Monday, December 17, 2012

A Place of Peace and Tranquility

The Barney Library invites you to stop by and escape from the hustle and bustle of the season. Enjoy the decorated Reading Room and curl up with a good book in a place of peace and tranquility.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Renaissance Christmas

                  Glad Tidings of Joy

The Barney Library Hoppin Gallery was the setting for a performance of music from The Renaissance that is the basis of many of our Christmas Carols today.  The program received rave reviews from the forty-right Classical Music lovers who comprised the audience.  Christmas Special ice cream from Shady Glen in Manchester culminated the afternoon adult program, which is part of a monthly series underwritten by The Friends of The Farmington Library.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

An Artist's View of Winter in Farmington

Farmington Artist, Dawn Nolan Lombardi, has two paintings depicting Farmington in winter, now on display
in The Hoppin Gallery of The Barney Library, 71 Main Street Farmington.  In the first, a fence surrounding a house on Main Street is decked out with pine garland graced with red bows, as the snow gracefully decorates the night sky.  The second painting showcases one of the buildings at Miss Porter's School as snowflakes dance through a daylight wonderland.  Check out Dawn's other seasonal paintings in the second floor gallery when visiting Barney Library.

Barney Library Annual Ornament Making Workshop

Over seventy-five people attended The Barney Library Annual Ornament Making Workshop.  Linda Tomasso generously shared her time and talent to provide a musical backdrop of seasonal music for little creative hands who made Christmas ornaments for their own tree at home.  Beaded candy canes, snowflake sparklers, Santa Grinches, snowman mittens, and pom-pom Christmas trees were featured at the workshop this year.  Santa took time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance, give out candy canes and hear lists of Christmas dreams.  What a great way to jumpstart the winter holidays.  Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Program Series Finale

Regular weekly series end this week at both The Farmington Library and The Barney Library in Farmington, Connecticut, but everyone is invited to  December activities, beginning December 1.  Pick up a copy of our flyer at either library or take a look at offerings on-line.  Registration begins November 21.  Catch the whirl of fun!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Octoberfest With Fabio

The stunning splendor of autumn set the stage for Octoberfest at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut, when two dozen people gathered to hear Accordionist Fabio Lucarelli entertain with songs requested by members of the audience.  The result was a musical revue that was a trip down Memory Lane for program participants.

Dawn Nolan Lombardi Paintings On Exhibit

Throughout the month of October in The Hoppin Gallery of The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut, the work of Artist Dawn Nolan Lombardi will be on display.  Influenced by study and travel abroad, Dawn Nolan Lombardi is an Impressionist oil painter who is widely respected and renowned. As a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, she currently lives in Farmington, CT with her husband and two children.  Her paintings can be found in private homes, galleries, and museums all over the country, including the White House in Washington D.C. Dawn's specialty is painting seascapes, landscapes and portraits.

Tot Time On Tuesdays

The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington offers a program of playtime, socialization, music, stories, rhymes and toys on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. thru November 13.  Ages 0-3 and their parents or caregivers are welcome to attend.  Why not get in on the action?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Lily and Odin!

Each year, the children in The Schultz Family have a birthday party and ask their friends to bring books for presents.  After the party, the books are donated to The Farmington Libraries, where eager readers experience the joy of reading.  These books are checked out again and again.  All of the librarians are most grateful to Townsend, Lily and Odin for sharing their birthday presents with the whole community!

Most recently, Lily turned six and Odin turned four and they visited The Barney Library with their birthday presents.  Here they are donating this year's collection.  Happy Birthday Lily and Odin from all your friends in Libraryland!

Noah Wallace Winners

A Noah Wallace Fourth Grade was one of the first classes to return their summer reading list.  They reward was a trip to The Barney Library for a Book Bingo Game, where they could win paperbacks and cook off with cool pops.  In addition to creating a bingo card with their lucky numbers, the group had the opportunity to play a guessing game naming the book described.  It was an enjoyable way to spend a gloomy rainy day and the prospect of winning a paperback book delighted many!

Playtime On A Rainy Day At Barney

Tot Time, a program for parents, caregivers and children from birth to age 3 meets every Tuesday morning at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington at 9:30 a.m., regardless of rain, snow, sleet or hail.  Parents and children look forward to the opportunity to share stories, fingerplays, music, dances and toy time.  It's a room full of joyful activity and sunny faces, especially on a dreary, rainy day!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Through The Eyes of an Artist

During the month of September, The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington is pleased to host an exhibit of oil paintings done by Katarzyna Bakhshalizadeh.  Stop by and see the vibrant colors and expressive artwork of a gifted artist.

