Announcements

Summer Saturdays

Summer Saturday hours, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, June - August.

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 "Teens" group.

Friendship Bracelet Making @ the Barney

10:00am - 11:00am
Barney Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:

Sign up for Friendship Bracelet Making at the Barney Library for those in Grades 7 to 12. Make it as a gift for a friend, or just wear it yourself! Registration required. 

This event is in the "Infant/Toddler" group.
This event is in the "Preschool" group.

Movers and Groovers

10:00am - 10:45am
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Infant/Toddler, Preschool
Program Type: Storytime
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 Hoppin Gallery upstairs at the Barney. This is a drop in program.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Cupcake Wars

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Celebrations
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

Bring your team of 2 or 3 or come on your own to participate in a cupcake decorating challenge at the Barney library! Decorate your cupcakes based on 3 separate challenges! Will your cupcake win the round?

This event is in the "Children" group.

Empower STEM

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: STEM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

EmpowerSTEM is a program for kids aged 7-12 that fosters hands-on exploration and problem-solving through interactive activities and experiments, igniting curiosity and creativity.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Lego Lab @ the Barney

10:00am - 11:00am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: STEM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Details:

Students ages 6 to 12 can sign up to join us at the Barney Library to learn basic engineering and coding with Lego SPIKE Prime! Space is limited, registration is required.

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.