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196. Books & Beyond: Get your #throwback on at the Barrington Area Library!

Home Newsroom 196. Books & Beyond: Get your #throwback on at the Barrington Area Library!

I’ll never forget the night before our new Youth Services department opened. Everybody on the staff wanted to play with the giant Light Bright, the slide, the LEGOs, and all the other cool stuff.  We just couldn’t because there were still a million little things to get ready for the morning – no time to play. I felt a similar twinge of nostalgia when the Kiddieland Amusement Park closed down a few years ago – wait, is there still time for one last ride on the Octopus or those cute little cars with the horns that really beep? Summer goes by too fast and one day, as an adult, you wake up and realize life is going by too fast!

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Playing with the library’s new giant Light Bright Wall might make you…

So, the Barrington Area Library is inviting adults for a totally fun, after-hours event where you can slow down the summer and slow down the years – it’s Throwback Saturday! Adults 25 years of age and older can join us for good old-fashioned retro fun on Saturday, July 19, from 7-10 p.m.

Little girl holding golf club.
Why should kids have all the fun? Adults can try library mini-golf at Throwback Saturday, July 19.

What can do you do at Throwback Saturday?

*  Play mini-golf throughout the library
*  Build a fort
Take a trip down the slide in Youth Services
Play retro videogames
*  Take your souvenir photo in the Photo Booth and with some surprise throwback props
*  Yes, play with the giant Light Bright!
*  Treat yourself to yummy, kid-favorite snacks – the diet can start on Sunday!
*  Enjoy throwback music videos on our display screens

Imagine the possibilities. Get a group of friends together for dinner and drinks at one of Barrington’s awesome eateries, then come on over to the library! It’s free, it’s fun, and your Facebook/Instagram photos are going to be amazing! All you have to do to attend is register on the library website – we’ll take care of everything else. Saturday, July 19, 7-10 p.m. – take a trip back in time on Throwback Saturday!

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Make your own magnificent creation with the Imagination Playground at the library

About the Author

Karen McBride is the Public Information Manager for the Barrington Area Library.

She’s also a professional singer, lending her talents to St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington and her rock band of more than 20 years, Synod.

If she’s reading, it’s a glossy magazine or a rock star biography, but she’s just as likely to be walking in Cuba Marsh or on her treadmill, cheering on her beloved Bulls, or wasting time on Facebook.

To follow Karen’s library updates on Facebook, visit their page at and CLICK HERE to find all of the posts published in the Barrington Area Library’s regular Books & Beyond series right here at

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