Thursday, December 29, 2011

A New Year's Party!

Children welcomed in the New Year with a party at the Barney Library today. Miss Vida led us in a noisy parade, we listened to a New Year's story,  made crafts, and even watched a movie!  We can't wait for 2012 and more great programs at the Barney Library!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trim The Tree Brings The Magic of Christmas

The Annual Barney Trim The Tree brought over 60 participants together to share Christmas songs played by Linda Tomasso and her son, Edward, as children created Santa hats, snowmen spoons, colored snowflakes, sparkling candles, decorated lace doilies and pom pom tree ornaments to take home.  Santa made a surprise visit to hear the wishes of youngsters and the Christmas elves provided Christmas Tree cakes to celebrate the season.

Songs of the Season

It was an old-fashioned sing-along of holiday tunes this season, thanks to Anita Siarkowski, The Accordion Chameleon, who led the chorus.  Christmas Special Ice Cream from Shady Glen in Manchester topped off the program and brought rave reviews!

Tot Time Marches On!

Parents, caregivers and children come together at The Barney Library on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for stories, music, finger plays and playtime and socialization.  It's a fun time with lots of activity as these photographs illustrate.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Giving Tree at the Barney Library

The Friends of the Farmington Library are collecting books to be given to an area charity. Donations for birth to high school age children may be brought to the Barney or to the main library until Monday, December 19, 2011.

Suggestions include soft cloth baby books, multicultural picture books, stories of holiday celebrations in other countries, fiction, non-fiction for older children and positive ethnic stories and poems.

Please stop by, select a tag from the tree and include it with your book donation.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Noah Wallace Grade Three Students Visit Barney

Sharing A Story

Playing The Stick Game

Creating Native American Symbols In Sand Art

Ninety third grade students from Noah Wallace School visited The Barney Library for a Native American Lesson just before Thanksgiving. Mrs. Maciel and Mrs. Lescoe shared Native American stories, led a Native American stick game, and showcased Native American culture through a DVD and a hands-on sand art project. Judging from the thank you notes written by the students, the presentation was engaging, entertaining, and informative.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Barney Library Gets Flocked!

A flock of purple flamingos has landed on the lawn at the Barney Library! It is all part of the Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser organized by the team at Arden Courts of Farmington. We are happy to support the Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter and help raise awareness about the disease in our community.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Leonardo Da Stinky Visits With Magic Ed

The audience waits patiently for Magic Ed and his special sidekick, Leonardo Da Stinky, for an-around- the-world-magic program with audience participation. This performance was one of 160 programs offered by The Farmington Libraries for families this summer.

The Annual Barney Library Carnival of Fun celebrated the end of the summer reading program with booths that included tattoos, face painting, a cool pop walk, cl0wn heads, parrot headbands and fruit loop necklaces, as well as fishing for prizes, and feed the clown. Over 100 people attended The One World Many Stories finale.

Happy Birthday To Me!

The Schultz Children celebrated their birthday with a party. Guests brought books as presents and Lily and her brother donated the books to The Barney Library. The next time you check out a book and notice a bookplate inside acknowleging The Schultz' birthday presents, you will have checked out one of these special donations. Thank you to this special family!

Houdini Box Creators

Programmers from the main library took turns presenting activities at The Barney Library this summer. Proud artists from Miss Angela's Houdini Box program display their magical creations
in the children's section at Barney and then they disappeared! Houdini magic works.

A Touch of Jazz Trio

Despite a rainy evening, Village Vibrations went on inside The Barney Library with Vin Cassotta's A Touch of Jazz Trio playing sultry tunes. The group dazzled the crowd with new songs written by Vin Cassotta as well as favorite hits from Louie Armstrong and other jazz greats. Their performance brought sunshine to the village on a stormy night.

Comic Relief With Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil, a poet from West Hartford who facilitates poetry workshops for seniors, delighted an audience of fifty people during a summer afternoon at The Barney Library. Reading his original poetry on subjects that included toilet paper, candy machines, body organs, and his car mechanic, Andy got those happy hormones going by sparking laughter. A good time was had by all.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Miss Vida Visits Barney

The Staff of The Children's Department of The Farmington Library has been presenting programs at The Barney Library this summer. Miss Vida's story hour engaged youngsters and cooled them off with a fish theme.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


On Tuesday, July 19 at 1:15 p.m. in The Hoppin Gallery of The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, Professional Actor Richard Clark will perform the one-man play Barrymore by William Luce. Enjoy the life and times of John Barrymore, the "bad boy" actor of the early twentieth century. Take a trip down Memory Lane to the era of the roaring 20s and 30s. Register at or by calling 860-673-6791 x2.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's Magic!

Magician Bryan Flint entertained young and old alike, with a vacation magic program that awed
those in attendance. Don't miss the library's summer program line-up. Check library happenings
at and get in on the action.

Close to 125 people attended the Barney Library's first Village Vibration Concert of the season on Tuesday, June 28. Tapestry, a duo, presented Celtic Music as the audience picnicked and tossed a beach ball to celebrate's summer's arrival.

Cellobration, the second Village Vibration Concert, will be held on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., in front of The Barney Library Portico. Connecticut's star cellist, Thirzan Bendokas, will perform music of all genres in a brilliant and engaging performance.

Tot Time Delights

Books, music, rhymes, playtime and socialization abound as participants in The Barney Library Tot Time Program meet each Tuesday morning.

Just Folks

Professional actress Edith Wallace Kufta appeared at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street in "Just Folks". She portrayed three different characters in three different costumes during three vignettes: "Mrs. Sorkin" by zany playwright Christopher Durant, "Deacon Brown's Courtship" and "Dancin' at The Applejack, a monologue by Jan Henson Dow. Twenty-four seniors were charmed by the performance.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Preschool Story Hour Is For The Birds!

Miss Angela's story hour at The Barney Library included a craft session creating birds of all kinds, a sure sign of spring! Awesome artists showed off their creations with pride, before they flew away!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pig Out On Reading With Paul Minor, Daisy and Lil Pug

Farmer Paul Minor, Daisy The Pig and Lil Pug kicked off The April Vacation at The Barney Library with their "Pig Out On Reading Program." Over 75 enthusiastic participants heard the story of life at The Minors House, shared books and got to pet the pig. Even Branch Librarian Kathy Lescoe got "snout-to-snout" with Miss Daisy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lily Schultz Donates Birthday Books

For her fourth birthday, Lily's friends gave her some beautiful books that she has generously donated to the Barney Library.

Louisa May Alcott visits the Barney Library

Ruth Crocker portrayed Louisa May Alcott at the Barney Library on Tuesday, March 1 in front of a most appreciative crowd.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Horizon Wings Visits Over School Vacation

A hawk, a kestral, a falcon and a barn owl all came to see the children during school vacation.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gina Barreca brings laughter to Barney

The Barney gallery was filled with people Thursday evening to enjoy some light jazz, chocolate, and a fun-filled hour of humor by author Gina Barreca.