Birding 101

Noted photographer and birder, Chris Fisher, returned to The Barney Library for a Birding 101 presentation. Eighteen people learned the basics of birding and had the opportunity to see close-up photography of some elusive fine feathered friends.   After the program, members of the audience
browsed though pictures and books to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Barney Carnival of Fun: A Last Hurrah to Days of Summer

Seventy-eight people celebrated the end of summer with The Barney Library Carnival of Fun in The Hoppin Gallery.  Booths were set up that included:  face painting, feed the clown, fishing for prizes, tattoos, shaker decorating, clown heads and the cool pop walk.  It was great fun for everyone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Counting Sheep

After a "Counting Sheep" story hour where she heard about what sheep count to fall asleep, one young lady ventured to the playroom with her sheep in hand and tried the same routine on the residents of the playhouse. Presto!  In no time at all , the inhabitants of the playhouse were sound asleep!  Sweet Dreams!


A New Life For An Old Friend

Thanks to the creativity and expertise of Barney Library Assistant Susan Porter, the "Feed The Clown" game will continue to delight children at The Barney Library.  After ten years of wear and tear, the poor clown had taken a beating in a beanbag game where children try to hit the clown's mouth for prizes.  Susan gave the clown new life! Thank you, Susan!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Three Cheers For The Whiskey Boys!

Glorious weather set the stage for an encore concert of The Whiskey Boys at The Barney Library, culminating the Summer Sounds In The Village series.  David, Mark and Mike, a fiddle, an acoustical guitar, a bass guitar  and three voices, played original and traditional Irish, Old Time, and Blue Grass reharmonized with Jazz, Rock and wit.

Combining fast and slow tunes that were sometimes witty, sometimes sad, sometimes haunting, and sometimes jazzy, The Whiskey Boys played to rave reviews.  Their performance lived on long after sunset in the hearts of the seventy-five concert goers.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Familiar Faces

The Barney Library can be a beehive of activity at varying times of day and here are two familiar faces helping to ensure that things run smoothly.  Catherine Noujaim and Donna Randall staff the Barney desk, greeting the public, answering reference questions, checking materials in and out, and offering patrons whatever assistance they need.  They make Barney a wonderful place to visit.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fun With Book Bingo

The Barney Library hosted a Book Bingo for ages five and up.  Participants had to chose their own lucky numbers for their Bingo card and then they had to guess the title of the book for which they were given clues.
Each book had a number on the back that was called when the correct title was chosen from a group of forty on the table.  Winners chose a book to take home and keep forever.

Children loved the guessing and winning.  Little did they know they were exposed to forty stories! Writing numbers, listening, hearing plot summaries and winning books was a terrific way to get ready for school.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Starry Night Artists

The Barney Library Children's Program Room was the setting for a program for budding artists, under the direction of Ms. Jane Maciel, the library's graphic artist and programmer.  The artwork of Kandisky was studied and children had the opportunity to create look-alike works of art.  The second part of the series will be held on August 9, when the work of Paul Klee will be explored.  Who knows?  We may have our own famous artist hanging in The Met one day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas In July

The Freeze Dance, done with snowballs, set the stage for a Christmas in July Celebration at The Barney Library, where children heard Christmas stories, had a jingle bell parade, decorated a Christmas Tree, played a game with a stuffed Santa, viewed a Christmas film and savored soft peppermints.  Parents were reminded that Christmas Eve was only five months away, should they wish to get a jump on their Christmas shopping.  Merry Christmas in July!

Begin At The Beginning!

It was a parade of babies on Tuesday mornings at The Barney Library, where little ones are hard at work discovering the world.  Joined by their parents, grandparents or caregivers, little tots enjoyed lift the flap books, music, finger plays, nursery rhymes and playtime, once again proving that no one is ever too young for a library.  It's important to begin at the beginning!

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 31 Concert in the Village - Local Jazz Sensation Dana Lauren

On Tuesday, July 31, the Farmington Libraries will host an outdoor concert with local jazz sensation Dana Lauren and her trio of musicians.

Dana Lauren has been compared to Adele and Ella Fitzgerald; a unique combination that leaves a contemporary imprint on a timeless jazz sound and its stylings. At 23, Dana Lauren has already performed at some of the Nation’s most prestigious jazz venues, recorded two albums and has graduated from the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. In 2010 Dana Lauren was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition.

A chance meeting with Arturo Sandoval at the 2006 Newport Jazz Festival provided Dana with opportunities that any young performer could only dream about. In July 2007 Dana recorded her first CD titled “Stairway to the Stars” produced by and featuring Mr. Sandoval. Dana has had the honor of sharing the stage with Mr. Sandoval at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Birdland, The Blue Note and Iridium in NYC and Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston.

Her most recent CD “It’s You Or No One” brings together a stellar group of musicians including Joel Frahm on tenor sax, Manuel Valera on piano, Will Graefe on guitar, Luques Curtis on bass and Jake Goldbas on drums. The extraordinary Christian McBride joined her for a bass/voice duo of “On the Sunny Side of the Street”. The CD is a collection of standards with fresh arrangements and classic swing.

Both CDs will be available for purchase after the show. For more information, please visit her web site:

This live, outdoor concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the green at the Barney Library located at 71 Main Street in the Village. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the show inside the library. The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Libraries and is free and open to the public.

Advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.