Saturday, December 22, 2007

After Christmas programs

Wednesday, December 26 at 10:30 am we will present the movie "Nanny McPhee" for children of all ages. Nanny uses magic to make children behave in this feature film. Approximate time 100 minutes.

On Thursday, December 27th children ages 5 and up will make their own bingo card and win prizes if their numbers are called.

Registration for both programs is suggested. Call 860-677-6866 for registration and information.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hot Off The Press! Barney Children's Progam Calendar!

Copies of The Barney Program Calendar for January and February are now available. Tot Time for ages 0-3 with a parent or caregiver will be offered on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m., starting January 15. Pre-school Story Hour for 3, 4, and 5 year olds will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning January 16. Holiday and February vacation specials are also detailed. Early registrations are welcome. Join the fun!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Shopping At The Library

In the midst of the holiday hecticness, don't forget to stop at The Barney Library and pick up a stack of seasonal stories from the rack of Christmas books in the children's area. The Barney Bear and his friend, Thomas Harper are rushing to check-out theirs. Get in the spirit-READ!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Thursday, December 6 at 3:45 p.m., The annual Barney Tree Trimming will be held at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street Farmington, for children aged three and up. After songs and stories, participants will have the opportunity to make four different ornaments to take home for their own tree. Santa will visit and refreshments will be served.

To reserve your spot at this holiday gala, please call The Barney Library at 677-6866. We'll let Santa know you are coming!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Visitors

Special guests visited the Barney Library today! We were greeted by witches, superheroes, princesses, storm-troopers, cheerleaders and many more. We were lucky enough to witness the "stirring of the witches brew" and a great big BOO!!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Storytelling With Wanda Witch

Wanda Witch made her annual appearance sharing stories and singing Halloween Carols at The Historical Society's Annual Scarecrow Contest, as a practice session for her night of flying high over The Barney Library Halloween Night. Keep your eyes open, for Wanda does the unexpected. She has tricks and treats for you!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Hooray for The Red, White and Blue!

The Barney Library celebrates Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving with a musical salute to our nation. Join us Tuesday, November 13 at 1:15 p.m. as the talented John Banker, of the Thames Valley Music School, presents this tuneful event. Registration is requested, call 860-677-6866 to sign up!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Giant Pumpkin visits Barney!

The Giant Pumpkin visited children at the Barney Library today! During the festivities stories were read, music was played and feet were dancing about. Children had a blast pinning the nose on the pumpkin, feeding the pumpkin as well as making lollipop ghosts and paper jack-o-lanterns to take home.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

October After School Specials

Come to The Barney Library during October on Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. for some afternoon fun. Children in Kindergarten and up are invited to share in our October festivities.

October 11- Incredible Edibles:
Seasonal tales set the stage for art you can eat.

October 18- Book Bingo:
Make your own bingo card and see how many prizes you can take home when you win the game!

October 25- Afternoon Movie:
Get in the holiday spirit with our afternoon film and tasty popcorn.

Registration is requested for all programs, call 860-677-6866 to sign up!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bonsai Basics

Explore the world of Bonsai with Todd Hansen Tuesday, October 16 at 1:15 p.m.
Todd Hansen of Sanctuary Bonsai will discuss the art of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small shallow pots. This program is sure to fascinate!!

Registration is requested, call 860-677-6866 to sign up!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Barney Preschool Programs Underway

It's not too late to join the fun! Though preschool programs are already underway at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, newcomers are welcome. Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.,Tot Time is held on the second floor Hoppin Gallery. Children from birth to three years of age share library resources with their caregivers, in a session that includes books, fingerplays, music, movement, socialization and playtime. Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. children three, four and five years of age come together for stories, games, music, rhymes, films and crafts in a forty-five minute celebration of autumn joys. To register, please call The Barney Library at 677-6866. Fall fun abounds!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Barney Branch Library Open Saturdays With Plentiful Parking

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington is now open from 10-5 p.m. on Saturdays with plentiful parking. Public Access computers, WI-FI, Fastview DVDs, fresh brewed coffee, newspapers and magazines are just a few of the offerings the library has to complement its fine book collection for adults and children. Why not stop in soon!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Horn on Hurricanes: The Ultimate Storm

