Category: Books & Beyond

17. Rave Reviews for Library’s New Youth Services Department

 One week after the Barrington Area Library unveiled its new Youth Services Department, parents and nannies continue to rave about the new space and our own kids just can’t get enough of it. Our babysitter recently sent me a text reading, “This library is crazy awesome!! Even cooler than I was expecting!”
The new Youth Services Department is just the latest area to be completed in the full library renovation currently underway and our babysitter is not the only in love with the new space.
“Lincoln loves the whole new area! There is so much to do and so interactive, it’s great!!”
– Seija Nelson Tierney
“We had the pleasure of being the first ones in the children’s area along with Sandra Simmons Bos, and the girls had a BLAST!!!!! The two year old I nanny for said, ‘Kristin that was so much fun, let’s go back tomorrow!’ The baby also had fun doing Tummy time with the fish!!! What an amazing area for the kids, cannot wait to come back again!!!”
– Kristin Kiefer
We recently asked Barrington Area Library Public Information Manager Karen McBride to share more about the design of the new Youth Services Department and the status of the renovation and here’s what she had to say:
What are some of the highlights of the new Youth Service Department?
The focus in designing the department was to truly create a space where learning is interactive and fun.  Along those lines, some highlights include……

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The exterior view of the Barrington Area Library building

343. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… a New Library

 It’s been 8 months since the Barrington Area Library began its renovation project – wow! Time doesn’t so much fly as SOAR these days. 🙂
We’ve been very fortunate. Very few mishaps and re-dos, lots of progress. We’re still on course for our May 2014 grand reopening, but you can stop by anytime and see some of the great new spaces we’ve prepared for you – if you don’t mind some hanging plastic and occasional construction noise.
One of the most rewarding things for me has been seeing people immediately take to the new spaces. If you build it, they really will come! Walk out into the new Adult Services area upstairs and you’ll find businesspeople at work with laptops and mobile phones, tutors walking high school students through tricky chemistry questions, and seniors just relaxing in a quiet corner with something good to read. If I was coming here to work (well, I mean, if I didn’t actually have a job here!), this is probably the spot I’d choose, because of the beautiful views of our garden areas on three sides. It looks beautiful today, with a fresh coat of snow, and in spring and summer, it’s going to be even more amazing!
Right now, non-fiction books for adults are upstairs (except for those found in our New Book collection, which is still being temporarily housed in the Meeting Room). So if you’re heading here looking for fabulous holiday cookie ideas or equally as fabulous travel books for escaping the holidays, come upstairs and we know you’ll leave happy and full of ideas.
There’s no doubt about it – teens like their own, dedicated space, and we’re giving them lots of it in the remodeled library. These cool booths are, and I’m not kidding, always full. Adults use them during the day, but when school gets out, the teens are here in force. It’s like hanging out at a cool diner or coffee shop, but you don’t have to order French fries to stay as long as you want. We’ve got great books for teens and young adults up here, too, so they can browse for something not related to school work.
And check out the new bleacher-style seating:
I’m envisioning that PACKED with students during Finals week, and that vision makes me very, very happy! We may eventually have events up in this space, too, and when construction is complete, it will open up to the library’s beautiful atrium. We really have made a determined effort to give the very best seats in the house to you, our community. Oh, and you don’t have to be a teen to use this fun and functional space – our new Reading Commons is open to everyone.
Got a reference question or want help your e-reader or tablet? Stop by the new Adult Services desk on the second floor. Since we haven’t moved all of the adult resources upstairs yet, these folks can get lonely! (They’re kind of the Maytag repairmen of the library world right now…) Eventually, all of the adult fiction will be upstairs – and that day is coming soon, since the new Youth Services department on the first floor is due to open in late January 2014. I. Can’t. Wait. I want to save information about that for another post, but let’s just say it’s going to knock your socks off. In a really, really good way!
Oh, the meeting rooms – we know how you miss them and we miss being able to provide them! Since we’re using the two big meeting rooms as temporary office and browsing space, and the Zimmerman Room is attached to the still under construction stair tower, it will be a few more months. Coming soon, however, will be new small group rooms on the second floor. You can catch a sneak peek here……

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252. Books & Beyond: Reading is Alive and Well This Fall

 The temperature is dropping and the fall season is in full swing.  If you love to cozy up by the fire with a great book, Barrington Area Librarian Liz Kirchhoff has put together a list including some of this season’s hottest new book releases for the library’s latest entry in Books & Beyond, our regular series about reading, events and library news at 365Barrington.com.
New Season, New Reads

by Liz Kirchhoff, Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library
Who ever said books are dead? Apparently publishers (and librarians) didn’t get the memo.
This fall the lists are absolutely packed with new releases by authors we know and love, as well as authors we’ll probably hear a lot more from in the future.
It would take way more space than we have to cover all of them (and way more time than you have to read about them), so here’s a quick and dirty list of some of the hottest book releases this fall……

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174. Books & Beyond: Hot Authors & Read-a-likes

 I’m excited to share this first post from our newest contributor at 365Barrington.com.  She is Adult Services Librarian, Lizzy Klinnert, at the Barrington Area Library and she’ll be writing posts for us to publish in our Books & Beyond series.  Today, she’s talking about “read-a-likes” and the “king and queen” of young adult lit.
Hot Authors & Read-a-likes
by Lizzy Klinnert, Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library
It’s my favorite time at the library – Summer.  Why?  Because, in the Young Adult area especially, summer brings out the readers.  Nothing’s better than walking through the area and seeing huge gaps on the shelves.  I see the empty spots and I just know that someone is going to have a good reading week.
It’s pretty rare to see super-popular authors like John Green or Sarah Dessen on the shelves at all during this season. For a look at some of the most popular books for young adults, CLICK HERE to see an explanation of this image, a map of the hottest books by state according to EpicReads.com.

So, while you’re on hold waiting for a book for the king and queen of YA (young adult) lit, why not try some read-a-likes? (Read-a-likes are books by different authors with a similar style or subject matter.) ……

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