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.