Horn on Hurricanes:
The Ultimate Storm
Tuesday, September 11 at 1:15 p.m.
It's the peak of Hurricane Season and Meteorologist Art Horn will come to speak about the ins and outs of these devastating storm. He will show a fifty minute slide show with a question and answer period. Don't miss out on this informative program!!
Call 860-677-6866 to sign up for this program today.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Children's Program Registration at Barney

If you are planning your child's fall schedule, don't forget to include programs at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street. From September 17-November 6, Tot Time will be held on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in The Hoppin Gallery for ages 0-3. Parents, caregivers and children will share books, music, rhymes and playtime together. Pre-school Story Hour will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 will enjoy stories, games, music, movement, films and a craft.

To register for either program, you can call The Barney Library at 677-6866 or fill out a registration form through the library website's Eventkeeper to enroll your child. We look forward to having you join us!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Get In On The Action At Barney Library's Carnival of Fun!

Looking for something to do with your children as you wind up the August Dog Days of Summer? Head to The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington on Thursday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. Booths will be set up in the upstairs Hoppin Gallery. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own pinwheel, decorate a cookie, feed the clown bean bags, have their face painted, fish for prizes and do the cool pop walk. For further information, please call the library at 677-6866.

This annual event marks the end of children's summer programming at Barney and celebrates
the accomplishments of all children in the library's summer reading program. Get in on the action! Visit The Barney Library's Carnival of Fun!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Summer Sounds Concert

Come, relax and enjoy
Summer Sounds
a lawn concert at the Barney Library. Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. the band Triple Play will perform tunes from the 50's, 60's all the way through hits of today.

Bring a lawn chair as the concert will be held on the front portico green. Don't worry about the weather, in case of inclement weather the concert will be held inside the library. For more information please contact the library at 860-677-6866.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

How Does A Dog's Brain Work?

The Fun Tales of a Therapy Dog! Thursday July 26 at 10:30 a.m.

This fun and interactive workshop will explore all the ways in which dogs communicate with their bodies. Children will be able to gain insight into the power of non-verbal communication and learn how to identify feelings that are expressed through a dog's body as well as their own. For more information or to register, please contact The Barney Library at 860-677-6866.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Prize Drawings at The Barney Library

We have cute stuffed animals that need a good home, and they're hoping you'll win them in The Barney Library Drawing!! If you enter your name in a weekly drawing at The Barney Library you might have the chance to win fun prizes!! The drawing takes place on Thursdays during July.
Stop by and enter TODAY!!!

Around the World at 75

Travel around the world with John Guy LaPlante, author of
Around the World at 75, Alone Dammit!
This retired journalist celebrated his 75th birthday by taking a solo trip around the world. Mr. LaPlante will lead us all on a trip as he shares his experiences. This program is sure to entertain, don't miss it...Sign-up today!! call us 860-677-6866.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Puppet Theater

Robert Rogers presents his puppet show, Just So Stories Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. Just So Stories, written by Rudyard Kipling, explains How the Elephant got its trunk, How the Leopard got its spots, How the Camel got its hump and How the Alphabet was discovered. This program is suitable for children ages 4 and up, and is sure to be a wonderfully entertaining show! Registration is requested, please call 860-677-6866 and sign up today!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Extra! Extra! Read all About It! Barney Summer Calendar Ready

On your next trip to The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, don't forget to pick up the summer schedule of activities for both children and adults. Fiddlers, a world travel expert, a puppeteer, a magician and a pet therapy dog are all part of the fun that also includes regular weekly programs for children. Tot Time for parents/caregivers and children together, pre-school story hour for 3, 4, and 5 year olds and a changing array of movies, art experiences, cooking activities, bingo and a carnival finale make Barney the place to be this summer. Make sure you get in on the action!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Barney's Book of the week

Staff selection:

Venus Envy by Shannon McElden.
Chick-lit/Romance/Humor 336 pages

This is a charming quick read, light-hearted but still resonant with some of the deeper human issues. It’s the story of a flighty Aphrodite, returned to Earth as a “fairy godmother”, who needs to unite the heroine of the novel, Rachel, with her true love in order to return to Olympus.

click here to check the availabilty of this book.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Get The Buzz On Bees!

