Thursday, December 16, 2010

Julia Shrake and her music - a Christmas Tradition

Julia Shrake provided an enchanting musical interlude with magical harp music and carols on this pre-holiday afternoon. Audience members were treated to a delicious dish of peppermint ice cream, as a bonus and in special celebration of this holiday season.
Both music and ice cream were greatly enjoyed.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trim-A-Tree Terrific Ho Ho Ho

Making Christmas ornaments was fun. Santa came to visit and had a special serenade from his favorite librarian. Children had the opportunity to ask important Santa questions and everyone left with happy holiday feelings and decorations

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Night for Fun and some Gingerbread

First place

Gingerbread of local places
The Barney in Gingerbread
The Friends of the Library proudly sponsored the library's first-ever Gingerbread Festival. Over 45 structures were created by towns people and were then auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Barney Library.

The houses were amazing, this only proves that Farmington is full of talented and creative folks.
The creations all found good homes and filled the air with the smell of gingerbread and holidays.

A grand opening - a grand reunion

Grand spaces to think, read, research and relax.

A gathering of community to celebrate Barney's new beginning.

A place for study and internet use on new lap-top computers.
Old friends and familiar service -
getting great help from people you know.

Some welcoming intoductions

A newly renovated building filled with wonderful and loyal friends. This library was brimming with excitement and pride as Barney opened the doors. Neighbors, family and friends were so happy to have their community library back again.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An Afternoon with Eleanor Roosevelt

Actress Jean Lane's one-woman presentation highlighted interesting portraits from the life of Eleanor Roosevelt.
The packed audience had many comments and memories to share about this political era and this
fascinating American icon.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fabio Lucarelli and his accordion

Mr. Lucarelli delighted audience members with tunes from around the world. Patrons sang along, danced, tapped their toes and had a marvelous time. Music was made magic under Fabio's fingertips - the tunes from his accordion were totally entertaining.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hawaii (Armchair Traveling) Bound

Barbara Knibbs skillfully shared slides from her cruise to Hawaii for this entertaining and enlightening program for armchair travelers. Audience members remarked on how detailed and wonderfully presented the travelogue was.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An Afternoon with the Gillettes

Harold and Theodora Nivers, dressed in their authentic and period correct costumes and portrayed William and Helen Gillette (aka Sherlock Holmes). They told entertaining stories and educated the audience with facts about the lives of the Gillettes and the Gillette castle. They also sang some great victorian songs.

The audience left laughing and happy.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sea Chantey Concert a Swimming Success

The Johnson Girls performed to an audience of 40 or more patrons and the audience became part of the show, singing along to their beautiful harmonies.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Wildflower Talk for May

Jack Sanders with his book, The Secrets of Wildflowers.

Ridgefield resident and writer, Jack Sanders discussed the wildflower information found in his books. The photography was beautiful and the stories were fascinating.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Preschool Dance Party

Toddlers and preschoolers were dancing up a storm and having a great time learning dances from "The Chicken Dance" to "Loop-de-Loo". Good times, good tunes and good exercise all in one morning!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Family, History, and Art found in American Quilts

Susan Jerome, Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection, explored the ways in which quilts are a part of American culture and folklore. Definitions and ideas about quilts were also discussed.

Audience members brought family heirlooms and Ms. Jerome helped to identify their fabrics and type. Tips on the proper care and preservation of these treasures were also presented.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Signing of the Beams

One step closer to Barney's reopening. The beams and infra-structure have been erected. Community supporters ventured out on this fine Spring day to sign the structure and offer their support.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Celtic Music Magic casts another spell

Julia answers questions about her hand-made harp.

Over 50 patrons attended this muscial event.

Harpist, Julia Shrake once again enchants Farmington Library patrons with her beautiful and soothing melodies.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Chinese Folk Dance : An Exploration

A Close up of Xi Wang

Xi Wang, Art Director of The Butterfly Chinese Dance Troupe gave a presentation on Chinese Folk Dance to an adult audience of over forty patrons. Wang artfully and beautifully danced White Peacock and spoke about the different Chinese customs and art in various regions of China, as part of The Barney Library Afternoon Series, held at The Farmington Library. The program was sponsored by The Friends of The Farmington Library.

This presentation was educational and awesome. Her Farmington performance can be viewed on Utube on the internet. Look for White Peacock Dance, for it is so worth a second viewing.