Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Sparkling Barney Celebration

Santa, music and making decorations were all part of this annual celebration.
Kathy Lescoe read her traditional story.
Santa came and listened to Christmas wishes.
Patrons enjoyed magical holiday melodies.
The children had opportunities to create five original holiday decorations.
As always and as ever - the Barney celebrates the holidays and the community.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Songs of the Season - a show stopping success

Julia Shrake performed beautiful winter and traditional Christmas music on her Celtic harp. The audience was enchanted.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

William Webb Dramatic Performance Gets Excellent Reviews

Actor Kevin Johnson delivered an amazing performance as a Civil War soldier for the 29th Connecticut division. With passion and enthusiasm, history came alive as the story of Private William Webb was dramatized for an audience of twenty-four. The script was researched and written by Mr. Johnson, who is employed by The Connecticut State Library History and Genealogy Unit. The timely dramatization was most appropriate for the month of November, when Veterans are honored and Thanksgiving celebrated.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Turkey Trot Party

A little singing, a little dancing, a little reading and a little creative play were all the aspects of this Thanksgiving celebration. Children made hand turkeys to decorate their kitchen refrigerators and wreaths to hang as a welcome to the holiday. Gobble gobble and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Perfect Pumpkin-Fest

Adults and children all enjoyed the pumpkin parade, stories, crafts, games and treats. A good time was had by all.

November's Afternoon Program for History Buffs

Kevin Johnson from the State Library's History and Genealogy Unit will portray a historical figure from the Civil War in the community room of The Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive on Tuesday, November 17 at 1:15 p.m. Mr. Johnson will read from the personal and authentic accounts of Mr. William Webb's life story. This is a compelling and thought provoking tale of one man's fight to attain freedom and respect.

Mr. Johnson has received many rave reviews for this dramatic portrayal of William Webb. Don't miss this opportunity to experience history as it comes to life.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Armchair Travel to Italy

Photos of Italy from North to South entertained and educated this packed audience of former and might-be travelers. Ashley Turney presented interesting travel stories and facts about Italian culture, food and beautiful Italian cities and countysides to an audience of four dozen people, thanks to The Friends of The Farmington Library.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mark Twain Presentation was glorious

Craig Hotchkiss, Director of Education at The Mark Twain House and Museum, did a dynamic and informative presentation on the life of Mark Twain, the history of Hartford and The Mark Twain House. The program, supported by The Friends of The Farmington Library, brought over two dozen adults to this library lecture.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fall Registration for Story TImes

Be sure to sign up for Barney story times. These are specially designed programs geared to meet with your child's age, skills and interests.

Imagination Station is the newest story time addition. This program is an after-school alternative to television and offers stories and activities that are science, math, and art oriented.

Sign-up for any of these programs on event keeper or call the library at 673-6791 to register.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

See you in September 2010!

Barney Branch Librarian, Kathy Lescoe and Barney Building Committee Chair, Dave Palmer, escort Barney out of The Barney Branch Library in preparation for the start of building renovations. The library will be closed until September 2010.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Barney Library Programs@Farmington

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington is closed for renovation until September 2010, but Barney Librarians can be found at The Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, facilitating their usual schedule of programs for children and adults.

Programs will begin the week of September 21, with Tot Time scheduled Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. for ages 0-3 and their parents or caregiver, Pre-school Story hour for 3,4, and 5 year olds held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Imagination Station hosted for school age children on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Adults are invited to attend a powerpoint presentation by Craig Hotchkiss, Educational Director of The Mark Twain House and Museum. He will be speaking on the history of Hartford and the life of Mark Twain on Tuesday, September 22 at 1:15 p.m. A dynamic, engaging speaker, Mr. Hotchkiss' presentation will be entertaining, educational and informative.

All Barney Library programs will be held in The Farmington Library Community Room. Registration for all programs is requested. Sign up on-line thru the library web site at

See you in September!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Night to Remember, a Night to Celebrate

An evening concert and art reception brought over 75 people to The Barney Library's Last Hurrah before the library closes for renovation on Thursday, August 11 at 5 p.m. until September 2010. The music performed by Crescendo was EXCELLENT. The art show was well received.

The audience was filled with people who support their community, their families, the Barney Library and the arts. This was a poignant evening because it was filled with old friends, good memories and reluctant good-byes.

We hope to see and serve everyone at the Main Library, as well all look forward to September 2010! See you in September!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Author, DIck Sederquist

Author, Dick Sederquist, spent a quality afternoon with Barney patrons talking about hiking, travel, and how to make the most out of life. Patrons enjoyed the thinking, the conversation and the punch and cookies.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

An Evening With Crescendo

Sebastian Massa-Alto Sax

Matt Swanson-Piano

Billy D'Eugenio-Drums

Jazz and contemporary numbers will be performed by Farmington's own on Tuesday night, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, when the library hosts its last hurrah before closing for renovation until September 2010. Crescendo was founded in 2007 when the talent of three individuals came together to perform at The Hillstead Museum. The music was a jazzy spin on Christmas classics and the group was considered a hit.

