Announcements

Columbus Day Closing

The Farmington Libraries will be closed Monday, October 10 in observance of Columbus Day.

Barney Library

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Location Details

Address:
71 Main St.
Farmington, CT 06032

Phone:
860-673-6791

Hours

Monday - Thursday & Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Summer Saturdays 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

New Books at Barney

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Monthly Makers

10:00am - 11:00am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Crafts, Hobbies, & Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Monthly Makers is a low stakes arts and crafts program for Adults.  You don’t need to be crafty to enjoy this program, it’s about the process NOT the product.  Each month we will try different crafts, mediums, and styles, without the p...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Halloween Movie at Barney Library

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: All Ages, Adults, Teens, Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film
Event Details:
Get in the Halloween spirit and come enjoy Hocus Pocus (rated PG, released 1993) at the Barney Library. "A curious youngster (Omri Katz) moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches (played by Bet...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers Dance Party

10:00am - 10:45am
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film, Series for Little Ones
Event Details:
Let’s move and groove together in the Library! We will read a fun book and do some dancing. We will meet in the Gallery upstairs at the Barney. This is a drop in program. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Movie at the Barney

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film
Event Details:
Stop by the Barney Library on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:30 PM for an afternoon movie. These movies are free and open to the public. Whenever available, movies are shown with Closed Captions.   This month we will be showin...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Celebrate October

10:00am - 10:30am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Crafts, Hobbies, & Gaming, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

Ages 2 - 5. Celebrate the season!  Come for a special story time and craft. Sing and dance, be prepared to get messy!

PLEASE REGISTER

Celebrate the Month! Join Miss Amy for a special story time and a craft! This program will be indoors and upstairs in the Hoppin Gallery. Registration required. Ages 2-5 If you have more then one child in your family participating, sign them bo...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Puzzle Time at the Barney

10:00am - 11:00am
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Crafts, Hobbies, & Gaming
Event Details:
Jigsaw puzzle lovers are invited to meet on the second Thursday of the month at the Barney Library. Meet other puzzlers and solve a puzzle in a casual setting. ...

History

D. Newton Barney gave The Village Library to the people of Farmington, as a memorial to Sarah Brandegee Barney, his mother. A portrait of D. Newton Barney, by Rogert Brandegee, can be viewed in the main reading room along with Sarah Brandegee Barney and other notable Farmingtonians. The building was designed in the Greek revival style by Stephen Brainerd Lawrence in 1917. A plaque in memory of Mr. Lawrence is located in the library’s front hall.

The Village Library remained the principal town Library until the Farmington Library was commissioned in 1983. This new modern 52,000 square foot building consolidated Farmington and Unionville libraries into one Farmington Library.

The Village library was renovated three times: The Children’s wing in 1959 and again, in 1983, after being closed a year, the library reopened as the renovated Village Branch Library. In 1999, the Village Library was renamed, Barney Library, in thanksgiving to William and Harriet Barney Lidgerwood and the Barney Family for their largesse. They have served Farmington quietly, effectively and with great generosity giving of their time, talent and treasure to support and sustain that which makes Farmington unique. The latest modifications were affected between 2008 and 2009 and reopened as Barney Library on December 1, 2009. The following lists the people who together supported the renovations and additions project with $1,000,000, which in conjunction with a $1,000,000 State Grant and $1,000,000 Town referendum provided for the magnificent building and destination place standing at 71 Main Street.