BPL Blog

Posted by JDavanza on Fri, Apr 18
April is “Lawn and Garden” Month. To celebrate, check out a book from our Garden Display, located in the New Magazine Section on the Library’s Main Floor.  April is also “National Humor Month”. What better time to pick up a book by national treasure Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens).  Many titles by this abundantly entertaining writer can be found in the collections of the Barrington Public Library. Curious about other monthly celebrations that occur during the month of April?  Click on the web...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Apr 16
Peter and the Wolf is coming! This wonderful family event featuring the music of Prokofiev, played by the Classic Winds Woodwind Quintet is coming to the Library Sunday, May 18 at 2 PM.  What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Apr 15
Thursdays at 10:00 am children ages 3-5 are welcome to join us for a half hour program of stories,songs and a short film. Designed as a first independent experience, children attend without their caregivers. No registration is necessary. Program continues until May 22.
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Apr 15
Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to attend our preschool story-times on Mondays at 10:00 am or Wednesdays at 11:00 am.  These are drop-in story-times so no need to register. These story-times continue until the week of May19th.
Posted by JDavanza on Fri, Apr 11
Kate Chopin’s most famous work is a short novel called The Awakening.  The book was considered shocking and immoral upon its publication in 1889.  Today this sensitive story, told from a woman’s point of view, is considered to be a classic and a small literary masterpiece.  Come join us as Dr. Joy Dennis teaches a course on this ground-breaking author, her work, life and times: Tuesday mornings at 10:00, April 15-May 20.  Free and open to all adults.  Register now at the Library’s...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 10
  WILDER ABOUT WILDER GREAT MOVIES DIRECTED BY BILLY WILDER A FILM LECTURE SERIES PRESENTED BY CINEMA ENTHUSIAST DOUG SWISZCZ WEDNESDAYS AT 6:30 PM May 7th:    DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) - Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in a prototypical film noir about murder, lust, and greed. (107 minutes – black & white) May 14th:  SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) - Gigolo...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Apr 09
Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem inspired by piece of visual art.  The term for this is “ekphrasis”.  For centuries poets have enjoyed using this exciting method of entering a poem-one notable example being John Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.  Some ways to approach writing about a work of art include: writing about the scene being depicted, writing in the voice of the person portrayed in the artwork, or speaking to the artist who created it.  For visual inspiration writers can...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Apr 07
   Screen legend Charlton Heston, whose memorable roles in a long film career included Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and his Academy Award-winning turn as the eponymous lead character in William Wyler’s Ben Hur, passed away this past weekend at age 83. He had been ill for several years with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Here is a link to Heston’s page at the Internet Movie Database: http://imdb.com/name/nm0000032/ And here is the link to the results page when you...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 03
Click on the Poets.org link at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/94 to take a look at 30 different ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, including “take a poem out to lunch”, and other twenty-nine other inventive ways to bring poetry to the forefront of your life.  If you sign up for the free service, Poets.org will send one new poem to your inbox each day during the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poems have been selected from new books published this spring.
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 03
Professor Joy Dennis returns to the Library this spring to give an exciting series of lecture, film, reading and discussion programs on the life and works of Kate Chopin. This notable Belle Epoch American writer is known for her ground-breaking feminist writing and the intimately revealing portraits she gives her readers of late 19th century southern society, particularily that of New Orleans and surrounding countryside in Louisiana.  Joy will also offer information about other writers of the...