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Summer Reading

It's time for the annual Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Friends of Barrington Public Library. This year's theme is Universe of Stories! We have lots of special programs scheduled, so be sure to visit the Kids page and the Teens page for details.

This year's Adult Summer Reading starts June 24 and runs through August 23.

  • Sign-up online (see form below)
  • Read a book
  • Complete a review
  • Enter the Reading Prize Raffle
  • Earn more chances to win by filling out a row, column, or diagonal on our Summer Reading Bingo sheet 

We have a myriad of Summer Reading Events for Adults:

  • War of the Worlds: 1938 Radio Broadcast
    Mon, June 24 from 6 to 8 pm featuring the original 1938 broadcast, as delivered by Orson Welles. Includes a brief historical lecture and discussion with librarian Doug Swiszcz.
  • Documentary Films to celebrate the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon include:
    Apollo 11 on Wed, July 10 at 1 pm
    The Last Man on the Moon on Wed, July 17 at 1 pm
  • Sci-Fi Matinee Films include:
    The Day the Earth Stood Still on Wed, July 23 at 1 pm (1951 edition with pre-film commentary by librarian Doug Swiszcz)
    Moon on Wed, July 31 at 1 pm
  • Books for Idle Hours & the Rise of Summer Reading with Author Donna Harrington-Lueker 
    Tue, Aug 20 from 6 to 8 pm with an author reception and a historical talk that details the publishing phenomenon of summer reading in the nineteenth century and the backlash against it. In addition, we will raffle off a free signed copy of the book for one lucky attendee!

This year we have four (4) prizes, including one (1) Grand Prize, all with a space/universe theme. Contact the staff at the Reference Desk for more information by email at barringtonreference@gmail.com or call 401-247-1920 x2.

You must submit a slip to each raffle to be eligible for the Grand Prize Raffle. 

Raffle Prizes (See attachment below for prize pictures)
Raffle ends July 11 - winner announced July 12: Constellation Map Tapestry Wall Hanging
Raffle ends July 25 - winner announced July 26: BlissLights Sky Lite
Raffle ends August 8 - winner announced August 9: ScienceGeek Kinetic Art Asteroid
Grand prize raffle ends August 22 - winner announced August 23: Orion SkyScanner TableTop Telescope

Read and have fun!

Follow us on social media for up-to-date summer reading details, events, notices, book ideas, and more! Follow us on Facebook @barringtonlibraryTwitter @BarringtonPLRIInstagram @barringtonplri, Instagram-Kids @bplkids, and Instagram-Teens @barringtonlibrary_teens.

Use hashtags #UniverseofStories, #SummerReading19, and/or #Summeratthelibrary.



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