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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