Get The Buzz On Bees at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington on Tuesday, June 5, at 1:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. Farmington resident, Becky Jones of Jones' Apiaries will discuss bee keeping and the threats to the future of bees. Recent news stories highlighting environmental concerns and viral issues make this a timely topic that promises to be fascinating and informative. Call the library at 677-6866 to register.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Last Chance To See Farmington Public Schools Art Show

Stop by The Barney Library's Hoppin Gallery, 71 Main Street, before May 30th to see The Third Annual Art Exhibition of Farmington Public Schools Alumni, AP Students, and Faculty.
This mixed media presentation features the artists' perspectives in a written binder, adding a personal dimension to the artwork. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10-5 p.m. The library is closed on Friday. For further information, please call The Barney Library at 677-6866.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Good Start Heads To The Library!

If you are the parent of a soon-to-be kindergartener, you received the summer reading list through Good Start Program. Head to The Barney Library, 71 Main Street and you will find the
titles ready and waiting for you on a shelf in the summer reading area. You can also pick up brochures of Barney summer programs for children and adults. Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance. We'd be delighted to help. See you soon!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Library Resources For The Homebound

Do you or someone you know need library resources delivered, because of an inability to visit the library? If you are a Farmington resident, you can call The Barney Library at 677-6866 and ask for Jennifer or Kathy. A home delivery account can then be established. Personal preferences are considered when materials are selected and delivery is scheduled every two weeks. Books in print or large print, DVDs, videos, CDs, books on CD, and book cassettes are all
available. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Book Discussion

Every month a Barney Librarian leads a Book Discussion at The Gables at Farmington, located in the third floor lounge at 20 Devonwood Drive. The discussion this month will meet Tuesday May 29 at 2:00 p.m. The featured book we will be reading for the month of May is The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer.

from Publishers Weekly:
"Packer's engrossing debut novel begins without ostentation. On Memorial Day, Carrie Bell and her fiance, Mike Mayer, drive out to Clausen's Pier for their annual ritual, a picnic with their friends, a trip they make the way a middle-aged couple might, in grudging silence. Before their resentments can be aired, Mike dives into too shallow water, suffering injuries that change their lives. If Mike survives, he will survive as a quadriplegic, and Carrie faces unexpected responsibilities. Ultimately, Carrie does what is both understandable and unthinkable. She leaves her hometown of Madison, Wis., and shows up on the doorstep of a friend in New York City. There she discovers a different world, different friends and a different self. The hovering question--what will Carrie do? Abandon Mike or return to him?--generates genuine suspense. Packer portrays her characters--both New Yorkers and Madisonites--deftly, and her scenes unfold with uncommon clarity. But if Packer has a keen eye, she has an even keener ear. The dialogue is usually witty; more important, it is always surprising, as if the characters were actually thinking--one of the reasons they become as familiar to the reader as childhood friends. The recipient of several awards, Packer is also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories. Clearly, she has honed her skills writing short fiction. What is unexpected is the assurance she brings to a larger canvas. In quiet but beautiful prose, Packer tells a complex and subtly constructed story of friendship, love and the hold the past has on the present. This is the sort of book one reads dying to know what happens to the characters, but loves for its wisdom: it sees the world with more clarity than you do. "

For a reading group guide for this book click on the link provided below.

Stay tuned for these upcoming book discussions:

Tuesday, June 26, While I Was Gone by Sue Miller.
Tuesday, July 24, Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman.
Tuesday, August 28, The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner.

Are you a member of a book group?
The Farmington Library can order multiple copies of a title for your book discussions. Ask a librarian about it today!

Fast Views At Barney

Are you in the mood for a movie that's a new release? Visit The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington and check out a Fast View overnight. A selection is available at the circulation desk. One movie per cardholder may be borrowed on a "first-come, first-serve" basis and the movie may returned in the Barney book drop if the library is closed.

