Thursday, May 29, 2008

Good Friends Make Good Libraries

Meet Richard Mathews, Barney and Farmington Library patron as well as community unsung hero. Mr. Mathews demonstrates the town's home town spirit through his use of library resources. He not only supports Barney by using public services regularly, (borrowing mystery books, using computer technology, reading daily newspapers) but also contributes by delivering requested books and movies to homebound friends and neighbors. Additionally, Mr. Mathews hosts a movie showing at the senior center on a volunteer basis.

All the Barney staff agree that every day is brighter when Dick Mathews graces the door. He exemplifies the community spirit that makes Barney a wonderful place to be.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Show Goes On!

Despite thunderstorms and threatening weather, Village Vibrations, The Barney Library Outdoor Concert series opened on Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. with Tara's Thistle in The Reading Room. Over three dozen people enjoyed the music, historical anecdotes and good natured sparring between Bruce and Sandy Hedman, as they shared Celtic music and songs of the sea. The family concert featured a host of fascinating instruments including bagpipes, and a tin whistle.

The next concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. Island Rhythm will be treating the audience to the ultimate beach party, hopefully on the lawn of the Barney Library at 71 Main Street. Even if it rains on our parade, plan on joining the fun. The concert will move indoors and the dance will go on!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Read To Your Bear!

Taking advantage of the oversized blue chair at The Barney Library, these bears are modeling more than their beautifully crafted hats from story hour. These bears are a reminder to parents that reading to their children should be the most important twenty minutes of their day. By scheduling time with books, families foster bonding, encourage imaginative activity, strengthen listening and language skills and develop strong readers. Reading is important to success in school and work, opening new worlds and increasing communication.

To assist parents in this important undertaking, the library is ready to help with a selection of quality reading materials all available for check-out. By checking the books out at the library and sharing them for twenty minutes a day with their youngsters, parents will be giving their children a priceless gift. Read To Your Bear!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Practice English!

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington has been the scene for Practice English, an informal conversational group for speakers of other languages. Over the years, people from Pakistan, Turkey, India, Korea, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Ecuador and Iran have participated. The sessions have been an excellent opportunity to meet people, learn about cultures, explore American life, and gain fluency in The English Language.
This summer, the program will be held at The Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, on Friday mornings from 10-11 a.m., from July 11-August 15. Adults are welcome to register by calling Information Services at 673-6791. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Humorous History of Jury Duty

You're invited to The Barney Library, 71 Main Street on Tuesday, May 13 at 1:15p.m., when Jammy Davies and Shari Deluca, Outreach Assistants from The CSS Jury Administration will educate and entertain you with The History of Jury Duty. This program begins with The Vikings and covers The Witch Trials continuing to present day. Entertainment and enlightenment team up as this judicial history unfolds. Call The Barney LIbrary at 677-6866 for further information.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Books really are for this bird - this red robin has made her nest somewhere on the grounds of The Barney Library - if you can find her - tell one of the library staffers behind the desk - books and nature = one terrific combo.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Village Vibrations Coming This Summer!

This summer, The Friends of The Farmington Library are sponsoring four free concerts in front of the portico of The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington. The series, known as Village Vibrations, is an opportunity to meet up with friends, enjoy great music and have a good time in summer evening's twilight, Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair to these Tuesday evening offerings, which will run from 7-8 p.m. In case of rain, the concert moves inside.

Tara's Thistle will open The Village Vibrations series on Tuesday, May 27. Island Rhythm, the ultimate beach party, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17. Crescendo takes the stage on Tuesday, July 15 with jazz and contemporary numbers. Triple Play concludes the series on August 12 with a musical review of tunes from 1940-2008.

For further information, pick up a flyer at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street or The Farmington Library, 1 Monteith Drive or call The Barney Library at 677-6866.

Spring, Spring, Spring

The children from this community Brownie Troop are celebrating nature by planting beautiful flowers on the library lawn. It's so pretty on the green and on Main right now- everything looks so fresh and clean. Barney even has a resident robin starting her family in the cherry tree. Don't miss mornings at Barney, grab your news, grab some good movies, and say hello to your friends and neighbors - it is a great way to start or end your day.

First Concert

Summertime is coming quickly and that means more lovely daylight and twilight. Come listen to some great music at the Barney this summer. Meet outside with your friends and neighbors on the Library portico and enjoy Tara's Thistle on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. The first kick-off performance is extra special featuring the performances of Bruce and Sandy Hedman. This husband and wife team combines two part harmony, guitar, harmonica, drums, Scottish bagpipes, the Irish Flute and Bodhran to sing stories about Ireland, Scotland and the sea.