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About the Friends

Our Mission

The Mission Statement of the Friends of the Barrington Library is to raise funds for and to increase public awareness of the library's programs and services, encourage the library's growth and development, and strengthen and expand the appreciation of the Barrington Public Library as a cultural and educational resource to the communities it serves. 

Our Board of Directors:

Chuck Van Sluyter, President

Magi Green, Membership

Joyce Van Sluyter, Book Donations
Laura Silvia, Treasurer
Cindy Pierce, Secretary

Joan Doppke, Children's Section

Prima Hower, Website

Members at Large:
Bonnie Aspen

Richard Noto

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Our History

At their November 1979 meeting, the Barrington League of Women Voters invited the new Director of the Barrington Public Library to be their guest speaker. Among her remarks that day, Louise Blalock encouraged the League members to form the Barrington Chapter of The Friends of the Library, a national organization.  There was enthusiastic support among the League's members led by Mildred Kilburn, Dorothy Jackson, and Kitty Stewart, who was also the President of the library's board of trustees. Nearly all of the members of The League joined the Friends group and voted for $1000 to support the new organization.  Bylaws were written and remained as the durable foundation of the Friends' legacy of service to the library. Kitty Stewart was elected the Friends' first President.


For over forty years, hundreds of community volunteers have joined and participated in the events of The Friends to raise funds solely to support the library's programs and services. 

Interested in Volunteering?

We are a diverse group of local residents working together to support our library. As volunteers, we show our pride in continuing the growth of one of our town's most prized institutions. 

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