BPL Blog

Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Mar 05
Spring is almost here, and one of the best outdoor opportunites we have here in Barrington is access to the wonderful East Bay Bike Path.  But did you know that public bike paths and bike-friendly roads have a long and interesting history or that the creation of bike paths is sometimes complicated by social and political issues?  Since the bike path is so important in Barrington, you might enjoy reading a recent book specifically about the place of bikes and bike riders in...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Mar 03
Playaways are here! Well, only 10 of them… we’re trying out this new item, and we need your help.  Tell us if you like them. . . tell us if you want more! Playaways are self-contained audio-books.  The “catch” is that we provide you with the Playaway, but you’ll have to provide the battery and the headphones (we sell re-usable headphones for $1.00).  You see, we really, really don’t want to get into the battery replacement (or battery recharging) business, and these...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Feb 28
Who says there’s no time to read?  This year–Leap Year– we’ve got an extra day! Check out the new books, and don’t forget old favorites in our special displays and in the book stacks!
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Feb 25
LIFE CAN CHANGE AT THE LIBRARY!! Recently a woman approached the Reference Desk and asked if anyone knew how she could contact local area animal shelters, dog pounds or any other source that could help her and her husband find a dog, preferably of a smaller size as all their attempts had been met by people offering breeds that were much larger than they could handle. We referred them to the current edition of the Barrington Times and informed that usually a pet was highlighted each week in...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Feb 25
Yes, it was a good movie, but Atonement, the book, was much better! Read it, and all the other books that inspired this year’s crop of Oscar picks, at the library!
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Feb 21
Coming in March, the answer to this question: What’s a Playaway? 
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Feb 21
In this community, we sure don’t think so! Barrington has the highest per capita book borrowing of any library in the state and among the highest in the nation.  Read the following article for a great defense of the power and joys of reading! http://egan.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/20/book-lust/index.html
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Feb 14
I learned today that Harvard has plans to provide free online access to faculty research and articles. Stay tuned… This reminds me a little of iTunes U. More good news: Check out the new Public Library of Law, “the largest free law library in the world.” Provides free access to: Cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals Cases from all 50 states back to 1997 Federal statutory law and codes from all 50 states Regulations, court rules, constitutions, and more! -Bri
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Feb 13
What is it really like to work for the circus? Find out when Rob Mermin, Dean of the Ringling Brothers Clown College gives the true scoop on circus life. Monday, February 25 at 7PM. This program is co-sponsored by Barrington Public Library and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library, in conjunction with this year’s Reading Across Rhode Island book selection Water for Elephants.
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Feb 13
Starting this spring, “Starbucks said it will give customers who use a Starbucks purchase card two hours of free wireless access per day. More time than that will cost $3.99 for a two-hour session.” (NY Times) Barrington Library says: We offer free wireless access to everyone, with or without a Starbucks card! Also, you might regret the glazed doughnut. -Bri


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