7 PM
Explore 3-D Printing | Register
Saturday, Feb 13, 2 – 4 PM
Crafty Brews (And Small Batch Spirits) at Grassroots | Register
Tuesday, Feb 2, 7 PM
3-D Architecture | Register
Monday, Feb 15, 7 PM
Creative Cocktails at The Annex  Register
Wednesday, Feb 3, 7 PM
Cookie Decorating | Register
Wednesday, Feb 17, 7 PM
Experts in Residence
Meet the Experts Online!
Selected Saturdays & Sundays
Papier Mâché Letters | Register
Saturday, Feb 20, 1 – 4 PM
Make It Saturday | Details
Saturday, Feb 6, 11 AM – 4 PM
Snow Building Competition | Register
Sunday, Feb 21, 1 – 5 PM
3-D Selfies | Register
Wednesday, Feb 10, 7 PM
Barrington From Above | Register
Wednesday, Feb 24, 7 PM
Jazz Up Your Latte at Calibré Coffee  Register
Thursday, Feb 11, 6:30 PM
CreatorFair Kids | Details
Saturday, Feb 27, 2 – 4 PM
Night of 1,000 Stars, featuring Dancewerks and the Abilene Paradox Vocal Quartet, including Barrington’s own Joseph Gurreri | Register
Friday, Feb 12, 6 – 9 PM
CreatorFair Adults | Details
Sunday, Feb 28, 1:30 – 4:30 PM

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