Afterwards, their attention turned to jazz standards and from there, Crescendo played at The Barney Branch in 2008. Crescendo is now back at Barney with their program of smooth, sultry jazz, consisting of a mix of upbeat swings, soulful ballads and steamy latin sambas.

The players in this year's ensemble include Billy D'Eugenio, drums; Matt Swanson, piano; and Sebastian Massa-alto sax. Billy is entering his senior year at Farmington High School and at the Academy of the Arts in Hartford. He specializes in theater lighting design and latin jazz. He is currently studying under the direction of Ed Fast. Billy is also active in acting, starring in shows such as Starmites and How to Succeed in Business. He has also been a stage manager and has worked shows at both the JCC in West Hartford and at Farmington High School.

Matt Swanson is entering his sophomore year at Farmington High School and has been playing piano for over six years. He has been classically trained and currently studies with Paul Wendehack. Matt is also a participant in the F.H.S Jazz Band and their Symphonic Band and on occasion he accompanies the choirs.

Sebby Massa is entering his senior year at Farmington High School and currently serves as the principal bassoonist in the Wind Ensemble, Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has played in the 2009 All State Orchestra and Regional Orchestra. He played as second chair in both. He has also been in numerous choirs of mention. These include the ACDA Honors choir, the 2008 All State choir, the Madrigal singers and Chamber singers. He recently performed the Hostias solo in Faure’s Requiem and has been under the direction of Leslie Imse for the past five years. He is also currently studying piano with Paul Wendehack and has been playing for five years. Sebby’s saxophone report dates back to fifth grade when he first started playing saxophone. He has played in school bands and jazz bands until high school when his bassoon career took off. He still plays in the marching band and on occasion in the band when a sub is needed.

The Crescendo Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Prior to that , at 6 p.m. a Meet The Artists Reception will be held in The Hoppin Gallery. Dawn Nolan Lombardi, Jane W. Maciel and Catherine Noujaim will exhibit oil paintings, water colors and ceramic handiwork. An ice cream social will follow the evening's activities. The public is invited.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Rosalita and Her Puppets Come To Town

Rosalita and her puppets came to the Barney and entertained everyone with the tale of the Unicorn. Over seventy five children and their parents or caregivers came and enjoyed the Wednesday morning show.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Art Exhibit features local artists

The Barney Library Hoppin Gallery will feature the art of Dawn Nolan-Lombardi, Jane W. Maciel, and Catherine Noujaim thru August 13, 2009. The exhibit includes the colors and textures of food and wine painted in rich oils, the drawings and small watercolors of daily memories, and ceramic handwork.

A sneak preview of these creations starts on July 27, 2009. The public is invited to attend a special arts celebration with music by Crescendo in The Reading Room of The Barney Library at the "Meet The Artists" reception on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bear Realities

Felicia Ortner, DEP Master Wildlife Conservationist, presented an informative evening
program on black bears in Connecticut. Audience members learned about changes in Connecticut's woodlands that have impacted wildlife, the lifestyle of black bears, how to best interact with bears unexpectedly and what to do to reduce the likelihood of a bear visit. Forty-five people attended this second session of summer programs for adults.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Zach Ivins- Imagine That!

Sixteen year old magician, Zach Ivins, delighted and amazed many young readers with his mystifying magic and story presentation. This award-winning performance brought sixty-five people to The Barney Reading Room, where Zach demonstrated the magic he learned from library books and by watching other magicians at library programs, when he was younger. He was truly an inspiration to Barney summer readers!

Summer Reading Sign-Up

Come one! Come all! Farmington Summer Reading runs from June 25- August 24. Register, read, and try your luck at a prize wheel that will keep you coming back to the library for more!

Southwestern Slide Show

Beautiful photos and stories of adventure were the focus of this armchair travel presentation, showcasing Arizona and The Grand Canyon in winter. What a cool way to pass time in the summer!

Tot Time In The Summer

Going to Tot Time at the Barney Library is an excellent way to meet new friends, learn all those traditional children's rhymes and songs, as well as experiencing new children's music and picture books. Ages range from newborn through two. All are welcome for playtime and socialization.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer flowers, new bikes, summer reading

Come to Barney this summer and enjoy summer reading. Why not ride your new two wheeler over and pick up some great new books and some good movies. Barney Library is prepared to accomodate young, old, and inbetween patrons with books, multi-media resources, free cultural events, excellent age appropriate story times, and computer services. Its a great place to spend some quality summer time. Be sure to check out the Barney events so you don't miss out on quality programs, friendly service, and great fun.