Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

The annual Barney Bash for New Years was a big success. Hats were decorated, noise makers were made and used, stories were enjoyed and the children and their parents chicken danced their way into a brand new year.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Music Fun with the world's biggest elf

Multi-talented John Banker entertained a full house with holiday music and good fun, as part of Christmas Cracker, an adult program sponsored by The Friends of The Farmington Library.

Gallery Exhibit - Visions from the Mundane Traveler

Mario M. Pires' painitngs will be on display in The Hoppin Gallery through the month of December. Mr. Pires captures landscapes from "society's shared experience".

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Trim-A-Tree Party Fun

The Annual Barney Trim-The Tree Celebration brought close to 100 people to The Hoppin Gallery for ornament making, Christmas Carols and a visit with Santa from The North Pole. Linda Tomasso and her son Edward demonstrated the spirit of the season by sharing their talents, much to the delight of participants.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jingle Bell Parade and Special Visit from Santa

This was one fantastic Santa sighting. A great time was had by all.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, will host a Jingle Bell Parade with Santa on Tuesday, December 2 at 2 p.m. in The Hoppin Gallery for children aged three and up. Stories, music, dancing, and a craft will be featured.

On Thursday, December 4, The Annual Barney Tree Trimming will be held at 3:45 p.m. Children three and up are invited to make ornaments for their Christmas tree. This year's offerings are yarn wreaths, craft stick reindeer, Santa hats, candy airplanes, frosted circles and sparkling stars. Santa will also stop by.

Please call the library at 677-6866 to register for either program.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Meet Ernest Hemingway!

The Barney Library Reading Room was the scene of a visit from author Ernest Hemingway recently. Professional actor Richard Clark portrayed Hemingway in a monologue that covered the highs and lows of Hemingway's tortured soul with close to thirty people in attendance. Book group members who had read Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms left with a new appreciation for the writer who battled alcoholism and depression.

This monthly adult program is part of a series done at The Barney Library. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, December 8 at 1:15 p.m. when Christmas Cracker, a light hearted holiday music program will be presented. All are welcome!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ghost, Goblins, Pirates, Witches & a Princess visit

The Village Nursery haunted the library and got a little treat to celebrate the season. All the children looked magical.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ernest Hemingway Alive!

Professional actor Richard Clark will bring the genius of literary giant Ernest Hemingway to life in "Ernest Hemingway Alive! Life, Language and The Pursuit of Happiness" , a one-man dramatic tour de force on Tuesday, November 4 at 1:15 p.m. at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington.

Clark's portrayal reveals Hemingway's depth and passion as he reflects on the tumultuous middle years of the 20th century through the writer's eyes.

The author of such classics as The Old Man and The Sea, The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell To Arms, Hemingway was understated on paper, but not in life. He was a dashing figure whose exploits in battle, bullfighting and booze shocked society and challenged ivory-tower notions of his writing life.

Clark has been acting professionally in theater and television for more than 30 years. He is noted for his recreations of historical figures ranging from William Shakespeare to Andrew Carnegie.

For further information or to reserve a spot, call The Barney Library at 677-6866.


The Giant Pumpkin visited The Barney Library on Tuesday, October 21, sharing stories, songs, games and dances with preschool participants. Afterwards, children had a chance to create their own Halloween wreath, pumpkin magnet, and edible goblin, as well as earning stickers for "Pin The Nose On The Pumpkin" and The Pumpkin Beanbag Game. The program was a howling success!

Awesome Alaska!

Ms. Barbara Knibbs, Farmington Library System Manager awed an audience of twenty-five with slides of her Alaskan cruise taken this summer. The PowerPoint Presentation showcased her photographic ability, technological talents and engaging narrative style in an informative presentation that received rave reviews from the audience.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Giant Pumpkin Is Coming!

It's that time of year! The Giant Pumpkin will be making a stop at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street Farmington on Tuesday, October 21at 2 p.m. Preschoolers are invited to hear stories, sing songs, rock and roll to the music and try their hand making pumpkin magnets, ghostly creatures, Halloween wreaths,and scary spiders. Celebrate the season of Jack-O-Lanterns by joining in! Reserve your spot by calling the library at 677-6866.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Armchair Travel Takes An Alaskan Cruise

Visit Alaska without even leaving your chair by coming to The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, on Tuesday, October 21 at 1:15 p.m. Farmington Library Systems Manager Barbara Knibbs will share slides from her recent summer cruise to The Inside Passage of Alaska, narrating the highlights of her trip. It's your chance to see The Land of The Midnight Sun without leaving Connecticut. Bon Voyage!

