Thursday, April 4, 2013

Barney Library Grand Reopening Ceremony - April 22

Jay Johnston, Executive Director of the Farmington Libraries, invites residents of Farmington and neighboring communities to attend the grand reopening of the Barney Library on Monday, April 22, 2013.  A formal ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m., including a ribbon cutting and refreshments.

The ceremony will also include special recognition of the library response team who acted quickly to address the maintenance emergency that first necessitated the closing of the library. These members are: Mike Andreas, Chair of the FVGLA Board, Andy Baron, Head of the Library Board of Trustees, Kathy Lescoe, Barbara Knibbs, Steven McMahon, Bernie Dayton and Susan Porter. Mr. Johnston will also pay tribute to past individuals who have contributed to the Barney Library legacy. 

The Farmington Libraries are part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Over two dozen people got an early start on St. Patrick's Day at The Farmington Library.  An Irish travelogue, Irish trivia contest, an Irish step dancing demonstration, tea and Irish soda bread was the prelude to the wearin' of the green.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Musical Holiday

Vocalist, Julia Holliday brought sunshine to a cloudy day at The Farmington Library with sultry tunes and chocolate, as she brought new life to old favorites.  The musical series will continue next month with a celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 12 at 1:15 p.m. that includes a slide show, step dancing and an old fashioned sing-along, with Irish bread and tea.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Barney Library Water Incident and Closure Update

Jay Johnston, Executive Director of the Farmington Libraries, prepared the following announcement regarding the water incident at the Barney Library and an update on the library’s closure:

On Saturday morning, January 26 at 6:00 a.m., custodian Stephen McMahon entered the Barney Library and discovered water cascading from the ceiling above. Steve responded quickly, calling the fire department that came immediately to shut off the water valve. Steve then called Kathy Lescoe, branch manager, who arrived to find the building with several inches of water on the floor on the south side, comprising the children's room and lending area. The water also involved the basement, subsequently flooding the elevator pit, which has been pumped dry and is in the process of being restored to service by Otis Elevator.

Mike Andreas, Chair of the FVGLA Board, and Andy Baron, Head of the Library Board of Trustees, have been very involved in the recovery process while Kathy Lescoe has taken the lead in coordination and labor. Kathy led the library’s disaster team consisting of Barbara Knibbs, Stephen McMahon, Bernie Dayton and Susan Porter, all of whom moved the involved materials, electronic equipment, telecom, IT and other items from the impacted areas to safety.

Servpro, Inc, a company with resources to respond quickly to fire and water damage, and Clean Harbors, LLC, an emergency pumping service licensed to dispose of contaminated water, were both called immediately following the incident to contend with and stop the spread of the damage. On Thursday, January 31, members from the disaster team met for a formal damage assessment walk through and the development of an authorized recovery plan, discussed in accordance with the insurance adjuster. All carpeting and cabinetry in the affected areas on both the first and second floors will be replaced. Scope Construction and others are authorized and preparing the affected areas to be reconstituted as required.  The project will require about 90 days to completion.

All programs originally scheduled to take place in the Barney Library have been transferred indefinitely to available space in the main library, and the Barney staff have been redeployed to the main library as well. With over 1,000 items currently on loan from the Barney, we have instituted a process to contend with their return.  The Barney outreach programs, which serve the homebound and elderly, were expanded to meet the new needs of patrons.  Materials on-hold, as well as the in-demand items from the Barney collection, have  been moved to the main library, in order to maintain access to these materials as well as the high level of  service our patrons have come to expect. 

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Beat Goes On....

Despite the fact that Barney is closed for repairs due to a water pipe leak, The Barney programs are being held at The Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive.  Tuesday's Tot Time program takes place in the library community room for ages 0-3 at 9:30 a.m.  The program of socialization, playtime, books, fingerplays and music welcomes everyone.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Village Gate Poets

The Village Gate Poets led by humorist and writer, Andy Weil, read their work that was  at times humorous and poignant.  Recollections and memories of the past and present were featured in this creative experience.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kicking Off Barney Library's Winter Program Series

Tot Time, a parent/caregiver and child program for 0-3 years olds, jumpstarted the Barney Library's Winter Program Series with a group of two dozen people.  Books, music, puppets and toys paved the way for playtime and socialization in this 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning gathering, which will run thorough April 16.  It's a great way to stay warm, when the world is a winter wonderland and you are fighting cabin fever.  Why not join the fun?