Announcements

Winter Sundays at the Main Library

The Farmington Main Library is open Sundays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, January 7, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25 & March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Barney Library

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

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits & Art Shows
Event Details:
Visit the Barney Library to see Phyllis Small's exhibit Tradition Meets Innovation  January 17 - March 9 in the Hoppin Gallery Please join us Saturday, February 3 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM for an art reception. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Barney Kids Book Club

3:45pm - 4:15pm
Barney Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Book Group, Special Event
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Ages 5-10. Join Miss Amy at Barney to read a book and do a craft.   ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

National Pokémon Day

All Day
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Special Event
Event Details:
The world was introduced to Pokémon on February 27, 1996. So each February 27th the world celebrates National Pokémon Day! We welcome fans of Pokémon to stop into the Barney Library to pick up a Pokémon sticker (while supplies las...
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.

Novel Ideas

1:15pm - 2:00pm
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Group
Event Details:
Join us for a lively discussion on the last Tuesday of the month at 1:15. Pick up a copy of the current book at the Barney library service desk. All are welcome!
This month we are reading "Hello Beautiful" by Ann Napolitano   William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him. So it’s a relief when his skill on the basketbal...

New Books at Barney

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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.