Aging Gracefully

These patrons explored the secrets and principles behind aging well. Dr. Christina Bjorklund, Chiropractic Physician, informed this audience about how to maintain one's poise, strength and style.

Tag Sale/Bake Sale Great Fun

The Tag Sale / Bake Sale at Barney on Saturday, October 4, 2008 enjoyed good weather and good neighbors. The community traded baked goods, found marvelous bargains, and spent the day joking and having fun in the warm autumn sun. Its days like these that give recycling a very good reputation.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Dan Bowen, Master Illusionist, was a big hit at the Barney Library Spooktacular performance. His amazing illusions surprised everyone- even the adults. After the performance the audience enjoyed ice cream sundaes which came with sprinkles, cherries, and whipped cream. It was a busy night at the Barney and the show was a sell out as 150 patrons attended.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hand-Painted Pumpkins, Home made Goodies and Reusable Library Equipment all on Sale at the Barney Tag Sale

Come to a good old fashioned tag sale in the Barney Library parking lot on October 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will have an opportunity to buy Farmington grown pumpkins (some especially painted by local artists and library staff), enjoy and purchase baked goods baked by neighbors and library staff, and maybe take home reusable library equipment and furniture. There will be bargains galore and the food will be delicious. This bake sale and tag sale event is on October 4, 2008, in the Barney parking lot between the hours of 10 and 2. Be there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Children's Programs Start Tuesday, September 23

If you have a child between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years of age, The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington has a program for you! Beginning Tuesday, September 23 at 9:30 a.m., Tot Time will welcome parents, caregivers and children from 6 weeks to the age of three years to a program consisting of forty-five minutes of book sharing, songs, fingerplays, playtime, music and movement as well as socialization. It's a fun time which is a joyful introduction to using library resources with children. The series will run thru Tuesday, November 11.
Parents of 3,4, and 5 year olds will be interested in The Barney Library Pre-school Story Hour which will meet at 10:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday, September 24 and continuing thru Wednesday, October 29.
A second session will be offered on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for pre-schoolers, beginning October 16 and ending on November 19. Each
program will feature stories, games, music, films and a craft thematically linked to the stories.
To register for either of these programs, please call The Barney Library at 677-6866.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Meet The Author!

Steve Courtney, the author of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain's Closest Friend will present a book discussion and slide show at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:15 p.m. in the library reading room. Reviewed as "Extraordinary-biography at its best" and "a gem of a book", the program is guaranteed to enthrall Twichellites and Hartfordians, as well as Twain lovers, scholars, history enthusiasts and fans of biography. The social and intellectual currents of 19th century America set the stage for this engaging work. Don't miss "Meet The Author!"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hydrangeas - an Art Exhibit by Dawn Nolan Lombardi

Come to Barney and view a beautiful oil painted garden full of Autumn's flower - the Hydrangea. The art opening was a big success. Matt Swanson played music on the grand piano and Judith Cooper showed her handcrafted quilts featuring Hydrangeas.

All Aboard!

There is a new attraction to the children's play area and it is getting rave reviews from our preschool crowd. A fully constructed, with all its tracks, and extra cars - BRIO TRAIN SET has arrived!

Kids, moms, dads, grandparents, brothers and sisters are all having a wonderful time discovering this fun-filled train track and station. All aboard for some great playtimes ahead.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Spooktacular Magic Show Planned

Circle Friday, September 26 on your calendar so that you won't miss a Friday Family Fun Night at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington. At 6:45 p.m., Magician Dan Bowen will wow the audience with a Spooktacular Magic Show that will give you a headstart on this year's Halloween celebration. Recommended for ages 5 and up, the magic show will be followed by a Make Your Own Sundae Buffet. Reservations are required and may be made by calling The Barney Library at 677-6866 before Wednesday, September 26 at 5 p.m. Join the fun!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New International Doll Display

Miss Lucy Tomasso shares her dolls from around the world.

"This collection of dolls begin with the travels around the world of my great grandmother, Josephine Purkarz, and continues with those of my grandmother, mother and now my own."