If you are a fan of royalty, you will enjoy viewing The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings and Sylvia Syms. The movie is directed by Stephen Frears and deals with the compromise that Tony Blair negotiated with the queen after the death of Diana, as the public demanded some show of grief from the royal family. There are funny moments in a story that flows smoothly, incorporating touching moments from Diana's life. Viewing the film is an engaging way to spend an evening.

A sampling of other titles available include: James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas, The Prestige, The Painted Veil, Flags of Our Fathers, The Pursuit of Happyness, Babel, Casino Royal and The Illusionist. Stop by Barney and try your luck at getting a movie that you have been dying to see. It may just be your lucky day for a Fast View from The Barney Library!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Practice English At The Barney Library

Do you know someone who is new to the English Language? Are you an adult learning to speak English? Would you like the opportunity to meet people from other countries who come together to practice English? If so, The Barney Library has a program for you!

Starting on Tuesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the month of July, The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, will host Practice English, a one hour program of conversation for individuals new to speaking English. Working with newspapers, magazines, books, pictures, flashcards, surprise bags, and props, participants engage in conversation in an informal get-together that often becomes a cultural sharing. Very often, newcomers also gain information about customs in America and have questions answered about day-to-day life in The United States.

The group is open to adults who have a basic knowledge of English and are looking to for a chance to increase their knowledge of English, while becoming more fluent. The library has a collection of ESOL materials that may be checked out for individuals wishing to continue their study of English at home. With identification, program participants may obtain a library card
and borrow any of the library's circulating materials.

To register for Practice English, please call The Barney Library at 677-6866. We look forward to welcoming newcomers to The English Language!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Farmington's Sweetheart of A Building

Tucked away behind The First Church of Christ off Route 10 in Farmington Village, is a small library, often referred to as Farmington's best-kept secret! Visitors have called it a "sweetheart of a building" or "an architectural gem" and faithful fans insist that they feel as though they own a mansion when they visit. This library is The Barney Library at 71 Main Street, a browsing library of 8,000 square feet, which offers books, DVDs, CDs, videos, newspapers, magazines, reference assistance, computers, a copy machine, coffee, wireless access, and programs for adults and children.

D. Newton Barney, general counsel for a Hartford electric utility, built Barney as a tribute to his mother and aunt. It was then known as The Village Library. For sixty-three years, The Greek Revival building was the home of Farmington's main library. In 1981, when the Farmington Library opened on Monteith Drive, the building became a branch. It was named Barney in 1999 as a tribute to the family that had given so generously to library service in Farmington.

The library has a small playroom for children on the first floor. The second floor houses The Hoppin Gallery, which features changing art exhibits and The Mills Bird Egg Collection. Many programs are held in The Hoppin Gallery, but whether or not a program is in session, there are always great reasons for making Barney your destination.

1. Check out a Fastview DVD. These overnight newly released DVDs are just the thing for a relaxing evening at home.

2. Attend Tot Time Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. You and your birth-to-three year-old will share books, fingerplays, music and movement, playtime and socialization with other children and parents.

3. See a Beatrix Potter Display. These small exquisitely detailed figurines grace our display case this month.

4. Take a computer class. Even if you have never used a computer, you can learn to search for a book, surf the internet and use e-mail. We even have public computers you can use if you don't have a home computer.

5. Visit The Hoppin Gallery. Enjoy the exciting artwork of Farmington Public Schools Faculty, Alumni and Students.

6. Buy A Garden Tour Ticket. The Friends Annual Garden Tour takes place June 16. Tickets are $20.00 and are available now!

7. Taste great coffee. Select your flavor and try our Keurig coffeemaker.

8. Catch up on the news. Meet friends and neighbors here or read The New York Time, The Hartford Courant, The Wall Street Journal of The New Britain Herald.

9. Find a notary public. Services are available at Barney free of charge.

10. Pick up our Calendar. "Get A Clue" is the theme of our summer reading program for adults and children. The Barney Schedule is ready, so plan your summer now.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


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